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The Pistons kick off the preseason Wednesday night at the Palace. That may not excite most people, but there are many Pistons fans that can’t wait to see what the future holds for their team.

I’ll admit that I’ve taken a little extra time on my summer vacation, heck I haven’t even tooned Viacheslav Kravtsov, or learned how to spell his name for that matter, but I really haven’t been this excited to watch this team in quite some time.

No, they’re not vying for championships, but there seems like there may be some magic surrounding the team again.

  • What will Kyle Singler, who’s seemed to have a very productive season in Europe bring to the team?
  • Is Andre Drummond all that we hope he’s going to be?
  • Will Brandon Knight have a breakout season?
  • Will we have a Need4Swede?
  • Can Greg Monroe make the All Star team?
  • Is Jason Maxiell going to see any time?
  • We don’t have Ben Gordon right?
  • Will Rodney Stuckey be the leader that they wanted him to be?
  • Can Austin Daye prove he should be in this league?
  • Will Kim English and Khris Middleton make the roster?
  • Can Corey Maggette still contribute?
  • Can Will still be Bynumite?
  • Will Monroe, Drummond and Kravtsov be our Big Three?
  • Will Tayshaun play the entire season for Detroit or be traded?
  • Will Ben Wallace really stay retired? The other Wallace is back with NY.
  • Will Charlie Villanueva play more minutes than me?
  • Will Tom Gores be the next contestant on Dancing with the Stars?

So many questions, and a full season for the answers.

It’s not always sexy to pay attention to NBA preseason games, but I for one love to soak things up and take a look at what’s new with the Pistons.

May the Gores be with all of us…

The Pistons take on the Raptors Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Tip off is at 7:30 and will be broadcast on FSN Detroit.

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The Indiana Pacers handed the #Pistons their last road loss of the season Monday night.  In a game that proved much closer than the Pistons season opener with Indiana, they still couldn’t put things together down the stretch to get the win. The final score Indiana 103 Detroit 97.

Key Points:

  • The Pacers converted 22 offensive rebounds into a season-best 32 second-chance points.

Lawrence Frank: “The game came down to free throws and rebounds, we gave up 32 second-chance points and we were minus 16 in free throw makes. Just think about all those extra possessions. We still had great opportunities, good looks, had free throws, but all those extra possessions add up and it put us in a situation where it’s a make-or-miss game and, unfortunately, tonight we missed.”

  • Was it me or did Rodney Stuckey already punch out for the season? Rodney with zero points in 20 minutes.
  • Daye getting minutes I assume to see what they are going to do with him next season. Though I’m not sure this extra time will tell them what happened to his “game.” Austin finished with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 18 minutes.
  • As the season draws to a close I don’t think we’ll ever really know what happened or didn’t happen with Charlie Villanueva. CV31 finished the game with 13 points in 18 minutes.
  • As much as I can’t stand the Pacers, as every true Piston fan should, they really do have some great young talent.
  • Brandon Knight with 16 points and 4 assists in 35 minutes on the floor. What I would love to see more of next season is assists, other than that Brandon has done a wonderful job in this shortened rookie season.

Brandon Knight vs. The Suns

  • Vernon Macklin, playing in place of Ben Wallace, did a very nice job in his 14 minutes on the floor. Vernon scored 6 with 6 boards and a blocked shot. i wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a legitimate chance next season.
  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • Greg Monroe with his 30th double-double of the season. Moose scored 18 points with 12 boards in a solid effort that was just a bit tarnished by his two turnovers late when the game was on the line.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Your last chance to watch your Detroit Pistons and possibly the last time you will see Ben Wallace on court is Thursday night at the Palace against the Sixers.

The 24-40 #Pistons will be playing their last road game of the season in Indiana against the playoff bound 41-33 Pacers.

  • The good: We need to enjoy the rest of this season and look forward to an improved Pistons team next season.
  • The bad: The Pacers have won the last seven against the Pistons.  Detroit is 7-25 on the road this season and has beaten one team that currently has a winning record, Boston on Feb. 15, while Indiana is 22-9 at home and hasn’t lost to a sub-.500 opponent.
  • The unknown: Will the Pacers go all out or let the Pistons get the better of them and hold off till the playoffs considering they have already locked themselves into the third seed.

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Tip off is at 7:00 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.

The 23-39 #Pistons are back home to play their third game in as many days against the 25-38 Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • The good: No Kevin Love and no Ricky Rubio…but bad for most Pistons fans like myself who wanted to see them play in person.
  • The bad: For the Timberwolves – With Kevin Love (concussion), Ricky Rubio (knee) and Luke Ridnour (ankle) all out, Minnesota in the midst of an 11-game losing streak. Their longest since losing 15 in a row to close 2010-11.
  • The unknown: Can the Pistons erase the bad taste that the Hawks left Wednesday night?

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The 23-38 #Pistons are in Atlanta to play their second game of a very rare back-to-back-to-back against the 36-25 playoff bound Hawks.

  • The good: Nothing like being on the good side of a blowout to get you up for a road game. The Pistons shot 60 percent from the floor against the Cavs, their highest mark in more than two years and took a whopping 100-50 lead into the fourth quarter on their way to victory.
  • The bad: The Hawks have won the last 7 game at home against th Pistons.
  • The unknown: Can Brandon Knight have another strong game?

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The 22-38 #Pistons are hosting the Cavaliers Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons might actually win this one.
  • The bad: This on isn’t being televised so if you’re not at the Palace you probably won’t be seeing this one.
  • The unknown: Which team want’s more litter balls?/li>

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The #Pistons looked like they had a shot at breaking the 14 game winning streak that Chicago Bulls had over them, but a Derrick Rose three pointer with 6.4 seconds left to force overtime sealed the Pistons fate.   The Bulls were just too much for the Detroit in OT pulling away to a  100-94 victory at the Palace.

Key Points:

  • You can’t give Derrick Rose an open shot anytime let alone with the game is on the line.
  • Despite a missed free throw late in the game that could have cemented victory for Detroit, Rodney Stuckey played a fantastic game.  Stuckey with 32 points, 4 boards, 3 steals and an assist in 35 minutes from the floor.  Had it not been for Stuckey, the Pistons probably wouldn’t have come close to competing in this one.

Rodney Stuckey

  • Jason Maxiell just loves to give us a good highlight, and his thunder jam was one for the season reel.  Jason finished with 6 points and 9 boards.
  • The Pistons get baskets when their defense is working, and it led to a lot of nice buckets Sunday night.
  • Derrick Rose going 9-for-22 for 24 and the dagger.
  • The Pistons biggest lead 6 points, the Bulls 14.
  • Charlie Villanueva showing he’s got trade value with a SEASON HIGH 13 points on 6-for-15 shooting with 3 boards, a flagrant foul on Derrick Rose and a technical to follow.  The Bulls wound up shooting five free throws on that single possession, making four of them, to take a one-point lead with 4:20 remaining,  Let’s get on the phones in the off-season Joe! Look at this play NBA GM’s.

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  • OMG…Damion Wilkins 2 points where highlight worthy.
  • Messy basketball from the Pistons in overtime.
  • Greg Monroe with 13 points and 8 boards.
  • 12 lead changes.
  • This team is learning to close games out…learning but not winning.
  • Way too many Bulls fans in the building.  When you hear the crowd cheering for a Kyle Korver three pointer with the game on the line, you feel like you’re being punked by Rod Serling.
  • I don’t care…I still hate the Bulls, Kyle Korver makes me ill, I still can’t believe Brian Scalabrine is still in the NBA, and I still want to rip Joakim Noah’s bun off the top of his head.
  • Good to see Rip in the building, he seems to be in the right place for himself.  Hamilton finished the game with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting.
  • Prince with just 4 points on the night.
  • A surprising DNP coaches decision for Jonas Jerebko.  A conspiracy theorist would think something of Jonas not playing and Charlie with minutes.
  • Despite the outcome, this was a very good game played by this Pistons team.
  • Knight with 13 points, 5 boards and 7 assists and some gutsy  shots in the face of Derrick Rose.
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  • A season high 13 made free throws for Rodney Stuckey.
  • Ben Gordon a whopping nine points against his former team.  I don’t know why they don’t double team the man!
  • Next game is on Tuesday against the Cavaliers at the Palace. If you want to watch this one, you’d better head out to the Palace, this one won’t be televised.

The #Pistons finished off their four game road trip on a high note with a 109-85 drubbing of the Charlotte Bobcats. The Pistons handed the Bobcats their 14th consecutive loss and the 19th of the season by 20 or more points.

Key Points:

  • Nice to get a solid win, but this Bobcats team is so bad that if they don’t win another game in their final nine, they’ll have the worst winning percentage in NBA history at .106.
  • Greg Monroe and Jason Maxiell combined for 28 first-half points and just kept taking it inside on the Bobcats.
  • A 15-1 run in the second pulled the Pistons away for good.
  • A 40 point third quarter for Detroit.
  • It seemed like there were more Pistons highlights in this single game than combined all season.
  • Brandon Knight dunking…check.
Brandon Knight Dunk Detroit Pistons

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  • Brandon Knight smiling and having just about the best time I’ve seen in a Pistons uniform…check.
  • Brandon Knight finishing the game with 21 points, 7 assists, 3 boards, 3 steals and a +27 in 28 minutes on the floor…priceless.

Lawrence Frank: “It was a fun game to coach and to watch tonight. I thought our guys played very hard and really committed on the defensive end. We ran the floor and did a great job sharing the ball. Everyone made their minutes count and that makes it so much easier out there.”

  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with a double-double. Moose finished with 25 points and 11 boards, a steal, a block, 4 assists and a +31. Nice to see Greg have a solid game after falling short the past month or so.
  • I see you Jason Maxiell – perfect 8-of-8 from the floor finishing with 17 points and 5 rebounds.
  • Even in a blowout Charlie V is a -12 in the box. He scored two points in 5 minutes going 1-for-4.
  • 28 assists on the night for Detroit.
  • Rodney Stuckey back in the starting lineup after a knee injury in Orlando. Rodney with 9 points and 7 assists in 27 minutes.
  • Highlights…and a lot of them, courtesy of NBA.com

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  • Biggest Pistons lead 36.
  • You can’t forget Will Bynum, who also helped change the tempo of the game by playing good defense and helping Detroit go on a run. Bynum finished with 9 points and a +2o in the box.
  • Tayshaun just 3-for-14 on the night but one really nice jam. Tay finished with 6 points, 7 boards, 3 assists and a steal.
  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Lots of oops!

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  • Tonight at home against Milwaukee.

The Pistons can’t get out of Florida soon enough after the last two games they played. If Sunday’s drubbing by the Heat wasn’t enough, Detroit got another beat down from the Orlando Magic Monday night. The 89-119 loss came from a Orlando team that was without their star Dwight Howard in a contest that saw the Magic team record a season high 15 three-pointers.

Key Points:

  • This one got away from the Pistons quickly. While keeping it close in the first, they were down 21 points by the half.
  • To prove a point as to how bad this one is, the missing in “DNP” action Charlie Villanueva entered the game late in the third quarter an played 18 minutes. CV31 was one of just three Pistons in double figures with 10 points.
  • All Magic starters in double figures with Glen Davis posting a double-double and Jason Richardson leading all scorers with 22 points.
  • The lone bright spot for Detroit was Tayshaun Prince, who led the Pistons with 21 points, 13 of them in the first quarter.
Tayshaun Prince with 29 points and his 400th Block

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  • Detroit led, 12-10, when Earl Clark blocked a Greg Monroe dunk attempt. Orlando outscored the Pistons, 42-18, over the next 14 minutes.

Angry Cartoon Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “It’s very embarrassing, we’ve got to figure out which group we want to be. Do we want to be the group that was four and 20 or do we want to be the group that went near .500 basketball? It’s humiliating. It’s not acceptable.”

  • Not cool..Stuckey banged knees on the last possession of the second quarter and stayed down for several minutes . He walked off eventually and warmed up after returning from the locker room. He was set to play, but didn’t feel he could go after warming up. Stuckey finished with 2 points in 16 minutes.
  • Here is your lone Monroe highlight. Greg finished with 9 points and 5 boards.

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  • Brandon Knight had seven points and 3 assists in 28 minutes.
  • In the basketball encyclopedia under ugly…there will be the box scores of the last two Pistons games.
  • Up next, Thursday in Charlotte and Friday at home against the Bucks.