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The #Pistons got back to work Friday night in Milwaukee after a long layoff and took down the Bucks 103-87 thanks to a 26 points from Greg Monroe and a stellar fourth quarter from Brandon Knight.  The win adds to the Pistons great play of late, who are now winners of five of their last seven games, the two losses coming in overtime.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe was superb game scoring 12 points in the third quarter pulling Detroit ahead after trailing 49-41 at the half.  Greg put up his 13th double-double of the season with 26 points, 11 boards, 2 assists and a steal.  He was also a ridiculous +35 in the box.  Greg looks like he has shaken off whatever funk he was in a few weeks back.

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  • Knight took over in the fourth quarter for Detroit making sure the lead Greg helped gain didn’t go to waste.  He finished with 20 points, four boards, 2 steals and a +28 in the box.
  • Block Party!
  • Andre again looked like the future of the team with 11 boards, 8 points and 4 freaking blocked shots in just 17 minutes on the floor.

Andre Drummond Cartoon QuoteAndre Drummond: “At the start of the season when things wouldn’t go our way, we got down on ourselves. We know what we need to do now. We fight and compete every day. When good things happen, we’re excited, knowing we’ve worked hard to get to this point.”

  • Kyle Singler with 10 points, three assists and four boards.  He’s been looking like he’s stuck in this rut that really makes him more of a sixth many than anything else.
  • However I think Stuckey has been playing better coming off the bench.  He put up seven points with four assists a steal and two blocked shots in 22 minutes.
  • Maxiell helped the Pistons go on the run in the third quarter and finished the game 10 points and seven boards.
  • The Pistons outscored Milwaukee 33-11 in the third quarter and kept on rolling.
  • The Bucks has 12 blocked shots on the night.
  • The sign of Pistons youth movement, 20 fast break points.
  • Saturday night vs the Jazz at the Palace.

 

The Bobcats took the Pistons to overtime and then took the game from them snapping Detroit’s four game winning streak 108-101.

Key Points:

  • Detroit let at team that won just one in 20 games break their four game winning streak.
  • Is anyone as frustrated as I am at Rodney Stuckey’s last shot in regulation?  He finished the game with 18 on 6-of-11 shooting with three steals and an assist.
  • How do you lose when you’re shooting 70% on the night and put up a season high 60 points at the half? Did Frank watch what was happening?
  • I’ve said this before and I hope I don’t keep having to say it.  Frank needs to figure out what to do when his team goes for long stretches without scoring the basketball.

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  • 22 – The Pistons had as many assist as they did turnovers.
  • Moose with another Monster game.   He was all over the boards putting up another double-double with 18 points,  14 boards and six assists.  It looks like whatever was ailing him is long gone.
  • Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 21 points and seven boards.
  • Is everyone really this down on Brandon Knight that they think Detroit should trade him? He finished the game with 12 on 5-of-11 shooting with one assist and four turnovers.
  • This game was just difficult to watch.
  • Did you know that Andre Drummond its 10th in the league in blocks per minutes?Blocks-per-40-minutesVia HoopsStats
  • Andre finished with 10 points, six boards and three blocked shots in 27 minutes.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • I can sum it up in one word…disappointing.
  • They have till Friday to right the ship when they take on the Bucks.

The 13-22 #Pistons will host the 8-24 Bobcats at The Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday night. Detroit looks to extend their four game winning streak to five, a win streak they haven’t seen in three seasons.

  • The good: The Bobcats…are the Bobcats.
  • The bad: The way the Pistons are closing out games. Ben Gordon can’t even get a starting job on the Bobcats, but he did score 27 off the bench for the Bobcats Friday night.  Gordon can’t even get the NBA to change his picture on their website, he’s still in a Pistons uniform.
  • The unknown:  Can the Pistons convincingly get the win against a turrable Bobcats team.

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The #Pistons got their revenge against the Hawks Friday night as they hung on to win 85-84. After controlling most of the game and building a 17 point lead, the Hawks went on a 16-0 run and almost tied the game 85-85 with 5 second left on the clock. Thankfully the Horford three-pointer was reduced to a two and the Pistons kept the lead and hung on to win.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons had the ball with 4.9 left and a one point lead, but Prince turned the ball over (bad pass) and gave the Hawks a chance at the win.
  • Austin Daye had a great game and led the Pistons with 20 points (16 first half) on 9-for-11 shooting in 22 minutes on the floor. I can’t remember when Austin’s stock has been this high.
  • Rodney Stuckey looked good in his return from his sprained left ankle. He finished with 10 points, a blocked shot, a steal and two assists in 24 minutes on the floor for Detroit. It was Stuckey who helped spark a 10-2 run to close out the first quarter.
  • Seems as though Kyle Singler’s roll is diminishing.
  • The best part of the game besides the win was this Star Wars Night video they showed at The Palace featuring Andre Drummond.

  • I sat a row behind Billy Dee Williams who was in the house for Star Wars Night. He honestly looks like he hasn’t aged in 20 years.
  • This game should have been a dominating win. Detroit, especially L Frank, has got to know what to do when the team goes into a scoring drought.
  • Ridiculous one-handed ally-oop by Drummond. Via NBA.com

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  • Besides the dunk, you can thank Andre for partially blocking the last shot attempt of the game by Lou Williams to make sure the Pistons hung on to win this one. Andre finished with six points, nine boards and two blocked shots in 19:45.

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  • Solid double-double from Jason Maxiell with 10 points, 10 boards and three blocked shots.
  • Happy Birthday to Will Bynum who scored five with five assists on his 30th Birthday.
  • 52 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Great game for Monroe who out up 18 points with nine boards, three steals in 33:47.
  • Brandon Knight, 4-for-11 shooting for 8 points.
  • Highlights via Pistons.com

  • Keep it rolling, a Sunday night win at the Palace against the Bobcats is very likely!

The Pistons hung on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 94-96 Sunday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Despite losing a sizable 15 point lead the Pistons won the game on the last two possessions thanks to four point from Tayshaun Prince.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons led the whole game except the final two minutes.
  • It’s nice to see that the team is learning to finish games.
  • Brandon Knight has taken some heat as of late. He’s having trouble with his shot, he’s getting beat by on defense, and he’s turning the ball over more than the Pistons would like. He did however play solid defense on Ellis on the last shot attempt of the game by the Bucks to help win it. Brandon finished with 11 points on 4-or-12 shooting with three assists, three boards and four turnovers in 34:52 minutes.
  • Singler has also regressed a bit with his shot, but made up for it with some nice defense. Kyle scored eight points on 2-of-11 shooting with seven boards, three steals and a blocked shot in 31:27 on the floor.
  • Double-doubles from Jason Maxiell and Greg Monroe.
  • Jason with 10 points, 10 boards and three assists in 26:20 on the floor including a signature putback jam.
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  • The Pistons are winners of 4 of their last five games.
  • Andre Drummond scored eight points with seven boards, a steal and two blocked shots and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Did you ever think Andre Drummond could run the floor like he does?
  • A Drummond steal and a jam – Via NBA.com

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  • Tayshaun Prince led the team with 20 points, two assists, and two boards int 34:40 on floor. Prince has been solid all season long and there really is no better person on this team to have the ball when the game is on the line.

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  • Villanueva with 11 and Daye with 5 points.
  • Need4Sweede still hasn’t touch the floor, but Kim English did.
  • When the Bucks took the lead with 1:06 left in the game all I could think was “great here we go again.” Thankfully they proved me wrong.
  • Rodney Stuckey still sidelined with a bun ankle.
  • Greg Monroe with 14 points, 10 boards, two assists in 28:32 on the floor.
  • Pistons biggest lead 15 the Bucks 2.
  • Will Bynum with eight points and five assists, two more than Brandon Knight.
  • Love this stat – 60 point in the paint for Detroit.
  • Kings, Hawks, Bobcats ad Bucks again. The Pistons have a shot at all of those games.

The #Pistons took down the Miami #Heat Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 99-109 to snap Miami’s six game winning streak. It’s not a dream, but more like a late Christmas Miracle as the Pistons bench led by Will Bynum made sure Pistons fans got a late holiday gift.

Key Points:

  • Will Bynum was outstanding and did everything to make sure that Detroit was going to finish the game out with a win. He scored 25 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter. He didn’t just score either, his 10 assists helped the rest of his bench brigade take a game that looked like it was going to be a blowout into a holiday triumph.

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  • LeBron James finished with 35 points on the night and tried to put the game on his shoulders, but give credit to Tayshaun Prince who did his best to make sure that didn’t happen.  Tayshaun logged a game Pistons high 36 minutes, finishing with 11 points.
  • By far the biggest crowd at the Palace this season and boy did they have something to cheer about.
  • Bynumite Highlights via NBA.com

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  • The Zoo Crew Part Deux went on a 14-0 run to start the second quarter on their way to putting up 41 points in the second.

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Will BynumWill Bynum: “Andre was big out there tonight, he’s been playing great. Game by game, he’s getting better and better. … We’ve got a great chemistry of players out there. It’s just simple. With Charlie, Austin, myself, Kyle (Singler), Stuckey, Drummond – they kind of have to pick their poison.”

  • Should the Pistons started be worried about their minutes? At this point yes! When your bench beats the Miami Heat pretty much by themselves erasing the deficit (22 points) you handed them you should worry.
  • 64 bench points for Detroit.
  • Miami’s biggest lead was 15, the Pistons 17.
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  • Is LeBron making excuses? “We’re a team that wants to be whole every night we go out there. A big part of the team was missing, but guys have to step up. We didn’t have enough tonight defensively.” It’s not the Pistons fault the Wade kick someone in the groin.
  • Andre Drummond had a fantastic night putting up another double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Had he not gotten into a bit of foul trouble, I’m sure his number would be bigger.  His defensive plays, especially the steal on James that led to the Villanueva fast break are thing that make him more than just another big man.
  • Charlie Villanueva was a +21 in the box reigning threes (4-of-5) on the Heat on his way to 18 points and six boards in 25 minutes.
  • Daye with 11 points two blocked shots and a +17 in the box. He’s not only producing, but you can see his confidence when he’s on the floor.
  • Singler with 12 points, five boards and two assist with a +14. He’s looked better in the last two games for Detroit than he has in a while.
  • Brandon Knight is clearly in a slump. I feel like it’s either a banner night or a bust with him. He’s got to make sure he doesn’t let the team dig themselves in holes like they do to start games. It doesn’t always fall on him, but as the PG he’s got to try to figure out a solution.
  • The starters did start the second half on a 9-0 run, and played a nice third quarter.
  • No Rodney Stuckey, who was out with a sprained left ankle, which he suffered in the Atlanta loss.
  • Is it wrong to be smug about the fans in the building Friday night who came to see the Heat?
  • The Heat are probably a little embarrassed that MC Hammer put on a better performance than they did.
  • Good times at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • Next up Milwaukee on Sunday.

It’s like a Charlie Brown Christmas, you can’t go the holiday season without watching Rasheed Wallace and company remix Jingle Bells.

Here you have it, a Pistons rendition of Jingle Bells. Featuring Jason Maxiell, Amir Johnson, Will Blalock (probably his biggest staring role one court or off) and the oh so jolly Rasheed Wallace.

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Happy Holidays

The #Pistons lost to the Nets in double overtime 105-107 Friday night in Brooklyn.  I’ll admit that I was pretty disgusted when they were down 17 and looking like the game would be beyond a dud.  But this young Pistons team surprised me by clawing their way back and possessing a six point lead with over a minute to go in regulation.

Regardless of how they were playing, I still had the recent “Pistons” feeling that they just wouldn’t be able to hold on the game.  It’s not like they didn’t have their chances in overtime, the baskets didn’t fall.

Key Points:

  • This one upset most of us more than usual.
  • One big problem with this team is that they play brilliant at time and then moments later go through a stretch of horrible play that usually does them in.
  • Down a point with 17 seconds left in the second overtime and Greg Monroe misses two free throws. He finished with 17 points and eight boards, but I still can’t understand why I guy that big with his skills can’t finish at the rim.
  • I’m really starting to wonder what Lawrence Frank is thinking. Up at the end of the game, you need a stop and you have Drummond on the bench?
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Drummond made an impression in his 18 minutes on the floor. He scored eight with nine boards and three blocked shots. Now why isn’t he playing beside Monroe more?
  • Kyle Singler also mad some great plays, it was his rebound of Knight’s misses shot and then make that tied the game at 105. He finished with eight points, eight boards and three assists.
  • Stuckey played well scoring 19 on 7-for-17 shooting with six boards, and three assists. I don’t know how he feels, but this teams plays better with him anchoring the bench.
  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 22 on 8-for-18 shooting, five boards and five assists in 47 minutes.

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  • Prince added a double-double with 12 points, 10 boards adding 6 assists and a steal in 44 minutes for Detroit.
  • And yes, the refs clearly missed the Nets over and back mishap, but that’s not the reason Detroit lost.
  • Tired legs for Detroit as they take on the Pacers Saturday night at the Palace.

There is nothing like starting a game with a 21 to 4 lead…except for maybe the Pistons. After bursting out of the gate to start the game Detroit slowly and methodically blew any chance they were going to have to win the game. The first quarter was just about all that Pistons fans had to cheer about in the 101-94 loss, besides the outstanding play of Jason Maxiell.

Key Points:

  • How can anyone argue right now that Jason Maxiell should lose minutes on the floor? Maxiell tied a career high with six blocked shots, all of them which came in the first half. He finished the game with 18 points, grabbing six boards and a steal in 32 minutes. If you actually watch the highlight of this game, you’ll see a lot of Max.
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  • Kyle Singler with nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, with three boards, two assists and a blocked shot in 28 minutes. I’m surprised I haven’t heard more of fans wanting Stuckey back in the starting lineup of Kyle since he’s been slumping a bit.
  • Yes Rodney, no one is happy about this one. Photo/Associated Press editing Need4Sheed.com
  • Stuckey finished the game with 17 (after the half) on 5-of-12 shooting with five turnovers in 27 minutes before fouling out. It really was Rodney that made sure the Pistons stayed in this one.
  • JaVale McGee decided to put on a show and Detroit let him. Lobs into the big man from Andre Miller made the Pistons look like a grade school team playing in the NBA.
  • Why can’t Greg Monroe finish around the rim?
  • Defense?
  • Drummond scored seven points and 11 rebounds. He looked a little lost trying to guard McGee when he was putting on the dunk show, but I don’t think that was all on him.
  • Tayshaun Prince, who scored eight with six boards said it all.

“The growing trend has been when we get a lead, we continue to take care of the offensive opportunities, but then still be (undisciplined) on the defensive end. And it’s been like that this season so far. The teams that we’ve been up on early in the first half, we get really comfortable with what we’re doing offensively … then from a defensive standpoint, the discipline ends up going away because we’ve got it going so good on the offensive end.” Via The Free Press

  • Four games in five days is tough, but that’s no excuse in my book. This team as two days and a trip to Brooklyn to shake the funk for a Friday night game against the Nets.

The 7-16 #Pistons are hosting the 10-11 Denver Nuggets Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Brandon Knight has been on fire as of late. With the solid play of Rodney Stuckey helping off the bench this could just go Detroit’s way.
  • The bad: The Piston have lost five of their last seven game and the last Palace meeting to the Nuggets.
  • The unknown: What’s more likely… Andre seeing more than 13 minutes, or Jonas seeing at least one minute?

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

If you’re thinking of going to the Pistons vs. Nuggets at the Palace you can get in the door for as little as $3!