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Despite the 87-77 final score of the #Pistons loss to the Knicks Wednesday night they may have put up one of the biggest fights all season long. Detroit shorthanded with Greg Monroe, Charlie Villanueva, and of course Andre Drummond where without their head coach and playing a Knicks team that’s had their number for two straight seasons. A fantastic third quarter when they went on an 18-4 run to turn a 23-40 half time deficit into a 62-52 lead with just a few minutes left in the third. The Knicks fought back, and regained the lead in the fourth on a flurry of three’s and Detroit just couldn’t keep up in the last few minutes of the game.

Key Points:

  • Lawrence Frank out for the game tending to personal reasons. Jonas Jerebko gets his first start of the season. Coincidence?
  • Jerebko looked like the Jonas of old, playing scrappy, helping out on the defense and scoring 12 in 26 minutes on the floor.
  • Kyle Singler had a flurry of baskets to start the third quarter to help Detroit take the lead. He finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
  • If Jose Calderon resigns with Detroit he may fight Greg Monroe for the title of King of the Double-Doubles. Jose with 10 points and 16 assists on the night adding two steals on the night.
  • Give it up to Jason Maxiell who really had to do all the heavy lifting for Detroit will all their big men out. Jason did the best he could trying to corral Stoudemire, who scored 20 off the bench for the Knicks in limited minutes. Jason scored 14 points with nine boards and two blocked shots on the night in 37 minutes on the floor.

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  • Brandon Knight couldn’t hit a thing in the first half, but started dropping three’s after halftime. Knight led the Pistons with 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting going 4-of-8 from downtown.
  • The Knicks were without Carmelo Anthony.
  • JR Smith hit three killer three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help propel the Knicks.

knightBrandon Knight: “That’s kind of been the thing with New York. All the times that we’ve played them they’ve relied on 3-pointers. It got them back in the game tonight and it eventually pushed them over the hump.” Via Pistons.com

  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • A combined 44 points of the bench for the Stoudemire and Smith.
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  • Stuckey 0-of-5 shooting for 3 points in 26 minutes.
  • Nothing Bynumite about Will’s performance against the Knicks.
  • The Knicks had two 16-0 runs.
  • The Knicks haven’t lost a season series to Detroit since 2006-07.
  • 20 turnovers on the night for each team.
  • This was the first time Greg Monroe missed a game due to injury since he’s been in the NBA.
  • Dallas at the Palace Friday Night.

The #Pistons got utterly embarrassed by the Spurs Sunday night in San Antonio 114-75. It’s games like this that tend to show you just how much work Detroit needs to do to be relevant.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 18 points and eight boards but a -33 in the box. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a number that big, ouch.
  • Charlie Villanueva with the double-double not Greg. Villanueva with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting with 10 boards in 25 minutes.
  • Manu Ginobili didn’t miss a shot till mid third quarter. He led the Spurs with 17 points in 22 minutes on the floor.
  • Nothing really went right for Detroit after having the game tied at 12 with five minutes left in the first quarter. After that it was all San Antonio.
  • The Spurs with 35 assists on the night.
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  • The Spurs led by 20 at the half and started off right where they left off starting the third forcing Frank to call a quick timeout. It didn’t much matter as San Antonio just kept adding to their lead.
  • The Spurs biggest lead 37!
  • Quite honestly, the Spurs made Detroit look like a JV high school team. You just wanted it to be over.
  • Love it that Popovich took a time out in the fourth when Detroit got a few buckets. The score was Spurs 96 Pistons 68, can’t let them get too close Pop.
  • Take notes L Frank.

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Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “We don’t have the margin for error when you’re playing the best team (in the league). We’re definitely capable of doing better, and we’ve shown it. We’ve got to be locked-in on one thing, and that’s got to be about the team. It’s got to be the team first. That’s why San Antonio is such a great model. They play agenda-free. The effort is there on both ends. That’s why when you get your butt kicked like this, everyone across the board has got to be better because it’s embarrassing.” Via Pistons.com

  • Brandon Knight shot just 3-for-14 on the night for eight points, two steal and a team leading six assist.
  • Jose put up 14 points on the night, but was an ugly -30 in the box.
  • Jerebko, who is making the most of his minutes, scored 10 with five boards.
  • Demoralizing is a great way to describe this one.
  • Detroit fans will be watching the tournament this year to find their favorites for the draft this year if they already don’t have one. Need a Bracket? March Madness betting offers at MarchMadnessAction.com
  • Next up the Sheedless Knicks on Wednesday night at the Palace.

Despite a late fourth quarter 9-0 run to give the #Pistons a chance to win, the Hornets went on their own 9-2 run to take the season series from Detroit 100-95 Friday night in New Orleans.

Key Points:

  • Detroit had a chance to tie with a last-ditch three-point attempt with 12 seconds on the clock by Rodney Stuckey, but came up short.
  • Apparently that last second three was supposed to be a play for Greg Monroe, but that didn’t work.

Greg MonroeGreg Monroe “It was a mixup, we’ve just got to keep the focus at that point of the game. We had a chance to get a good shot. A lot of time on the clock. The focus has got to be there. That’s just something unacceptable at that point of the game. Guys weren’t on the same page. That’s all it was.” Via Pistons.com

  • Brandon Knight picked up where he left off after having a career night on Wednesday. Knight put up 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting with four boards, three assist and two steals in 37 minutes on the floor. I don’t know if it’s the fact that Jose is running the show out there or not, but I love what Knight has been doing since he got here.
  • Jerebko, Stuckey and Bynum where took the bulk of the minutes off the bench for Detroit scoring a combined 17 points.

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  • If any of you out there play fantasy basketball, Grevis Vasquez is a great pick up. He’s been impressive all season long. He torched Detroit in the second half just like Ryan Anderson did the last time these two teams met.
  • Kyle Singler and Jason Maxiell each scored 10. Maxiell added two blocks and a steal with six boards while Kyle grabbed four boards and a steal.
  • Sad to lose a game when you shoot 50% from the floor and outscore a team in the paint by 10. It just goes to show you when things are tight like that how important rebounding and free throw shooting is.
  • New Orleans got the better end of the whistle calling. The Hornets made seven more free throws than Detroit attempted.
  • Andre Drummand can’t come back soon enough.
  • Another big night for Greg Monroe, who again put up a double-double, leading the Pistons with 27 points, 10 boards and a steal in 35 minutes on the floor. Regardless of the off night he has once in a while he’s clearly been the Pistons best player all season long, though if Drummond got more playing time and wasn’t injured I don’t think I could make that statement.Greg Monroe-Pistons-vs-Hornets

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  • Jose Calderon with another great assist game with 11 on the night and seven points.
  • With just 21 games remaining (8 at home) this team is lottery bound.
  • Detroit heads to San Antonio to take on the Spurs Sunday, and we know they can beat them but this one will be tough.

The 23-37 #Pistons are in New Orleans to take on the 20-39 Hornets Friday night.

  • The good: The play of Jose, Brandon and Monroe in Wednesday night’s win.
  • The bad: The last time these two teams met the Hornets but a hurting on Detroit at the Palace.  The Hornets have won the last three in the series.
  • The unknown: Will Brandon Knight shine bright again or will Ryan Anderson and Robin Lopez have their way with the Pistons again.

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.

On his first night back after sitting three games with a hyper-extended knee, Brandon Knight put up a career best 32 points to help the Detroit hold on and beat the Wizards 96-95 Wednesday night in Washington.

Key Points:

  • Jose Calderon’s night was simply amazing, putting up 18 assists for Detroit. He almost pulled off a perfect game too by going into the final minute of the game with zero turnovers and his 18 assists.

“To understand the significance of that, consider: Since the 1985-86 season, when such records began being kept in necessary detail, there have been only 10 such games recorded in the NBA – and only one such game by a Piston, some guy named Isiah Thomas. Via Pistons.com”

  • Unfortunately Jose gave up two turnovers in the final minute to slightly tarnish his monster night.
  • The game really shouldn’t have come down to the final minutes as Detroit had the clear advantage going into the fourth quarter, but only scored 14 and gave up 27 points to the Wizards allowing them a chance to win.
  • Credit another double-double to Greg Monroe, who put 26 with 11 boards and four steals on the night. It’s great to see Moose have such a monster game after looking a little out of sorts in Detroit’s last three losses.
  • Maxiell with four points, three assists, four blocked shots and eight boards. His most important rebound coming in the late in fourth quarter helping Detroit keep afloat leading to a Singler basket.
  • Boy did the Pistons sure miss Brandon Knight. A career high for Brandon who help put some pep in Detroit’s step all night long. His knee looked fine and so did his shot going 11-for-18 and making 5 of 6 from downtown.

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  • It’s nice to have seen Jose feeding Brandon rather than Knight trying to find everyone himself and then getting shots off.
  • More defense please.
  • Trevor Ariza got the Wizards within one, scoring eight straight points on consecutive 3-pointers and two free throws following a clear path foul from Will Bynum with 12.3 seconds left in the game. Is that needing defense or what?
  • Kim English with 10 points in just 11 minutes on the floor.
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  • Next up Friday in New Orleans, who took the Pistons to the woodshed last time around at the Palace.

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 21-34 Detroit #Pistons are in Charlotte to take on the 13-40 Bobcats.

  • The good: Looks like the Pistons did a great job dumping Ben Gordon, even the lowly Bobcats don’t want him around.
  • The bad: Just because the Bobcats are terrible, doesn’t mean they didn’t take down Detroit the last time around. This is also a second game of a back-to-back and a road game so that never helps the Pistons.
  • The unknown: Can Jose get a better result aging Kemba Walker than Brandon Knight did last time around?

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 the game, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES. This one should be fun!

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 20-33 Detroit #Pistons will host the 15-35 Washington Wizards Wednesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons have won 13 of the last 15 games against the Wizards.
  • The bad: The Wizards are playing good basketball and are currently on a four game win streak. The Pistons on the other hand put up a stinker against the Hornets after playing great against the Spurs and Bucks.
  • The unknown: Will Jose be able to keep up with PG John Wall, who’s been paying great? Can the Pistons go into the All Star break on a good note? Who’s going to step up for Detroit if anyone?

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 game on Monday night, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES. This one should be fun!

The 19-32 Detroit #Pistons are in Milwaukee for the second game of a back-to-back against the 25-23 Bucks.

  • The good: The way the Pistons played against the Spurs you realize they can beat any team on a given night.
  • The bad: You’re well aware of the Pistons record on the road and a back-to-back doesn’t help the matter much.
  • The unknown: The Battle of the Brandon’s didn’t go too well for Knight last time around against the Bucks. Can Knight duplicate the kind of game he put up against the Spurs?

Tip off is at 8:30 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 game on Monday night, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES