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The 25-43 #Pistons are in Los Angeles to take on the 48-21 Clippers Sunday night at the Staples Center. If Detroit keeps playing like they have been, their chances of sneaking into the playoffs seems more likely. The Clipper look to make it six in a row against the Pistons as when they take the court against them on their home court.

The good: This team may just keep their lottery pick in the upcoming draft.
The bad: Detroit doesn’t do well against the Clippers, who have taken seven of eight from the Pistons, including five straight by an average of 15.6 points.
The unknown: Will Josh Smith ever make a free throw again? Smith became the third player in the last 10 seasons to miss all eight of his free throws in Friday night’s loss to the Suns.

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out.
Clippers:: J.J. Reddick is out. Jamal Crawford is a game-time decision and Darren Collison is probabe.

Fact: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Pistons center Andre Drummond are in the top two in rebounds per game and field goal percentage for the2013-14 season.

Tip off is at 10:30 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.

The 17-23 #Pistons are hosting the 28-14 Los Angeles Clippers Monday afternoon at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit, who doesn’t seem to play well on their home court, has lost four straight against the Clippers. The Pistons 129-97 loss last season was the largest losing margin in franchise history to the Clippers.

The good: This game should be fun to watch. The NBA is billing it as a high flying affair with the three of the top dunkers going at it. The Clippers DeAndre Jordan has an NBA-high 109 dunks, while Detroit’s own  Andre Drummond is second with 99 and Blake Griffin fourth with 85. Good for Detroit is that they don’t have to deal with Chris Paul who’s is out with a seperated right shoulder.
The bad: Detroit is the league’s worst when it comes to three point shooting. The Pistons are shooting 31.0 percent on 3-pointers and 27.2 percent while losing seven of its last 10.
The unknown: Will Detroit surprise the home crowd and start winning at home?  Can Detroit’s Bigs dominate a solid Clipper front line?  Will Josh Smith continue to play the game he’s suited for instead of trying to shoot from behind the line?
Injuries: Pistons – None
Clippers: Chris Paul – Out

Stat: DeAndre Jordan leads the NBA with 13.5 rebounds per game and is second in field goal percentage at 63.5, with Drummond third at 60.1.
Stat: Blake Griffin averaged 18.5 points against the Pistons last season.
Stat: Brandon Jennings tied franchise records previously held by Isiah Thomas for most assists in a quarter (11) and most assists in a half (16) vs. Phoenix (1/11)

Tip off is at 1:00 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.

The 23-41 #Pistons are in Los Angeles for the first game of a four-game West coast trip to take on the 44-20 Clippers.

  • The good: It’s good to see Mr. Big Shot healthy and back playing basketball again for the Clippers. No matter what team he’s on, it’s always nice to see Chancey play and play well.
  • The bad: The Pistons are losers of four straight and it doesn’t look good for them heading into this trip. Detroit has lost 30 of 31 game on the road versus the West, including 13 straight.
  • The unknown: With a different player making a statement for Detroit it seems, who will be the player to step up against a very good Clippers team?

Tip off is at 9:00 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.

If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

The Pistons lost their 10 point lead to the Clippers as they struggled to score in fourth quarter leading to the Clippers tying the game late and finally winning 87-83 in overtime in LA.

Key Points:

  • Detroit lost this one in the fourth quarter squandering a lead and scoring just 9 points in the fourth. You can’t give up 17 points and score just nine in the fourth quarter and win.
  • With the ball in his hands, Tayshaun Prince had the chance to win the game with the score tied at 74 an 19 seconds on the clock. Tay didn’t even get a shot off, when Paul clamped down on the D and forced a Prince turnover.
  • Tayshaun finished with 20 points on 9-for-17 shooting with 7 assists and two blocked shots. It’s nice to see solid numbers from Price, especially when Stuckey, Knight and Ben Gordon aren’t really scoring.
  • Tom Gores sitting court side to see is Pistons play.
  • Rodney Stuckey was 1-for-8 with six points, 2 assists and a board in 35 minutes. He wasn’t on the floor in crunch tine down the wire.  Apparently he tweaked his foot in Sacramento as Frank alluded to him playing in pain all game long in his post game interview.
  • Jonas Jerebko scrapped and fought for everything all game long and don’t think his baby hook didn’t fall a couple of times on Sunday.
Jonas Jerebko Pistons vs Clippers

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  • Jonas finished with 14 points with 8 boards an assist, a steal and a blocked shot in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • Despite the fourth quarter collapse you have to be proud of this team for fighting hard the entire game. It’s games like this that make you realize that this is a team that wants to win, tries hard doing it and eventually will make it happen.
  • Yes, we also think he’s the steal of last year’s draft.

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  • Monroe was a beast, leading the Pistons with 23 points, 15 boards and a blocked shot.  He was clutch and did a fine job on Griffin, who didn’t make the game his personal highlight reel.
  • Ben Gordon…still turrable. 3-for-11 shooting for 7 points, 5 assists and 5 turnovers. He looks like he doesn’t even care out there.
  • It’s clear that this team needs Rodney to play well to win. At least that’s what we have seen this season.
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  • Plenty of Pistons fans in the house in LA.
  • Gordon and Jonas Jerebko, Damien Wilkins and Ben Wallace helped the Pistons in the first quarter as they led the Detroit to a  14-2 run that erased a 10-point Clippers lead.
  • Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight combined to shoot 7 of 33.
  • Two key jump balls that the Pistons didn’t get their hands on could let to a different outcome for Detroit.
  • Knight 3-for-14 for 6 points and 0 for 7 from downtown.
  • Chris Paul just missed a triple-double with 9 boards, 15 assists and 19 points.

Greg Monroe: “Everyone feels like we should have won this game, because we came out and played hard for four quarters. A couple loose balls, a couple missed assignments, a missed block-out and that’s the difference in this game.”

  • Yes…yes they should have.
  • Next up Denver on Wednesday.

The 16-28 #Pistons are in LA to take on the 25-18 Clippers.  Los Angeles had dropped three of the first four on its six-game home stretch before beating the Rockets on Saturday.

  • The good: Rodney Stuckey is still red-hot.
    The bad: Clippers have won three of four verses Detroit, but the Pistons won the last on against the Clippers at Staples center in November of 2010.
  • Who to watch: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the newly acquired Nick Young.  Remember Nick, he was draft right after Rodney Stuckey.  And don’t forget all the Pistons fans in LA.
  • The unknown: How many jaw dropping dunks will Mr. Griffin rack up on the Pistons?

Tip off is at 3:30 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.

This game was over in the 1st quarter.

The Lakers were able to score anywhere on the floor they wanted – in the paint, on the perimeter, and a little bit from 3. It’s nice that Coach Kuester thinks this team has enough talent to play everyone but, let’s face it, that’s not how championship teams are put together. Sure, teams need depth and strong benches to find success in the playoffs but… there’s really no reason to split the minutes so evenly among the starters and the backups.

Let’s get to the game’s lowlights, shall we?:

  • Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combined to shoot 13 of 17 from the floor for a combined 34 points.   They scored 6 more combined points than the 2 highest Pistons’ scorers on the night
  • Rookie Greg Monroe nabbed his 1st career double-double last night (14 points and 11 rebounds).  His night was MOOSE-TASTIC!
  • Tracy McGrady started at point guard again for the Pistons and scored 14 points and had 6 assists to go along with 6 turnovers
  • Rodney Stuckey was back after missing a game with a stomach virus – he played 13 minutes off the bench and had 0 points
  • Lamar Kardashian Odom always seems to get to the loose balls and hustle points against the Pistons – he poured in 16 and had 9 boards on the night
  • Another game, another lost rebounding battle: Pistons 37 – Lakers 41
  • Pistons had 22 assists to go along with 16 turnovers
  • Kobe had an off night but he still contributed a near triple double with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists

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  • Isn’t it funny how the Clippers play at the Staples Center too, and when the Lakers play it looks like a completely different arena?
  • “Bosom Buddies” star Tom Hanks joined the 18,996 others in attendance to see this game
  • McGrady drew a technical foul in the 2nd quarter by arguing a foul call against Kobe.  It was pretty ticky tack, and if Sheed were on the floor you would’ve heard the emphatic “BALL DON’T LIE” shout since Kobe failed to convert the free throw attempt.
  • Where was the D? Detroit blocked 2 shots and forced only 6 turnovers.

Lowlights of the gave via NBA.com

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The Pistons are done with the West Coast for the rest of the year, thank goodness.

The tough part about this loss is knowing that now the Pistons are off for 3 days before playing again back home in Detroit.  While most teams come out sharp after some extended rest, Detroit has shown time off is almost worse for them than playing on back to back nights.

Detroit returns home to face Jason Kapono and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday at The Palace.

Another game, another way to lose in embarrassing fashion.  The best player on the floor, Blake Griffin, had his way with the Pistons early and often.  Even when the Pistons decided to foul him hard, it wasn’t enough.  I believe during the last podcast that Natalie and I discussed the worst losses of the season and well, I think we spoke to soon.. or at least I did.

Embarrassing…lackadasical…half assed…etc… The Pistons got beat by a team who had not yet won a road game.  The Pistons got beat by the Clippers 109-89.

  • Ok so let me get this straight – Ben Gordon plays 18 minutes against the Raptors and 22 minutes against the Hawks before playing 31 against the Clippers last night.  If you’re not blaming the Coach at this point, you can hop on the bandwagon with me.  Hey Kuester, nice rotations you have in place.
  • Ben Gordon

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  • Hey Rodney Stuckey, you don’t have a good enough jumpshot to shoot your way (2-11 from the field) out of a cold slump.  Pass the ball.
  • All of the starters were horrible last night.
  • Brian Cook, possibly the worst “power forward” in the NBA, scored 12 points and had 7 rebounds for the Clippers.
  • Pistons Interim Head Coach Assistant Coach Brian Hill received a technical foul, his 2nd of the season.
  • Charlie Villanueva was the only Piston to show up last night – and he tried to lay what lumber he could on Blake Griffin, but we know how good Griffin is and we know how poor Charlie’s defense is.
  • If the Wizards can find someone to take Gilbert Arenas and his awful contract , why can’t Dumars find anyone to take Richard Hamilton?  (Please don’t tell me Arenas is better than Hamilton at this point in his career.  Arenas is extremely overrated right now)
  • I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe that Ben Gordon would’ve signed here last offseason if he knew he was going to play 27 minutes a night for a team where he’s the best shooter.  $10.8 million dollars this season for a guy who goes from playing 18 minutes to 31 minutes over the course of 3 games.
  • Blake Griffin had 24 points (on several dunks and a highlight reel worthy 360 degree layup) and 17 rebounds.
  • 16,000 fans attended the game last night – the Michigan economy is too bad to make Pistons’ fans have to pay to see this team give half assed effort… If I went to the game, I’d demand a refund on the grounds of the NBA is supposed to be entertainment, and I was not entertained.
  • DaJuan Summers broke a sweat in an actual game situation!  Summers played 7 minutes and had 2 points.

Ugh.  The Pistons are now 8-19 with a 6-7 record at home.  C’monnnnnnnnnnnnnn lottery balls!

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The injuries are piling up along with the losses for The Detroit Pistons, who lost their seventh straight game to the Los Angeles Clippers 104-96.  Detroit kept it close until late in the fourh, with help from Jonas Jerebko and Ben Wallace, the rebounding machine.  Ultimately the story of the night for the Pistons was a lack of defense down low for Detroit, who allowed the Clippers to shoot 60% from the floor.

Key Points:

  • Career highs for the rookies Austin Daye and Jonas Jerebko, who each started in place of the Pistons injured starters Ben Gordon and Tayshuan Prince.  The first time two rookies started for the Pistons since Allan Houston and Lindsey Hunter.
  • We lost the broadcast feed of the game in the fourth quarter and had to watch the remainder of the game from the Palace Vision feed.  Our good friend Tim Bryant, who keeps us in the know about all FSN broadcasting changes, confirmed the cause of the problem. ” The cause of the technical problems during the 4th quarter of Friday’s Pistons telecast were due to an overheated circuit board in the production truck which forced the loss of transmission (and the truck had to be evacuated as a safety precaution). Our crew hustled as best they could to patch in the Palace Vision video for the final few minutes of the game” Glad nobody was hurt.
  • The Chris Kaman to Detroit rumors will once again gain some momentum after his performance last night at the Palace. Chris scored 26 on 11-for-13 shooting with 7 boards and a blocked shot. Want him more now Pistons fans? He’s not only a native of Michigan, but he’s currently leading all Centers in the NBA in scoring.
  • Jonas has a fan club! If you saw the broadcast you know what I’m talking about. Got to get a screen cap of the two Swedes cheering Jonas on all game. Maybe that was the reason for his career game.
  • Sweeeeeeeede led the Pistons with 22 points, 5 boards and an assist in 33 minutes of play. He’s got the hard work ethic that we like in Motown. He was on the bad end of a few foul calls, but he made the most of every minute he was out there.

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  • If one day you come to the site and it has changed over to Need4Swede…you’ll know why.
  • Injuries aside, this team is getting eaten alive when we play a team with quality front court players.
  • I thought maybe Joe Dumars was going to have a Black Friday sale of his own after that game.
  • Late fourth quarter bad decisions from the guards didn’t allow the Pistons to get it very close when they needed to.
  • Rodney Stuckey scored 21 points on 10-for-24 shooting with 7 assists and two turnovers. He’s doing what he can for the team while the lineup is depleted.
  • I still find it shocking that we are winning the board wars night in and night out, but we can’t pull out a win. The Pistons with 43 rebounds and the Clippers with 35.
  • Seriously, what the heck has Arnie Kandor done with Ben Wallace, and can he please do it with BG, RH and TP? Ben with 16 boards on the night adding 5 points, while playing 37 minutes. I thought he would be a nice addition when the Pistons got him for the veterans minimum, but really who could have expected this? I know plenty of Pistons fans were happy, but did you really think the 2003-2006 version of Ben Wallace was returning…Fro or not?

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  • Will Bynum, 4-for-17 shooting for 14 points. That’s two non Will like games for the Pistons new spark-plug.  He did add 9 assists and a steal, and we have to remember he’s a little banged up too.
  • Austin Day started the game strong for Detroit stroking jump shots like he was unfazed that he was starting his first NBA game. He finished with 13 points on 4-for-11 shooting, with 5 boards and an assist.
  • Calling Jason Maxiell!  Please stand up….please.
  • No blocked shots for Detroit, while Marcus Camby had 6 of his own for the Clippers.
  • Did anyone notice when Ben Wallace came out of the game all of our defense went with it?
  • 46 points in the paint for the Clippers. If that stat doesn’t tell you we need defense down low I don’t know what does.

Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • The Clippers’ last win against the Pistons was a 74-72 victory at Staples Center on Nov. 3, 2002.
  • I know we aren’t winning, but I am surprised that people are complaining about Kuester. Do you remember Michael Curry? I think he’s doing a heck of a job with his three best players out.
  • I thought Charlie Villanueva would have stepped up more with his team on the mend.  He finished the game with 11 points on 5-for-15 shooting with 5 boards.  We knew he was not a defensive player when he came here, but he’s got to score when we need him to.
  • Kwame Brown and Chris Wilcox need to do a lot more than they are doing, period.  DNP for Wilcox against the Clippers.
  • Since the last few minutes of the game were brought to us from the Palace Vision feed it was weird to see the ridiculous way the crowd acts on my TV screen at home.  I never could understand what happens to people when they have a camera pointed at them.  Is it time to make a total fool out of yourself for everyone to see, or do most people think it’s cool?  I get a similar feeling when they give away free pizza at the Palace, people cheer more for a slice of free pizza then they do for their team, I just don’t get it.
  • Sunday afternoon game against the hot Atlanta Hawks, spells disaster with none of the injured likely to return.

The 5-10 Pistons will face the 6-10 Los Angeles Clippers at The Palace to try to end their 6 game losing streak.  No Ben Gordon for the Pistons, who is listed as day to day, after his ankle sprain during the Cavaliers game on Wednesday.

My hope was to have Bynum start at point guard and move Stuckey over to the two spot, but it looks like Austin Daye will take Ben’s place in the starting lineup.   The Clippers won’t have Blake Griffin, the number one draft pick, on court because of injury.  They do have Chris Kaman, who is averaging 22 points per game this season.

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Tip is at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune into wwj 950 AM or follow the action on NBA.com.

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The Pistons take on the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Tip off is at 8:00 PM and will be broadcast locally on FSN PLUS. If you are not sure what channel FSN Plus is for your cable or satellite provider here is a list for you. If you can’t catch the broadcast, listen locally on WDFN 1130 AM or trough your computer at NBA.com

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