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The 14-20 #Pistons are in New York to take on the 11-22 Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Pistons will be looking for answers as they take the court against the Knicks having lost a season-worst four games in a row.

jenningsBrandon Jennings: “This is most definitely an emergency right now, it is slipping away from us. You start questioning if everyone is willing to sacrifice and do the things that we need to win games.” Via NBA.com

The good: It’s pretty difficult to put a good spin on Detroit Basketball since the Pistons managed to beat the Pacers. Besides the play of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe the real MVP of the season thus-far is Rodney Stuckey. Unfortunately Stuckey has not been healthy enough to help the Pistons fix their woes. Stuckey led the Pistons with 21 points the last time the Pistons took on the Knicks.
The bad: Detroit has lost seven consecutive games at Madison Square Garden.
Josh Smith leads the league in all things that suck.
As bad as the Knicks have been all season the UK’s top online betting sites are leaning towards New York in this one.
The unknown: Can Josh Smith stay true to his words when he says that the Pistons must be unselfish in order to have success?  Has Brandon Jennings put the frustrations aside after the loss to Memphis on Sunday?
Injuries: Pistons: Rodney Stuckey – day-to-day
Knicks: Raymond Felton – questionable, Metta World Peace – out

Fact: Detroit won the first meeting against the New York Knicks, 92-86.
Fact: Detroit has lost seven consecutive games at Madison Square Garden
Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.2%.

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.

Tuesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills looks like it’s going to be something of a show when the Knicks are in town to play the Pistons.  If you didn’t know by now Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings sent out a tweet that the Knicks J.R. Smith took offense to.

On Wednesday night Jennings tweeted this (now deleted) @BrandonJennings :

“Wait wait wait JR smith brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & @BBROWNLAU isn’t. Call me hater but not Rollin!!!”

Wednesday night, J.R. Smith responded with a tweet appearing to threaten to send his “street homies” to Detroit.  Also mentioning that he had no respect for Jennings.

Smith said on Thursday night that he didn’t mean to threaten Jennings with his tweet.

JR Smith and Chris Smith Knicks

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A ton of criticism has been thrown the  way of J.R.’s brother Chris from the Knicks fans to NBA players themselves who believe that Chris is on the roster only to help settle J.R., who’s had issues since he’s been in the league.

Some rival agents believe Chris Smith’s roster spot with the Knicks was locked in as a package deal when J.R. Smith re-signed with the team in July.

Chris Smith signed a nonguaranteed contract worth $490,180. According to league sources with knowledge of the contract, his deal became fully guaranteed once he made the roster.

Smith has been inactive for the Knicks’ first seven games. He is expected to play the majority of the season in the D-League with the Knicks’ affiliate, the Erie BayHawks.

His inclusion on the roster has affected recent personnel decisions.

The Knicks decided recently that they would not add a big man to help fill the void left by injured center Tyson Chandler, who is out four to six weeks with a fractured right fibula.

They would have to cut a player if they wanted to sign someone to make room on the 15-man roster. Many view Chris Smith as an obvious candidate to be cut, in part because of his subpar play in the preseason (1-for-7 shooting in 20 minutes).Via ESPN

Smith however has  gotten in trouble on Twitter in the past. In 2012, he was fined $25,000 by the NBA for posting “inappropriate pictures” of a semi-nude woman on his Twitter account. He’s also not know to be a standup guy. Since he’s been in the league he’s had issues wherever he’s been. All you have to do is a google search on the guy and you’ll know it all.

It doesn’t mean the Jennings should have made his opinions public with a  tweet. Something like that was bound to cause issues, especially with the Knicks coming to town. I doubt that Joe Dumars is happy about it considering he’s always said he tried to build his team with character guys.

Now the NBA is involved in an incident that really had nothing to do with Jennings. He was trying stick up with friends who were not in the league, but this is just a childish immature way of doing it. He’s played just five games for Detroit and he’s already in the news. Too bad it wasn’t for a triple-double.

Joe Durmars picked up the big man he wanted.  According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski Detroit reached and agreement with Josh Harrellson.

“Harrelson will hold a partial salary guarantee for the 2013-14 season, and the Pistons will hold the team option for the 2014-15 season, a source said.”

The 6-10 Harrellson  was the 45th overall pick out of Kentucky in the 2011 NBA Draft.  spent his entire rookie season  with the Knicks averaging 4.4 point in 14 minutes of play.

In July of 2012 he was traded to the Rockets and then waived in August of 2012. He signed with the Miami Heat in January of 2013 then waived again.

In the short time he was not in the NBA he played in Puerto Rico and China.

It has not been officially announced just yet, but it likely will be today.

Josh Harrelson and GiGi Datome

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This isn’t a head turning deal, but he should be a serviceable big man to back up Andre and Moose. I’m just wondering if he brings the lumber jack bearded look to Detroit, because I’m not sure Gigi wants any competition in the facial hair department.

The 14-24 #Pistons are in London England to play the 24-13 New York Knicks at the 02 Arena in London.

  • The good: Though many of fans think this regular season in England is a great idea, you have to be happy for the many, many NBA and Pistons fans across the ocean. It’s probably a dream come true for many fans that will be at the 02 Arena.
  • The bad: The Knicks are a very good team. Sheed may be out for the year for the Knick with a foot injury.

The known:

You know the Pistons are having a good time in England if you’re following Pistons.com and their twitter accounts, but I think Sheed is probably getting into some trouble.
Rasheed Wallace and the Queen in London
Via Pistons.com

Since the game is on London time it will be shown Live on NBA TV at 3PM EST.

Rasheed Wallace BodybuilderIt seems as though the Knicks have a Need4Sheed.

“Rasheed Wallace has told the Knicks he has elected to come out of retirement and join Monday’s training camp, according to an NBA source.

The Knicks could announce the move as soon as today. The 6-foot-11 Wallace, who worked out with the Knicks over the weekend, retired two years ago after a disappointing season with Boston. His agent Bill Strickland told The Post this morning he has not begun formal contract negotiations with the Knicks and wouldn’t confirm the decision was made.

Wallace would make the veteran’s minimum of 1.7 million. Strickland said if Wallace plays it would only be with the Knicks because of his relationship with coach Mike Woodson, who was a Pistons assistant when Detroit won the title with Wallace as one of its stars.” Via The NY Post

We all know Sheed and realized he’s been off for an entire season, but something tells me he’s got a “little” left to help a team out.  I’m just wondering what kind of shape he’s in.  The last time I caught a glimpse of him a few month ago he didn’t look like he was in playing shape.  So…that seems about right.

The 16-31 #Pistons New York for the second game of a back to back to take on the 23-25 Knicks. The Knicks would like to bounce back after their five game winning streak was snapped, while the Pistons, who have lost four straight, will take any victory they can get.

The Knicks, under new interim coach Mike Woodson, are just one-half game ahead of the Bucks for the final playoff spot in the East.

  • The good: The Knicks are also on the second game of a back to back.
  • The bad: The Kninks are 3-0 under Woodson at home.  Carmelo Anthony this season.
  • Who to watch: I’m sure you all want to see what Jeremy Lin can do.  Keep an eye out for how Brandon Knight keeps up.
  • The unknown: Stuckey’s health.

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.

The Pistons were trailing by seven points late in the fourth quarter before something, or should I say something clicked.  Tayshaun Prince scored with 23 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 99 all and send the game into overtime.  If one time wasn’t enough,  Prince hit another basket and got fouled for the three point play to tie the game again and send it into a second overtime at 109 all.

That was just all that the Pistons could muster, as the Knicks hit a barrage of three pointers to pull away and finish the Pistons off 125-116 at the Palace.

Key Points:
Tayshaun Prince - Tayriffic

  • A season high 31 points from Tayshaun Prince who was the epitome of clutch. Tay sent the game into overtime not once but twice with two fantastic drives to the basket. Tay added 7 assists, 8 boards, and zero turnovers in 43 minutes on the floor. He continues to play well, which helps him in a contract year and looks great for a possible trade.

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  • Though Tay’s heroics and 31 points will most likely be what everyone will be talking about besides the OT loss,  Rodney was Stucktacular.  Stuck scored 29 points with 5 assists, 2 steals and four boards.  He clearly had the edge again in size over Felton and used it.  My only issue with him, and this happens quite a bit…he needs to remember that he is allowed to actually dish the ball to his teammates when they are open when he doesn’t have a shot.  It’s ok Rodney, it’s allowed.
  • Can you say Three!  The Knicks truly live and die by it.  Danilo Gallinari knocked down three pointers on the first two New York possessions of the second overtime, and Wilson Chandler made another on the next trip down the floor.  New York shot 38 threes on the afternoon and make 15.
  • Five Knicks in double figures led by Amare Stoudemire, who put up a game high 37.  Think that wasn’t good enough…was oh so close to a  triple-double with 10 boards and 7 assists.
  • A 7 minute Austin Daye sighting.
  • Surprising OT lineup of Gordon, Rip, Tay, Stuckey and Ben…especially when the Knicks lead the league in blocked shots.
  • Don’t know why Charlie V didn’t get more time.
  • At one point the lead was going back and fourth, the Pistons and Knicks just kept trading baskets and the lead, it changed hands 20 times and was tied 12 times.
  • I’ll say it every day, Ben Gordon needs more than 4 shots!
  • The Pistons were out-rebounded 48-41.
  • I’m always impressed with Michigan native Wilson Chandler, who scored 20 for the Knicks.
  • Points in the paint even at 40.
  • Jason Maxiell started for the Pistons but had some trouble with the Knicks big bodies and was pulled in favor of Tracy McGrady, who had another T-Mac game.  McGrady 13 points on 6-for10 shooting with 6 boards, 3 assists a steal and a blocked shot.   With each game on the floor he’s looking better and better.

McGrady “I’m just gradually getting better game-by-game confidence-wise. Just feeling more comfortable on the basketball court. The last thing to come is to get over the mental part of getting over an injury. That’s the last thing to come and I feel myself getting better every game.”

  • A cool 17 for Rip Hamilton, who added 6 assist and 2 board along with hitting a key basket in the fourth to time the game at 97 during the Pistons fourth quarter rally.
  • Am I the only one who’s alarmed that Prince, Hamilton, McGrady and BEN WALLACE had more assists than the Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey?
Rodney Stuckey

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  • Detroit – 25 assists on the night, some of the prettiest came from T-Mac.
  • Really, how long can Dick Bavetta keep going?
  • Rip is sooo good at the Alley…this one goes to Stuckey even though we are used to seeing him hoist it up for Tayshaun.

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“With the Knicks playing small, that first-half performance convinced John Kuester to start McGrady in the second half. McGrady said after the game that a leg muscle tightened on him – nothing serious, he said, but it felt like the building was cold – and he couldn’t get it going again. But his first-half outing was another step, he felt, toward a breakthrough.” Via Pistons.com

  • Nice to see Jonas on the bench supporting his team.  Jonas in the house in a nice sports coat and a walking cast.
  • It really doesn’t get easier.   Next up for the Pistons, the Magic in Orlando then to Miami and back home to host Orlando.  On a happier note, I’m so loving what’s happening to The Heat right now.

Need4Sheed Guest Writer: @_dannyb_
Email: Boney

When I was asked to do another guest post at Need4Sheed, I jumped at the opportunity. When I was asked to pick a game, I naturally chose the Knicks game because they can’t possibly beat the Pistons right? No? So for guest post #2 of my N4S career, I am stuck writing a recap of the worst loss of the season. Earlier, if you’ll remember, I wrote about the Pistons disastrous loss to the Indiana Pacers on the 22nd of January. So, whether you want to remember or not, here we go:

Final Score Pistons 104 Knicks 128

  • Jonas Jerebko is above and beyond the player of the night: 15 points (4-9 fg, 2-2 3pt, 5-7 FT) with 13 rebounds (4 offensive) in 34 minutes.
  • Only Austin Daye had a positive plus/minus (+6) for the Pistons, everyone else was a negative (Richard Hamilton was a team worst, -22).
  • With the Pistons down 20+ with a little over 2 minutes to go DaJuan Summers, Chucky Atkins and Kwame Brown got some burn. I guess being down by as much as 27 at one point doesn’t mean that perhaps another group could provide a spark huh Coach Q?
  • Actually since you’ve been reading this, the score is now 134-104 as Al Harrington has hit 2 more 3 pointers.
  • At least the Maxiell did what he could in place of Ben Wallace.
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  • I remember when I played basketball, they taught me to put my hands up on opponent’s shot attempts. The Knicks shot 55% from the field, 52% from 3. The Knicks made 6 more shots than the Pistons on 4 less shots. Where’s the D?
  • Newly acquired Bill Walker scored a career high 22 points on 9-13 shooting. So tell me Rip, Tayshaun, Daye, and whoever else guarded 2nd year SG/SF Bill Walker who couldn’t see any time in Boston… how does Bill Walker absolutely embarrass you like that?  This dunk didn’t help.

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  • Tracy McGrady with a near triple-double (21 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists). The man is playing on one leg.
  • The New York Knicks did not start a point guard.
  • The only players on the Knicks that shot under 50% on the night were Sergio Rodriguez and Toney Douglas.
  • 4 Knicks scored 20 or more. 0 Pistons scored 20 or more.
  • Poor ball movement – 19 assists on 41 field goals made for Detroit.
  • Remember New York didn’t start a point guard? They had 33 assists on 47 field goals made.
  • Ben Wallace out after injuring his knee against the Celtics. Jason Maxiell started in his place and played 30 minutes, scoring 10 points and securing 8 rebounds.
  • Awful game. Just awful.
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  • Why is Tayshaun Prince playing 33 minutes in a 20+ point blowout loss and Austin Daye only playing 10 minutes?
  • Why is this team as bad as they are? They have 7 road wins. 7. They’ve played 30 road games.
  • Al Harrington usually does not play well against us (12.2 ppg career) but he exploded for 26 points on 10-17 shooting with 8 rebounds.
  • Thanks again to Natalie for allowing me to write this re-cap. Nothing positive came from watching this game, writing this re-cap or thinking this team has a chance against cellar dweller teams anymore. The Detroit Pistons are a bad team right now.
  • The High-Low lights

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The Pistons vs. The knicks

The 21-39 Pistons are on a second game of a back to back to face the 20-39 Knicks. We know the Pistons are struggling, but did you know that the Knicks have lost 10 of their last 11 games and allowed an average of 111.6 points over their last 18.

Here is a Pistons fun fact for you:
The Pistons are ranked 29th in the league in scoring, averaging 92.6 points. Only league-worst New Jersey has a lower average (90.2).

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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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 950 AM  or  follow the action over at NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

Need4Sheed InterviewTo discuss all things Knicks and Pistons before the two teams tip Tuesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills, I was asked to be a guest on The Knicks Blog radio showThe show will be taped live Monday night at 9:00 pm EST and you can call in at 646-478-5554. Following the show, you can listen to it over at  The Knicks Blog.

I’m sure I can cause a little trouble…Tune in.

I had a great time doing the interview with Anthon, you can listen to the show in its entirety HERE.