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The Bucks took down the Pistons Monday night in commanding fashion by racing out of the gate. The Bucks, who led by as much as 23, had to deal with just one treat late in the second quarter as Stuckey scored seven points and lead the Piston son a 17-5 run to end the half cut the Pistons deficit to six at the half. Unfortunately the second half wasn’t one to talk about as the Bucks went on a 12-2 run to start the third. Final Score 103-82

Key Points:

  • Defense was surely lacking, the Pistons allowed the Bucks to shoot 69% in the first quarter and rocketing off to a quick lead.
  • Bucks up 30-16 after one.
  • The Pistons were down by 18 before I could blink but they clawed their way back late in the second quarter, but the Bucks were too much and the Pistons were much too less.
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  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 19 points, 6 assists and three boards.
  • The Bucks killed the Pistons from downtown. They shot 10-for-17 from downtown, while the Pistons make just one three the night.
  • The Pistons gave up after about the 5 minute mark of the game when Vernon Macklin and Wilkins entered the game. What good came out of it? An alley oop for Macklin from Russell.
  • Do you realize that Charlie Villanueva is now on the Piston inactive list?
  • Another great game from Pistons Greg Monroe, who put up 16 points on 8-for-12 shooting with 10 boards and 2 assists. Let’s be honest this mess of a season would be much worse without Greg and that’s saying a lot.
  • Detroit shot 38% on the night, but at one point they were at just 17%.
  • UGLY
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • Rodney Stuckey circus shot via NBA.com

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  • Brandon Jennings torched Brandon Knight wo scored zero points and was a -20 for the game. If you saw his face after this one was over it would explain everything. He’ll bounce back, but this one was not good.
  • It’s hard to pull something positive out of this one especially when they have two more games to play on the road in the next two days. Heck if you can think of something positive to say that’s not about Greg Monroe, leave it in the comments.
  • Lead changes in this one …ZERO.
  • Austin Daye 4-for-14 for 10 points.
  • How do you let Mike Dunleavy kill you?
  • Prince with 14 and 8 boards with an assist and a blocked shots.
  • The Bucks capitalized on the Pistons 16 turnovers.
  • I know, I know this team is almost as hard to watch as Mateeeeen Cleaves “expert” analysis in the Call Sam Studios.
  • Tuesday night in NYC.

The 2-8 Pistons are in Milwaukee to take on the 3-6 Bucks.  Milwaukee posted its highest scoring game of the season in improving to 3-0 at home, where it’s averaging 102.0 points on 48.8 percent shooting.

  • The good: This may sound like a broken record because we don’t have many things happening in the good department so…Greg Monroe.  The Bucks
  • The bad: The Pistons have been outscored by an average of 20.0 points during a five-game losing streak.  Watch out for the Bucks Brandon Jennings.
  • The unknown: The possible return of Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva.  Both are listed as day to day.

The Pistons will be back home at the Palace on Sunday, get in the door for as little as $5.

Tip off is at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Plus If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

You can take it for what it’s worth but… As reported by Detroit Free Press writer, Drew Sharp, new Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores has said Joe Dumars is not going anywhere for “as long as he desires”.  And here’s the quote:

“More good news: Joe Dumars isn’t going anywhere.  It’s believed Gores has told him that he can remain president for as long as he desires.”

Now brings the question from the fans – “Does Joe deserve to stay?”.  To me, the answer is yes.  Joe has made mistakes, he dumped the franchise player for cap space which was used on Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.  He drafted Darko Milicic #2 in a draft that featured 60% of the Miami Heat starting lineup.  He also turned over the reigns to the team to Rodney Stuckey, but he did it in the middle of 3 coaches in 3 years.  All of the coaches, he hired.  All of the turmoil in the media with regard to the players not getting along with coaches, and vice versa, his doing.

I’ve seen all sides of the argument.  I’ve read 20,000 word blog posts where the writer completely shreds Dumars apart, I’ve also read posts where the writer absolutely falls all over himself praising Dumars.  I say, Dumars has done more harm to the team than good BUT, I think he’ll get a second wind now that there’s stability in the front office.  Sure, hiring and firing coaches will not be the best way to continue Dumars’ career in the Pistons front office but, I think Dumars deserves to have one more shot at it.

During last night’s game, while I was thinking of how to write this post, I watched 2 teams put together by the front office who put together the 2004 NBA Finals Championship team.  As we all know, John Hammond is the General Manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, and he was Joe’s assistant before leaving a few years ago.  The Bucks, a perennial NBA Eastern Conference Central Division bottom feeder, have been completely re-tooled from top to bottom since Hammond has taken over, except for Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut.

The Bucks were a surprise team in last year’s regular season, which lead a lot of people to list the Bucks as a sleeper in this year’s Eastern Conference.  Hammond has constructed this Bucks team in a similar fashion that the 2004 Pistons were constructed, a team that is the sum of its parts and not based around how a superstar performs.  The team has a defensive minded coach, just like the Pistons had Larry Brown.  This past offseason, Hammond had his offseason of spending just like Dumars had the previous offseason and look what he brought in:

  • Traded for Corey Maggette with his 3 years and $30 million left on his deal – he plays 21 minutes a night, off the bench.
  • Signed Drew Gooden to a 5 year $32 million contract
  • Signed John Salmons to a 5 year $39 million contract

We criticize Joe D for not trading Tayshaun Prince and Chris Wilcox because of their expiring contracts, yet Hammond had an even more valuable expiring contract ($18.3m) in Michael Redd and he’s still on the team.  Redd, a career Milwaukee Buck, likely would’ve accepted a trade to another team if it meant improving the Bucks this season.

Both Dumars and Hammond have made mistakes, but how come Pistons fans still argue that Hammond is a better GM than Dumars?  Detroit and Milwaukee’s cap situation are similar (Detroit is $1m-$2m higher cap the next 2 seasons), but Detroit has some assets to deal whereas Milwaukee is paying more mediocre players more.  There are only a handful of NBA GMs that make the right moves year in and year out.  San Antonio and Oklahoma City are 2 teams that have an excellent track record of solid draft picks (although as I mentioned in the podcast, Cole Aldrich is a bit of a bust right now), while all other teams hit or miss though most miss more than Dumars does.  Dumars’ misses are magnified by the fact this team has had the recent success it has, in my opinion.

I’ll get off my soapbox now.

So… it looks like Dumars will be back, at least for 1 more coaching search.  A new coach, new owner and new president would be a lot for the team to go through next season, so I applaud Gores decision to keep Dumars.

In a battle over 2 teams that are a combined 31 games back of the Central Division standings, the Pistons came out on top 89-78.

The night belonged to Richard Hamilton who, for all intents and purposes, had been virtually dismissed from the team that he helped win the 2004 NBA Finals.  Hamilton scored 15 points on 7-14 shooting in 20 minutes off the bench for the visiting Pistons.  A night after it was reported he admitted that he may never set foot on the floor for the Detroit Pistons, Hamilton said about his check-in:

“I thought it was a joke. Like I said, I had no idea. No idea. Just yesterday I was inactive. Like I said I thought that was a sign that was my last time ever playing in a Piston uniform, you know?”

It can be argued that the Pistons needed his help to overcome the struggling Bucks on the road – Hamilton tied for team high +9 and was the second leading scorer.  If not for Tayshaun Prince’s 12 points and 11 rebounds, Hamilton could’ve easily won “Player of the night”.  Let’s look at the highlights:

  • Greg Monroadwarrior Monrobocop Monroe continued his solid play in the post for the Pistons – he finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds
  • For all the talk last year about how good the now second year point guard Brandon Jennings was, he sure has come back down to earth in a major way
  • Every Pistons player that played finished on the plus side of the +/- statistic
  • Austin Daye with 28 solid minutes off the bench, most on either team
  • A lot of people had the Bucks as their “sleeper” coming into this season after the acquisitions of Corey Maggette, Drew Gooden, and John Salmons – maybe we shouldn’t be giving former Piston executive John Hammond as much credit as he has been getting for building the Pistons.  The Bucks are loaded with bad contracts now
  • Chris Wilcox only played 7 minutes  - his lowest total in 14 games since coming back from injury
  • CV scored 6 points against his former team off the bench
  • I’d like to think the Bucks are what the Pistons would be if they had a scoring center – but then I remember that the backcourt of the Pistons is better and the bench is deeper
  • Mr. McGrady is steadily giving the Pistons minutes at the point – 30 minutes and 20 points for McGrady
  • Former Piston great Carlos Delfino had an off night – well, it’s a night that Pistons fans are used to seeing out of him (2-11 shooting and 8 points)
  • Tonight’s loss for the Bucks was their 14th out of the last 21 games

The Pistons get to spend Superbowl Sunday at home with their families before they gear up for their next game on Tuesday when Antonio McDyess and the 42-8 San Antonio Spurs come to the Palace to face off against the Pistons.  The Spurs have been by far the league’s hottest team and they’re being lead by Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.

Forget the fact that the battered and bruised Pistons really did need to get back on track, Friday nights’ game 96-105 win against the Bucks was just plain fun to watch.

Key Points:

  • Charlie Villanueva took the court, mask and all, but still looked a uncomfortable on the court.  CV31 finished with 9 points a steal and 2 boards.
  • Great defensive effort for the Pistons all night long.  Ben Wallace and Jason Maxiell really allowing Andrew Bogut to do nothing was great.  The guards holding Brandon Jennings in check, priceless.
  • Sloppy finish to the game is something you don’t like to see.  The Pistons let the Bucks get a little too close in the closing minutes.
  • The Pistons are lucky to have won this game, when you turn the ball over 20 times it usually spells disaster.
  • I’m going to have to make a Need4Swede highlight reel.  Jonas Jerebko has been unreal since he’s been inserted in the starting lineup.  He will do just about anything that he can on court for his team, including a pretty sweet behind the back pass to Ben Wallace for the jam.  JJ finished with 16 points, 7 boards, 3 assists and a blocked shot in 27 minutes on the floor.
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  • Did I mention he’s got his very own rabid fans too? He is also getting quite a hefty round of applause in the intro’s before the game.
  • Jason Maxiell a surprising 5 turnovers, but his defensive play almost made up for them.  He scored 6, with four boards and really did a number on Bogut who didn’t score till after the half.
  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting with 9 assists, 6 boards and 4 turnovers.  Do you realize that since he’s moved to the two position he’s had a total of 21 assists and he’s looked more comfortable on court.  He’s still running the show at times, but he’s getting better looks now.
  • Kwame Brown doing some things I never thought he could.  Kwame with 4 points on 2-for-3 shooting, with 4 boards and 2 assists in 14 minutes.  Compliments aside, the two free throws he shot (and missed) had to be the ugliest I have seen in a while.
  • 46 boards to 30 for the Bucks.
  • Great way to end the half.  via NBA.com
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  • You may not have caught the little drama unless you were at the game, but when Rodney Stuckey got his tech in the fourth quarter it looked like things were going to get out of hand.  Rodney tried to take the ball away from Jennings after the ball was dead, and they went at it a bit.  Then coach Kue and Rodney had a few choice words to each other.  I wasn’t that close so I couldn’t hear, but I did see the look on Kuester’s face and he wasn’t happy with Rodney.  They spoke, and Rodney finished the game out.
  • Ben Gordon still looks a bit off, but he did look good Friday night with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting in just 22 minutes off the bench.
  • I now have a firm belief that in Mr. Wallaces’ case it’s not about the Benjamins baby…Ben Wallace Highlights
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  • When Ben started dunking up a storm in the fourth, the Palace felt like 2004.  Another double-double for Ben Wallace with 11 points, 10 boards and 3 blocked shots….my word it’s just amazing.
  • A telling stat, 46 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Rookie sensation Brandon Jennings was limited to 15 points, eight in the fourth on 6-for-20 shooting.
  • Chucky Atkins moves the ball so well when he’s out there.  He may not fill up the score sheet, but he gets the ball where it needs to be.   Atkins finished with 10 points and an assists.
  • Game Recap via NBA.com
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  • I’m wondering if Will Bynum is still hurting, Will hasn’t looked himself for the last few games.   He finished with 12 points on 2-for-8 shooting with 4 turnovers.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 17.
  • Other than the last couple minutes of this game…the Pistons looked right on track.
  • Sunday against the Wizards at home should be interesting.  Hoping they can make it two in a row.
  • Do you want Pistons tickets or what?

The Amir Johnson experiment is over in Detroit.  Joe Dumars made a with his one time right hand man John Hammond that sent Johnson for the newly acquired Fabricio Oberto, of The Bucks.

“The Pistons have traded power forward Amir Johnson to Milwaukee for center Fabricio Oberto, who was acquired by the Bucks from the Spurs earlier today, according to a person familiar with the trade negotiations.

Oberto averaged 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 54 games for San Antonio last season, although it appears he will never suit up for the Pistons. Yahoo! Sports reports that the Pistons are expected to buy out the remaining year on Oberto’s deal.

Thus, it appears the Pistons can add the $3.6 million Johnson was scheduled to make next year to the roughly $20 million of salary-cap room they already had to spend when they can start negotiating with free agents July 1.” Via The Detroit Free Press

A Sherrod Blakley has a little different take then the Free Press. Detroit will waive Oberto…

“The Pistons are putting the finishing touches on a three-way trade involving San Antonio and Milwaukee that will send Johnson, a former second-round pick by Detroit, to San Antonio and then on to Milwaukee.

The key principles in the trade are Bucks guard/forward Richard Jefferson, who will be sent to San Antonio in exchange for Bruce Bowen and Kurt Thomas.

Meanwhile, the Pistons will send Johnson and cash to San Antonio in exchange for Fabricio Oberto who is expected to be waived by Detroit.

By waiving Oberto, that gives Detroit a little more salary cap flexibility this summer to go out and sign a pair of impact players.” Via MLive

Good Luck to Amir, let’s hope the potiential we know he has can flourish for a different team.  We will all remember him for his first two NBA points

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmQMAp6azNQ

And personally I will always remember him for this.

Thanks to all of you quick on the Email, text massage and the special phone call to make sure we got the news quickly. Too bad I was enjoying my dinner when it all broke…Thank goodness for Twitterberry. If you’re not following me on Twitter…you should be.

I’m sure we will be talking about this more, plus what happens leading up to Thursday’s Draft…which I will be live blogging at the Pistons Draft Party.  Stay Tuned!