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Joe Dumars is talking to Josh Smith in hopes of landing the free agent.

Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars met with Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith at 12:01 a.m. ET with a plan to make the free agent forward a substantial four-year offer, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Josh Smith is one of the top NBA free agents this summer. Atlanta has shown far more interest in working sign-and-trade arrangements for Smith than re-signing him to a long-term deal, league sources said.

Along with re-signing point guard Jose Calderon, Smith is the Pistons’ top priority on the market.

Dumars also will meet with forward Andre Iguodala on Monday in Los Angeles, but it’s doubtful the Pistons have the willingness to outbid Denver to sign him.” Via Yahoo Sports

It is also rumored that Detroit is in talks with Houston that would bring Jeremy Lin to Detroit in exchange for Jose Calderon in a sign and trade deal.

Since I can remember there has been talks to bring Smith to Detroit.  I’m not sure if Dumars has a man crush on him, or it was the willingness for Atlanta to let him go, but it seems as though every season we have a Josh Smith to the Pistons rumor.  It isn’t as if I’d be terribly upset to land the free agent, but he’s not as explosive as he used to be.  Had the Pistons landed him a few years ago I’d be ecstatic.

As far at the Jeremy Lin rumor, I don’t know what to think of it.

One thing is clear, Dumars is doing his best to make this team a different as he can to “salvage” things.

The #Pistons took down the Raptors Monday night 108-98 in Jose Calderon’s first visit back to Toronto after playing his entire NBA career there before getting traded to Detroit. Despite the ten point difference in the final score, this game came right down to the last-minute of play.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons started the game on a 14-3 run and it looked like they were going to cruse to victory , but the Raptors had other thoughts. Detroit roared back and came back after the Raptors took an 11 points lead in the second half.
  • Great fourth quarter for Detroit who scored 33 points, none bigger than the Jose Calderon missed three pointer followed by a Jonas Jerebko put-back with 33 seconds to give the Pistons and 105-98 lead that sealed the win.
  • What’s up with Rodney Stuckey who again put together a great game. Stuckey with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 28 minutes off the bench for Detroit. Add the six assist and four boards and you wonder where he’s been for the last three or so seasons. Maybe he’s finally upping his trade value for the Pistons.
  • It was an emotional homecoming for Jose who, like a lot of NBA players after being traded, almost walked to the wrong locker room at the half. The Toronto crowd gave Calderon the respect and admiration he deserved and he went out and put numbers for his new team. Jose finished with 19 points, 9 assists, a steal and a board with just one turnover in 43 minutes on the floor. Can we keep this guy please?
  • It’s a shame for whatever reason Jonas wasn’t playing most of the year. Not sure what it was, but the heart and effort he’s show since he’s gotten back in the rotation is the Jerebko I remember. He was great on Monday finishing with 15 points, six boards, three assists and a +19 in the box. Now that’s a Need4Swede.
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  • Rudy Gay with a monster game for the Raptors putting up a game high 34.
  • Charlie V with a quick seven points in 10 minutes.
  • Andre played 19:43 minutes grabbing 4 boards with 4 points. Not the kind of night we are used to from the youngster, but it’s good to have him back on the floor.
  • Greg Monroe led with e Pistons with 24 points, 4 assists, 4 boards and zero turnovers in 38 minutes on the floor. It may be premature, but I can’t wait to see what he plays like when Andre is the full time center. Not that I’m complaining about him now.

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  • Jason Maxiell out for the season with a detached retina. Being that he’s a free agent after the season we may have seen Jason for the last time in a Pistons uniform without even knowing it.
  • Khris Middleton is doing more than expected this season and taking advantage of his minutes. He finished with 11 points, and 4 boards in 24 minutes on the floor.
  • Detroit shot 62% at the half but still trailed the ball game. One word…Defense!
  • Bless those fans in Toronto who fill the building when the team is just as bad as the Pistons are.
  • Next up the Celtics in Boston Wednesday night.

The 24-50 #Pistons are back in action for the second game of a back-to-back, and a second game in four days against the 27-46 Raptors in Toronto.

  • The good:Jose Calderon is sure to get a nice homecoming from Raptor fans on his first trip back to Toronto after playing in a Raptors uniform for his entire NBA career before getting traded to the Pistons.
  • The bad: Though the Raptors aren’t a playoff contending team, they’re still playing better basketball than Detroit. It won’t be easy for Detroit, who is abysmal on the road and has lost 13 of their last 14 games.
  • The unknown: The status of both Jason Maxiell and Will Bynum.

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.

If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

This wasn’t you typical #Pistons vs. Bulls game we’ve been accustomed to lately. Despite the 94-95 loss Detroit played well, leading Chicago by as much as 13 points in the first quarter and led at the half. It however was Luol Deng and Nate Robinson who erased the Pistons six point fourth quarter lead to win the 18 consecutive game for the Bulls against the Pistons.

Key Points:

  • Andre Drummond with a +11 in the box, more than any other Piston. Drummond scored eight with 14 boards on the night and a blocked shot in 22 minutes. He’s been back for two games and you can instantly see what he brings to this team. He’s the building block.
  • Detroit shot 60 percent on the first half.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons off the bench with 25 points and 10-of-19 shooting, 16 of those points coming in the first half alone. Great game from Stuckey who’s 3-pointer with two-tenths of a second left to pull the Pistons within one of the Bulls.

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  • Charlie V added 14 off the bench with 6 boards and two blocked shots. Villanueva nearly tied the game on a triple with six seconds left in the game, but I’m sure Charlie is still thinking about the late fourth quarter steal when Robinson took the ball away from him.
  • I’ve always been annoyed by Nate Robinson, but after he got into Brandon Knight’s face after a fouled Butler, I’m even less fond of him. It’s the little man complex.
  • I find it kind of insulting to put Andre Drummond’s two air ball free throw misses as one of the highlights on the game recap page as its own clip. I know they were important free throws, but I don’t think it needed it’s own highlight clip like it was a posterizing dunk. I don’t remember them doing that before, but correct me if I’m wrong.
  • Turnovers killed Detroit. The Bulls scored 24 points off of the Pistons 17 turnovers.
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  • Despite the loss, one of the more enjoyable games to watch.
  • Jason Maxiell missed the game due to an eye injury. Bynum out with a hand injury.
  • Brandon Knight scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting with four assists in 36 minutes on the floor.
  • English and Middleton with minutes and zero points.
  • Jose Calderon playing with tendon issues in his right arm scored 11 points with five assists.
  • Singler with eight and six boards.
  • Detroit with Andre wins the rebound war 45-37.
  • Next up in Toronto Monday night to take on the Raptors.

The #Pistons lost their seventh straight home game Tuesday night falling to the Timberwolves 105-82.

Key Points:

  • Really?
  • Detroit let a the worst three-point shooting team that averages only five three-point makes a game hit 14 from downtown for 42 points.
  • Do they not know how to play defense or are they just not trying? I still can’t figure that one out.
  • Pummeled by a equally terrible Wolves team that hadn’t won two consecutive road game all season.
  • Detroit has not won a home game since before the All Star break.
  • Best part of the game was a thunderous (for a little guy) Khris Middleton dunk, who finished with 10 points.
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  • It’s one thing to get clowned by a team vying for a championship but come on.
  • Greg Monroe finished with 11 points and 12 boards with 4 steals on the night. I put Greg, Jose and Knight as the only ones out there that seem like they care right now.
  • I didn’t even know who Nikola Pekovic was but he rocked Detroit for 8 points and 11 rebounds in just 30 minutes.
  • No Will Bynum who sat with a hand injury.
  • Jose Calderon led the Pistons with 14 points, with just one assist on the night.

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  • It’s one thing to not be able to hit contested well defended shots but Detroit couldn’t make their open jumpers to save their lives. The Pistons shot 40% on the night.
  • Detroit was down just five early in the third and then they let the Timberwolves go on a shooting spree.
  • Just three Pistons in double figures.
  • If this is a bright side, it’s nice to see Slava, and the rest of the rookies get some time on the floor.
  • I wonder if L Frank sleeps at night?
  • You might want start figuring out where the Pistons are going to draft in the lottery or hope your NCAA bracket does you right. I’m setting my sites on new things I looking at odds for 2013 Kentucky Derby horse race. Maybe animals will bring be better luck than basketball.
  • Next up Toronto on Friday night at the Palace. Will Jose put up his best effort yet on the only other team he’s been with in the NBA?

The 24-47 #Pistons will be hosting the 24-44 Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good:The Tibmberwolves are just 8-27 on the road. Detroit could actually win two in a row tonight after dropping 10 of their last 11 games.
  • The bad: Will Bynum is out with a hand injury and despite practicing with the team, Andre Drummond will still be cheering on his team from the bench. The Pistons have lost four straight games to the Timberwolves.
  • The unknown: Can Detroit sign Jose Calderon this off-season?

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 one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

Don’t be fooled by the 89-103 final score of the #Pistons Heat game. Sure Detroit lost their 10th game in the row and the Heat kept their near historic streak alive. The truth of the matter is Detroit played well and like many teams that have played Miami had every chance to win. Detroit led most of the game until the fourth quarter when Miami turned it on and put the Pistons away.

Key Points:

  • Jose Calderon finished with 18 points, seven assists, two steals, and three boards. It was Calderon that helped set the tone early scoring and getting the ball where it needed to help the Pistons keep the lead for most of the game. Despite his uncharacteristic seven turnovers, this guy wants to win even if his team has no chance of a post season. He’s fun to watch, his passes are jaw dropping at times and he seems like a stand up guy, the kind of guy the Pistons need to keep.

Jose Calderon: “I think this is our team, This is the team we’ve got to be. It’s not about winning or losing at this time of the season. It’s about showing what we can do, have pride, play 48 minutes. They’re a great team, but I think we gave it our best. It’s not like they just beat us. They beat 24 teams before us. I think a lot of people expected us to come here and they beat us by 40 or 50. That’s not going to happen. We’ve got to be positive with the effort we (gave) tonight. That’s for sure.” Via Pistons.com

  • Scrappy Kyle Singler may have made the biggest impression since getting the starting job position early this season. Singler put up 18 with 8 boards and assist, a steal a blocked shot and left some of his blood on the court early in the first quarter.
  • It was the Heat’s 7-0 run late in the third quarter that allowed the Heat to pull away.
  • Miami is a great team but if you watch them you can see that defense is just as important as putting up points. That’s something Detroit fans don’t need a lesson on.
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  • Do you realize that Detroit has lost 16 of 18 games since Andre Drummond was injured?
  • Jerebko came in and really contributed doing all the things that made an impression when he first landed in Detroit. His hard work, and scrappy play was an interracial part of Detroit’s success early in the game. Jonas finished with nine points, eight boards, and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench.
  • Besides the Swede Detroit’s bench didn’t was less than stellar.
  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting with 15 boards, a blocked shot and a steal in 40 solid minutes on the court. Greg set the tone in the first quarter for Detroit. Say what you want about Greg Monroe, but if it wasn’t for Moose this team would be lucky to have 10 wins.

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  • 22 Piston turnovers were one of the reason Miami was successful.
  • If though the Pistons have been pretty hard to watch of late, this one showed that they really can compete. Not nearly as hard to watch as you think it would have been.
  • A visit to Charlotte Saturday night may just help end the streak.

The #Pistons finished off their four game West coast trip better than they started it.  Unfortunately the end result was just the same Saturday night in Portland as Detroit tied it’s seasons worst eight game losing streak with a 112-101 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Key Points:

  • Detroit played well and had a 57-52 at the half. Too bad LaMarcus Aldridge  decided his team was not going down to the Pistons.  Aldridge put up 31 points, with 12 boards and his teammate J.J. Hickson added a 18 point, and 15 board double-double for the Trail Blazers.
  • It figures that a stat like this went against Detroit Saturday night.  Portland was 0-for-14 against opponents shooting better than 50 percent this season.   Detroit finished the game shooting 52.6 percent on the night.
  • Singler has been having a tough time of it lately, but this reverse was nice.  Singler finished just 2-of-10 on the night for four points zero boards, zero steals, zero blocks, and zero assists in 40 minutes on the floor.

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  • I though Jose would have a breakout game since he hasn’t been playing Jose-like lately.  He finished with 13 points, five assists, four boards, two steals and just one turnover in just 24 minutes.  The problem was that Bynum was hot so Jose sat most of the second half.
  • Will was Bynumite with 23 points and led Detroit on a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter getting them within two points with a little over two minutes left in the game. Will was 10-of-14 with 4 assists, a steal and two turnovers.
  • Monroe 5-of-9 on the night for 14 points, nine boards and six assists.
  • I should call out Stuckey more often.  Rodney has played his best basketball all season long the past three games.  Rodney led all scorers with a season best 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting with three boards in 39:55 minutes on the floor.  He’s got the talent that’s for sure, he just needs to be consistent.

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  • Stuckey sustained a deep cut when he butted heads with Lillard. He had to get stitches after the game.
  • Detroit played well, but two things are clear. Detroit needs better defense and they need to learn how to close out games.
  • You can’t let a team go on a 20-5 run and expect to win.
  • Maxiell with 10 points and five boards.
  • Charlie V with just six minutes and one point.
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  • Detroit relied mostly on their starters. Besides Bynum Detroit’s bench scored just five points.
  • All five Portland starters in double figures.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 11 and Portland’s was 12.
  • I’m guessing the Pistons will shut down Andre Drummond for the season.
  • Monday at home against the Nets and then back on the road for a Friday game with Miami and a Saturday in Charlotte.

The #Pistons lost their sixth consecutive game losing to the Jazz 90-103 Monday night in Utah. To make things a little bit worse for Detroit, Brandon Knight went down early in the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and never returned.

Key Points:

  • You have to feel for Knight, who was all over sports media when he got posterized by DeAndre Jordan just the day before. When he went down it looked extremely bad as he had to be helped off the court. Knight thought it was much worse than just a sprained ankle initially.

knight“To be honest with you, I wasn’t sure, normally, when I sprain my ankle, I have the power to at least walk off the court. I turn ’em and I can walk it off. But this one, the pain wasn’t going away and I couldn’t put any pressure on it.” Via Pistons.com

  • No word on how long Knight will be out.
  • It looked like Greg Monroe’s comments about his team not playing hard or caring after Sunday nights lost to the Clippers seemed to work. Though they didn’t get the win they sure didn’t give up. They trailed by 18 in the second but rallied back to get within five points with just a few minutes left in the ball game.
  • Greg added another double-double to his totals for the year finishing with 15 points, 13 boards, three assists and a locked shot in 41 minutes on the floor.
  • Jerebko and Stuckey each had 15 for Detroit.
  • Speaking of Stuckey, he finally hit a shot. Rodney was 6-of-10 for 15 with four boards, two assists, and two steals in 35 minutes on the floor. Too bad he’s been the invisible man most of the past two seasons.

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  • Mo Williams led all scorers with 20 points. Quite honestly, I didn’t even know he was still in the league.
  • Khris Middleton with 12 points in 24 minutes on the floor all from behind the three-point line. He’s been quite a surprise this season, doing everything asked of him when he gets minutes.
  • Detroit has now lost 15 straight road games.
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  • I’m really hoping that Detroit can keep Jose, unless some miracle happens in the Draft Lottery. Calderon with another solid game finishing with 14 points, seven assists and two steals.
  • Detroit shot 60.9 percent in the third quarter and scored 33 points.
  • Jerebko making a solid case for a rotation spot.
  • Will Bynum with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting in 19 minutes.
  • Charlie V 1-of-7 shooting for two points.
  • Golden State on Wednesday night.

Another valiant effort from the #Pistons Friday night as they once again fought their way out of a big hole to give themselves a chance to beat Dallas. Despite a 24-8 run and snatching a 97-96 lead in the fourth, but the Mavs came right back and took down the Pistons 102-99.

Key Points:

  • Who would have thought little used Khris Middletion and Charlie Villanueva would be the ones to dig Detroit out of their whole late in the game.
  • Middletion put up a career high 14 points, ten of them being in the very important fourth quarter.
  • The fourth quarter run gave life to the crowd at the Palace who were extremely loud.
  • Another hustle night for Jason Maxiell who put up double-double with 13 boards, 12 points a steal and a blocked shot in 34 minutes on the floor.
  • Greg Monroe returned with 14 points and 10 boards on the night.

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  • Best wishes to Lawrence Frank who missed his second game tending to his ailing wife in New Jersey.
  • The Mavs with seven players in double figures.
  • Rodney Stuckey just looks horrible. Another game where he didn’t make a basket and looked lost in his 13 minutes on the floor. “Stuckey took just one shot, had zero rebounds and one assist in 13 first-half minutes against Dallas after missing all 10 of his shots spread over 35 minutes in losses to San Antonio and New York.” Via Pistons.com
  • Charlie V with a quick 12 points in 13 minutes.
  • Hard work again for Jonas Jerebko who played scrappy again. Jonas scored five points and five boards in 14 minutes.
  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting with three assists and three boards.
  • Singler getting better and better on the defensive end for Detroit. Three steals and a blocked shot in 27 minutes is always a plus on a team that needs to play better D.
  • Jose with seven points and seven assists.

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  • Despite the hard-fought games and the “they almost had it” it’s time to just look towards next season.
  • It gets pretty rough as the Pistons go on a four game West coast trip that starts on Sunday against the Clippers.