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Brandon Knight got fitted for his mask today after suffering a broken nose in Saturday’s game against the Hornets. The masked Night will most likely play on Wednesday night against the Nets.

Knight will be just another of the masked men at the Palace, however I think these Pistons theme night have been taken a bit too far.

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Star Wars night should be really fun, especially for Brandon.

As for the other injured..

“Guards Ben Gordon and Will Bynum went through full-scale practices Monday, although Frank declined to say when they would come back.

Gordon hasn’t played since Jan. 20 against Memphis, when his injured shoulders finally forced him to shut it down for a short time. Bynum injured his right foot against Charlotte on Jan. 13.

Gordon said he’ll have to watch himself on the defensive end; getting hit by screens helped cause a tear in his left shoulder, the worse of the two.

“It’s really one of those things you don’t know until you get hit there,” Gordon said. “I try to dodge whatever contact that’s out there but I felt good today.” Via The Detroit News

The Pistons lost their 7th game in a row to New Jersey 99-96. Detroit kept the game close, but looked just like the Pistons of late by digging themselves in a big hole after the half. This time on the play of Brandon Knight, Tayshaun Prince and some clutch makes from Walker D Russell, the Pistons tied it up at 88 with five minutes left in the ball game.

Detroit with the ball after a Jerebko got the game within two points with 41.9 seconds left, had a chance to to tie or take the lead, but Tayshaun missed 3 seconds left leaving him to foul Williams to make the score 99-96 with 1.8 left on the clock. Brandon Knight with one last chance to tie it just missed a three pointer at the buzzer with some contact from Deron Williams, making this the…that almost just happened recap.

Key Points:

  • Jason Maxiell started in place of Ben Wallace. Jason seems to play better off the bench he finished with 4 points and 4 boards in 22 minutes.
  • If that was just about any other team or a superstar, that last play would have sent Brandon Knight to the line for three foul shots. A lot of body contact from Williams.
  • This team showed heart.
  • Rodney Stuckey turned his ankle before the half and didn’t play much after that. I he wanted to go but didn’t play much after he did it.  It  could have been them wanting to rest his ankle or it could have been the fact the The Walkman was running things the right way. Stuckey finished with 7 points and 3 assists in 25 minutes.
  • Walker D Russell with a career high 12 points. This guy is staying, he knows how to run this team and is unselfish. Russell was on the court when the game was on the line and played very will. I for one am hoping he stays.
  • Mrs. Kardashian 18 points and 18 boards.
  • 48 points in the paint for Detroit.  34 for the Nets.
  • Pistons are getting torched from downtown.
  • Moose Monroe with 21 points, 8 boards and a blocked shot in 36 minutes. Close your eyes and image him with a solid big man down low to give him help.
Greg Monroe against the Nets

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  • Brandon Knight was schooling Deron Williams at times. Brandon is logging the most minutes of any rookie in the league. He logged 43 in New Jersey after playing the previous two nights. Brandon with 15 points, 4 assists and 5 boards on the night. Have I mentioned I love his floater?
  • Did you get your Brandon Knight Schedule Wallpaper yet?
  • Are the Nets hording Williams’? They have Deron Williams, Shawne Williams, Sheldon Williams and Jordan Williams.
  • Nets dressed just 8 for the game.
  • Deron led all players with 26.
  • As every game goes by the more balls they have…lottery balls that is.
  • Tayshaun Prince was burning hot with 21 on a really hot 4th quarter that got the team right back in it. The last play to take the game or tie it…was kind of a mess though. Tay added 6 boards and 4 assists in 39 minutes.
  • A Daye 11 minutes and 0 points.
  • Out rebounded 44 to 31.
  • The Nets biggest lead was 12, the Pistons was just 2.
  • Yes they are bad, and yes they keep losing, but Greg, Brandon and JJ are learning on the job. Baby steps to bigger things.
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  • A much needed day off for Detroit and then Vanilla Ice and the Bucks at the Palace.

The Bucks took down the Pistons Monday night in commanding fashion by racing out of the gate. The Bucks, who led by as much as 23, had to deal with just one treat late in the second quarter as Stuckey scored seven points and lead the Piston son a 17-5 run to end the half cut the Pistons deficit to six at the half. Unfortunately the second half wasn’t one to talk about as the Bucks went on a 12-2 run to start the third. Final Score 103-82

Key Points:

  • Defense was surely lacking, the Pistons allowed the Bucks to shoot 69% in the first quarter and rocketing off to a quick lead.
  • Bucks up 30-16 after one.
  • The Pistons were down by 18 before I could blink but they clawed their way back late in the second quarter, but the Bucks were too much and the Pistons were much too less.
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  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 19 points, 6 assists and three boards.
  • The Bucks killed the Pistons from downtown. They shot 10-for-17 from downtown, while the Pistons make just one three the night.
  • The Pistons gave up after about the 5 minute mark of the game when Vernon Macklin and Wilkins entered the game. What good came out of it? An alley oop for Macklin from Russell.
  • Do you realize that Charlie Villanueva is now on the Piston inactive list?
  • Another great game from Pistons Greg Monroe, who put up 16 points on 8-for-12 shooting with 10 boards and 2 assists. Let’s be honest this mess of a season would be much worse without Greg and that’s saying a lot.
  • Detroit shot 38% on the night, but at one point they were at just 17%.
  • UGLY
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • Rodney Stuckey circus shot via NBA.com

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  • Brandon Jennings torched Brandon Knight wo scored zero points and was a -20 for the game. If you saw his face after this one was over it would explain everything. He’ll bounce back, but this one was not good.
  • It’s hard to pull something positive out of this one especially when they have two more games to play on the road in the next two days. Heck if you can think of something positive to say that’s not about Greg Monroe, leave it in the comments.
  • Lead changes in this one …ZERO.
  • Austin Daye 4-for-14 for 10 points.
  • How do you let Mike Dunleavy kill you?
  • Prince with 14 and 8 boards with an assist and a blocked shots.
  • The Bucks capitalized on the Pistons 16 turnovers.
  • I know, I know this team is almost as hard to watch as Mateeeeen Cleaves “expert” analysis in the Call Sam Studios.
  • Tuesday night in NYC.

Detroit was up three points on the final possession of the game Friday night at the Palace., and what followed was a another heart-breaker in Detroit.  A Joe Johnson (crazy) three with a little over one second left on the clock sent the game to overtime and that as they say was history.  The final score 107-101.

Key Points:

  • You could almost see the ending coming after Detroit had controlled almost the entire game.
  • How do you let Joe Johnson make that three?  I thought for sure that L Frank would have them foul to take two.  Was I the only one thinking that?
  • Brandon Knight: “As a team, we were a little bit demoralized when he hit that shot, but that’s something we can’t do in the future. We’ve got to keep plugging, keep playing. We controlled most of the game. So we’ve got to keep playing, no matter if it’s overtime or it’s not.”
  • Johnson who scored just 2 first half points finished with 30.
  • You can see this team has the ability to win, they just need to learn how to do it.  And that’s not easy.
  • Frustrating to see Detroit pretty much fold as soon as overtime started.  The Hawks raced out to a lead and left their foot on the gas until the buzzer.  Atlanta’s biggest lead (11) came in overtime.
  • Jason Maxiell with the best game of the season for him really was a surprise.  Not that we don’t know he could do it, but when it happens it always seem to be just at the right time.   Jason with 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting with 8 boards, and a blocked shot.
Jason Maxiell vs The Hawks

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  • Just (I know that’s still a lot) 10 turnovers for Detroit and ZERO form Brandon Knight.
  • Speaking of night, he had a great game putting up 20 points with 8 assists and some contested and much needed three’s in overtime.
  • Hawks Pistons bench outscored the Hawks bench 43 to 18.
  • Most Pistons fans didn’t seem to care or notice T-Mac was in the game for the other team, though Matt Dery did hear some booing.
  • Stuckey with 14 points on just 4-for-13 shooting did his best to get to the line for Detroit.  Rodney added 5 assists a steal and 2 turnovers.
  • I hate to say it but 80′s night sure brought me back.  I sure wish that the Pistons would have pulled this one out to make things that much better.
  • You have to think that Austin Daye has gotten his confidence back, he calmly took a couple of late shots late in the game.  Last week he would have either been on the bench or passed up the shot.  Daye with 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting, with 3 boards, and assist and a blocked shot.
  • Moose with yet another solid night. Add this one to his double-double tally.  Greg with 22 points, 11 boards and 2 steals on the night.  I wonder if Greg’s jersey is the highest selling at The Palace?  If it isn’t, it should be.
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  • It’s not going to get much better, have you looked at the schedule and seen how many game they are playing. More tonight in Philadelphia.

Despite a career high from Austin Day the Pistons took the Miami Heat down to wire, but just couldn’t up with the win.  The youngsters battled the entire game keeping it close and finally gained the lead late in the fourth quarter only to give it back to the Heat after sending LeBron to the line. Detroit went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to wipe out a 10-point deficit and led 98-95 with 1:33 left, but lost 101-98.

Key Points:

  • No Ben Gordon, no Tayshan Prince (family), no Will Bynum and no Charlie V.
  • It didn’t matter that Austin Daye didn’t even get the start in place of Tayshaun Prince. You knew he was going to have a special night when he hit his first three shots that just happened to be three’s.  Austin continued to play the best basketball of his NBA career putting up a career high 28 and some great defensive plays.  He even had a chance to tie it up in the closing second, but it just didn’t happen.
  • Daye scored 18 points in the second quarter alone.
  • Congrats to Daye, lets hope this was more than a jump-start to the player he can be. Post game interview via Pistons.com

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  • Detroit started strong and so did Chris Bosh. Bosh finished with 27 points for Miami and made it clear of this after the game. “We played terrible, this wasn’t us.”
  • Jonas Jerebko blew the house down when he knocked down an open 3-pointer with 1:19 left in the game to put the Pistons up by three.  Jerebko finished with 7 points and 6 boards.
  • LeBron James gets to the line 6 times in the closing minute to basically win the game for the Heat.
  • Detroit took advantage of every play and every turnover.  This was a hard fought scrappy game that was exciting to watch.
  • Moose with one heck of a game.  Monroe was all over he place with a 20 and 10 double-double.  Monroe had a chance to give the Pistons the lead in the final seconds with a shot in the paint that just wouldn’t go do.  He is the truth.
Greg Monroe Pistons vs The Heat

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  • Brandon Knight a career high 41 minutes on the court scoring 17 points with, 5 assists and 4 boards.  Brandon was taking it to the hole and taking charge all night long.  He sure didn’t look like a rookie.  The future is bright.

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  • Great clutch defensive stops from Detroit, especially late in the game.
  • Brandon Knight missed two free throws with 1:26 left that would have put the Pistons up five. Wilkins fumbled a ball out of bounds on their next possession, and Austin Daye traveled with seconds on the game clock and the Pistons down three. That what happens with young teams, the clutch factor hasn’t kicked in. Let’s hope it does.
  • I have to admit I haven’t been that excited watch a game for quite some time.
  • They still need to take care of the ball better.  Detroit turned the ball over 17 times.
  • Solid and aggressive game from Rodney Stuckey who finished with 15 points on just 5 shots with, 6 assists and 4 boards.  Rodney fouled out with about 3 minutes left in the game.
  • Ben Wallace had three blocks in the first quarter.
  • Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that Greg Monroe has been having a hard time keeping his hands on the ball?
  • First time I can remember that Mason shouted DEEEEETROIT BASKETBALLL loud and proud at the Palace this season. Likewise for the Final countdown with about 30 seconds left in the game.
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  • That this quote away from the game and things look brighter.

Lawrence Frank: “I thought our guys showed great fight, spirit and resolve,” he said. “There were plays to be made on both sides – we had some empty trips – but you’ve got to look throughout the course of the game. It’s disappointing to lose. There’s not a consolation prize. But the spirit, the fight, the heart being in the right place for the right reasons – if we can establish that as part of our DNA, you’ll put yourself in position to win a lot of games. It can’t just be because it’s Miami. There was great resolve. There were plays left to be made, but sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture.”

The 3-12 are back home to host the 7-6 Memphis Grizzles. The Grizzlies will try to take Friday night’s game at the Palace to make it back-to-back road games for the first time in nearly a year. Meanwhile Detroit would like to avoid their first five game home losing streak since 2009-10.

  • The good: More time on the floor for Brandon Knight.  The Pistons help Michigan Come Together.
  • The bad: Stuckey out as well as Bynum, Mad Ants call up and new Piston Walker Russell may just see some time.  The Pistons have lost their last three games against Memphis.
  • Who to watch: Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol.
  • The unknown: Will Greg Monroe look as good on court as his 70′s giveaway poster tonight?  Will and can Tayshuan Prince carry Detroit again?  Will Charlie V play anytime soon?

Check out tonight’s game against  Memphis or Portland for as little as 3 dollars!

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.

LeftosaNeed4Sheed Guest Writer – Lefteris Aslanoglou – Pistons fan from Greece following his team and getting very little sleep watching games in the middle of the night: @Leftosa

In usual Pistons fashion as of lately, the Pistons manage to give up a 16 point lead and lose after a 4th quarter run by the Wolves. 85-93 was the final score.

Key Points:

  • Minessota came back from hitting less than 30% in the first half. Even so, Pistons were just 6 ahead in the half after having been up front by 16.
  • 4th quarter collapse. -sigh-
  • Pistons actually played quite well in the first half, showing hustle and getting some nice plays going, especially after all the turnovers they forced on the Wolves. Yet, just 38% from the floor.
  • Tables turned in the second half, and the Pistons started playing worse as time went by, making the same silly mistakes and turnovers they had forced in the first half. 19 turnovers to close the game.
  • There’s a difference between being more accurate, and making the most out of your accuracy. Pistons shot 46% from the arc against the Wolves’ 35%. Still, the Wolves made 8, and we made 5. In the end, they got more points out of their 3 pointers, even though they had to shoot 23 of them.
  • And that wouldn’t hurt so much, if the team that had the 3rd best FT% in the league before the game didn’t finish with just 10-21 from the stripe! That’s 48% in case you’re wondering. 48! I made the case that the Pistons needed to get to the line more since they’re so deadly from it. They just need anyone but Maxiell to get there. 2-6 from there with one of them going wide of the basket, getting him ridicule from the crowd. Stuckey wasn’t any better in that front. Only got to shoot 4 free throws, and made one of them.
  • Tayshaun Prince on a big, big night. Played over 40 minutes, finished the game with a game high 29 points on 13-23 and 3-5 from beyond the arc, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block. Big bright spot for the Pistons.
Tayshaun Prince with 29 points and  his 400th Block

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  • Prince recorded his 400th career regular season block.
  • Outrebounded 44 to 41, but it’s nice to see we’re grabbing more offensive rebounds. 14 in total, most of them from Monroe and Maxiell who had 4 each.
  • Greg Monroe, who was 5th in PER (Player Efficiency Rating) in the whole league just a few nights ago, fouled out with 13 points, 12 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals in 28 minutes.
  • Jason Maxiell seems to take from the team as much as he offers. 4 turnovers, 7 rebounds, a steal and a block in 22 minutes. Just 2 points.
  • Ben Gordon on a good scoring night, but didn’t seem to get the team going with him. Finished bottom of the team in +/- with -14, even though he had 18 points on 7-15, 3 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals while playing for most of the game.
  • Jonas had another bad night. He was nowhere to be seen. played 24 minutes, only got 1-4 to fall, finished with 2 points and 7 rebounds as well as an assist and 2 blocks. He showed good hustle in the first half, but that was just about it.
  • Brandon Knight played well, even with an unimpressive stat line. 7 points, 6 assists against 4 turnovers, 5 rebounds and a steal. Had 5 fouls though, as did Jerebko, but did play 35 minutes.
  • Stuckey didn’t show much,  finishing the night with 10 points and a nearly empty stat-line otherwise. 3 assists was the only thing in there, 4-12 from the floor.
  • Wilkins played nearly 7 minutes. And got a rebound. That’s it.
  • Daye! He played! …31 seconds. And no, he didn’t actually do anything.
  • On the Wolves front, Ricky Rubio was slow to start but filled up his stat line. The rookie sensation shows that he knows his game, with excellent court vision and great basketball IQ. Finished the night with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Unfortunately, you have to admit he beat Knight one every front, except for FG% (1-8 against 3-11). Also got to the line much more and made the most of it; 7 of his points came from there.
  • Kevin Love with 20 points and 17 rebounds, finishing with a game high +16. I wish it was Greg’s name on the start of that sentence, alas, no.
  • Pekovic seemed to do everything wrong. Silly fouls, moving screens. Still managed to get a +15 on 11 points, a rebound and a block, along with 2 steals.
  • Pistons need to stop giving games away when they start so well. I was smiling through the first half, but that premonition of impending doom was right.
  • I don’t want to say we’re losing for a better place in the draft. But if Joe Dumars doesn’t get fired this season, this falls right into his plan to rebuild the team around young talent, as he said in today’s interview on Pistons.com.

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The 3-10 Pistons are in Houston to take on the 6-7 Rockets.   Houston is averaging 108.0 points during their current three game winning streak.  While the Pistons are averaging a leagues worst by putting up just 85.4 points per game.

  • The good: Despite the Pistons woes, Joe Dumars isn’t thinking small.
  • The bad: Lets hope the team have no emergency landings on the court like they did getting into Houston.
  • The unknown: Not unknown is the fact the Pistons will  be without Will Bynum. but will Charlie V (wont travel due to inflammation) or Damion Wilkins take the court against the Rockets?

The Pistons will be back in town again this weekend, and you can see them take on either Memphis or Portland for as little as 3 dollars!

Tip off is at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Plus. If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

Sunday evening’s game against the Warriors was one the Pistons were hoping to put away. Well it didn’t matter that Golden State on the second game of back to back or that their star point guard Stephen Curry hasn’t played in quite some time. Golden State took it to Detroit 99-91 despite another big night from Greg Monroe.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons hand Golden State their first road win. That’s just the second time in 17 meetings.
  • 22 Points for Monta Ellis and 24 points for the Warriors David Lee. Despite the 24 points, Lee had his streak of double-double’s snapped.
  • Austin Daye He went 1 of 5 from the floor and passed up some other open shots while scoring just 3. Daye has missed all 13 of his 3-point attempts this season after shooting 40.1 percent from long range last season. During a critical stretch early in the fourth quarter when Golden State , leading by five after three periods, stretched its lead to nine points Daye missed three shots, including two from the 3-point arc. At this point I don’t thing the Pistons coaches know what to do with him to get him out of this funk.  Maybe they should think about lowering the net like we used to do in our driveways.  Can  you image an almost 7 foot tall Daye shooting on a adjustable basketball goal like it was a nerf setup?
  • I hate to keep beating a dead horse, but with Villanueva, Wilkins and Bynum out and he’s still only getting minutes out of desperation for a body on the floor and he can’t even show a glimpse of a game…what’s next for Austin?
Austin Daye

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  • Nice to see Tayshaun put up numbers for the first time this season. Detroit really needed him to step up his game, especially with Wilkins out and Daye doing less than nothing. Prince with 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting with 7 boards, a blocked shot and an assist.
  • Might as well just start fitting Greg Monroe for his All Star jersey right now. Another big game from Monroe who led the Pistons with 25 points, 8 boards, one assist and a steal. The stat I like most is 13-for-14 from the line. Finally a big man who makes his free throws (sorry Big Ben.)
  • VOTE MONROE
  • A nice game for Stuckey, who added 14 points and 6 assists in 26 minutes off the Pistons bench.
  • Ben Gordon played a decent game for him with 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting with 6 assists, a steal and just one turnover. If he gives the Pistons similar numbers every game, maybe we can claim he’s out of his funk. If not, I would be much happier with Stuckey and Knight starting and Gordon off the bench.
  • Brandon Knight with 8 points, 5 assists and a board in 39 minutes. Again, he’s still learning and you can see the progress, especially against the Bobcats when turned the ball over a whopping ZERO times.

Highlights via Pistons.com

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  • This one was tied 8 times with 8 lead changes.
  • Proof the Pistons need a big man, 48 points in the paint for the Warriors.

Lawrence Frank: “At times, it’s going to be disjointed, That’s why, defensively, we have to tighten up the bootstraps. At home, you can’t allow a team to shoot 52 percent. At times, we’re going to run out of points. That’s when we have to dig that much deeper on the defensive end and know we have to make teams play against a set defense.”

Greg Monroe: “I think we’re getting a little bit better at accomplishing our goals. Eventually, hopefully we don’t have those (bad moments), but I think right now, these past couple games, we’ve been better at not letting those moments last for a long time without playing with a lot of effort.”

  • A day off for Detroit and then Tuesday night in Houston.

The 2-9 Pistons are in Charlotte for the second game of a back to back to to take on the 2-9 Bobcats. In a meeting of two of the league’s worst teams, the Bobcats and Pistons will each be trying to put a W in the win column against a team each has a chance to beat.

  • The good: The Bobcats like to turnover the ball, similar to another team we know. Look for Detroit to try to capitalize on that.
  • The bad: DJ Augustine is about the only Bobcat that really needs to be held in check. Although Matt Carroll loves to light up Detroit for no good reason.
  • The unknown: Can Moose Monroe keep up the numbers he’s putting up? After scoring a career high 32 with 14 boards against the Bucks, can he do it two nights in a row?  How many people has Boris Diaw since we last saw him…the guy was huge.

The Pistons will be back home at the Palace on Sunday, get in the door for as little as $5.

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.