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Rashid S. UmarNeed4Sheed Guest Writer:
Rashid S. Umar
After getting off to a great start early for the second straight night on the West Coast Trip, The Pistons eventually stumble and fall to the Clippers in LA 97-91, halting Detroit’s modest two-game winning streak.  Tayshaun Prince followed Tuesday night’s great performance with another gem of 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Rip Hamilton led the team with 21 points on 8-21 shooting.

Detroit led by as many as 12 in the first half and eight at the break.  The second half saw Clipper-newcomer Drew Gooden and Chris Kaman continue to exploit the Pistons’ lack of size upfront as they combined for 41 points and 28 rebounds.  Los Angeles got a huge performance down the stretch from Rasual Butler, who nailed a couple of 3s off of good ball movement (or bad defensive rotation).  He also had a huge block on Rodney Stuckey late in the game.

Key points of the night:

  • Being that I live in LA, I decided to take this one in.  You’d be surprised at how many die-hard Clipper fans are here in “Lakerland”.
  • For the second straight game, Detroit was outscored by at least double digits in the fourth quarter.
  • Rip Hamilton missed six free throws (including 3 straight with seconds to go that would have brought the team within a point) snapping his streak of 51 consecutive makes. Although he nearly completed a four point opportunity on a silly foul again Eric Gordon.
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  • Clippers win the season series for the first time since 2000 and only the third time in over 20 years.
  • In 26 minutes, Ben Wallace didn’t score but had 10 rebounds.
  • Did Ben Gordon suit up tonight?  I’m just saying.
  • There were a lot of Detroit fans in the house but, that’s not unusual against the Clippers.
  • Another DNP-CD for Kwame Brown, this even during a game where the rebound war was lost 56-44.
  • Drew Gooden has put up All-Star numbers against the Pistons this season especially in rebounds.
  • If the Pistons had a legitimate low-post threat they’d be a playoff team.
  • Before Rasual Butler’s late go-ahead three-pointer, the loudest cheers of the night were for a Michael Jackson look-alike in the crowd.
  • Charlie Villaneuva might as well be wearing roller skates on defense. I’m sure no one would notice.
  • Highlights of the Game Via NBA.com

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  • If it wasn’t for the logo on the court, you wouldn’t realize you were at a Clippers game at Staple Center.  There is nothing but Lakers championship banner and L.A. Kings retired jerseys in the rafters.  Even the WNBA team has something up.
  • Kid Rock in the house.
  • The road trip continues in Denver on Friday night against former Pistons Chauncey Billups and Aaron Affalo.
  • I got a text from my Friend in LA who was also at the game that read “The are chanting Stukey’s – Suckey.” For real LA, that’s as original as you can get? (Natalie)

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The Pistons didn’t pull the trigger on any deal before the deadline today.  I know many of  you are very disappointed.  Now, and I can’t say that I blame you, but  I saw some crazy trade machine concoctions from a lot of Pistons fans over the last month.  I disregarded all of them to be honest,  I leave the GM’ng to the GM’s.  I didn’t think a trade where Detroit lands Amare, Kaman, and Chris Bosh by only giving up Kwame Brown, Charlie V and a pair of Sheed’s old AF1′s working out.

Let’s be honest people, Detroit isn’t the sexy city that can woo free agents.  We need gritty hungry players that will do whatever it takes to win.  The stuporstars aren’t waiting in line to come to the D to play and spend their weekends hanging at the local Coney Island (and that’s not a knock on Lafayette or Leo’s by any means).  A lot of things would have to fall in place for a player like D Wade or Bosh to want to sign with the Pistons.

Aren’t we used to that by now?

Surely you didn’t want Joe to make a trade for the sake of making a trade did you? It’s not like we are in the hunt for the title. I used to think I had a handle on how Joe worked, but after he traded away our rock for the anti Piston, anything could happen.  I will say with some kind of certainty that Joe was probably trying to move both Rip and Tay.  He had to, but he doesn’t have fire sales.

So we wait this season out, hope for some action around the NBA draft, and hope for the best.  The whole organization is in transition, and so are the fans. Hold tight, it’s going to be a bumpy, turbulent filled trip on the Roundball (3), let’s just hope we all make it out one piece.

One last thing, cross your fingers that this never happens again.