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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.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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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 4-14 Pistons are at home to host the 12-5 Miami Heat at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Dwyane Wade traveled to Detroit with his team, but it’s still unknown whether he’ll take the court for the Heat. The Heat look to avoid a fourth straight road loss as they try for a sixth consecutive road victory over the Pistons.

  • The good: Um…T-Pain if you’re a fan?
  • The bad: Um…getting throttled by the Thunder in convincing fashion Monday night. No Ben Gordon, no Will Bynum and again no Charlie V.
  • The unknown: Um…how bad will it be?

Kidding aside, it’s going to be a rough one for The Pistons. The Heat have held the Pistons to 85.6 points per contest during a five-game winning streak at The Palace and have won four in a row and nine of 10 overall versus Detroit.

If you’re going…enjoy the show. The T-Pain show at the half, because it’s highly doubtful that your Pistons will have much success tonight. And I assume if you’re one of probably the biggest crowds at the Palace this year, it’s because you’re there to see LeBron and the Heat.

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.

It's Gores Time!

Remember me telling you that Danny and I just went on a podcasting marathon with my good friend and former Director of Strategic Communications at the Palace Sports and Entertainment Dave Wieme?  Well I wasn’t kidding at all.  The podcast was so long I had to cut this one it two.  If you missed the first part don’t fret, you can listen to it right here.

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The second half of this thing covers many things , the “Rip” trade, Need4Swede, the lack of a point guard, the All Star Game, The Finals, The Miami Heat, and so much more.

Like the first half we went all out, this isn’t G rated so be aware.  And be sure to follow the very funny Mr. Wieme   on Twitter.

New Need4Sheed.com Detroit Pistons Podcast with Dave Wieme – It’s Gores Time Part 2

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The 25-45 Pistons are back in action Wednesday night to host the 48-22 Miami Heat at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Miami is fighting for the first playoff spot in the East, while Detroit is 5 1/2 games back of Indian for the final playoff spot.

  • The good: It’s hard to give a good right now, but it helps that this is a home game and one of the last games (besides Boston) against a solid team.
  • The bad:The Pistons have dropped from 3-29 when giving up 100 or more points.
  • The unknown: How many Rony Seikaly jerseys will we see at the Palace? And is Chris Wilcox going to DOMINATE!

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Pistons vs. The Heat is the hottest ticket in town, go check out the Pistons and Heat for as low as $5 dollars!

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Plus. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

The don’t talk about my Mama episode.

Need4Sheed PodcastDanny and I are back with a new episode of the Need4Sheed.com com Detroit Pistons Podcast. We know it’s been a while, but we quickly got back into the flow of things. We talked the Rip/Kuester situation, the Bens (Wallace and Gordon), Stuckey, Rodman and  our Rookie of the Year Greg Monroe. We also pose the questions…how do you pronounce Tom Gores last name?

Take a listen and by all means give us your feedback and questions for the next show.

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Despite playing well for the past couple of weeks, the Pistons flaws were put on display Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  The Heat glided to a 106-92 victory over the Pistons in what looked an extremely easy game for Miami.

Key Points:

  • TURNOVERS!
  • The Pistons starting lineup was outscored by the Heat’s by 36 points.
  • All Miami’s startes scored in double figures.
  • Stuckey and T-Mac were a combined 6-18 with 6 turnover between them.
  • Tay was the only starter in double figures with 11.
  • The first Miami dunk resulted in heavy applause at the Palace (not cool).
  • I was told to ask any of the Miami Heat fans bandwagoners if they knew who Ronnie Seikaly (did you know he was a DJ now?) was…needles to say they all looked at me like I was crazy and one even thought I was looking for a Detroit area restaurant.
  • Not fun to watch…even more sad to be there.
  • The Heat’s 12-2 run in the second quarter really just deflated the Pistons chances of even being in this one. They almost looked like they had given up late in the first quarter.
  • Did Maxiell go from eating babies to being the janitor?
  • D Wade had a free pass right to the rim all game long.
  • Miami looked like they were just toying with Detroit all game long.
  • Jesse Jackson in the house with Aretha Franklin. And now staple at the Palace Ndamukong Suh was in the house.
  • 30 fast break poins for Miami.
  • Biggest lead for the head 25, but quite honestly if felt like 50.
  • Lowlights via Pistons.com

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  • The Pistons were led by Austin Day with 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting with 3 from downtown.
  • T-Mac with 5 turnovers.
  • The Pistons never led in this one.
  • Another DNP for Rip.
  • Unfortunately the best part of the game was a BYNUMite putback dunk from Will that didn’t count.
  • Monore with 8 points and just 4 boards.
  • Ben Gordon with 16 off the bench (where he really does belong until he gets his game together).

Kuester: “That second group came in and got good shots,” John Kuester said. “Unfortunately, they got lost in transition and they made us pay every possession. Their ability to get momentum plays … sucks the wind out of the crowd. That period where we were 1 for 9, that hurt. Having four turnovers in our first seven possessions, those are things that bite you in the butt against a team of that quality.”

  • Let’s just hope the next two (Portland and Atlanta) don’t look anything like this game.

The 20-32 Pistons will host the Miami Heat Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Heat will be looking for a fourth straight road win over the Pistons, while trying for an eighth consecutive victory overall.

Besides the fact that this is game is a sellout,  most of the attention is based off court with the impending sale of the Pistons to billionaire and Michigan native Tom Gores.

  • The good: Tom Gores and Dennis Rodman’s #10 will be retired April 1st.
  • The bad: Bandwagon Heat fans at the Palace.
  • The unknown: Will Rip Hamilton play at the Palace for the first time in over a month? He’s a game-time decision (groin pull).

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Despite the fact that this game is a sellout, you can still get tickets for as low as $12.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ AM 950.

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This was a tough loss for the Pistons.  Detroit was up by 4 going into the 4th quarter against one of the league’s best teams in Miami.  Austin Daye, Ben Gordon and Greg Monroe started in place of Chris Wilcox (LeBron started at the 4 with Chris Bosh out), Ben Wallace (out for personal reasons) and Rodney Stuckey (out with a shoulder injury).

Austin Daye held his own against LeBron James, about as much as a 210lb guy can expect to do.  Coach Kuester shortened up the rotation by not going to Jason Maxiell or DaJuan Summers even though he was without 2 key rotation guys.

Let’s look at some of the highlights:

  • Austin Daye got the first true test of his young NBA career, and didn’t do too bad.  He started matched up against LeBron James and stayed there the better part of the night and finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds.
  • Detroit lost this game because of their poor shooting – 38% from the field and by their ability to not get to the free throw line – 11 attempts.
  • Each team had a combined 15 turnovers.
  • Perpetual pest Eddie House took advantage of Detroit’s help D by scoring 15 points off the bench on mostly wide open looks.
  • Chris Wilcox finished the night with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes.  His value has certainly gone up in the last few weeks since he’s been seeing more time on the floor.
  • Tracy McGrady finished with 10 assists and 14 points – on top of a good defensive effort to keep the Heat’s Mike Miller from beating them on the perimeter.
  • CV was cold from the floor all night, shooting 2 of 10 from the field and scoring only 6 points on the night.
  • LeBron James took over in spurts and reminded us Pistons fans that he’s still capable of leading a team of no-names by scoring 39 points on 15 of 25 shooting.
  • Greg Monroe with a near double-double on the night – 9 points and 8 rebounds.
  • This road loss put Detroit at 5-20 on the season on the road.

The Pistons go up against the New York Knicks on Sunday, at Madison Square Garden.  Hopefully Ben Wallace will be back and able to start against Amare Stoudemire and the Knicks.

The Detroit Pistons took their “talent” to South Beach and got whooped up in quite possibly the most disheartening loss of the season. No effort, absolutely no effort.

My bad, Greg Monroe had his best game as a Piston. He showed effort. On to the highlights eh?

Greg Monroe vs The Heat

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  • Juwan Howard had more points (12) than any of the Pistons’ starters.
  • Greg Monroe lead all Pistons in points (15) and rebounds (8) in 31 minutes.
  • Hey guys, nice effort.  No… really.
  • Richard Hamilton isn’t going anywhere, according to a AOL Fanhouse report.  If this is true, I’d like to see him to and sit on the bench some more after watching him struggle his way through a 3-11 shooting performance.
  • All jokes aside – the Miami “Big 3″ combined for 50 of the Heat’s 97 total points.
  • Oh hey, Eddie House had more points (10) than any of the Pistons’ starters, so there’s that.
  • It was nice of the Pistons interior defense to not hit or foul LeBron James too hard, so he wouldn’t be hurt for tonight’s game in Cleveland.
  • Hey Coach Kuester, get a rotation and stick with it.  I prefer it included more Austin Daye and less old guys since, well you know, the old guys are helping the team lose.

Have some lowlights:

Low-lights via NBA.com

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Sorry for the negativity, it was an awful game.  I started and stopped putting this together 4 separate times. Oh and…

LeBron James is still a jerk.  Tonight we are all Cleveland fans.

The 6-12 Pistons are in Miami to take on the 10-8 Heat. The Heat are 5-5 in their last 10 games and are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference Standings.

Detroit went 1-2 against the Heat last season. Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the Heat’s starting Center, averages 13.5 points per game against the Pistons for his career and is their 8th leading scorer on the season.

FYI: Former Detroit Piston great Carlos Arroyo is the starting Point Guard for the Miami Heat.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on FS Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at AM 950 WWJ.

Leave your thoughts in the comments or Chat Live with your fellow Pistons fans during the game.