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The #Pistons broke a seven game Knicks losing streak Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills with a 92-86 win. Detroit who were without both Chancey Billups and Will Bynum, were led by Rodney Stuckey with 21 points off the bench.

Key Points

  • Rodney Stuckey had another solid game. Not only did he lead Detroit, but he stepped up in when they needed him. With the two backup PG’s out and Brandon Jennings limited time on the court with an upset stomach, Stuckey’s line was great. Rodney went 8-of-14 with 5 assists and a steal in 31 minutes on the floor. This is by far one of the best starts to the season for Stucky, who is in the last year of his contract in Detroit.
  • Stuckey’ second half scoring run was a contributing factor in this win.
  • Nothing came of the J.R. Smith – Brandon Jennings riff. They barley were on court at the same time together.
  • They held the Knicks under 100 points, but the defense still looked horrible at times.
  • Someone call Ben Wallace and get him to show this team how to play some D.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made his third start in the Tuesday night. Though he’s really not hitting his shots yet, he did make a couple of consecutive three’s and had some nice defensive stops. Kentavious finished with 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting with four boards, and a steal in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • Double-double’s for bot Monroe and Drummond.
  • Andre was…Andre scoring 13 with 11 boards and three blocked shots on the night. I know this sounds optimistic, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he started averaging 3 blocks a night.
Andre Drummond Pistons vs Knicks

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  • That’s five consecutive double-double’s for Dre.
  • It was nice to see the Pistons get a win on the ninth anniversary of one of the worst sports incidents ever. I was there for The Malace at The Palace and I hope to never witness anything like that ever again.
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • I’d love to see Singler’s shot start to fall consistently as well as a spark of something from Datome.
  • Smith with another good game putting up 19 with five boards, and a steal in 41 minutes on the floor.
  • I’d love to see Josh Smith with a better shot selection. You can blame some of them by him getting the ball late in the shot clock, but sometimes he just makes bad decisions.

Highlights via NBA.com


  • Greg Monroe dropped 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 11 boards, but turned the ball over five times.
  • The Pistons all but had this one locked up late in the fourth until the Knicks went on a 7-0 run to make things interesting.
  • Has Villanueva played more than 3 minutes all season long? And I’m so not complaining about that.
  • Jennings scored two points, with seven assists, a blocked shots, and a steal in 26 minutes on the floor.
  • Peyton Siva got some time on the floor and did a good job of running the show.
  • Detroit came into the game allowing a league-worst 48.9% shooting from the field. The held the Knicks to 43.4 percent shooting on the night.
  • Spotted actors Justin Bartha and Jesse Eisenberg right by the Pistons bench. I thought it was them but wasn’t sure till I was leaving the game. Little known fact, Justin Bartha grew up in Michigan graduating from West Bloomfield High school.

Justin Bartha and Jesse Eisenberg-Pistons vs Knicks-at-the-Palace

  • Short turnaround for the Pistons who will play Wednesday night in Atlanta.This will be the first time Josh Smith will play in Atlanta after spending his entire career there.

Tuesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills looks like it’s going to be something of a show when the Knicks are in town to play the Pistons.  If you didn’t know by now Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings sent out a tweet that the Knicks J.R. Smith took offense to.

On Wednesday night Jennings tweeted this (now deleted) @BrandonJennings :

“Wait wait wait JR smith brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & @BBROWNLAU isn’t. Call me hater but not Rollin!!!”

Wednesday night, J.R. Smith responded with a tweet appearing to threaten to send his “street homies” to Detroit.  Also mentioning that he had no respect for Jennings.

Smith said on Thursday night that he didn’t mean to threaten Jennings with his tweet.

JR Smith and Chris Smith Knicks

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A ton of criticism has been thrown the  way of J.R.’s brother Chris from the Knicks fans to NBA players themselves who believe that Chris is on the roster only to help settle J.R., who’s had issues since he’s been in the league.

Some rival agents believe Chris Smith’s roster spot with the Knicks was locked in as a package deal when J.R. Smith re-signed with the team in July.

Chris Smith signed a nonguaranteed contract worth $490,180. According to league sources with knowledge of the contract, his deal became fully guaranteed once he made the roster.

Smith has been inactive for the Knicks’ first seven games. He is expected to play the majority of the season in the D-League with the Knicks’ affiliate, the Erie BayHawks.

His inclusion on the roster has affected recent personnel decisions.

The Knicks decided recently that they would not add a big man to help fill the void left by injured center Tyson Chandler, who is out four to six weeks with a fractured right fibula.

They would have to cut a player if they wanted to sign someone to make room on the 15-man roster. Many view Chris Smith as an obvious candidate to be cut, in part because of his subpar play in the preseason (1-for-7 shooting in 20 minutes).Via ESPN

Smith however has  gotten in trouble on Twitter in the past. In 2012, he was fined $25,000 by the NBA for posting “inappropriate pictures” of a semi-nude woman on his Twitter account. He’s also not know to be a standup guy. Since he’s been in the league he’s had issues wherever he’s been. All you have to do is a google search on the guy and you’ll know it all.

It doesn’t mean the Jennings should have made his opinions public with a  tweet. Something like that was bound to cause issues, especially with the Knicks coming to town. I doubt that Joe Dumars is happy about it considering he’s always said he tried to build his team with character guys.

Now the NBA is involved in an incident that really had nothing to do with Jennings. He was trying stick up with friends who were not in the league, but this is just a childish immature way of doing it. He’s played just five games for Detroit and he’s already in the news. Too bad it wasn’t for a triple-double.