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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
  • 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.

Denver dealt the the #Pistons probably one of the biggest blows in quite some time as they narrowly escaped with a 116-115 victory at home over Detroit.

In a drama filled game, after the Pistons came back from a sluggish first quarter to come back from a 25 point deficit, it came down to Arron Afflalo taking it to the hole to get fouled.  Arron made the shot to put the Nuggets within one point of Detroit 114-115 with 5.6 seconds on the clock.  His free throw however missed, but JaVaile McGee rebounded the miss and dunked it home to put the Nuggets up 116-115.

Gordon had on last shot with 2 seconds left, but missed.  Making this game one of the toughest losses to most of us will remember in a while.

 Key Points:

  • Ben Gordon with his best game as a Detroit Piston carried the team on his back after taking his place in the starting lineup for and injured Rodney Stuckey.  Ben Gordon not only orchestrated the Pistons 31 point turnaround on his red hot shooting, but tied a league record of NINE consecutive made three-point shots.
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Gordon put up 45 points with 21 on then coming in the second quarter alone and 27 at the half.  Ben was 13-for-22, making 10-for-11 from the line. He also had 8 assists on the night.

  • The Pistons have still never come back from a 25-point deficit to win.
  • Initially when McGee tipped in Afflalo’s miss all most of us watch could think was, “how do you not box out?”  After seeing the replay, you notice that Greg Monroe slips and McGee gets by him.  Either way, it stings.

JaVale McGee: I just went hard and pushed Monroe under the rim and I was just wide open. I was trying not to goaltend it and I just dunked it. It was definitely exciting — my first game-winner.”

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  • Why didn’t the Pistons foul before letting Afflalo go to the basket for an and 1?
  • Bynum the first guard off the bench played well for Detroit.  Will, who hasn’t seen much playing time at all this season was quite Bynumite at time.  Bynum put up 10 points and six assists in 22 minutes. He had a huge backcourt steal he converted into a dunk for Jonas Jerebko to put the Pistons ahead by two with under 10 minutes to play.

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  • After the Pistons miserable first quarter in which they scored just 18 and gave up 40 points, it looked like it was over before the second quarter horn started.
  • Anyone miss Arron Afflalo?
  • Maxiell and Jerebko both had solid night with a few highlights themselves.
  • Curious to know how many of you that watch the game were surprised they called the foul on Gordon at the end of the game to send Afflalo to the line.
  • Ben Gordon with a fantastic night, too bad we haven’t seen more of these the last three seasons.
  • Gordon was just three points shy of his career high set more than five years ago.

Lawrence Frank on Ben Gordon: The guy was freakin’ off the charts. Not only did he make shots, he made plays. You can’t say enough positive adjectives about the job he did. He was phenomenal.”

  • The Pistons hit their first 11 shots from 3-point range and finished 14 of 18.
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  • Tayshaun Prince, who was 2-for-9 finished with 6 points. Prince had a chance to add to the Pistons lead and basically put the game away with 12 seconds left on the clock, but he missed his jump-shot. If un-clutch is a word, Prince would be it this season. I’m really tired of the ball in his hands when the Detroit needs a bucket, because I can’t remember the last time he made one.
  • Monroe with 13 points and 11 boards.
  • Knight with 16 points and 4 assists.
  • This on is going to sting for a while. It’s sad that their effort, and an electric night from Ben Gordon had to end the way it did.

Again – Rodney Stuckey did not play. He was the only player dressed who did not play. LOL

John Wall got his fair share of superstar calls as well, as evidenced by his 14 made free throws compared to the Pistons 14 made as a team. Wall blew by his defender time after time and saw clean looks at the rim all night.

Player of the Night goes to Darko Milicic Mateen Cleaves Rodney White Pistons’ Super Rookie Greg Monroe finished the night with a team high 22 points and 14 rebounds (9 offensive) to go with 4 assists and 4 steals. Monroe, who spent 2 years as Center of the Georgetown Hoyas, missed 2 key free throws with less than 30 seconds left in the game that would’ve tied it up. He had previously been 8 for 8 from the line. Thanks to Wizards announcers Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier for jinxing him by mentioning it multiple times, and then laughing about it.

  • The game was played at the Wizards’ pace all night, which plays right into their hands.  They’re not a great shooting team, if they are forced into a halfcourt set each possession, Blatche and McGee are black holes in the post that never pass.
  • Hey JaVale, no need to salute after a dunk
  • John Wall played 46 minutes and scored 26 points to go with 12 assists.  The kid is fast, and showed plenty of signs of why he was considered to be the best player in the draft this past offseason
  • Kuester opted for small ball more often than not last night – there were several times when Monroe was on the floor with Bynum, Hamilton, McGrady and Tay or Austin Daye.  This makes sense because they were playing up and down all night, to the Wizards’ strength
  • Monroe played 43 minutes – because Charlie Villanueva was out with a bad back and Ben Wallace was just not effective in his 8 minutes
  • Former Piston great Richard Hamilton scored 2 points in 20 minutes on the floor, on 1-11 shooting against his former team and former coach, Flip Saunders
  • Does Flip Saunders miss the Pistons? lol
  • I think Detroit could’ve dominated the paint in this one had they fed the ball to Wilcox (lol) and Monroe more.  Watching it, I often saw JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche playing out of position on the defensive end
  • If you can tell me who Mustafa Shakur, Othyus Jeffers and Kevin (Keveen) Seraphin are, you’re a better man/woman than I
  • Since Villanueva was out with a back, Jason Maxiell saw some time on the floor
  • Former Georgetown Hoyas great, DaJuan Summers saw a couple of minutes of action and committed an awful foul on a fast break in his 2 minutes on the floor
  • Austin Daye missed a corner 3 at the end of regulation that would’ve won the game for the Pistons.  Instead, we’re talking about how he played well off the bench in 25 minutes of action, finishing the game with 14 points on 6-10 shooting to go with 6 rebounds
  • Former Pistons great Maurice Evans scored an efficient 20 points for the Wizards.  Evans, who was acquired in the deadline day deal with the Hawks along with Jordan Crawford and a #1 pick, has been a steady option on both ends of the floor for the rebuilding Wizards
  • The game was close throughout the 2nd half after the Pistons and Wizards exchanged 30+ point 1st and 2nd quarters
  • The Pistons had won 8 out of their last 9 games against the Wizards before last night
  • I’m glad I didn’t go to the game, it was honestly a real snoozer just having to watch it on TV
  • There was an odd moment early on in the game when Tracy McGrady approached the free throw line after being hit on the arm.  He tossed the ball back to the ref and said “hold on” as he grimaced in pain as the Pistons called a timeout.  Coming out of the timeout, McGrady was able to shoot the free throw, but he shot it left handed and missed

The Pistons have now lost 32 games on the road, which is 1 more than they lost on the road all of last year.

Oh and hey, Rodney Stuckey didn’t play so… I hope he’s learning his lesson!

Up next for the Mighty Pistons are the New Jersey Nets, at the Palace tonight.  It should be a good game for both teams who are playing out the string, and jockeying for ping pong balls.  By all accounts, the Nets have a “superstar” whereas the Pistons don’t have one so… that makes the Nets the favorite, right?  If you’re a gambling man, Vegas has the Pistons winning by 6.