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So much for that five game winning streak the Pistons were hoping for.  The Washington Wizards came into the Palace and blew out the Pistons 98-77, on what you could call one of the least inspiring performances all year by the team.

I wasn’t at this one, (thankfully) nor was I paying much attention to the game after the Pistons started poorly.  You know it was one of those days that the game is on, but you’re doing  other things and listing for something enthusiastic coming from George Blaha so you can glance at the television.  Well the only thing I heard most of the night was, “JaVale McGee dunk,” “there goes another JaVale McGee dunk,” “Special K , now that was another impressive JaVail McGee.”

JaVale McGee, who attended Birmingham Detroit Country Day and is originally from Flint,  was all but unstoppable for the Wizards. He had eight dunks, scored 22 points and was a defensive menace, grabbing 10 of his 11 rebounds on defense.

It went on and on.

Nick Young also scored 22, and John Wall had 15 assists tying his career best, and all nine of his points in the third quarter.

The Pistons did however get my attention when the tied the game at the half 45-45 at the half,  and then took a 60-59 lead in the third after a Monroe layup. But then John Wall took over and they looked like they would have been happier eating a Happy Meal than playing an NBA game on their home court.

It was bad.

Greg Monroe against the Spurs

Bless Greg Monroe for doing what he could, leading the Pistons with 27 points and 6 boards.

It’s disappointing to watch, especially after the way they have been playing.  You win the games your are supposed to win.

This game showed one thing that most of us already know, this team needs SIZE. And for those of you paying attention and counting the days…another step towards the possibility of having Anthony Davis in red, blue and white.

The 26-50 (hoping for a good lottery position) Detroit Pistons are in Washington to take on the Wizards. Washington is looking for their third consecutive win for the first time in four seasons (ouch).

  • The good: Detroit has taken the last 8 games against Washington.
  • The bad: Both of these teams.
  • The unknown: Kuester or Stuckey?

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Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

Rodney Stuckey was benched in today’s game against the Boston Celtics for refusing to re-enter the game Friday night against the Chicago Bulls.  What else does Stuckey have to do to lose the respect of Pistons fans?  Here he is, in his 4th year in the NBA and still acting like an immature young player in a season where leadership and respect is there for the taking.

I just hope the Pistons can get something for him this offseason when he leaves.  I apologize in advance for not shedding the same virtual tears when Rodney leaves as I did when Chauncey and Stuckey’s draft mate Arron Afflalo left the team. Now Kuester doen’t get a pass either, each one of us has a better chance at winning a million dollars playing blackjack online than John Kuester has of returning to Detroit next season.  Now on to the rest of the team, who are now playing out the string and earning time for next season:

  • The Pistons won the 1st and 4th quarters – but they lost the game in the 3rd by giving up 33 points to the (currently) 2nd seeded Boston Celtics
  • Shaquille O’Neal may have to hang it up this season after limping off badly in today’s game after only 5 minutes on the floor
  • Charlie Villanueva’s numbers are deceiving – sure he had a solid offensive game, but his points were canceled out as he scored 15 and was a team worst -15 on the night
  • Need4Sheed favorite Will Bynum started in place of Tracy McGrady, and ended up with 20 points and only 1 assist.

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  • Detroit got “Rondo’d” – Rajon Rondo finished with 14 assists and 5 turnovers.
  • I hate to admit it – Boston is pretty deep.  I know it’s hoping a lot that Jermaine O’Neal or Shaquille O’Neal stay healthy enough to give minutes but Baby Davis gives Boston a solid 6th man off the bench.  Delonte West is a solid guard off the bench.  This team can guard just about everyone on the perimeter, except maybe LeBron James – but we’ll see what Pierce and Jeff Green can do this postseason
  • Austin Daye must be in the dog house somewhat – either that, or he’s not worth giving much time on the floor at this point.  There’s really no excuse for him to play only 15 minutes when Prince and Rip play 30+
  • Super rookie Rodney White Greg Monroe had a down night – 11 points and 5 rebounds to go with a tough matchup all night – KG and Baby Davis
  • Hell, with all the turmoil going on on the Pistons sideline even Jason Maxiell saw some decent run in today’s game.  My how far this team has fallen in his time on the roster.
  • Pistons coach JKIAFI John Kuester referred to Stuckey’s benching as a “setback” in his “growth process” – aka “Stuckey is still immature, even in his 4th year in the league.  On a team dying for a leader to step up.”

Stuckey: “Mentally, mentally, I’m mentally drained. Hopefully I can get through these six games and we’ll see what happens next year.”  Via The Detroit News

Up next on “As The World Turns” the Pistons schedule are the young and peppy Wizards lead by newcomers Jordan Crawford and John Wall.  Detroit will have their hands full if Ben Wallace does not play again because of the size the Wizards have on their front line with Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee.

I usually attend the Wizards game when the Pistons are town but this year, I’m going to save my money and watch it on TV.  Stay tuned this week as rumor has it Natalie and I are going to pump out another podcast – I will be there ready to apologize to you all for saying the Pistons would go 9-3 to close out the season and they would make the playoffs.  I’m sure we’ll also continue to talk about Rodney Stuckey, Coach Kuester, how Natalie’s dog saved her life, and more!

In a game that featured little defense – the Pistons were able to use a hot shooting 1st quarter to propel them to victory over the Washington Wizards at The Palace, 113-102.  7 Pistons players scored in double digits as the Pistons lead for the entire game.  While it was a fun game to watch for the high scoring, it’s definitely not the kind of basketball the old school Piston fans are used to seeing (or enjoying).

Super-rookie John Wall scored 24 points (including 12-13 from the free throw line) to go along with 7 assists and 5 rebounds (with 4 turnovers).  Slam dunk contest finalist JaVale McGee finished with 12 points and 2 rebounds, after scoring 20 points and having 16 rebounds in the last matchup in November.

Let’s look at the highlights, shall we?:

Tayshaun Prince

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  • Austin Daye, described by many as the player with the best jumpshot in last year’s NBA Draft, scored an efficient 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench to go along with 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.  Daye has really shown signs of improvement as the season has worn on, and it’ll nice to see what he can contribute as a starter, next season.
  • Need4Sheed fan favorite, Rodney Stuckey, had a near triple double and a +22 +/- for the Pistons.  Stuckey finished with 19 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds.  In the words of Junior – “take that, Boney”
  • Wow – Detroit won rebounding matchup 45-29.  To be honest, if I’m a Wizard fan that total disgusts me.  The Wizards have 2 guys in the starting lineup who had a height advantage over the entire Pistons roster.  The Wizards are a young team that need to prove they’re ready for the big time.
  • LOL @ Nick Young’s hair
  • I don’t know about you but, Trevor Booker reminds me of a young Jason Maxiell.  Booker is a feisty post player, in his 1st year from Clemson.
  • Pistons super rookie Greg Monroe contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes.
  • Player of the night: Tayshaun Prince with 20 points on 10-19 shooting and the biggest poster of the year.
  • Tayshaun Prince DUNK and HL’s

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  • Richard Hamilton received the largest ovation on the evening when he checked in late in the 1st quarter

Need4Sheed’s thoughts and prayers go out to former Pistons coach Flip Saunders and his family on the loss of Saunders’ mother.  We may talk bad about Saunders occasionally, but he is a good man and helped this team win many games.  Saunders was not with the team tonight – he was in Cleveland with his family.

The Pistons now must pack their bags and head out for a 3 game road trip to face off against the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets.  It’s not going to be an easy trip, but the Pistons got off on the right start with a win tonight.

The 22-41 Pistons come are back from their three day break to try to regroup for a Sunday evening game at the Palace against the 16-45 Wizards.

Charlie V on the remaining games: “Are we going to have a terrible season or are we all going to come together and make a push? The guys decided we’re going to make a push,”

We’re holding you to that Charlie.

  • The good: The Pistons have won six consecutive home matchups with the Wizards, who are an NBA worst 1-28 on the road.
  • The bad: The Pistons are 5 1/2 games behind eighth-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference.
  • The unknown: Who’s going to play and for how long.

Young Austin Daye is coming off a career high game. If you though he looked young on court for Detroit, look at this interview I dug up on YouTube.

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Tip off is at 6:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

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It wasn’t pretty at times.  The Pistons still have their issues against teams with size, as evidenced by JaVale McGee’s 20 point/16 rebound and Andray Blatche’s 20 point/8 rebound lines, but they were able to call on some familiar faces for the win tonight in front of 13k+ fans at the Palace.

The game didn’t really get good until overtime when Richard Hamilton turned back the clock and reminded us of why he gets paid the big bucks.  Hamilton, who scored 12 points for the Pistons in overtime, finished the night with 27 points and had this to say after the game:

“I still enjoy playing this game, and I’m always going to work hard out there,” said Hamilton, who came into the night averaging just 12.1 points. “When they need me, like they did tonight, I’m going to be ready.”

Let’s look at the re-cap shall we?:

  • Charlie Villanueva has arguably not only his best game of the season, but possibly his best game as a Piston: 25 points and 11 rebounds on 11/16 from the field, including 4/6 from 3.   He also provided 11 rebounds.
Charlie Villanueva

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  • Gilbert Arenas had 19 points and 16 assists for the Wizards.
  • 2010 #1 overall draft pick John Wall did not play for the Wizards.
  • Jason Maxiell was working hard all night on the glass and in the post for the Pistons – he scored 14 points and had 5 rebounds.
  • Austin Daye did not play.  Why?
  • Greg Monroe played limited minutes, and was a team worst -11 in +/-.
  • Nick Young scored 18 points off the bench for the Wizards.
  • 5 players in double figures for both teams.
  • Detroit outrebounded Washington 44-41.
  • Tayshaun Prince had an off night shooting (3-13 from the field) but he did help out with 6 assists and 7 rebounds to go with 7 points.
  • Rodney Stuckey provided a spark with 15 points and 7 assists.
  • DaJuan Summers, Chris Wilcox, Jonas Jerebko and Terrico White were inactive for the game.
  • Frozen turkeys were dribbling juice on the court during a “frozen turkey giveaway” promotion, therefore the promotion was cut short early.  Pistons fans hoping for a free turkey went home disappointed.
  • JaVale McGee, one of the most athletic big men in the NBA, flashed a couple of highlight reel worthy plays including a handful of nice putback dunks.

The Pistons needed this win tonight before they head into a tough stretch of games to close out November.  Now they head to Dallas to face Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday before heading to Memphis to play the Grizzlies and the back end of a back to back.

The hits, or blows just keep on coming, the Pistons just lost their 13th in a row.

  • The Bulls get their season high in points.
  • How does and NBA team be own by 38 at any point in the game?
  • Ben Gordon goes down with a strained left groin.
  • Tayshaun Prince didn’t play.
  • Detroit just matched their longest losing streak.
  • One of your biggest highlights came from a Kwame Brown dunk.
  • I’m seriously at loss for words tonight, I rarely beat up on the team, but they just looked pathetic tonight.  I can’t say that other than the  a few minutes in the first from Stuckey and some hustle from Chris Wilcox did anyone else but Jonas Jerebko and Ben Wallace put forth any effort.
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  • They looked like they just gave up before halftime.  To go down 120-87 to one of the worst offensive teams in the league is disheartening. At this point I’m seeing so many flaws in this team, its player and its chemistry that it’s hard to believe that this season is salvageable.
  • I was tweeting with fellow Pistons fans, as I do most games, and let’s just say that the cry for John Wall is getting louder and louder.
  • Look at this team, look at the talent, they can win and that’s the biggest issue. They can and they are far, far from doing it.
  • One of Need4sheed’s biggest supporters @joannepistonfan made mention to me that coach Kuester looks a lot like Linus in Charlie Brown. She’s right, and after tonight he’s going to need more than a blanket and his thumb to console him.

  • I expect more than this. I expect 48 minutes of effort, and if you do that and lose I’m ok with it.  I know it’s hard to keep losing, but don’t sit there on the bench with a smile on your face when you just got spanked by one of the worst teams in the league that itself is in turmoil.
  • What’s even more depressing?  That we have to look at a game in Feb against the Nets as the next possible win.
  • Console yourself with Jerebko’s reverse layup.
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Look, in order to be good again, you must go through the bad, but there is no use making excuses and pretending this team isn’t broke. It doesn’t mean we aren’t’ fans, it just means we have been through it, we know things will get better and most of all we aren’t delusional.

Until then, we hope for a win against Washington.