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Watching the Pistons in Tuesday night’s game at the Palace of Auburn Hills against the Minnesota Timberswolves, you’d bet all the money you had that this team could never have beaten the NBA Champs a week earlier.  Detroit looked terrible against a mediocre Minnesota team losing, 121-94 on their home court.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Jennings led the way for Detroit with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting with six assists on the night. The scoring numbers are good and his assists keep growing, but it Jennings doesn’t start playing better defense and stop turning the ball over this team is in for some serious ups and downs. The Timberwolves back-court made Brandon look like a high school player scoring on him with ease.  He finished the game with six of the Pistons 20 turnovers.
  • Kevin Love and Minnesota’s center Pekovic  out-shined the Pistons Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.  Love was outstanding scoring 26 with 16 boards and seven assists.
  • Minnesota just played harder going to the line 33 times to the Pistons 16 foul attempts.  I will however say that the refs were a little biased toward the visiting team.
  • Best part of the game for a Pistons fan was this behind the back assist from Brandon Jennings to a trailing Andre Drummond for the Dunk.


  • This team need to work on their defense more than Gigi needs a shave and a haircut.
  • Speaking of Datome, he missed all of his six shots he attempted in garbage time.  He may never get going if he doesn’t get consistent minutes.  You can’t ask someone who’s never been in the NBA to hit his shots at a drop of a hat.  If he could do that he would have been a NBA player a long time ago.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a career-high 16 points and grabbed four boards.  He’s improving every game he’s out there.
  • Never thought I’d say this but, this team misses Rodney Stuckey who’s still sidelined with an injury.
  • Chauncey Billups finally returned, but was just 2-of-7 for seven points in 18 minutes.
  • Josh Smith put up 17 on 7-of-14 shooting making just one of this five three-point attempts.
  • The Timberwolves led by as much as 30.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Andre Drummond’s streak of six straight games with six or more offensive rebounds ended.  He finished the game with eight boards, eight points and two blocked shots.
  • I’m ready to wash this one away, but that all depends on what they do against the Pelicans on Wednesday night.

The 10-11 #Pistons will host the 9-11 Minnesota Timberwolves at the Palace of Auburn Hills Tuesday evening. Detroit, who were on a roll before losing to the Heat at home on Sunday, would like to take care of a Timberwolves team that has won the last six against Detroit.

The good: Chauncey Billups will finally play Tuesday night for Detroit. The Timberwolves have hit a bad patch and are losers of six of their last seven games on the road.
The bad: The Wolves will have Kevin Love back on the floor, who can give any team trouble. Minnesota has been terrible defensively of late giving up 108.2 points and 52.2 percent shooting in their last six games.
The unknown: Rodney Stuckey is listed as questionable, while Bynum is still listed as doubtful with his left adductor strain.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 63.5%
Fact:  Andre Drummond needs one steal for his 100th career steal.
Fact: The Pistons are first in the NBA in steals this season, averaging 9.8 steals per game.

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.

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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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 WWJ 950am.

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In usual Pistons fashion as of lately, the Pistons manage to give up a 16 point lead and lose after a 4th quarter run by the Wolves. 85-93 was the final score.

Key Points:

  • Minessota came back from hitting less than 30% in the first half. Even so, Pistons were just 6 ahead in the half after having been up front by 16.
  • 4th quarter collapse. -sigh-
  • Pistons actually played quite well in the first half, showing hustle and getting some nice plays going, especially after all the turnovers they forced on the Wolves. Yet, just 38% from the floor.
  • Tables turned in the second half, and the Pistons started playing worse as time went by, making the same silly mistakes and turnovers they had forced in the first half. 19 turnovers to close the game.
  • There’s a difference between being more accurate, and making the most out of your accuracy. Pistons shot 46% from the arc against the Wolves’ 35%. Still, the Wolves made 8, and we made 5. In the end, they got more points out of their 3 pointers, even though they had to shoot 23 of them.
  • And that wouldn’t hurt so much, if the team that had the 3rd best FT% in the league before the game didn’t finish with just 10-21 from the stripe! That’s 48% in case you’re wondering. 48! I made the case that the Pistons needed to get to the line more since they’re so deadly from it. They just need anyone but Maxiell to get there. 2-6 from there with one of them going wide of the basket, getting him ridicule from the crowd. Stuckey wasn’t any better in that front. Only got to shoot 4 free throws, and made one of them.
  • Tayshaun Prince on a big, big night. Played over 40 minutes, finished the game with a game high 29 points on 13-23 and 3-5 from beyond the arc, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block. Big bright spot for the Pistons.
Tayshaun Prince with 29 points and  his 400th Block

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  • Prince recorded his 400th career regular season block.
  • Outrebounded 44 to 41, but it’s nice to see we’re grabbing more offensive rebounds. 14 in total, most of them from Monroe and Maxiell who had 4 each.
  • Greg Monroe, who was 5th in PER (Player Efficiency Rating) in the whole league just a few nights ago, fouled out with 13 points, 12 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals in 28 minutes.
  • Jason Maxiell seems to take from the team as much as he offers. 4 turnovers, 7 rebounds, a steal and a block in 22 minutes. Just 2 points.
  • Ben Gordon on a good scoring night, but didn’t seem to get the team going with him. Finished bottom of the team in +/- with -14, even though he had 18 points on 7-15, 3 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals while playing for most of the game.
  • Jonas had another bad night. He was nowhere to be seen. played 24 minutes, only got 1-4 to fall, finished with 2 points and 7 rebounds as well as an assist and 2 blocks. He showed good hustle in the first half, but that was just about it.
  • Brandon Knight played well, even with an unimpressive stat line. 7 points, 6 assists against 4 turnovers, 5 rebounds and a steal. Had 5 fouls though, as did Jerebko, but did play 35 minutes.
  • Stuckey didn’t show much,  finishing the night with 10 points and a nearly empty stat-line otherwise. 3 assists was the only thing in there, 4-12 from the floor.
  • Wilkins played nearly 7 minutes. And got a rebound. That’s it.
  • Daye! He played! …31 seconds. And no, he didn’t actually do anything.
  • On the Wolves front, Ricky Rubio was slow to start but filled up his stat line. The rookie sensation shows that he knows his game, with excellent court vision and great basketball IQ. Finished the night with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Unfortunately, you have to admit he beat Knight one every front, except for FG% (1-8 against 3-11). Also got to the line much more and made the most of it; 7 of his points came from there.
  • Kevin Love with 20 points and 17 rebounds, finishing with a game high +16. I wish it was Greg’s name on the start of that sentence, alas, no.
  • Pekovic seemed to do everything wrong. Silly fouls, moving screens. Still managed to get a +15 on 11 points, a rebound and a block, along with 2 steals.
  • Pistons need to stop giving games away when they start so well. I was smiling through the first half, but that premonition of impending doom was right.
  • I don’t want to say we’re losing for a better place in the draft. But if Joe Dumars doesn’t get fired this season, this falls right into his plan to rebuild the team around young talent, as he said in today’s interview on Pistons.com.

First Half Highlights Via NBA.com

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The 3-11 Pistons are in Minnesota to take on the 5-8 Timberwolves, who just offered their anchor Kevin Love a reported 4 year 70 million dollar contract extension.

“Last season it took the Timberwolves 23 games to record six victories but with the lowly Pistons (3-11) in town, Minnesota has a very good chance to reach that mark much sooner.”  The Pistons are “lowly” according to NBA.com and I have to agree.

  • The good:
  • Sadly, I’m more excited to see what Ricky Rubio has to offer than anything Detroit has been doing lately. Just being real.

  • The bad: Detroit! No Charlie V who didn’t make the trip and Will Bynum is still listed as day to day.
  • The unknown: Will Greg Monroe bounce back after scoring just 4 last night going up against Kevin Love? Ricky Rubio vs. Brandon Knight…who’s going to win the battle of the rookies?

The Pistons will be back in town again this weekend, and you can see them take on either Memphis or Portland for as little as 3 dollars!

Tip off is at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports.  Matt Dery will be talking to Joe Dumars at 7:10 on 97.1 The Ticket, Matt doesn’t mess around, be sure to tune in and listen.

I guess the Palace is where Amazing Happens…just not for Detroit.

The Pistons 61 point first half didn’t make a difference Wednesday night at the Palace as Detroit once again when hot and cold all night long in a game that just hurts to lose.

Detroit, trailing by two points at the half stammered in the second scoring 44 points to the NBA’s worst defensive team.

Key Points:

  • No Darko :(
  • The shorthanded Timberwolves really looked like All-Stars playing again the Pistons Wednesday night, with guys like Lazar Hayward and Anthony Randolph making Detroit look silly.
  • Career high for Austin Daye who scored 22 points starting for Detroit. Austin added 3 assists, 4 boards, a blocked shots while fouling out after 39 minutes on the floor.
  • 5-for-25 from downtown for Detroit! Really…no seriously really? And why are we a 3-point shooting team all of the sudden?
  • Madonna night at the Palace – I wish the Pistons were playing like they were in the late 80′s.
  • Letting a team with 14 wins school you in your own building is just a testament to what this season has been like.
  • The highlights via NBA.com

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  • Rip Hamilton back in the rotation and having fun! Rip went 5-for-12, with 6 assists and 11 points in 26 minutes.
  • The Pistons had 20 assists at halftime, just 10 off their season-high for the season in a full game. They finished the game with 29.
  • Shot selection went out the door last night.
  • Kevin Love make the 48 double-double’s in a row! Love with 20 points and 20 boards was the best part of being at the game.
  • The other highlight, Greg Monroe with his own double-double with 18 points and 11 boards. Add 4 steals and 2 assists for Moose and that alone will make you smile.
  • Monroe on Post play: “Just trying to get in when I can. This whole season I haven’t had many plays called, not expecting that to change, just go out and do my part.”
  • Laimbeer back home again and he looks comfortable on the bench, though most would like to see him on the other side of the court at the Palace.
  • Tay did not play (back) and another DNP for McGrady coaches decision.
  • A double-double of his own for Rodney with 10 assists and 11 points.
  • Pretty cool that George and Special K made their rounds at the Palace last night.
  • Jonas looked mighty nice in his Birthday Suit on the bench. Hey… it was his Birthday and he had a sharp black suit on! Dirty minds.
  • Is it wrong to say, this just isn’t fun anymore?

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The 24-40 Pistons along with RIP Hamilton are back home for their second game of a back to back against the 14-47 Timberwolves. Minnesota has lost eight of nine games, and Detroit has their own drama to deal with as you know.

  • The good: Happy Birthday Jonas Jerebko
  • The bad: Kevin Love and his 47 game streak double-double madness.
  • The unknown: The lineup and rotation

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ AM 950.

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