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The #Pistons lost their third game in a row to the Hawks 114-109. Detroit, who were without Brandon Knight and Will Bynum didn’t have enough to take down the Hawks who were light’s out from downtown outscoring the Pistons from three-point range 42-9 and getting a career night out of Al Horford who put up 23 points and 22 boards.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons are now six and a half games back of The Bucks for the final playoff spot in the East.
  • Being down three key players in this one, the rest of the Pistons squad didn’t do enough to keep themselves in this game.
  • Rodney Stuckey, who needed to step up did. He led the Pistons with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting with two assists, and five boards in 35 minutes on the floor.
  • I would love to have Al Horford in Detroit, he’s got to be one of the best kept secrets in the NBA. He quietly puts up numbers game in and game out. Horford became only the sixth player in the past decade to put up 20 points and 20 boards in a game.
  • Their fifth game in seven nights is no excuse, especially with the pathetic efforts against Indiana.
  • Jose with nine assists on the night for the Pistons, but just 3-of-11 from the floor with seven points and four turnovers.
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  • The rookies Khris Middleton and Kim English have been getting meaningful minutes of late and taking advantage of them. They’re not setting things a blaze, but they look good in spurts. English finished with a career high 10 points, while Middleton scored four.
  • Jonas Jerebko wants his job back as do so many Pistons fans do. Best night of the season for the little used Jerebko, who scored 21 on 9-of-12 shooting with six boards, three assists and a steal. I doubt this will change Frank’s mind, but he’s been doing some serious rotation juggling to try to figure out what works so who knows.

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  • Mr. Frank please teach this team how to guard the three-point line. Sincerely Pistons Fans
  • Monroe looked like he was going to have a huge night after finishing the first quarter with seven points, four boards a handful of assists and steals and a blocked shot. Greg didn’t have the game that Horford did, but no one can complain about 15 points, eight boards, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
  • A steal and finish with a dunk.

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jerebkoJonas Jerebko: “I feel like we’re a better defensive than we’ve been showing and we’ve got play harder,” Jerebko said. “We’ve got to come out and play harder in the first quarter and we’ve got to finish the game strong.” Via Pistons.com

  • Lets hope they can take down the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday.

The #Pistons are going in to the All Star break on a good note. After losing a miserable game on Monday night against the Hornets, Detroit took on a hot Wizards team and got the job done with a 96-85 win at the Palace.
Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe with his eight consecutive double-double for Detroit. The last Piston to do that was Grant Hill. Monroe who’s doing whatever he can to make up for the absence of Andre Drummond finished with 16 points and 18 boards!

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  • Isn’t it nice to have a great PG? And isn’t it nice to have two PG’s playing well? Jose Calderon and Will Bynum combined for 44 points.

singlerKyle Singler “Jose is a solid player for us. He’s been a great addition. Just things outside the court; his enthusiasm is great for the team. But his ability to come in and make threes, spread the court, and give us another ball-handler on the court is very valuable to our team, and it’s nice to have him out there toward the end of the game.” Via Pistons.com

  • Jose in fact was hitting so many three’s (6-of-9) that almost everyone in the crowd at the Palace got a free t-shirt. He led the Pistons with 24 points, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Be thankful for Jose, who was the only one in the early going that could score for Detroit.
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  • Bynumite!

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  • Will finished the game with 20 points in just 21 minutes, 12 of which came in the critical fourth quarter when the Pistons were battling for the win. Bynum played a great game and led the Pistons in assists with eight on the night.
  • Rodney Stuckey once again took his All Star break early (check the stats). Rodney with 2 points on 0-for-7 shooting. I’m so over him like four seasons ago.
  • Give it up for Slava Kravtsov who was great help on the defensive end for Detroit, especially in the fourth when the Pistons went on a run and pulled away.
  • Nice Oop for Slava

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  • By just looking at the score you’d never get the story of this game. Detroit took over the fourth quarter by dropping 31 on the Wizards and locking them down defensively.
  • Another very solid game for Kyle Singler who is doing a lot of the Pistons scrappy work.  Singler finished with 12 points, seven boards and a steal in 37 minutes.
  • I was hoping to see Brandon Knight turn the quarter with the acquisition of Jose, but I think we may have to wait a while for that. Brandon with six points on 3-of-8 shooting in 28 minutes.
  • Brandon Knight will be the only Piston represented in the All Star Game festivities.  You can catch Knight in the Skill Challenge.
  • On break until Tuesday when the Pistons welcome back Tayshaun Prince when they host the Memphis Grizzlies at The Palace.

The 18-32 Detroit #Pistons are hosting the 39-11 San Antonio Spurs, who are owners of the best record in the NBA, Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Though Jose Caldron has played just two games with his new team, with each game he’s getting to know his team better and better.
  • The bad: The red-hot Spurs are winners of five of the last six games against the Pistons.
  • The unknown: The status of rookie Andre Drummond is still up in the air for Friday’s game against the Spurs. He missed morning shoot-around with his aggravated back/tailbone soreness.

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.

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The 16-25 #Pistons are in Chicago to take on the 24-16 Bulls  Wednesday night.

  • The good: The Pistons are winners of 11 of their last 13 games and are playing well.
  • The bad: The Pistons can’t seem to beat the Bulls.  Not only do they have a terrible road record, they have not beaten the Bulls in Chicago since 2006.
    The fact the Jonas Jerebko’s father has chimed in on his not playing and that he’s pretty much had it with Lawrence Frank.
  • The unknown: The status of Lual Deng who has missed the past two games with a strained right hamstring.  Just how many dunks Andre Drummond will get.

Tip off is at 8:00 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.

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The 15-25 #Pistons are hosting the 14-26 Orlando Magic Tuesday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons are winners of 10 of their last 12 games.
  • The bad: Regardless of how the Magic are playing, the Pistons always seem to find a way to lose.
  • The unknown: How much better will Andre Drummond get? He’s currently ranked 9th in the league in rebounding (per 48 min) according to hoopsstats.com. And look at what Greg and Andre have done per 48. Detroit is currently #3 in the league at efficiently at the Center position.

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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 Saturday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES

The #Pistons got off to a great start Sunday night against the Celtics, leading by as much as 18 points. The Celtics however came right back and were down just four at the half. The Pistons didn’t let this one go, by playing solid after the half and amassing a 16 point lead to beat Boston 88-103 to snap their two game losing streak.

Key Points:

  • The Twin Towers are really making this Pistons team fun to watch. Greg and Andre combined for 31 points.
  • Nice try Doc, fouling Drummond and sending him to the line didn’t work out for you. Drummond made six of his eight free throw attempts.
  • I know I keep looking at Brandon Knight with a fine tooth comb every day, but if you look at his stat line against Will Bynum’s for Sunday night they look pretty similar until you get to turnover and minutes. Brandon and Will each scored 15 points, each has a steal, and 5 assists. Knight grabbed more boards, but had seven turnovers to Will’s one. Is Knight regressing…or is it just me?

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  • It was a nice win, and nice to see the Pistons bounce back after giving up most of their lead before the half. Also nice to see a big crowd at the Palace, but I can attest that to the many Celtics fans in the building Sunday night.
  • Lawrence Frank needs to fix the Pistons turnover problems. Thankfully the Celtics turned the ball over a lot themselves. The two teams combined for 39 givebacks in the game.
  • How great is a nice Drummond Dunk? Andre finished the game with 16 points, ten of them by way of slam, with seven boards, a steal and a blocked shot in 20:19 minutes. So, when are we going to see the big guy in the starting lineup?
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  • Another double-double for Greg Monroe who scored 15 points and 11 boards, not to mention that his five assists matched that of the Pistons two point guards. He’s been so solid, while keeping himself almost under the radar.
  • Has Singler shaken he woes? He put up a solid game scoring 15 with eight boards, three steals a blocked shot and five assists. That’s got to be one of his best games since being inserted into the starting lineup.
  • Jason Maxiell with 4 ridiculous blocked shots.
  • Tayshuan added 14 points.
  • Who thought, “here we go again” when Boston fought back and got the game to 55-54?
  • Stuckey with just three points.
  • Nothing like beating the Celtics. Well unless it’s the Lakers.
  • Four straight over the Celtics.
  • You can say it if you’d like. The Pistons are getting closer and closer to that last playoff spot in the East.
  • Tuesday at home against Orlando should be a good one.

The #Pistons did their best to hang with the streaking Los Angeles Clippers Monday night at the Palace, but second half turnovers and sloppy play late in the game did them in.  The 88-76 loss was the fifth in a row for Detroit and the 10th win of their streak for the Clippers, who were without two ex Pistons Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill.

Key Points:

  • With Rodney Stuckey out (back spasms), Pistons fans got a chance to see Will Bynum who’s been a consistent DNP as well as Austin Day, who hasn’t had playing time since the last time the Pistons got blown out.
  • Austin scored two points and grabbed two boards in 18 plus minutes on the floor.
  • We all keep wondering why Jonas Jerebko hasn’t seen any time in a WHILE, but the fact that Daye played over him Monday night just makes me think something has got to be up with that.  Did Jonas hit on Lawrence Frank’s wife or something?
  • Love what Maxiell is doing this season, but someone please tell me why he played 25 minutes, while scoring just two points when Drummond was doing more than hold his own.  Do you realize Andre didn’t play the last nine minutes of the game?
  • It was an entertaining game and Detroit did pull within three points of the Clippers going into the fourth quarter, but you could just see that the Clippers weren’t going to give the game up.
  • The Clippers went on a 12-2 run early in the third to go ahead 58-46 and never looked back.
  • Greg Monroe with 11 points, seven boards and six assists.  It wasn’t a double-double, but he payed solid and helped control high flying Blake Griffin.
  • More and more questions about Lawrence Frank’s rotation after each game.
  • Tayshaun Prince started the game hot and finished with 15 points, seven boards, 2 steals and a blocked shot in 36 minutes on the floor.

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  • Brandon Knight led the team with 16 points, five assists and five turnovers. He did a nice job on Chris Paul who can be a nightmare to contain.
  • With a minute left to go after a Brandon Knight free throw the Pistons had multiple chances at the rim to get the game within reach but noting would fall.
  • If you watched you would have seen the last dunk that Black Griffin had after the game was all but over. I’m fine with the dunk, but I swear if it was a Piston that hung on the rim like that for no good reason that would have been a tech.
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  • Singler with 11 points, three boards, a steal and a blocked shot. He looked better Monday night than he has in a while.
  • 7 blocked shots on the night for Detroit.
  • The Clippers biggest lead was 12, the Pistons 6.
  • Drummond played great putting up seven points, with six boards and 3 (should have been 4) blocked shots. He was even 3-for-4 from the line. Yes…he should have played more than 19:42.
  • Will, we love ya and we are happy to see you out there on the court again, but quit forcing shots!

Tayshaun Prince Cartoon QuoteTayshaun Prince: “We played a good first half. In the beginning of the third, once we turned it over a couple of times and let them get out, it was to their advantage. You have to continue to take care of that basketball and when they shoot high-percentage shots we know of what type of team they can be and what they will do. We played good in spurts, and that’s been our trend.”

  • Raptors next then a home and home with the Wizards should help.

Pistons 78 – Grizzlies 90

Nat asked me to fill in because she couldn’t watch the game live.  I told her sure no problem.  But I told her if we lose, it will be short. I told her that’s it for me.  There are no more moral victories for me, I’m not gonna cheer a loss ever again.  I’m not gonna say “But Drummond played great.”  We know Drummond is great.  We all want Drummond to play more minutes.  Well, everyone except for Frank who is still rationing him.  We know this is a team that can compete.  So that’s it for taking little positives out of a loss.  No more.  It’s winning time or nothing from now on.  I won’t be satisfied with less.

I’m not going to the stats to explain this game.  If you just look at the stat sheet Brandon Knight was worse than awful.  So many turnovers in the first half alone, shooting awful, not making assists.  This poor play is more about Grizzlies defensive aggression than Brandon getting schooled.  Brandon is a lot better player this year, there’s no doubt of it now.  I think what is really different about Brandon Knight this year from last year is that he had a boy’s body.  He’s grown into his frame, and this year he’s making some grown up moves. Of course, Knight’s improved play this year is also why Stuckey had to go to the bench.  With Knight playing better it means Stuckey has the ball in his hands less.  Stuck just needs the ball in his hands.  He’s no Rip Hamilton cutting getting open and draining deuces.  Stuck needs to mow down the other team like a halfback.  Or at least that’s the theory.

A good thing about being some guy writing this game summary instead of a famous blogger is that it’s not a big deal for me to change my mind.  Jereb-Who?  Don’t miss him.  Did I used to cheer for his effort and amazing hustle?  He’s just not that good this year.  This year I find I like Charlie.  Did I ever say that Charlie V belonged in a clown car?  I don’t remember saying that.  Charlie can stretch the floor.  Charlie was able to knock it down from the three this game.  And he has even been playing defense a little bit this year. And about Stuckey.  Did I ever say I liked Stuckey or that he was a cheap man’s Wade?  I think what I meant is that he’s a decent energy guy off the bench.  But he has no vision can’t see where to pass, especially against this Grizzlies team who collapse on you with great help defense.

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One thing about away games.  I love just listening to them.  Unlike the echo-ing tomb called the Palace, in other arenas, you hear the audience clapping, low applause for a good move, sometimes they cheer loud and yell for a dunk, and sometimes it’s a big “Boooo” as they protest a call.  Detroit needs that crowd to come back.  And we have to win to do it.  There’s no other way to bring back the crowd.  You and me and the rest of the need4sheed-ers, we are die hard fans.  The casual fans aren’t coming on the bandwagon until they see a bunch of W’s.

You know according to Hollinger, before this game, the Grizzlies were ranked the best team in the NBA.  And the Pistons  number 19.  We have to be one of the best 5-12 teams out there.  But like I said.  No more moral victories.

I could say more nice things like Charlie is finally defending and how after years he is finally earning some of his ridiculous paycheck, or how excellent Drummond is, getting better every game.   Or I can look at what beat us.  Mike Conley is a real point guard, he’s where Knight is going to be in just another month.  Or that Moose just couldn’t handle Marc Gasol on the defense or the offense because there is nobody in the NBA playing better than Marc right now.  Marc just went with the Hi-Lo and if the Pistons fronted, a quick pass meant an easy bucket.  Gasol also backed Moose all the way under the bucket in the first half for one shot with no help at all.  Just pushed him around.  Or that the Grizzlies as a team played constant aggressive defense.  I think Frank must have drooled to see how this Grizzlies team played.  He was thinking “I want some of that.”  I suppose you can point at the turnovers for how this game played out, but that doesn’t really tell the story because this Grizzlies team forces those turnovers.

No more moral victories.  As Moose would say “Get in there!”  I’m not looking back at this game.  I suppose I could say it was close the whole way with the Pistons less than 10 points away with 7 or so minutes to go, still down by less than 10 points with about 2 minutes to go, I mean sure it was close, or I could say that we “competed” whatever that means.  But, I’m looking forward.  All I want are W’s.  I know I said if we lost I would just type one or  two sentences, but I can’t help myself, I love this year’s team.  After so much gloom, we can see the light.  And now I won’t be happy after the game with anything but a W no matter who we are playing.  Watch out Dallas.

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The #Pistons took down the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night at the Palace of Auburn Hill 108-101 thanks again to great nights by the young core of the team.  Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 26 points, while Kyle Singler and Greg Monroe added double-doubles.

Key Points:

  • With the win the Pistons are now playing 500 basketball at home.
  • Looks like my prediction came through, Brandon Knight with a season high 26 points looks like he’s got his confidence back.  Though it’s early in the season he’s playing the best basketball of the season right now. In that span of the last three games, he’s averaging 21 points and shooting better than 50 percent overall and from the 3-point line (9 of 16).

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  • You have to respect LeMarcus Aldridge, who really is the best kept secret in the NBA.  He led all scores with 32 points, adding 10 boards.  I love to how effortless he makes everything look.
  • Good luck to Rodney Stuckey, it doesn’t look like he’s getting his starting job back anytime soon. And it almost looks like he’s ok with it. Stuckey had 11 points and four assists on the night.
  • Seven Pistons in double figures.
  • Looks like Charlie V has cracked the rotation and his shot is going in. Charlie scored 10 on 4-of-6 shooting in 15 minutes on the floor.
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  • Kyle Singler was fantastic Monday night. Do you realize he scored six points and grabbed seven boards in the first 11 minutes of the game. He finished the game with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 10 boards, 5 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot. He’s making the Need4Swede disappear.

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  • Don’t think I wasn’t worried that Detroit was going to collapse in the third quarter when the Trail Blazers went on a 7-0 run, cutting the Piston lead to just 4 points. It was the three that got them back, one from Stuckey, Singler and Charlie V. Singler’s three to close out the third quarter brought the small Palace crowd to their feet.
  • Singler may turn out to be a legitimate candidate for Rookie of the Year.
  • Moose with another great game. He put up 20 and 10 and added another double-double on the season. And don’t forget he contributes everywhere on the court. I just love watching a big guy like that pass the way he does. If he doesn’t make the All Star team it will be a travesty.

Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “We had four possessions that resulted in a score where all five guys touched the ball and to have seven guys in double figures and to have a bunch of guys with multiple assists, that’s great. The way I look at is, they shot 42%, but had 17 offensive rebounds, so our first shot defense was good. Obviously we have to be better to limiting them to one shot, but the ball movement, the sharing, that was contagious.”

  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • The Pistons biggest lead in this one was 15.
  • Drummond with six boards, two points and two blocked shots in 14 minutes on the floor. He may not have put up a handful of points, but his defense gets better every game.
  • This had to be the best Basketball the Pistons have played all season, with everyone really contributing.
  • Prince with 10 and Maxiell with 11. I was off both of their bandwagons starting the season, but I’m back on. You really have to give it up to Prince and Maxiell who are the the unsung hero’s in most of the Pistons wins.
  • They could make it two in a row on Wednesday night when Phoenix makes a stop at The Palace.

The 3-10 #Pistons are in New York to take on the 8-3 #Knicks.

  • The good: The Pistons should be able to feed off the nice win Friday night at the Palace against the Raptors.
  • The bad: The Pistons haven’t fared very well against the Knicks, especially in the Garden.  And considering that the Kicks are one of the better teams in the league coming into the game on a two game losing streak just means extra trouble for the struggling Pistons.
  • The unknown: How many Ball Don’t Lie’s are we going to get from Sheed?

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Tip off is at 1:00 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.