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The Pistons snapped their four game losing streak with a 103-87 win over the Orlando Magic at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  Detroit held the Magic to less than 100 points, something they haven’t been able to do in quite some time. Detroit has given up over 100 points in 19 of their last 25 games.

Key Points:

  • Despite not hitting his first few shots, Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting with eight assists and three steals. Jennings is scoring the bulk of Detroit’s points on many nights so it’s nice to see his turn over ratio go down since he’s handling the ball for most of the time he’s out there.

Andre DrummondAndre Drummond: “Last game was a tough game. I didn’t play to my ability. Everybody is entitled to have an off night. I had to come out and play with a lot more energy than I had the night before.” Via NBA.com

  • Detroit was in the driver’s seat most of the night, but it was a 9-0 run in the third quarter to make it 70-55 that took all the life out of Orlando.
  • Andre Drummond with his 33rd double-double of the season. Dre scored 13 with 17 boards and two blocked shots in 32 minutes on the floor. Andre made up for his sub-par game against the Mavericks by playing like a beast from the tip-off. He just about had his double-double before the half.
Andre Drummond Pistons vs Magic

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  • Great Stat – Drummond’s 12.7 rebounding average is No. 1 in NBA history for a player 20 years old or younger.
  • Caldwell-Pope didn’t do much offensively, but he sure did a nice job on the defensive end against former Piston Arron Afflalo who put up 14 for Orlando.
  • It was nice to see Josh Harrellson get some time early. He made the most of it knocking down a three and grabbing eight boards in 18 minutes.
  • Gigi had some garbage minutes scoring two points on two shots. Was I the only one that had high hopes for him?
  • Maybe Josh Smith is reading his shot selection stat and the fact that he’s one of the worst shooters in the league. Smith scored 16 on 8-of-12 shooting, with much better shot selection.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • I got a change to use the Pistons app on my phone to upgrade my seats yesterday. And sure enough scored some prime court-side. Thanks @ThePalace !

bynumWill Bynum: “There’s a lot of bad things roaming in the air, a lot of negative energy, so we’re just happy to get a win.”

  • Props to Rodney Stuckey who put up 13 while surpassing the 6000 career point mark.
  • Singler with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting with four boards and a blocked shot.
  • It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen this team with the fire they showed from start to finish. Think Cheeks knows he’s on the hot seat?
  • A quick turnaround with a game Wednesday night in Atlanta.

Turrible… It’s hard to not just mail it in on game re-caps after the Pistons mailed it in last night against the Mavericks, in Dallas.   The good news is that they came out of the halftime break showing some fight, with a 35 point outburst.  The bad news though, and this won’t be reported as a “4th quarter collapse” since they were losing heading into the 4th quarter, but the Mavs proved to be too much for the Pistons in the 4th quarter as they pulled away with a 32 point quarter behind the leadership of Dirk Nowitzki and former Piston Jose Calderon.

The good:

  • Greg Monroe scored 20 and fell short of a double-double by 1 rebound.  Dirk is a tough matchup for most, and you could tell when Monroe matched up with him that he was out of his comfort zone.

The bad:

  • 116 points on 74 field goal attempts by the Mavs.  58% from the field and 23-28 from the line mean that they were aggressive and assertive on offense all night.
  • 28 points in 3 of 4 quarters, and 32 in the 4th quarter for the Mavs.  No one took leadership on the defensive side of the ball.
  • Brandon Jennings had a good night on offense, but had half of the team’s turnovers with 6.
  • Jose Calderon took advantage of the Pistons poor perimeter defense to the tune of 17 points on 7-8 shooting
  • Devin Harris and the shell of Vince Carter’s former self were a +12 off the bench for the Mavs
  • Andre Drummond was in a tough spot all night, but at times it was so bad that he was pulled for Josh Harrellson because of blown assignments and poor matchups.

The ugly:

  • Usually I hate to keep beating a dead horse but… Josh Smith is a chucker.  25 points on 24 shots is awful.  At least he only had 2 3 point attempts.
  • Rodney Stuckey and Kyle Singler were awful off the bench.

The Pistons have now lost 4 straight, and it’s hard to see an end to this streak in sight.  On one night, they look like world beaters when they hand the Indiana Pacers their only home loss of the season and beat down the Miami Heat… but then on the next night they “done get blowed out” by teams like the Charlotte Bobcats, Utah Jazz, and other bottom feeders.

As a fan, you try to see the good that the team has.  Right now we know we have 2 cornerstone type players in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.  We have an unknown quantity in Caldwell-Pope, and there is some upside in the future with Tony Mitchell.  That’s it, folks.  We knew who Brandon Jennings was before he came to this team, and he hasn’t changed (no matter how many ‘Bad Boys’ t-shirts he wore as a kid).  We all let out a collective sigh when Josh Smith was signed because he has shown that he can’t (won’t?) adapt his game to a system.  I was a Trey Burke fan at the draft, but I’ll give Kentavious Caldwell-Pope my support because he has shown some flashes.  As Natalie said here, the sun’s not even shining on this dog’s a** nowadays.

After each game this Pistons fan would to tell herself, “it’s ok things will get better.” And after each game of telling myself that, I looked into the mirror and realized how unrealistic and idiotic I was being.

I no longer utter those words to myself. Why? Because this team is a train wreck.Fennis Dembo

I’ve watched them through the teal years. I’ve watched the selection of Mateen Cleaves, Rodney White and Darko. I watched Fennis Dembo and William Bedford ride the bench, and even cheered for Pepe Sanchez when he got garbage minutes. And for some reason I have a maroon Stacey Augmon Pistons jersey.

So why after being so positive though all of my years as a fan has it come to this?

Andre Drummond NBA Detroit Pistons WallpaperBecause this year was supposed to be different. This was the year they were supposed to turned the corner after being in limbo for more years than I care to remember.  They have a superstar in Andre Drummond, but the pieces around him don’t fit the puzzle. This team is broken and I blame the one person I always gave a pass to.

In Joe Dumars I don’t trust…anymore.

In Joe Dumars I don't Trust

How do I loathe thee…let me count the ways.

  • Allen Iverson
  • Michael Curry
  • John Kuester
  • Keeping the Championship team together too long
  • Ben Gordon
  • Charlie Villanueva
  • Austin Daye
  • Rip Hamilton’s extended stay
  • A player mutiny
  • Jason Maxiell’s extended stay with a healthy payday

I can go on and on, but I won’t. It’s been said enough times by most of you. So now what?

Bless Joe D, he’ll still always be one of my favorite players of all time, and I thank him for the many years of happiness on court and off with the Pistons.


He brought us championships as a player and a GM,  but he also had many gifts fall in his lap like Greg Monroe, Andre Drummand and even Ben Wallace. They need a fresh start.

Tom Gores at The Palace

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I’m also not putting all the blame on Dumars, he had issues when he couldn’t do much during the sale of the team.  And I’ve seen enough of Tom Gores to know that he could care less about this basketball team.

You can spend hours of time and possibly your sanity on the trade machine, but things like that just never seem to work out.  Pistons fans are in a tough spot. You wish for a trade that may help this team in the future, but you’re afraid of the outcome of the trade.  It’s also terrible to think that this team miss out on anything before the deadline.

And do you trust that freed up cap space can be used wisely?

Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon

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I also can understand many of you who at this point would rather see this team tank for a pick then have them slide into the playoffs in the awful Eastern Conference only to get dismantled in the first round.

I don’t know why, but at times I feel the need to apologize myself for this mess to someone who cared more than all of us put together. Sorry Bill.

Bill Davidson

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So now we just sit back and watch this team that isn’t gelling get hammered by teams at the bottom of the barrel. But guess what…this team is the bottom of the barrel.

They need help, or a miracle.

A second half turnaround for Josh Smith Saturday night helped propel the Pistons to a 104-98 win against the Wizards. Smith, after putting up just two points in the first half added 20 points in the second to lead Detroit in the win.

Key Points:

  • Detroit looked like they were headed in the same direction in their 21 point loss to the Jazz Friday night, but a determined Detroit team turned it around after the half.
  • The Pistons dominated the paint outscoring the Wizards 52-38.
  • Rodney Stuckey looks like he’s back to being one of the best players to come off the bench in the NBA. Stuckey scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shots in 31 minutes on the floor.
  • Caldwell-Pope still looking to find a consistent shot scored just five points on 2-of-10 shooting.
  • This team needs a free throw coach. Detroit was 18 of 31 from the line.
  • Kyle Singler again with the consistent hustle play put up 14 points with a steal, four boards and an assist.
  • Drummond and Monroe with double-doubles.
  • I understand this team in difficult to watch at times. I also understand that like many of you we know with the talent on this team they should be playing so much better. I just can’t understand the “fans” that claim they’re never going to watch this team again. To me those people aren’t really fans.
  • John Wall won the battle of the point guards putting up 34 points leading all scorers.
  • Brandon Jennings with 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting with eight assists and three steals.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Andre Drummond with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with 13 boards.
  • Greg Monroe with 12 points on-5-of-7 shooting with ten boards.
  • Are you like me? Are you waiting for a Pistons trade to go down? I’m waiting for something to happen, but totally afraid of what the end result is going to be. In Joe I don’t trust anymore.
  • Another one Monday afternoon against the Clippers at the Palace.

The 16-22 #Pistons will host the 13-27 Utah Jazz Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit takes the floor holding a two game winning streak, while the Jazz have lost their last four games on the road.

The good: Though it took a two last second makes from Josh Smith to beat the Suns, it seems like the momentum is going Detroit’s way.
The bad: The Pistons have lost 14 of the last 15 games against Utah. Detroit hasn’t won a regular-season series against the Jazz since the 2002-03 season. Utah is just one of those teams that no matter what the Pistons do just can’t seem to beat. This however is Detroit best chance in a while for a victory against Utah, who’s just not the same team it used to be.
The unknown: Will Trey Burke (the Detroit fan favorite in the 2013 Draft) show the Pistons why they should have picked him over Caldwell-Pope?  Burke’s 13.6 points per game would rank third among rookies if he had played enough games to qualify, while his 5.6 assists would be the second-highest average. He may have started slow, but Burke sure looks like a player in this league.
Injuries: Pistons – None
Jazz: Gordon Hayward – Game Time Decision

Stat: The Jazz is 54-32 all-time against the Pistons with a 33-10 record at home and 21-22 on the road.
Stat: Greg Monroe averaged 13.5 points and 12.0 rebounds against the Jazz last season.
Stat: Brandon Jennings tied franchise records previously held by Isiah Thomas for most assists in a quarter (11) and most assists in a half (16) vs. Phoenix (1/11)

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

Josh Smith has a heck of a night on Friday against the 76ers, but he was the hero of the Palace when he scored the winning layup with 1.2 seconds left on the clock to give the Pistons the win against the Suns 110-108.

Key Points:

  • It was a frustrating night at the Palace for Pistons fans who watched Detroit lose an 18 point second half lead that gave way to the Suns knocking down open threes late in the fourth quarter. What’s even worse is Detroit led by three points 108-105 with 26 seconds on the clock on a Josh Smith three pointer only to have the Suns tie it up when Smith fouled Gerald Green on the other end to send him on to for three foul shots that he made to tie it with 4.3 on the clock.

smithJosh Smith: “The last time I had the opportunity in New York, I settled for a jump shot [missing it in the closing seconds of an 89-85 loss to the Knicks. I wanted to be aggressive. I learned from that play that I made. I wanted to put the onus on the officials and I was able to get a good look at it." Via NBA.com

  • Smith finished with 25 on 11-of-16 shooting with 11 boards, five assist and a blocked shot.
  • Sheed, who did the post game interview at the Palace, reiterated that Josh said in the huddle as they were mapping out the last play the he wanted to make basically make up for his miss in New York. It wasn't more than 15 minutes after the buzzer has ended and Sheed was in his Pistons sweats and his Air Force One's.
  • Brandon Jennings had a heck of a night. Jennings tied Isiah Thomas' franchise record with 16 assists in the first half of the game. Jennings finished the game with 18 assists, a career high, adding eight points and eight boards.
Brandon Jennings Career Assists 18

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  • Smith, Drummond and Monroe with double-doubles.
  • Greg Monroe scored 20 points with 12 boards, four assists and a steal.
  • Andre Drummond 13 points, 13 boards and five blocked shots. Dre looks like he’s making a point of blocking every shot that comes his way.
  • This dunk from what was clearly the most exciting assist on the night from Jennings, brought the house down.


  • Was wondering why Cheeks didn’t have either Monroe or Drummond in the game when it counted to grab boards? I know the Suns had a small lineup out there, but Detroit couldn’t get a board to save their life in when the big fella’s weren’t out there.
  • The Suns tried the Hack-A-Dre.  When they sent Andre to the line and he made the first one, he glared at Phoenix’s bench. No words were needed to know what Andre was saying, it’s just too bad he didn’t make them both.
  • Can’t let Barbosa, who the Suns just signed on the 10 day contract, get wide open threes late in the game.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Will Bynum with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with one assist in 23 minutes. Bless Will, but he’s got to pass first instead of try to do everything himself when he’s out there.
  • Singler with cringe-worthy 6 turnovers, most of them coming as the Suns where edging their way back. Singler finished with six points on 3-of-9 shooting, adding eight boards.
  • It’s clear Rodney Stuckey isn’t back to true form yet. He finished with eight points in 20 minutes.
  • It’s funny how many people who go to Pistons games have no idea what’s going on. The girl behind me asked the guy she was with why Tayshaun Prince wasn’t playing.
  • The three-point line needs help, both offensively and defensively. The Suns were 13-35 from downtown, while Detroit was just 3-of-17 for a lowly 17.6%.
  • An extended break for Detroit, who don’t play again until Friday at the Palace against the Jazz.

I can’t blame any Pistons fan who flipped the channel Friday night in the first quarter of the Pistons 76ers game.  The Sixers burst out of the game and had Detroit up 19-2 early in the first quarter.  What looked like another disappointing loss turned out to be the Pistons first victory in seven games, as they roared back in the third quarter to top the Sixers 114-104.

Key Points:

  • The first six or so minutes of this game could have driven loyal Pistons fans to drink giving how Detroit has played since they took down the Pacers on their home court.
  • Credit Josh Smith for turning his game around giving Detroit a lift and putting up a stat line that was needed and unexpected at the same time. Josh led the Pistons with 22 points (on cough….) 8-of-23 shooting  with 13 boards, seven assists, four steals and five blocked shots.  One of those blocks was a ridiculous two-handed denial.  Not saying things have turned around, but it’s nice to see a balanced line from Josh. He’s always going to shoot first, and a ton of them are going to be cringe worthy, but some nights he puts the team in a position to win.  I guess that’s all you can ask from him.

smithJosh Smith when asked about if it was easier playing a little power forward during the game.
“Yeah, because the majority of the time, the guy that you’re guarding is around the rim as opposed to having to having to guard a spot-up jump shooter that you have to be a little closer to him. I just wanted to be active, fly all over the place, and set the mark on what we needed to do to win.”

  • Seven Pistons in double figures.
  • Great game for Will Bynum who was a +20 going 6-of-11 for 16 points, eight boards and three assists in 34 minutes. Can’t however let the five turnovers slide.
  • 18 turnovers on the night for Detroit.
  • Bless Chauncey Billups, his only basket was a much-needed triple.  He played just 7:23.
  • Detroit with a better 42.6% percent on the night.
  • A Pistons 15-2 run put them over the top in the third.
  • Kyle Singler with 16 points, eight boards, three assists a steal and blocked shot.  I wouldn’t be surprised that if there were a lineup change, it would be a swap of Singler for Pope.
  • Stuckey still struggling with his shoulder, played just three first half minutes.
  • Big Andre Drummond with another double-double. Dre scored 11 with 12 boards and a staggering 6 blocked shots.  Are you voting for him in for the All-Star game?
Andre Drummond Pistons vs Sixers

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  • Greg Monroe, who’s been the talk of trade rumors of late, added another double-double on the season. Monroe scored 15 with 10 boards and a steal.
  • A bounce back for Brandon Jennings who has really been struggling to score. Brandon with 19 points on 4-of-10 shooting, with six assists, three boards and two steals in 28 minutes.

Highlights via NBA.com


  • Detroit won the board war 62-42.
  • The Sixers scored 64 of their points in the paint to 50 for Detroit.
  • Detroit led by just two late in the fourth quarter 100-98, but pulled away scoring five in a row and never looked back.
  • Caldwell-Pope with 12 points going 2-of-4 from downtown, with seven boards, and three steals in 30 minutes.
  • Saturday night for a second game of a back-to-back against the Suns will be a tall task for Detroit.

The 14-21 #Pistons are in Toronto to take on the 16-17 Atlantic Division leading Raptors Wednesday night. Detroit, who have played awful basketball of late have won seven of the last 11 games against the Raptors.

The good: Candy, 70 degree weather and puppies. Oh…you wanted to know what was good on the Pistons end. Sadly it’s been difficult for me again to list what’s good in Detroit Basketball world. Maybe the possibility of Rodney Stuckey returning to help the Pistons off the bench.
The bad: The Pistons three-point shooting, shot selection, play-making, effort at times, should I go on? Detroit is on a season-worst five game losing streak and seven of their last eight. The Pistons have shown almost no signs of getting out of it besides the fact that they came back from a 17 point deficit against the Knicks. But a comeback doesn’t equal a win.
Keep an eye out for DeMar DeRozan who always seems to step up his game when he goes up against Detroit.
The unknown: Will Brandon Jennings wash away whatever has plagued him the last two games? Jennings has scored nine points in the last while missing 22 of 26 attempts, including 11 of 12 from 3-point range.
Injuries: Rodney Stuckey is listed as day-to-day with his shoulder injury.
Raptors: Tyler Hansbrough – doubtful

Fact: Greg Monroe averaged 22.3 points and 9.5 rebounds against the Raptors last season.
Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.0%.

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

The #Pistons fell short after coming back from a 17 defect late in the third quarter to lose their fifth consecutive game to the Kinicks 85-89.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons big three led the way for the Pistons, the combined for 52 points.
  • Andre Drummond with another double-double putting 12 points, mostly by way of dunks and 17 boards.
  • Brandon Jennings didn’t have a great night going just 2-of-12 for two points and five assists. On one fast break sequence he gave up the ball to Drummond a little to early and Andre got fouled. Consequently he missed both of his free throws. Was that the criticism by some that led to the tweets he deleted?
  • And then you have the Josh Smith potential game winning shot air-ball.

  • What’s so tough about Josh’s shot is that he just had an awesome defensive stand on the other end of the floor when he took a charge against  Carmelo. One sequence, two totally different outcomes.
  • Not happy about Josh’s shot selection and attempt? Neither was he.

smithWhen I asked Smith if he got the shot he wanted, he said, “No, I didn’t. I’m still beating myself up because I could have been a little more aggressive and tried to put the initiative on the referees to make the call. It was a shot that is definitely going to be with me to the next game so I can try to get it out of my head.” Via Pistons.com

  • Cheeks didn’t have that one in mind. He actually had a 20 second time out the he could have used after Smith took the Anthony charge but decided to wait to see if he needed it later.

cheeks“I had a play in mind and they ran the play that I had in mind, would have liked to have seen him drive it. He didn’t drive it. I trust the shot that he took, it didn’t go in, and we live with it.”

  • Detroit was outscored 32-17 in the third quarter to fall 15 points behind after being tied at the half,
  • Who would have thought Charlie Villanueva, who hasn’t played since before Santa came to town, who be a spark off the bench. Charlie V dropped five points in his ten minutes right when the Pistons needed it.
  • Kyle Singler was also a spark for Detroit, putting up his 11 points right when Detroit needed them and playing with hustle that led to Knicks turnovers.
  • The Knicks are a horrible team, the Pistons should have won this one. Does it make it more frustrating? It does for me.
  • Josh Smith led the Pistons with 21 points, 12 boards, three steals and two blocked shots.
  • Chauncey look old.
  • Sheed made the best of his time in New York after playing with them for a season. He dropped by the Knicks locker room after the game and gave hug to Knicks owner James Dolan as the Pistons left the court.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • It’s like groundhog day sometimes. Detroit let the Knicks go on a 15-0 run in the third quarter.
  • Detroit, who are in desperate need of a three-point threat, shot just 3-of-19 from downtown. That’s 15.8%.
  • The Pistons lose a game where they out-rebounded their opponent 54-38 and led in pain points 48-38.
  • Don’t think Wednesday night’s game in Toronto will be easy, the Raptors are first in the Atlantic at 16-17.

If you’re a Pistons fan and you missed the Pistons at the Magic be thankful that you got a late holiday gift.  Orlando trounced Detroit leading the Pistons by as much as 22 point in their 109-92 win.

Key Points:

  • The Magic had not won on their own court in a month before Friday night.
  • The dynamic duo of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond didn’t bring their games to Disney World.  Greg scored six with six boards, while Andre squeaked in another double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.
  • Gigi Datome with 21 minutes on the floor shot just 1-of-6.
  • Josh Smith 2-for-13 for five points.
  • A big zero for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who played 24 minutes.
  • Despite how bad it looked and sounded, Detroit did make a run in the third quarter to get within seven. It was too bad that terrible ball handling and shot selection took them right out of it.
  • Another game where Detroit makes a struggling sub-par team look like All-Stars (exception Arron Afflalo).
  • Detroit, who lead the league in points in the paint were outscored by the Magic 58-48.
  • Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 21 points and eight assists.
Brandon Jennings Pistons vs. Magic 12-27-2013

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jenningsBrandon Jennings: “At this point right now, we need every win we can get, we don’t want to keep letting games like this slip.”

 

  • Jonas Jerebko and Josh Harrellson were the only two Pistons in the plus category for the game.  Josh scored nine points and six boards, while Jonas scored eight in 13 minutes.
  • Rodney Stuckey looks to have re-injured his shoulder.
  • Will Bynum with 18 points in 19:55 on the floor.
  • Video recap via NBA.com


  • I’m ready to wash this one away in hopes of a Wizards win Saturday night.