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The 10-13 #Pistons will host the 8-14 Brooklyn Nets Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Nets, who many picked as contenders in the East, have had multiple issues this season with injuries and coaching.

Kidd, the first year head coach butted heads with former Pistons head coach Laurence Frank and basically exiled him. Reports now surfaced of a Kidd’s tirade towards Frank in a staff meeting.

“Sit the (expletive) down! I’m the coach of this (13-letter word) team! When you’re on the bench, don’t (expletive) move,” Kidd said, according to NBA.com reporter David Aldridge. The report did not offer further details of what the 13-letter word was.

The argument ultimately led to Frank being reassigned to a reduced role which Kidd described as “doing daily reports.” Via ESPN

Despite their issues Nets have started playing well of late and are on a three game winning streak.

The good: Detroit has won 15 of the last 19 games at home against Brooklyn.
The Pistons got great games from Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey in their OT loss to the Pelicans. Detroit’s Bigs will have to play well on both ends of the floor with Brook Lopez averaging 24 over the last four game and Garnett and Pierce stepping up their games.
The bad:  The Pistons inability to close out games that they can clearly win. Detroit fought back in New Orleans only to fold in overtime.

Andre Drummond Cartoon QuoteAndre Drummond: It’s on Greg and I to figure it out. We can’t continue to let guys come in our paint and do those kinds of things to us. It’s a building process and we’re going to figure it out. It’s not going to happen for too long.” Via NBA.com

The unknown: Can Josh Smith finally make his mark in a Pistons uniform and show everyone why Joe Dumars brought him here?
Injury Report: Bynum is still listed as doubtful with his left adductor strain.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 62.4%
Fact: Brandon Jennings tied a career-high six steals at New Orleans.
Link: Andre Drummond rands 3rd on ESPN’s 25 and Under NBA Rankings behind Anthony Davis and Paul George.

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.

It was a Sunday matinée in Brooklyn as the #Pistons beat the Nets 109-97.  The star of the show was Rodney Stuckey, who has had the best start to a season of his career. Stuckey, who’s leading the league in points off the bench,  scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half, leading the Pistons to their best half this season.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons outscored the Nets 65-46 after trailing at halftime.
  • Take note: When Joe Johnson starts hitting his shot, double team him. Johnson couldn’t seem to miss scoring a game high 34 points while going 8-for-10 from downtown.
  • The Andre Drummond show is becoming a hit in the league.  Dre was a point shy of his 8th straight double-double. Did you know he’s added a freakishly good hook shot to his repertoire?  You can see his tools coming together better each game.  He finished with nine points and 10 boards in 27 minutes on the floor.
  • The Nets went to the foul Andre and send him to the line strategy I’m sure issued by “assistant coach” Lawrence Frank.  That’s the one department that Andre needs to improve on drastically.
  • They were actually fun to watch on Sunday, especially after being at the game and watching them lose one they really should have won on Friday night.
  • Give credit to the Pistons for sticking with this one. They trailed by 12 late in the second quarter before cutting their halftime deficit to seven points.
  • Brandon Jennings, who’s had trouble of late with his shot, put up a  double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. This was one of the most intelligent games I’ve seen him play in a Pistons uniform.  He didn’t force shots and he ran the offense well.
  • Solid double-double for Greg Monroe with 18 points and 11 boards.  With Lopez on the bench for the Net, Greg dominated down low.  Add the hustle and a couple of sweet and 1′s to Moose’s highlight reel this season.
  • Yes Rodney Stuckey has been brilliant. Whatever he’s taking or doing, he’s making a case for a nice contract and upping his trade value.  Rodney with a season high 27 with 6 assists, 4 boards and two steals.
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  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s struggles with his shot continue. He was 2-of-10 for five points on the night.
  • Shouldn’t they at least see what Datome can do? He’s not going to score by leaving him on the bench and giving him a minute or two here and there.
  • Charlie Villanueva sighting. CV31 with eight points, two blocked shots, and three boards in 12 minutes.
  • Josh Harrelleson has played himself in the rotation and is doing a heck of a job in limited stints on the floor.
  • Josh Smith got his starting job back after missing practice, but his shot still isn’t there. He went 4-of-9 shooting for 12 points.
  • Highlights Via NBA.com


  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit and just 26 for the Nets.
  • Busy week for Detroit starts Monday at the Palace against the Bucks.

Angry Cartoon Lawrence FrankI’m pretty sure all of us saw this one coming and it didn’t even take more than 24 hours after the #Pistons last game of the season. There has been no official press release by the team just yet, but I’m sure their will be soon.

As of the moment it look like Joe Dumars and the rest of the Pistons coaching staff are safe, but stay tuned.

Tom Gores was in town for the last #Pistons home game of the season, but his agenda isn’t just about enjoying his team’s last game. With the past two season showing little or no improvement Gores made it clear that thing will happen.

The rumors have been circulating for weeks that Lawrence Frank’s job is on the line. Gores had lofty playoff aspirations and Frank led the team to another Draft Lottery pick.

Tom Gores toon“Lawrence is a tremendous guy, I’ve gotten to know him a little bit the last couple years and he’s a tremendous guy. But I have to worry about this franchise and what is the best thing to do.” Via Mlive

Dumars is also on the hot seat.

“I think both of them, including ownership, has to be accountable for the year. We have to be accountable for the results of this year.

I expected to be in the playoffs. So I’m disappointed by that. When I said that last year, I meant it. I’m very excited about what we have going. We have a lot of room financially. In basketball operations, we’ve set ourselves up. So I’m very excited about the future. But I’m not content about how we performed this year.”

We’ll know soon what the direction of this Pistons team will be but it seems quite obvious at this point.  I’m not sure many Pistons fans would rally behind Lawrence Frank, but I know that many want to give Joe Dumars another go at it considering his hands have been tied for a while.

I myself am a big Dumars slappy, and think he’s got to take a ton of blame but I’m not all that sure that this ownership team can do much better. Their not sports guys, they are money guys.

What do you think?

Who Needs to Go?

  • Both (58%, 175 Votes)
  • Lawrence Frank (25%, 75 Votes)
  • Joe Dumars (11%, 33 Votes)
  • Clean House and Make Trades (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Neither (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 300

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The #Pistons lost their seventh straight home game Tuesday night falling to the Timberwolves 105-82.

Key Points:

  • Really?
  • Detroit let a the worst three-point shooting team that averages only five three-point makes a game hit 14 from downtown for 42 points.
  • Do they not know how to play defense or are they just not trying? I still can’t figure that one out.
  • Pummeled by a equally terrible Wolves team that hadn’t won two consecutive road game all season.
  • Detroit has not won a home game since before the All Star break.
  • Best part of the game was a thunderous (for a little guy) Khris Middleton dunk, who finished with 10 points.
  • Low-lights via NBA.com

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  • It’s one thing to get clowned by a team vying for a championship but come on.
  • Greg Monroe finished with 11 points and 12 boards with 4 steals on the night. I put Greg, Jose and Knight as the only ones out there that seem like they care right now.
  • I didn’t even know who Nikola Pekovic was but he rocked Detroit for 8 points and 11 rebounds in just 30 minutes.
  • No Will Bynum who sat with a hand injury.
  • Jose Calderon led the Pistons with 14 points, with just one assist on the night.

Jose Calderon Pistons-vs-Timberwolves
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  • It’s one thing to not be able to hit contested well defended shots but Detroit couldn’t make their open jumpers to save their lives. The Pistons shot 40% on the night.
  • Detroit was down just five early in the third and then they let the Timberwolves go on a shooting spree.
  • Just three Pistons in double figures.
  • If this is a bright side, it’s nice to see Slava, and the rest of the rookies get some time on the floor.
  • I wonder if L Frank sleeps at night?
  • You might want start figuring out where the Pistons are going to draft in the lottery or hope your NCAA bracket does you right. I’m setting my sites on new things I looking at odds for 2013 Kentucky Derby horse race. Maybe animals will bring be better luck than basketball.
  • Next up Toronto on Friday night at the Palace. Will Jose put up his best effort yet on the only other team he’s been with in the NBA?

The 23-45 #Pistons are back home for one game to take on the 38-28 Brooklyn Nets Monday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Despite losing both games to the Nets that they have played this season, Detroit could have gone away the winner of each of those games. The Nets won by a combined five points in those games.
  • The bad:
    The Pistons have lost eight games in a row and are a loss away from their longest home losing streak in over 12 years. Brooklyn is a good basketball team and is right behind the Knicks for the top of the Atlantic division.
  • The unknown: Can Rodney Stuckey continue playing the best basketball of his season? No word yet on Brandon Knight’s status though it doesn’t look like he’ll be playing in this one. It’s also unclear whether Lawrence Frank will be on the bench for Detroit Monday night.

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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The 17-27 #Pistons are hosting the 23-17 Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Brandon Jennings hasn’t had much success against the Pistons. Detroit has won three of the last four against the Bucks.
  • The bad: You can decide if this is good or bad, but I’m putting it in the bad category. Rodney Stuckey will be back with Detroit in his “normal” roll. L Frank did not comment on his deactivation, but Stuckey said he had no issue with the coach but he didn’t see eye to eye with him the other day and he understands him no playing. How many more coaches is Rodney going to have beef with? Remember his “flu-like symptoms” earlier in the season? I personally think he’s got issues. You got to play like an all-star to act like one.
  • The unknown: Which Brandon will have a better night?

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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The #Pistons did their best to hang with the streaking Los Angeles Clippers Monday night at the Palace, but second half turnovers and sloppy play late in the game did them in.  The 88-76 loss was the fifth in a row for Detroit and the 10th win of their streak for the Clippers, who were without two ex Pistons Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill.

Key Points:

  • With Rodney Stuckey out (back spasms), Pistons fans got a chance to see Will Bynum who’s been a consistent DNP as well as Austin Day, who hasn’t had playing time since the last time the Pistons got blown out.
  • Austin scored two points and grabbed two boards in 18 plus minutes on the floor.
  • We all keep wondering why Jonas Jerebko hasn’t seen any time in a WHILE, but the fact that Daye played over him Monday night just makes me think something has got to be up with that.  Did Jonas hit on Lawrence Frank’s wife or something?
  • Love what Maxiell is doing this season, but someone please tell me why he played 25 minutes, while scoring just two points when Drummond was doing more than hold his own.  Do you realize Andre didn’t play the last nine minutes of the game?
  • It was an entertaining game and Detroit did pull within three points of the Clippers going into the fourth quarter, but you could just see that the Clippers weren’t going to give the game up.
  • The Clippers went on a 12-2 run early in the third to go ahead 58-46 and never looked back.
  • Greg Monroe with 11 points, seven boards and six assists.  It wasn’t a double-double, but he payed solid and helped control high flying Blake Griffin.
  • More and more questions about Lawrence Frank’s rotation after each game.
  • Tayshaun Prince started the game hot and finished with 15 points, seven boards, 2 steals and a blocked shot in 36 minutes on the floor.

Tayshaun Prince-Pistons-vs-Clippers
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  • Brandon Knight led the team with 16 points, five assists and five turnovers. He did a nice job on Chris Paul who can be a nightmare to contain.
  • With a minute left to go after a Brandon Knight free throw the Pistons had multiple chances at the rim to get the game within reach but noting would fall.
  • If you watched you would have seen the last dunk that Black Griffin had after the game was all but over. I’m fine with the dunk, but I swear if it was a Piston that hung on the rim like that for no good reason that would have been a tech.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Singler with 11 points, three boards, a steal and a blocked shot. He looked better Monday night than he has in a while.
  • 7 blocked shots on the night for Detroit.
  • The Clippers biggest lead was 12, the Pistons 6.
  • Drummond played great putting up seven points, with six boards and 3 (should have been 4) blocked shots. He was even 3-for-4 from the line. Yes…he should have played more than 19:42.
  • Will, we love ya and we are happy to see you out there on the court again, but quit forcing shots!

Tayshaun Prince Cartoon QuoteTayshaun Prince: “We played a good first half. In the beginning of the third, once we turned it over a couple of times and let them get out, it was to their advantage. You have to continue to take care of that basketball and when they shoot high-percentage shots we know of what type of team they can be and what they will do. We played good in spurts, and that’s been our trend.”

  • Raptors next then a home and home with the Wizards should help.

The #Pistons lost to the Pacers Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 88-77.  I could go into my normal recap style of why, how and who did what, but I just feel like venting frustrations a little.

As a fan who goes to her fair share of games for more than 20 years, it’s getting pretty depressing at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  It’s rough heading out to a mid-week game against the Cavaliers.  I had my pick of parking spaces, I didn’t wait in line at any time for a beverage.  Heck I never even had to wait in line to use the restroom. But most of all, I didn’t get threatened by a rabid Cavs fan who infiltrated our home court.

Those things may sound petty, but it just goes to show you the state of our beloved team.  It’s not like this team hasn’t gone though tough times.  Most of us remember the “Teal Years” and some of us even remember the pre-Isiah days.  But there is something a bit different about what’s going on and how it unfolded the past few seasons.

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Sure we miss Chauncey, and it’s nice to see Rasheed back screaming “Ball Don’t Lie” for the Knicks, but it was time to move on from a team that just couldn’t win together anymore.  The thing that bothers me is the way it happened was almost spirit crushing from a fans perspective.  As we watched the team go from contenders to pretenders in a little more than a season, I don’t think we actually thought it would get as bad as it did.

We had a first time NBA coach who really was in over his head.  We had another coach that had a horrible and public fight with a star player that led to a mutiny. We had a beloved owner pass away that left an unbelievable legacy and the team in limbo until his widow could sell the team.

We also have Bandwagon fans, you know it and I know it.  If you’re reading this, you’re probably not one of them, but the Piston have the biggest “Bandwagon Cats” (as Sheed would say) as fans as any team in Michigan.  I’m almost embarrassed by it.  I hate everything about the Cleveland Cavaliers, the building they play in and their fans, but kudos to them for packing The Q on a week day game against the Pistons.

Are you depressed yet?

I could go and on and on.

I think what’s bothering me most of all lately is the fact that I think this team is on the cusp.  I think they should be winning more than they are.  I’m so over the company line of why they  aren’t winning, they’re tired, they’re on long road trip…blah blah blah.  They have young talent that just needs the right direction. They need to learn how to win and they need something or someone to help them do that.

Andre Drummond Pistons-vs-SunsWe all think that Andre Drummond should play more, he’s even has heard the rumblings. It doesn’t look like this team is playoff bound so why not see what kind of players we have and what we need to do to get to the next level? Sure they sent Middletion and English to the D-League to get playing time and we know that Kravtsov is a project but that’s not everything.

Why is Jerebko the new Charlie V? What’s going on with Greg Monroe’s regression? Why play Maggette so much when he’s really just a one and done? Can the Pistons ever get anything for Austin Day?  Will Dumars ever make a move? When will Frank show us that he’s the guy for the job?

Has the holiday depression set in yet?

I know it’s tough to keep supporting a team when they’re not winning, but it’s what real fans do. Sure there isn’t the fire (literally they don’t have the pre-game fire anymore)  there once was at the Palace, but it’s still great heading out to the Palace to support your team, not just the Bel Biv Devoe half time show. You really should take advantage of going to a game if you haven’t in a while, they’re begging for people in the seats and are practically giving tickets away.  When you can go to a Pistons game for less than going to a movie you know times are really tough.

Heck if you head out to the game and see me we can commiserate together.

So don’t let the Pistons get you down this holiday season, just enjoy them for what they are.  But make sure you ask Santa to give them a hand.

Santa Dumars

The Warriors spoiled the #Pistons home winning streak Wednesday night, but the 104-97 final score hardly tells the story in this one. The Warriors third quarter explosion pushed them ahead by 20, but Detroit had it down to a three points deficit with 1:08 left in the game.

Key Points:

  • I wasn’t as though the Pistons didn’t have chances in the final minute of the game, but failed to make a shot to keep them in it.
  • Someone tell me WHY Brandon Knight, who was having an awful night took three 3-Pointers in the final minute of the game. Add a turnover to that minute and you almost want to blame him for this one. And someone should also explain to me why in the world that Frank would even have him in the game, at that point?
  • Tayshaun Prince led the team with a season high 24 points on 10-for-18 shooting.
  • Greg Monroe just nine points with five boards. He’s been a little off his game lately, but is it wrong to almost expect a double-double every night?
  • Andre Drummond was a show within the show last night at the Palace. The NBA needs to take notice that this kid is the real deal. Mark Jackson can foul him all he wants to send him to the line, but he’s just going to make up for it. He played starter minutes on Wednesday night, and was in the game over Greg Monroe in the last minutes when the game was on the line.

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  • Drummond put up his second double-double of his career with 15 points and 12 rebounds. But it was his energy and scrappy play that wowed anyone that was watch the game. He may just be the Pistons new Putback King. I almost want to give him the nickname “Easy” because that’s how he makes everything look.
  • Less than stellar night for Kyle Singler, who put up just three points on 1-for-6 shooting.
  • Klay Thompson was a three-point machine.  His five third quarter three-pointers seemed more like 15, allowing the Warriors to pull away from the Pistons.  He finished the game with a game high 27.
  • Good to see Spartan Draymond Green get some playing time for the Warriors in front of his friends and family. He finished the game with two points in 12 minutes on the floor. Be thankful for Draymond’s supporters Wednesday night or the crowd would have looked much more sparse than it was.
  • Stuckey was great, scoring 17 points and dishing out nine assists. Though he didn’t have a great first half he heated up big time after the break. He did a much better job keeping up with Curry, who made Brandon Knight look silly.
  • Singler and Stuckey combined missed their first 11 shots.
  • If it wasn’t for the Pistons bench this game would have been a Warrior blowout.
  • Charlie V’s three-pointer put the Pistons within three points with a minute left in the game. He finished with 11 points and has been doing well on the other end of the floor too. He’s giving the team non-Charlie like effort on the defensive end since he’s been back in the rotation.
  • Highlight of the Game via NBA.com

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  • Interesting stat from NBA.com: “Detroit is giving up an average of 84.3 points in its victories, compared to 101.3 points in its losses”
  • It’s all about defense. You can’t let a team score 39 points in the a quarter.
  • Stephan Curry is on a tear, putting up a 20 and 10 streak like it’s nothing. He also shut Brandon Knight down while scoring his 22 and 10 against the Pistons.

Andre Drummond: “We should have never let it get that far to where we had to work that hard to get back. Moving forward, we need to just play our game.”
 

  • Next up The Bulls Friday night at the Palace.