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#Pistons fans haven’t seen a Knight of basketball like they did on Friday in quit some time. It was the Pistons youth core of Knight, Drummond and Monroe that helped power Detroit in their 91-90 win over the Raptors. With the Pistons down one, it was Brandon Knight’s dribble drive with 7 seconds on the clock that gave Detroit their third win on year.

Key Points:

  • I’m back on the Tayshaun Prince bandwagon for right now. It’s not that I don’t think he’d fit better off the bench on a contender, but he’s doing his part this season to keep the Pistons in games. As important as Brandon Knight was down the stretch of this one, so was Prince who got the Pistons right back in the game when they handed the lead to the Raptors. Prince finished with 16 points, seven boards, and three assists in 38:19 minutes on the floor.
  • Another solid game for Greg Monroe who led the Pistons with 19 points, 11 boards, a steal and a turnover in 38:24 minutes. He’s not only playing well, you can see him in every play and being a leader to this young team.
  • Monroe has grabbed five or more rebounds in 104 consecutive games, the league’s longest current streak. Are you voting for him?
  • I suggest you watch the highlights of this one just to see the last couple of plays unfold.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Andrea Bargnani with 17 of the Raptors first 20 points, had one of the best games I’ve seen him play. He finished with a season high 34 on the night.
  • I also didn’t know how good Toronto’s Kyle Lowry was.
  • Very nice to see the Twin Towers on the court together for Detroit. You can see how productive that they can be. Drummond finished with 13 points and career highs of 13 rebounds in his first double-double of his career in 25 minutes on the floor. He had some nice highlights in this one, none better to me than when he hustled back on the defensive end to take a charge and as he lay on the floor he gave a nice fist pump when the call was made. He even was put back in the game with 16.1 seconds left in the game to help Detroit make a stop when the Pistons were down one.

Andre Drummond: “One of the knocks on me is that I don’t have a motor, that I don’t play hard every day.” “(Frank) just tells me every day, effort, that’s all you need to do. Give effort every single day, play hard and keep yourself going. So that’s what I do.”

Tayshaun Prince: “I saw a lot from him, the most important thing is when he made mistakes and he missed free throws, he just stayed the course, put his head down. Obviously it was tough for them to keep him off the offensive glass and he had key blocked shots and things like that, but I think his energy kept the crowd in the game. That’s what we need from him.”

  • Detroit started the second half strong, going on an 11-0 run after Toronto scored on its first possession of the half and expanding their lead to 10.
  • Brandon Knight comes out the hero in this one and rightly so. His layup to get the win wasn’t easy, but don’t forget the clutch shots late in the fourth either.
    This was just the kind of game that Knight needed to kick start his confidence in his shot. Brandon finished with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting with three assists and just 2 turnovers.

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  • Let’s not forget about Jason Maxiell who continues to make play and bring the energy. I don’t have the clip, but did you see the sweet bounce pass from Monroe to Maxiell for the dunk?
  • Stuckey with 8 points on 2-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes.
  • Kyle Singler with 6 points on 2-of-5 shooting in 28 minutes.
  • Just 26 points in the paint for Toronto to the Pistons 52.
  • This game was tied 10 times with seven lead changes.
  • After losing double-digit leads and dropping their first three home games of the season, the Pistons have now won two straight at The Palace and the crowd truly did appreciate it.
  • A Sunday afternoon SHEEDtastic matinee against the Knicks. I’m all for it!

The 2-9 #Pistons are in Orlando to take on the 3-7 Magic. The Pistons would love to get their revenge against this Magic team that stole a win from them last week at the Palace.

  • The good: The Pistons have allowed an average of 79.5 points in their two wins.
  • The bad: The Pistons have allowed 102.4 points per game in their defeats.
  • The unknown: Stuckey/Singler watch, the battle of starting SG’s.  Also keep an eye out for Andre Drummond who is getting more time on the floor each game.

Tip off is at 7:00 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.

SheedtasticBeing that it’s the Thanksgiving Holiday, you may not see a complete recap of this one from me, but I’ll do my best.  For those of you who celebrate, have a SHEEDTastic Thanksgiving.

Go Pistons!

 

The #Pistons got their first home win of the season courtesy of the Boston Celtics. This time around the Pistons didn’t blow their lead in the 103-83 win. In their other three home games, the Pistons held double-digit leads in the second half, but defensive collapses turned into losses.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons were led by Greg Monroe, who put up his 6th double-double of the season with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, with 13 boards, while adding 2 assists and a steal in 31 minutes. Does anyone think he’s not a better player than he was last season?
  • I don’t care who’s leading the team in ppg, Jason Maxiell needs a medal of honor for his performances this season. He was unbelievable again against the Celtics, finishing with 15 points,  six boards, with a steal and a blocked shot in 30 minutes on the floor. It might sound cliche, but he really was everywhere all the time.
  • Congrats to Rondo who needed all 47 minutes to get his 10th assist of the game, extending his double-digit streak to 34 games, the third longest in league history.
  • Andre running the floor again. This almost looks like a replay  from the other night.

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  • Drummond played 18 minutes grabbing six boards and scoring four points. I do this thing when he’s on the floor, I stop watching everything else and just watch him.  Let me tell you with every game he’s learning the system better and he’s making an impact.
  • Singler with 14 on the night in his third night starting for Detroit. I’m very happy with Kyle in the starting lineup, are you?
  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • They went from an abysmal defensive game against Orlando to playing the best defense of the season against the Celtics. Detroit outscored the Celtics 23-14 in third quarter, forcing Boston to shoot just 31.3 percent, while turning the ball over seven times.
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  • I know many fans like a good offensive game, but I was raised on the Bad Boys and I love a good defensive shutdown.
  • Every Pistons was in the Plus column, even Daye who played a minute and thirty eight seconds.
  • I never thought I’d be think excited that the Pistons have Corey Maggette. He scored 11 points, with 2 assists and a rebound in 13:31 minutes. Shame on me for not tooning him yet.
  • Will Bynum added a much needed spark off the bench since Brandon Knight wasn’t doing much of anything other than turn the ball over. Will finished with 7 points, 5 assists and two steals in 21 minutes on the floor. And let’s not forget a breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter that made him look like he was going to hit his head on the rim.

Will Bynum - Pistons vs Celtics

  • Should we be worried about Brandon Knight?
  • This is the kind of game the Pistons need from Rodney Stuckey, who scored 14 points off the bench, with 5 assist and 5 boards. He still think there is something off with him though.
  • Detroit’s biggest lead was 22.
  • Surprised at the limited turnout at the Palace.  I know the Pistons aren’t doing well, and it was a night game on Sunday but the Celtics usually draw a crowd.
  • BTW did you know Darko was on the Celtics now?
  • Wednesday night in Orlando…revenge.

The 1-9 #Pistons are hosting the 6-4 Celtics Sunday evening at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good:The Pistons have taken two of the last three against the Celtics.
  • The bad: Rondo is playing out of his mind, he’s coming into Sunday’s game with a 34 game streak of double digit assists. If Detroit has any chance in this one, they’re going to have to make a point of stopping him.
  • The unknown: Singler, Stuckey, Monroe…who’s going to step up for Detroit? Or will it be Brandon Knight, who dished out a career-high 12 assists on Friday night against the Magic.

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.

Just when it looked like the #Pistons were going to get their second win of the season, the Magic did something ridiculous.  Orlando scored 48 points in the final 15 minutes of the game to win 110-106.

Key Points:

  • Clearly there was a defensive breakdown late in the game.  Something has to change in Detroit’s defensive strategy, you certainly can’t let a team like the Magic, who have an anemic offense score like that on you in so little time.  It was even more surprising after the great defensively played game Detroit put up against the Sixers.
  • Great games from both Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe who combined for 21 third quarter points.
  • Play 48 Minutes neon sign should take up an entire wall of the Pistons locker room.
  • Detroit  has been outscored 102-63 in their three home games this season, squandering leads to lose each time.

Angry Cartoon Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “I guess we need these lessons to remind us what it’s going to take to win, you score 106 points, shoot 53 percent from the field and lose the game. What is evident is that when you don’t defend, you’re going to lose, in the fourth quarter, everything is played harder, tougher, more intense and smarter. It’s evident what we need to do. We just have to continue to work at it and get better at it.”

 

  • The smaller team won the war of the boards, Orlando outrebounded Detroit 44-30.
  • One of the better performances from Tayshaun Prince, who I called out as a Dud this season.  I hope he makes me eat my words.  Price scored 18 with three assists and three boards, doing a great job defensivly on our old friend Arron Afflalo.
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  • Andre is improving every game. I know we want to see a lot of him, but I’m happy to let him take it slow and learn. Drummond put up 10 points, with three boards and two blocked shots. Check out his block and put-back in the highlights, he’s going to be a monster.
  • I’ll take a double-double from Brandon Knight every night. Brandon with 10 points, 12 assists and 4 boards away from a triple-double. I’m GuaranSheeding that he’s going to put up a triple very soon.
  • Kyle Singler finished his second NBA start with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting, with two boards, an assist and a steal.

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  • Rodney Stuckey off the bench with nine points on 4-for-7 shooing with an assist and a board. Let’s give Rodney the benefit of the doubt, but he was a -19 while Singler was a +17 while on the floor.
  • Congrats to Corey Maggette who grabbed his 4,000th board Friday night. Maggette may be the surprise of the season. We thought he was just a throw in to get rid of Ben Gordon, but it looks like he’ll be a real asset to the team. Corey put up seven points in 14 minutes.
  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting, with seven boards and an assist. He really is putting this team on his shoulders this season.
  • Jason Maxiell with 11 points, five boards, two steals and a blocked shot in 31 minutes. I’m fine with Max in the starting lineup.
  • PS, I still can’t stand J.J. Redick.
  • Thirteen lead changes in this one, while being tied 14 times.
  • The Magic, averaging 88 points per game, scored 66 in the second half.
  • 64 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Detroit’s biggest lead in this one was 13.
  • Sunday night against the Celtics at the Palace.  Can they get #2?

The 1-8 #Pistons with host 2-5 the Orlando Magic Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The big news is not that fact that the Pistons picked up their first win Wednesday night with Kyle Singler in the starting linuep.

The big news is that Rodney Stuckey will be coming off the bench for Detroit.

“Stuckey went to head coach Lawrence Frank and requested the switch after watching how well the starting unit flowed while he missed a game with the flu, and said today he has “no ego” and believes it could be the best move for everyone.

“I just want to come in and just impact the game,” Stuckey said after today’s shootaround. “I think coming in with the second unit, being able to run more, get out in transition, will help us out a lot.” via MLive

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  • The good: The Pistons have won three of the last four meetings against the Magic and are 12 of 15 against them in Detroit. You can say hello to our old friend Arron Afflalo who’s the one and only bright spot on the Magic.
  • The bad: The Magic, who are coming into this game on a five game losing streak.
  • The unknown: Will Kyle Singler put up the same kind of performance that he did in his first start? Will Rodney Stuckey be more productive off the bench for Detroit?

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.

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It didn’t matter that the #Pistons were without their starting shooting guard Rodney Stuckey Wednesday night. They finally got their elusive first win of the season with the help of his replacement Kyle Singler and a monster game from Greg Monroe.  The Pistons had everything going for them in their he 94-76 victory over the Sixers leading by as much as 23 points, and finally playing a solid 48 minutes of basketball.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe with a MVP performance putting up yet another double-double (5) with 19 points, 18 boards and six assists. He was a force, attacking the basket and putting pressure on the Sixers.

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  • The last Piston to have at least 19 points, 18 boards and 6 assists in a single game was Grant Hill with 35 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists at Dallas on 4/1/97.
  • Yes you saw it, reg Monroe and Andre Drummond on court together for the first time. And you know what? The future looks very bright.
  • Kyle Singler AKA “Bucket Man” who started in Rodney Stuckey’s place was phenomenal. It didn’t start off great when early in the game he ran smack into the 300 pounds that is Kwame Brown. He laid in a heap on the floor dazed, but after a time out he went right back into the game and did his best job to keep Stuckey’s starting spot. Singler finished with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting with 4 boards, and an assist.
  • Did I mention Kyle was everywhere, even diving into the expensive seats for a rebound.
  • Is it wrong to thank Stuckey for having the flu?
  • Tay to Brandon Knight alley-oop via NBA.com

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  • Jason Maxiell with 12 boards and 8 point adding 3 more blocked shots on the season. We want him to come off the bench, but it’s hard to deny that he’s been more than solid in every game this season. I’m on the Baby Eater Bandwagon again.
  • Dare I say Corey Maggette, who played in his first game as a Piston, did well. He didn’t light it up, but he sure did contribute to this win. He played 21 minutes and scored six points before fouling out.
  • A whopping 48 points in the paint for Detroit while holding the Sixers to just 28.
  • Board war handily won 57-38.
  • Possibly one of the best games Brandon Knight has played in a Pistons uniform. He flirted with a triple-double with seven boards, seven assists and 15 points in 35 minutes on the floor.
  • The first time this team has looked like a team this season.
  • Detroit’s defense looked great. They held the Sixers to just 29.8% shooting on the night.
  • What was glaring however was the 17 Detroit turnovers to the Sixers four. You can’t usually win games when you turn the ball over that much.
  • Andre Drummond scored six, with two boards and an assist in just 11 minutes. His last basket he got a swipe and then went coast to coast for a dunk late in the game to put a cap on win.
  • This one was actually fun to watch! The Pistons led by as much as 23 points, their largest margin all season long.
  • It was going so well for Monroe that he needed just one eye to make his free throw.

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  • Tayshaun played well scoring 15, with six assists a steal and five boards in 34 minutes. It was nice to see Tayshaun playing well from the jump.
  • Now that the Pistons got their first win out of the way and they did it without Stuckey, you know the questions are coming.
  • They could possibly make this two in a row when they play the Magic on Friday night.

The 0-8 #Pistons are in Philadelphia to take on the 4-3 Sixers. Detroit will be without Rodney Stuckey, who’s suffering from the stomach flu.

  • The good: With Kyle Singler starting in place of Rodney Stuckey, maybe the Pistons can be optimistic that even the slightest change in the starting lineup may finally translate into a win.
  • The bad:The 76ers had won three straight in this series by an average of 24.3 points before falling 108-86 at Detroit on April 26. The Pistons have dropped three of four in Philadelphia.  It gets worse, The Pistons have played six games on the road, where they’ve gone 16-64 since the start of 2010-11 to post the league’s second-worst winning percentage (.200).  Via Pistons.com
  • The unknown: Will we see much of Andre Drummond? We know if the Sixers go small we won’t, but keep an eye out for the Twin Towers.

Tip off is at 7:00 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.