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Forget the fact that the Pistons just strung two wins together with their 88-90 victory over the Hawks.  This game showed heart and hustle from a team that was shorthanded and wanted the win.

Key Points:

  • No Rip, Tayshaun, Wilcox, Maxiell and Stuckey got hit pretty hard after playing 8 minutes and didn’t return.
  • If you missed this one, I’m sorry.  One of the best performances of the season for this team.
  • Will Bynum with a ridiculous HIGH and I’m talking high glass layup, and the made free throw had the Pistons within one 84-85 with 56 seconds left.
  • Then Ben Gordon took over.
  • Ben’s late game defensive hustle with a steal and two free throws to give Detroit the lead 86-85.  Gordon finishes with a game high 22 points on 7-for-17 shooting with 3 steals, 2 boards and 7 assists.

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  • 43 bench points for Detroit.
  • Let’s not forget a huge three from Chucky Atkins with 6 minutes left in the game that got the Pistons right back in it.
  • Charlie Villanueva with some key shots, but the fact that Austin was playing so well, CV didn’t see much time.  Charlie 4-for-8 for 10 points, a steal, 4 assists and 4 boards in 23 minutes.
  • Ben Wallace wasn’t resting much on the second game of the back to back.  The fro-less wonder scored 8 and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line with 3 huge blocks. When he did this coast to coast move, I about fell off my chair.

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  • 100% from the free throw line for Detroit! (16-16)
  • Small lineup for the Pistons gets them beaten up on the boards.  48 to 37 in favor of the Hawks.
  • Austin Day starts for Tayshaun Prince (out for personal reasons) played one heck of a ball game.  The kid played 44 minutes, and he hustled every single one of them.  Austin scored 13 points with 10 boards, his first career double-double, with a steal and 3 blocked shots.  I could watch him play like that all Daye long.

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  • “It felt good,” Daye said. “I was surprised I was able to stay out there that long without telling Coach to take me out. I’ve just been working on my wind and it definitely paid off.” Via MLive
  • Game was tied at the half and the Pistons came out strong in the second half until the Hawks went on a 20-6 run.  Detroit was down by as much as 9 points in the second half, until the magic happened.
  • Will The Thrill! 17 points, on 7-for-15 shooting with 3 assists, and a career high 4 steals, a huge bucket in the fourth and another one of his signature dunks. Pure Bymuite!  Well..can we keep him Joe?

The Pistons vs. The Suns

The 24-53 Pistons are hosting the 49-28 Hawks Wednesday evening. The Detroit, coming off a long awaited victory Tuesday night over the Sixers, could prove a worthy opponent to the playoff bound Hawks. The Pistons went toe to toe with Atlanta a few nights ago and they will again  be without the services of Joe Johnson or Mike Bibby.

Considering this is a back to back, Pistons fans probably won’t see Ben Wallace.  And if we do, it won’t be for very long.

Tayshaun Price will miss the game for lottery balls personal reasons, Austin Daye will start in his place.

No Jason Maxiell, Chris Wilcox and Rip Hamilton are is still a game time decision.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit PLUS with the radio broadcast over at 950 AM or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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The Pistons vs. The Sixers

The 23-53 Pistons are in Philadelphia to take on the 26-50 Sixers and distract themselves from all the drama.

Rip Hamilton is a game time decision. We are now taking best on if and how much Charlie Villanueva will play.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:00 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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The Hawks handed the Pistons their 11th loss in a row last night.  Despite the fact that is was a L and it did add to what has turned out to one of the most surprising season for Detroit fans, this team competed.  The  85-91 final score doesn’t tell you that he Pistons went neck and neck with the Hawks and had a good chance to take this one.

Key Points:

  • Kwame Brown started the game for the injured Jason Maxiell, who was starting for the injured Ben Wallace.  Two words…GO KWAME.  Kwame started off the game with a thunder dunk that had my surround sound rattling.  Brown finished with 8 points, 8 boards, a steal, an assist and a blocked shot in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • This was the second Thundering Slam from Kwame, watch and listen. Via NBA.com

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  • Ben Gordon 0-for-7 in 22 minutes, I’m sure we aren’t the only ones waiting for his season to be over.
  • Horford and Smith 14 boards each for Atlanta.  Would love to have either of them on this Pistons team.
  • Jamal Crawford 29 points of the Atlanta bench.
  • Pistons shot 37% on the night and 35% from downtown.
  • Rodney Stuckey, back starting (playing the 2) lead the Pistons with 22 points on 8-for-19 shooting.  Stuckey just looks so comfortable at the shooting guard position.

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  • What’s with all the different shoe colors this season?  If I remember correctly, the NBA was a stickler for socks and shoes when it comes to on court uniforms.  It used to be that the whole team had to wear the same color shoes and socks.  And back in the day, Jordan was banned from wearing his signature shoes.  Things sure have changes, because Mike Bibby’s red kicks almost blinded me from my seat at home.
  • This was the kind of effort that you wanted to see every night if you are a Pistons fan.  The L really doesn’t hurt that much when you know that they had a chance and gave it all they had.  If they played like that all season they would have given themselves a chance to win every game.
  • Jonas had a few really swede moves against the Hawks.  He even knocked down a three.  Jonas finished the game with 11 points, 9 boards and yes 4 steals!  How his overall game has improved is dramatically.  Not that he was bad to start the season, but he picked up the NBA game very quickly.
  • Charlie V 3-for-13 for 8 points, 6 boards and a steal.  I think I have been hard enough on V.  I just hope I can comment differently next season.
  • Minimal time for DaJuan Summers, but he did score 2 points on his only shot in his 4 minutes on the floor.
  • Tayshaun with 17 points on 7-for18 shooting with 7 boards, 4 assists and a blocked shot.

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  • No Rip, no Wallace, no Wilcox or Maxiell.
  • 13 for Bynum on 5-for-7 shooting with just 2 assists.
  • This game was tied 11 times with 5 lead changes.
  • If you missed this game, I’m sorry.  After how Detroit has been playing this game was not only fun to watch, but it gave hope.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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The 23-52 Pistons in Atlanta to face the 48-27 Hawks Saturday evening.
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Riddled with injuries to some key players in the final weeks of a frustrating season, Detroit (23-52) will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Making matters worse, the Pistons are mired in their longest losing stretch since dropping 13 in a row from Dec. 15-Jan. 11.

The Pistons haven’t won since a 101-87 victory over Washington – one of two teams worse than them in the Eastern Conference – on March 12.

Silver lining – The Pistons are just a game ahead of the Wizards and Warriors for the 3rd worst record in the NBA. What does that mean? More L’s = More Balls!

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:00 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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The Pistons vs. The Heat

The 23-50 Pistons are hosting the 40-34 Miami Heat Wednesday evening at The Palace. Miami has won 11 of their last 14 games, while Detroit is on an 8 game losing steak.  The Pistons are waiting for their lottery pick, while Miami is getting ready for the playoffs.

Injury Report: Via Pistons.com

For the Pistons, who have lost eight in a row, Rip Hamilton is questionable after turning his right ankle against the Bulls on Sunday. Ben Wallace remains a game-time decision with knee soreness and a third starter from the Jan. 29 game, Chris Wilcox, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Rodney Stuckey, who also sprained an ankle on Sunday, practiced Tuesday and is expected to play but continue coming off the bench. The Pistons (23-50) will see the Heat again in Miami on Apr. 9.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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The Pistons dropped another game, and with it another season series.  The Bulls swept the Pistons for the first time in 14 seasons, while handing them their 8th loss in a row.

The final score 110-103.

Key Points:

  • How long has Flip Murray been with the Bulls?  Long enough to put up 23 points on his former team.
  • The Bulls went on a 31-11 run to take a 64-44 halftime lead. You need to score big numbers, just play the Pistons, apposing teams are averaging 110 points against.
  • The Bulls lead by as much as 21, the Pistons scored the first 5 points, which was their biggest lead of the game.
  • I’m sure the Pistons would love to have Ben Wallace back, their really is no D in the D without him.
  • Couldn’t pull it out despite a game high 29 points from Rip Hamilton.  Rip was 10-for-20 with 5 assists, a steal and one board in 34 minutes on the floor.
  • DaJuan Summers gets 5 minutes on the court lat in the game and scores a quick 7 points and almost gets Detroit back in the game.  I’ll take more Summers time please.  He’s athletic, has quick feet and can knock down the tree.
  • Rodney Stuckey is really playing well off the bench.  Stuck scored 20 points in 26 minutes with 3 boards and three assists.  He rolled his ankle in the third quarter and it looked like he wouldn’t return, but he got a magic tape up from Arnie and just kept on scoring.

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  • Charlie Villanueva …..pathetic. He played just 4 minutes and the only shots he took didn’t even come close to the rim. You might want to go with that whole side of barn analogy.
  • Ben Gordon par for the course, 1-for-5 on the night for 3 points. When Kwame Brown scores just as many points as you….you have problems.
  • Another nice showing from Austin Day, he’s got to help grab boards, but he does know how to score.
  • A Tay inbound pass right to Austin Day for the easy lay in, was not only nice but scared the Bulls into a time out when the game clock was winding down.
  • Prince with 13 points, 6 assists a steal and 3 boards.  He’s really looked good and he’s handling the ball well.  It’s too bad his performances haven’t translated into wins.
  • Maxiell is still doing his best to fill in for Ben.  Jason scored 4 with 10 boards, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He’s all we  have on the defensive end right now.
  • Solid stat line again from Jonas Jerebko,  who had one of the nicest jump hooks I have seen from a Piston in quite some time.  JJ finished with 12 points, 5 boards and an assist in 37 minutes on the floor (the most of any Pistons player).   I love the fact that the fans have embraced him, but can someone tell me what the relevance of the “Eagle” is?  The two young men that I see at almost every game that dress up and have Swedish Eagle signs really makes me think.
  • Jokim Noah drives me nuts…does he always have to try to look goofy?  The Bulls had their black uniforms on with the black shoes and black socks.  Noah just had to have the white shoes on to make himself stand out while looking like an out of place 6th grader.
  • Highlights of the Game via NBA.com

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  • At least they fought back in the second half, right?
  • Don’t forget I’m expecting your calls Monday night when I co-host the Celtics Late Night Show from 9 to 11 pm. This is your chance to get all your green hate out. We’ll be taking your calls all throughout the show so I’m expecting Pistons fans to outnumber the Celtics fans. We have to complain to someone don’t we?

Need4Sheed InterviewI was lucky enough to score an interview with someone who I have been reading since I used to actually hold a newspaper in my hand and turn the pages. Dana Gauruder has been giving us the Pistons inside scoop for 10 years and he was kind enough to let me bombard him with questions that Pistons fans need the answers to.

Special Need4Sheed Podcast – Interview with Dana Gauruder Pistons Beat Writer

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Dana always gives tells it like it is, so make sure you keep up with this Pistons recaps over at NBA.com and follow him on Twitter @dgauruder. Thanks again to Dana for taking the time out for us. He went so far as to get a haircut for the occasion, even though we did the interview by phone. Now that’s what you call class.

The Pistons vs. The cavaliers

The 23-46 Pistons are in Cleveland to take on the 55-15 Cavaliers tonight. LeBron James is averaging 34.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 8.3 assists in three victories this season against the Pistons. What’s even worse is that Pistons are now on a nine game road losing streak.

As we know Rodney is back, but Ben Wallace is headed back to the bench after injuring his knee’s in Friday night’s game against the Pacers.  No problem, it just means more Ohio Baby Eating time.

With the Pistons record, I think they need a new slogan.

Tip is at 6:00 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticker or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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When you have a DVR it give you the luxury of starting the game when you can rather than when it starts.  I couldn’t catch the start of the game so my plan was to watch the game in its entirety right when I got home.  I usually can’t keep myself in the dark score wise (I just need to know), so when I opened up my Pistons Blackberry app and saw that the game was 6-21 in favor of the Pacers and it was mid first quarter I wasn’t exactly rushing home to see it.  To my surprise after digging themselves a substantial hole and trailing the game by double digits for most of the game, Detroit climbed back in the game taking a 95-94 lead thanks to a huge three from DaJuan Summers with 2:51 remaining.

It didn’t matter however, the Pacers scored the next 8 points and won 102-106.

Key Points:

  • I don’t care what you say there is some kind of issue going on with Rip Hamilton.  When I guy like Rip does his best “Kobe” impression by not looking for his shot and scoring ZERO points, something is up.  Rip was 0-for-3 in 18 minutes on the floor with 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 turnovers.  When he was resigned to the bench….he either looked pissed off, or he was sulking.  Let’s keep our eyes on this situation.
  • Detroit had 7 turnover in the first quarter, but clamped down and finished the game with 13.
  • Limited minutes for Ben Wallace who looked good in his 24 minutes.  Ben scored just one point, grabbed 7 boards, with 3 steals and an assist.  How we did miss the man.
  • Ben Gordon scores 17 on 4-13 shooting with 7 boards, 6 assists and 2 blocked shots.  Great game for Ben, but when it counted late in the fourth quarter he couldn’t knock down the shot.
  • Sometimes I think Gordon is still getting his check from the Bulls, not the Pistons.
  • If this wasn’t a statement from Rodney Stuckey than I don’t know what is.  Rodney was on fire as soon as he checked into the game.  Not only was it good to see him play, he didn’t look apprehensive about anything considering the circumstances.  Stuckey scored 25 in 26 minutes for the Pistons with 3 assists, 3 steals and a turnover playing most all of his minutes at the 2 guard position.   Stucktacular!

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I feel all right,” Stuckey said of his 26 minutes. “The plan wasn’t to play all those minutes, but it was just in the heat of the game. I feel fine, and my wind felt fine. Via The Detroit Free Press

  • Detroit shot a shocking 50% from behind the long line.  Only bad thing about that was Indiana shot 53%.
  • Jerebko with 10 points, 6 boards and 3 steals.  You can count on him each game with numbers like that or better.
  • Best thing I can say about Charlie Villanueva is that he’s been a disappointment this season.
  • Nine points for Will, with 4 assist in 21 minutes.
  • What a miserable 3 quarters for Detroit, I was almost happy FSN didn’t broadcast this game in HD.  Who wants to see all that blood?
  • We just bettered ourselves in the Lottery standings!  The Pistons are tied with the Pacers for the fifth-worst record in the league.
  • Give DaJuan Summers some minutes!  Summers scores 12 points in 17 minutes on 4-7 shooting with 4 boards and a blocked shot.  Just check out his highlights.

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  • Cavs again Sunday.