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The 2-10 #Pistons will be hosting the 3-9 Toronto Raptors Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons hope to rebound after the atrocious outing Wednesday night against Orlando, while the Raptors desperately need a win too.

  • The good: The Raptors have dropped five of the last six matchups against the Pistons.
  • The bad: Both the Pistons and the Raptors.
  • The unknown: Will Brandon Knight ever wake up and start playing basketball like we know he can?

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.

Kyle Singler - Pistons vs Magic

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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.

With the 0-7 #Pistons start to the season, it’s clear that something has to change. It made it that much more obvious Saturday night when The Rockets went on a 22-1 run to bury Detroit in the 96-82 loss. Let’s put aside the fact that they got dealt a blow when they were sent on a six game West road trip after their hope opener. Sure it was tough, but those are the things that any NBA team must overcome.

Now it’s time to make a change.

I’m not sure if coach Frank is on the hot seat just yet, but he’s really got to be thinking about this very similar situation he was in when he was coaching The Nets. Frank’s team had the worst start to an NBA season losing 17 straight before being fired. That Nets team was injury plagued, but effort and energy was clearly missing as the losses kept mounting.

So what does Frank have to do? He needs to change things, and change them fast.

Lets start with the fact that this team has no real shooter. Stuckey is far from a shooter, he wants to be D-Wade. Tayshaun can be when he’s hot, which is about one in 10 games if the Pistons are lucky. Austin Day… I’ll let you finish that one. So who does that leave? Charlie Villanueva, yes that’s who it leaves. Clearly there is a problem.

They have Jason Maxiell starting at power forward. Bless him for playing his heart out, but he would never be a starter on any other team, let alone at PF. Don’t get me wrong, I like Maxiell, but I like him coming off the bench and bringing defense and energy.

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Brandon Knight is a great player, but he’s not qualified (yet) to lead a struggling team like this one.

We can go on and on, and we do as Pistons fans.

No matter what Tom Gores goal is for the team, he’s got to see that they’re not likely to be making playoffs. There should only be one goal, take one game at at time and WIN one. At this point with the start that they have had and the clear gaps the rotation and lineup you would think it was clear to Frank, and Dumars for that matter that things have to change.

  • Start Andre Drummond. If they aren’t competing for a championship, play Monroe and Drummond at their rightful positions and let them learn together. We would rather see the two grow together for a chance for something better in seasons to come.
  • This isn’t 2004, and Tayshaun isn’t blocking a Reggie Miller layup in the ECF. He’s not a starter anymore, and this team isn’t vying for championships. Let him anchor the bench and give the starting spot to Jerebko or Singler for that matter.
  • Give English more time, he may just be the shooter they are looking for.
  • Let’s see what Kravtsov can do.
  • Someone have a heart to heart and tell Rodney Stuckey that in order for you to act like a star you have to play like one.

So many things to do and so little time to do them before things get more out of hand. I actually think Lawrence Frank is a good coach, but this downward spiral isn’t making any of us smile. Dumars has to do some damage control and figure out which way this team is going to head.  Are they going to try to keep winning with a lineup and roster that seems to be outmatched every night or is he going to force a change?  I know Dumars is one of those GM’s that lets the coach do his job, but at this point both of them need to work with each other to get off the hot seat.

I thought this was going to be a fun season to watch with the new talent and a rookie infused team, but it’s been nothing but migraines.

The 0-6 #Pistons will be playing their last road game, of this the longest road trip of their season Saturday night in Houston against the 2-3 Rockets. The Rockets have lost three straight heading into Saturday’s game against the winless Pistons.

  • The good: Andre Drummond and his 22 points in 20 minutes!
  • The bad: James Harden, who pretty much single handily beat the Pistons on Halloween.
  • The unknown: Every Piston fan is going to be eagerly awaiting more minutes from Andrea and the pairing of Drummond and Monroe. Will Lawrence Frank do the right thing?

Tip off is at 8:00 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.

Happy?  Sad?  Depressed?  Anxious?  Melancholy?  Ecstatic?  Does the thought of having Charlie Villanueva to kick around for another potentially sluggish season give you hope for the 2012-2013 season?  What is it, you guys?

  • I’m excited about the opportunity to see guys like Brandon Knight improve and continue to gel with Greg Monroe and even Rodney Stuckey.
  • I’m excited about potentially seeing Ben Wallace back for his much deserved farewell tour.
  • I’m sad to see Austin Daye still in a Pistons uniform, after I had such high hopes for him.
  • As high as my hopes were for Daye, they couldn’t have been higher than when the Pistons signed Charlie Villanueva and now my feelings about that move couldn’t be any lower.  I can’t hate the guy, but I almost hate him for single handedly driving the team back to the Teal era on the court.
  • Although it cost the team a 1st round pick, I’m happy to see what an expiring contract like Corey Maggette brings the team in return.  So far, we’ve dumped Ben Gordon.  We won’t know who won the deal until we see who takes Maggette’s spot.
  • I’m excited that Joe Dumars was able to acquire Dwight Howard for a handful of 2nd round draft picks!
  • I’m happy to see what Lawrence Frank has in store for the team with a full offseason in place to work with them.
  • How can you not be excited about the potential that is there with Andre Drummond?
  • I’m happy that Kim English is talking about the Bad Boys as being the type of basketball he enjoys, he is now my favorite player aside from Greg Monroe.
  • I can never hate Tayshaun Prince (because of this - god, look how young he looks), but I’m tired of having him be the centerpiece of the offense.  Jerebko likely won’t ever be a starting SF in the NBA, but it’s time for Tay to sit for Coach Frank to fully realize what he has at SF.
  • I always love a good baby feast from Jason Maxiell, who is entering the final year of his contract with the Pistons.

It’s kind of been a down offseason so far for the Pistons.  There haven’t been any big splashy free agent signings or trades (largely due to the cap situation).  How do you feel about the team?  What are you excited about, if anything?  What moves do you think will take place between now and Game 1?

Quick Poll: Who liked the podcasts?  Is that a feature you’d like to see more of in the future?  It takes some time for Natalie and I to do them, because of our schedules, but we’re happy to continue doing them if they were a fan favorite.  (Except to that guy who said it sounded like I was chewing on my tongue, he knows where he can go and what he can do).

The 21-32 #Pistons will try to continue their winning ways when they play their second game of a back to back in Atlanta against the 32-23 Hawks. The Hawks are contending for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, while the Pistons will be most likely have an early vacation.

  • The good: A possible four game winning streak with a win against the Hawks.
  • The bad: The Hawks have defeated the Pistons six straight times in Atlanta.
  • Who to watch: Josh Smith and Joe Johnson for the Hawks and Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun for the Pistons
  • The unknown: Did you know L Frank has his own crew?

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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.

Looks like Charlie V is pain free and wants to return to the lineup for against the Hawks Friday night.

Do Pistons fans want to see the return of Villanueva who’s played a whopping six minutes this season?

Not so much.

“Frank was noncommittal about Villanueva’s availability against the Hawks or Saturday night’s game, against the Toronto Raptors. ” Via The Free Press

I personally don’t think Charles is in Charge, just because he says he’s ready to play doesn’t mean he will.

And if for some reason we see him playing, we may just see this Lawrence Frank.

Angry Cartoon Lawrence Frank