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The Pistons and their fans are smiling today after the Detroit snapped their four game losing streak with a 97-90 win in Sacramento. What’s even more encouraging is that Detroit won on the road in a hostile Sacramento area that set a new world record Friday night for the loudest indoor crowd noise in an arena.
Key Points:

  • The Pistons were led by Josh Smith, who put up 21 points, with eight boards, seven assists, five steals and four blocked shots. This from a man who only a couple of days ago got limited time on the floor. Smith came out in strong in this one and didn’t let up, setting the tone on both ends of the court. This is the Josh Smith the Pistons signed up for.

Maurice Cheeks: “He got us going, but I thought more important he got us going defensively. The way he closed off the paint, got his hands on a lot of balls, come up with a couple of steals and made a lot of nice passes to guys running down the floor. I thought he was the one that ignited us to get that lead in the early going.” Via Pistons.com

  • Cheeks, who’s still not sure what to do with this rotation, gave Kentavious Caldwell-Pope his first career start in Billups absence.
  • Caldwell-Pope scored seven points with two boards and two assist in 21 minutes on the floor.
  • Singler with 22 minutes on the floor with hustle as always put up 11 points with three boards and assist and a blocked shot. I just with his three-point shot would start dropping on a more consistent basis. But to his defense I can say that about the Pistons in general.
  • Most are wondering by Jonas isn’t getting a ton of minuets, my guess is they need to see what Caldwell-Pope and Datome can do. Jerebko with 7 minutes and two points.
  • Detroit started this game on a mission, and didn’t let up till the final buzzer was blown. Nice to see after the blowout at Golden State.
  • Huge night for Andre Drummond, who had another HUGE night. Drummond, the dunking machine who was ruthless on the glass, tied  his career high with 18 boards. His dominance on the boards helps him clean up Detroit’s mistakes with ridiculous dunks. He put up 15 points and added two steals in his 36 minutes on the floor. I have to believe that Andre is turning heads every time he steps into opponents arenas. How can you not take notice of Dre?
Andre Drummond Pistons-vs-Kings 18 rebounds

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  • The game went back and forth with six lead changes, but a 16-4 run by the Pistons late in the third quarter gave them a ten point lead going into the fourth. The Pistons took that lead and finished the Kings off, never really letting them get close.
  • I wonder if Rodney Stuckey is upset he didn’t get the start, but considering he got more minutes than KCP,  probably not. I’m guessing Cheeks likes the spark Rodney brings off the bench for Detroit.  Stuckey with 16 points, 4 assist and a blocked shot in 30 minutes on the floor.  Rodney has been solid since the season started for him.
  • Greg Monroe didn’t have his usual battle with DeMarcus Cousins, mostly because Smith and Drummond were having big games.  If you’re counting though, DeMarcus led his team with 26 points and 13 points.  Greg with just eight points, four boards in 29 minutes.  This game was not a bright spot in a huge start to the season for Monroe.
  • A fun game to watch and even better that they came out with the win.
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  • LA Lakers at the Staples Center Sunday may start a winning streak.

The Pistons backcourt of Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight put up 58 points for the Pistons in their 114-108 victory over the Kings Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit, who is clearly playing their best basketball of the season, has now won six of their last eight games.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey brought the house down in the fourth quarter.  Both of them hitting big shots late and making the Palace feel like it was a playoff game.
  • The mask-less Brandon Knight with a career high 10 assists , the most assists by a rookie since Grant Hill did it.  Brandon finished with 23 points and was four boards away from a triple-double.
  • The Pistons are now 6 for their last 8.
  • We can’t forget Tayhsaun’s 22 points, and 10 board in what may have been his first double-double of the season.  Tay added 5 assists, 2 steals and two blocked shots in one of his best performances of the season by far.  A complete game form the kid form Compton.
  • Rodney 5 for 6 in the first with 16 points,  his first 16 point quarter of his career.
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  • Rodney had another great night, in fact it could have been his best performance of the season Friday night.  Stuckey led the Pistons with 36 points..yes 36, with 3 boards. Rodney took control of this game and  never let it go.
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Rodney Stuckey: “I’m just happy we won. We dug down deep, deep into the second half we got stops and that’s what helped us win the game.”

  • How about Ben Wallace playing up a storm again. Ben really wants to go out the right way. Ben finished with 7 boards, and assist, a steal and a blocked shot in 20 minutes on the floor and he wasn’t  holding off on contact going down for the count to draw an offensive foul when the Pistons really needed possessions late tin the game.
  • Sacramento with 29 fast break points to the Pistons 30.
  • Season high 114 points for Detroit.
  • DeMarcus Cousins, wasn’t supposed to play in this one, but he played and showed up big for the Kings.  He led Sacramento with 26 points and 15 boards with a blocked shot and a steal in 32 minutes on the floor. Cousins got some oohs and ahs  from the crowd and a couple of power dunks.
  • Clearly Cousins won the battle of the night with Monroe.  Greg with just three points on the night and 8 boards in 32  minutes.
  • 12 turnovers on the night for each team.
  • I can’t tell you who’s shot was bigger in the fourth quarter, Brandon’s 3 to put the Pistons up 105-104 with 2:20 to go or Stuckey’s that followed to make it 108-104 with 1:25 to go.

Brandon Knight: “Just to know we fought as a team, fought as unit, we came together as one. We had a lot of guys give great efforts, not just offensively, but hustling, getting blocks, steals; that led to easy offense for other people. It was a great team effort by everyone.”

  • Neither Stuckey or Knight turned the ball over once Friday night.
Rodney Stuckey with 36

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  • Isaiah Thomas at the Palace…weird.
  • Board war won 48-40.
  • Brandon Knight wants to be on the floor when the game is tight and is not afraid to take the big shot.  You have to love that, especially in a Rookie that can get it done.
  • I am not afraid to make call it like I see it when it comes to Rodney Stuckey.  With that said, he’s really impressed me the last couple of weeks.  He’s playing different and the Pistons are winning. I’m not completly on the bandwagon, but I’m not hating.
  • Ben Gordon 5-for-13 with 13 points off the bench.  He hit a couple of very important shots when the Pistons, not to mention this circus shot.
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  • The Kings looked like they were going to run away with this one.  In the first half this was one fast paced game, but the Pistons slowed it down in the second half and slowly took control.

Lawrence Frank On Brandon Knight: “I thought early on in the first half, even though he had a high assist total, I thought it was a little bit of a struggle, but then he stepped up. I was really proud of him making that pass to Rodney. That is just the right pass to make at the right time; great screen by Ben Wallace to create separation and any time you create separation, you force help. Now you have to make the right basketball play and so finding Rodney in the corner. Rodney stepping up and making it, but I was proud that Brandon made the right basketball play.”

  • Jonas was all hustle again
  • DNP’s for Russell, Macklin, Daye and Bynum with Wilkins playing just 7 minutes.
  • The Pistons got down 11 in the third and then just turned the game around.
  • Jason Maxiell with 6 points, 7 boards and 4 turnovers.
  • This team is showing fight and learning how to win.
  • This was one of the more exciting nights at the Palace no matter what team the Pistons were playing, or what month it was.  You take the good games when you can and hope for them when they are in the rear view mirror.

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The 13-26 Pistons will host the 9-28 Kings Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Kings have dropped four of five to the Pistons but have won two of three at The Palace. The Pistons might look to T-Mac as their go to guy, he’s averaged 23 points lifetime against Sacramento.

While the Rip Hamilton saga continues, we can only assume that the “new” starting lineup is going to stay the same. Unless Ben Wallace, who is listed as doubtful, is good to go.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Beat the cold outside and head to the Palace to feel the fire of the pre-game introductions for as low as 6 dollars! Get tickets well below face value to check out Detroit take on the Kings.

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

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The 3-6 Pistons are in Sacramento to take on the 3-5 Kings Sunday evening. If the Pistons get off to a good start they should be able to pull out a win in Arco Arena. The Kings have been one of the league’s most accommodating teams when it comes to points. Sacramento has allowed 58.3 points per game prior to halftime (29th in the league) and has trailed in all eight games.

The bad:
The Pistons have won consecutive road games once since March 2009.

Pistons fans I’m sure will be on DeMarcus Cousins watch.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 6:00 pm and will be broadcast on FSN Detroit. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

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The Pistons began the four-game road trip Tuesday with a 101-89 win over the Kings in Sacramento. Rip Hamilton led the team with 30 points and Tayshaun Prince filled the statline with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a block. The young Kings were led by future Rookie-of-the-year Tyreke Evans with 28 and 13 assists. Detroit jumped out to a 14 point lead in the first quarter before the Kings came back and closed it to three at quarters end. After relinquishing the lead early in the second, the Pistons stormed back to take back control and never trailed again. The team will head here to Los Angeles to face the Clippers Wednesday night. I may be there…

Key points of the night:

  • Thoughts and prayers go out to coach John Kuester following the death of his father over the weekend.
  • Detroit led by as many as 30 before the Kings rallied to within a dozen.
  • Rodney Stuckey tallied 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists – despite of 4 turnovers.
  • Looks like Tayshaun and Rip are healthy enough to have a meaningful impact for the stretch run.

Tayshaun Prince

  • Pistons shot a sizzling 58.4% for the game.
  • This is the Pistons’ first back-to-back wins since earlier this month versus the Nets and Bucks.
  • This is also the first time the team has scored 100 points or more in back-to-back games since mid-December versus Denver and Golden State, both wins
  • Jason Maxiell and Ben Wallace played limited minutes due to foul trouble, while Chris Wilcox saw action… although he couldn’t hit a free throw to save his life.
  • Rebound war tied at 34.
  • The Swede is a tough kid for real.
  • Highlights of the Game via NBA.com

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  • Another DNP-CD for Kwame Brown.
  • Tyreke Evans is going to be a great player in this league.
  • Did anyone know that Larry Hughes plays for the Kings?
  • For so reason, this is only Detroit’s 3rd win in the last 13 games in Sacramento.

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The Pistons vs. The Kings

The 20-35 Detroit Pistons are in Sacramento to face the 18-38 Kings (late) tonight. The Pistons have just two wins in their last 12 trips to Sacramento, one of those wins came last season. The Kings just handed the Pistons a loss before the all star break, but are currently on a four game losing streak and are without their leading scorer, Kevin Martin, who was traded to the Rockets before the deadline.

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On a sad note, my thoughts and prayers go out to John Kuester who is mourning the passing of his father John, who died on Saturday.

Tip is at 10:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action over at NBA.com.

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The Pistons vs. The Kings

The 18-32 Detroit Pistons are hosting the 17-34 Sacramento Kings on their second game of a back to back before the All Star break. Detroit will try to make it three in a row and go into the break on a good note.

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action over at NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

Allen Iverson got his first win in a Pistons uniform Tuesday night in Sacramento. Detroit’s 100-92 victory over The Kings looked like it might not come as the Pistons once again started the game out of sync while the Kings got off to an early 15 point lead.

Key Points:

  • The first thing that made me take notice during the game was that Detroit once again let a role player light them up. Spencer Hawes? Really? The kid led the Kings with 19 points, in 25 minutes off the bench.
  • Rip has yet to find his shot with 17 points on 4-16 shooting. It will come, but Detroit is lucky Tayshaun is stepping up in the meantime.
  • There were a couple of guys in the Sacramento crowd jawing the whole game. I don’t know how that place is miked up but you could hear just about everything. Serious heckler, it must be his second job. Mr. Blaha even made mention of it.
  • It was an Iverson night, Allen played all but 2 minutes of the game and led Detroit with 30 points on 9-for-19 shooting. He was just an assist short of a double-double and also grabbed 7 boards on the night. It was a highlight filled night for Iverson, something Pistons fans have been waiting for.

Allen Iverson Scores 30

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  • “You have no idea (how good it feels),” said Iverson. “That’s a huge lift off of me. It just feels good. I wanted to get that monkey off my back and get that first win. Now we can try to get a whole lot more.” Via The Detroit News
  • Does Mikki Moore act like a thug every game or does he just do it against Detroit, because I sure notice it a lot. He pushed Amir to the ground and got away with it, but if Blaha had anything to do with it, he’d have a suspension coming.
  • No Stuckey, no matter. Will Bynum is making the most of his time on the floor. I don’t think I have ever been so pleasantly surprised by a player I didn’t know much about before. The guy is fearless and willing to take it to the hole no matter who’s waiting. And isn’t it fitting that one his highlights was The Play of The Game.
  • Arron Afflalo started playing like he had been in the pre-season and it looks like he’s out of Curry’s doghouse. He put up 6 points in 18 minutes of the floor while being productive defensively.
  • AI sees Maxiell……the crowd gasps.
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  • Fifteen minutes for Amir, zero points (didn’t shoot), 3 boards and one blocked shot.
  • On a side note, I don’t know how many of you watch the post game report on FSN Detroit, but can someone please tell Ryan Field that his new catch phrase when wrapping up the game “a hoop and the harm” is getting annoying very quickly.
  • 41.6% shooting on the night for The Pistons to The Kings 48.7%.
  • Board war lost, 44 to 39.
  • Rasheed was clutch defensively down the stretch. Sheed finished with 7 points, 7 boards, a steal and 3 blocked shots.
  • Tayshaun again comes up HUGE for The Pistons and really has been the MVP of the team thus far. A double-double for Prince with 26 points, 11 boards, 2 assists and a steal in 43 minutes. Here are his video highlights on the night.

Tayshaun Prince

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  • Lots of Tay, not a minute for Herrmann.
  • NBA.com Highlights of The Game.
  • Kwame did a nice job with 5 points in 16 minutes on the floor.
  • Stuckey is cleared to play and should join the team soon.
  • Curry insists things will start to shape up.
  • This West Coast trip is going to hurt many of you (including me right now), who get up in the wee hours of the morning to head off to work or school.
  • Detroit Bad Boys is relieved to get the first AI win.
  • Don’t worry an AI Wallpaper is on the way.
  • It was nice to see the Pistons close it out, I remember when I always had faith in the team to close a game out.