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The game started very similar to what Pistons fans are used to from this team, they dug themselves in a hole. This time the Pistons came back and even took the lead, but they did do something we are used to, they couldn’t hang on late in the fourth quarter.

The longest home stand of the year netted the Pistons 5 straight losses as the Pistons fell to Orlando 91-86.

Key Points:

  • No Charlie Villanueva, who sat out the entire game with back spasms.
  • Jameer Nelson played just the first quarter due to a hyperextended left knee.
  • Coach Q listened to all of us and put Jonas Jerebko back in the starting lineup, but without hurting Tayshaun’s feelings.  JJ started in place of Chris Wilcox at PF.
  • The Magic were up by as many as 15 in the first half, but the Pistons fought back and were only down by three at the half 48-45.
  • Detroit was within one with a minute to play, but Rip and Gordon couldn’t hit their jumpers.  To make things worse, they had a chance to tie (with a three) and Ben Gordon threw the ball away.
  • Ben Wallace is now at 1999 career blocks…this was probably one of his best all season.
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  • Ben had a heck of a night, really limiting Dwight Howard with no real help.  Big Ben finished with 4 points, 9 boards, 2 steals and yes…3 blocked shots.
  • It’s shocking to say this but this 12 point, 9 board game from Tayshaun Prince may have been his best performance all season.
  • Great rebounding game from the Pistons 36-26.
  • Pistons biggest lead 7.
  • I still dislike JJ Reddick.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 18 points on 4-for-10 shooting, while going 10-11 from the line, with 7 assists and 3 boards. Solid game for Stuckey, who seems to be understanding when to dish and when to shoot with each passing game.
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  • You need a chance to win, Jonas Jerebko does that for you.  It was his spark that got them back in this game.  Jonas finished with 16 points, and 9 boards in 34 minutes on the floor.  He never has a play run for him, but he’s always making plays.
  • I went from SHEED to SWEDE very easily.  It’s all the excitement, without the techs.
  • Ben Gordon – I wanted him back, but with how he’s shot the last two games maybe I shouldn’t.  Ben was 2-for-11 on the night for 5 points.
  • A quick 6 from Chris Wilcox who played just 8 minutes.
  • MORE Austin Daye please!
  • Highlight of the great performances by Ben Wallace and Jonas Jerebko.

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  • Never thought I would be saying this “The Best Ben on this team is the Bull that used to have a Fro”. Wallace>Gordon
  • This Pistons loss to the Magic means that Stan Van Gundy will coach the East All Stars.
  • Jason Maxiell is starting to slowly creep back into my good graces.  Jason scored 8 with 4 boards in 15 minutes.  He’s not the Maxiell I hoped him to be yet, but at least he’s been serviceable.
  • Hamilton 14 points on 5-for15 shooting, 4 points and 4 turnovers.
  • It really shocks my the way this team plays from game to game.  It’s either mental or lack of effort.
  • Sign of the Times – This was Orlando’s second time winning in its last 12 games at the Palace.


Final Score:
Pistons103 Magic 110

Due to a lack of time and technical difficulties I’m not recapping this one but after reading Patrick Hayes over at MLive I would have to say I agree with him for the most part.  Good to see Charlie V finally put it together and impressed with Day and Jerebko.  Also just like Patrick, waiting on Chris Wilcox to prove me right on my X-Factor pick of the season.

Oh, and let’s talk about giving up 40 first quarter points to the Magic…that was a mess I didn’t think they were going to pull themselves out of.

Highlights from the game:

The Orlando Magic will try to avenge their loss to the Pistons 80-85 loss to the Pistons Tuesday night at the Palace. I’m sure Dwight Howard would like to play more than 17 minutes without fouling out, but hopefully Detroit gets him into foul again in Orlando.

A win for Detroit tonight would make it six in a row against the Magic.

With all the success Dwight had in Detroit he decided to sponsor Need4Sheed by promoting his new business venture on the website.
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Dwight Howard’s 17 minute Chicken Shack.

Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton will not play again for Detroit and Vince Carter may not play for Orlando. John Kuester’s starting lineup will likely be Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon in the backcourt, with Jonas Jerebko, Charlie Villanueva and Ben Wallace up front.

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The Pistons handed the Orlando Magic their first loss of the season Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  Not only where the Pistons without Richard Hamilton again, Tayshaun Prince finally missed a game after starting 496 straight.  Great guard play all around for Detroit led by the gutsy play off Will Bynum after he returned from a poke in the eye from Marcin Gortat and made some key plays down the stretch to lead Detroit to a 80-85 victory.

Key points:

  • Though the crowd was sparse at the Palace, the Pistons had the crowd rocking from tip to buzzer.
  • 17 minutes from Superman, who finally fouled out on in the fourth on a Bynumite drive.
  • 63 combined points from Gordan, Stuckey and Bynum.
  • When did white chocolate land in Orlando?
  • Jonas Jerebko who became the first Swedish born player to start and NBA took Tayshaun Prince’s spot in the lineup.  Jerebko was 0-for-5 but grabbed 5 boards and was hustling all night long.
  • Things got scrappy in the second half when both teams got physical with their fouls.  Could it have started with the Stuckey throw down on Dwight that sent him to the locker room? Possibly, but how can 50 Cent hurt Superman…really.  Hard fouls back and fourth, especially one  from Jameer Nelson on Will Bynum. Even J.J. Reddick got into the mix.
  • If your counting that’s 4 straight wins against the Magic.
  • It’s getting a little better for Charlie V. Villanueva scored 12 with an assist and grabbed 8 boards.  He’s looking like he’s really getting used to Detroit Basketball.
  • First NBA points  for Austin Daye in his 4 minutes on court.
  • Prince will be sidelined for at least three games before his status is re-evaluated this weekend.
  • I can’t tell you how many times we are going to hear “Rip and Tay or just Tay or just Rip…..should be traded”  just stop now. It’s one game and we are 4 games into the season.
  • Great night for Rodney who was one rebound shy of a double-double. Stuck put up 20 points with 9 boards, 3 assists and a steal.

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  • Don’t worry about Rodneys’ assists… though the ball movement was ok at times, the Pistons only had 8 total all game.  Will this team have assist issues all season long…probably not.
  • Ok, I did read this stat right: Orlando was 10-for-35 from three point land… that’s a ton of threes.  Meanwhile the Pistons were 0-for-6 on the night.
  • No play at all for Jason Maxiell, is he in the doghouse with Kuester too?
  • By far win or lose and despite the absence of Rip and Tay, this was the best the Pistons have played in a long, long time.  I’m talking current or past lineup.  Hard fought, gritty basketball was the key and Detroit did everything they had to do to pull it out.
  • On a night that I thought the bigs would have had to step up, it was the guards who had big nights.  They not only put up big numbers, they got the Magic in foul trouble.
  • Ben Gordon was great again, leading the team with 23 points, 5 boards, 3 assists  and a steal.  He’s stepping up and taking doing what he’s got to do when the Pistons need buckets.  And guess what …he makes ‘em. He was 6-for-10 from the floor and 11-for-11 from the line.

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  • Eight total points from the Piston Bigs on the night.
  • Pistons went to the line 38 times and made 31 to Orlando’s 12-for-16 from the line. Thank the Pistons guards for driving the lane all night long.
  • Great play from Ben Wallace again, who scored just 2 but grabbed 10 boards with 2 steals and 2 blocked shots. Best of all he was fired up…just like old times.
  • I have to say I really like Dwight Howard, but he’s defiantly one of those players who’s face always looks like he never committed a foul in his life.
  • Orlando led 41-38 at the half but the Pistons (finally with a good third quarter) made a game of it the rest of the way.
  • I am not kidding you when I tell you the last few minutes of the game was electrifying at the Palace. When it was clear that we were going to pull it out I was simply WOWed.
  • Not only did Bynum come back, he drove the lane hard on Dwight, sacrificing his already bruised body (eye) and forced Howard to foul out.  With his 20 points on the night he clearly was the player of the game, especially what he had to do to get it.  His basket in the closing minute was the dagger.
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  • Crazy hand for Will Bynum who came back from a horrible poke in the eye from Gortat. He looked like he wasn’t even going to be able to stand up at first, let alone come back in the game. And looking at the replay when I returned from the game it was worse than on Palace Vision. That’s what I call Superman!
  • Oh, and was that a tackle on Will, Jameer?

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  • Rebound war won 44-41.
  • Great win, things came together and the team gave Pistons fans something to cheer about.
  • Thanks go out to my Twitter followers who (in a matter of seconds) let me know why Tayshaun didn’t start last night and what exactly happened to Will Bynum when he went down.  Love going to the games, but when you have no idea what Blaha and Kelser are saying it can be frustrating.  I know you have my back, so thanks.
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