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The Pistons lost one of those games to the Lakers Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 106-102.  One of those games that they should have won, but couldn’t close out. One of those games where they led and it looked like they’d pull it out. One of those games where they let their opponent go on a run late and never recover.

One of those games we are used to watching.

Key Points:

  • With a 10 point lead in hand late in the fourth quarter Detroit make too many mistakes and allowed the Lakers to go on a 12-0 run.
  • The Pistons biggest lead in this game was 10 points, the Lakers 4.
  • They lost a game where they scored 76 points in the paint.
  • Pistons fans certainly were upset walking out of the Palace Friday night.  This is a game I hate going to because of all the Lakers fans.  When Brandon Jennings missed two of his free throws late in the game and the crowd cheered like the Pistons where on the road, that just hurts.  Then to lose like this is just frustrating.
  • Josh Smith is still having trouble with his shot going just 4-of-16 for 8 points.  He did bring it on the defensive end with 19 boards, 5 steaks and two blocked shots.
  • Andre in foul trouble early limited him to just 16 minutes on the night, but he still managed a double-double with 13 points, 11 boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • Wesley Johnson 9-of-11 from the three-point line.
  • The problem defending the three is glaring for Detroit. The Lakers outshot the Pistons 43-3 from downtown.

Mo Cheeks: “I didn’t think it was any type of (system) breakdown, they stayed in the game by (the) three and got back in the game by (the) three. They spread the floor, they beat us off the dribble and they kick it to a shooter. That’s how they got back in the game and then we stopped scoring.” Via Pistons.com

  • Hit free throws! They are free you know.  The Pistons were abysmal from the line making just 13 of their 25.
  • Brandon Jennings had a nice stretch late in the game with consecutive uncontested layups.  He finished the game with 19 points, 9 assist in 41 minutes on the floor. Many Pistons fans want more from Jennings, but this is about the player he his.
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  • After the last of Brandon Jennings’ points with 4:59 to go, the Pistons didn’t make another basket, going 0 for 7.
  • I never thought I’d say this, but where would the Pistons be without Rodney Stuckey, who again led the team with 22 points in 33 minutes off the bench. When a guy coming off the bench is your best player, things usually don’t finish well.
  • Finish games, this is where Chauncey Billups helps. I can’t tell you some of these games would have been W’s for Detroit had Chauncey on the floor but it sure would have helped.
  • Siva with his first NBA points.
  • Greg Monroe does all the little things and tends to go unnoticed when the highlight reel is played. Moose finished with 19 points and 8 boards.
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  • A victory Sunday afternoon against the Sixers at home?

Brandon Jennings and Andre Drummond hooked up for more than just a dunk on Sunday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers.  What we saw was good defense that led to a sweet off the backboard pass to a Dunkin’ Drummond.

This dunk was so Dunktacular that Lakers fans, who hate all things Detroit, were in awe.


The 3-5 #Pistons are in Los Angeles to take on the 4-7 Lakers Sunday night. Detroit will try to end their West coast trip with a win in LA against a struggling Lakers team that has dropped their last two games.

  • The good:This could be just the kind of game that the Pistons need, the Lakers give up an average of 104 per game, ranking near the bottom (as does Detroit) of the league. If Andre, Greg and Josh Smith have halfway decent games Detroit is sure to come out of this game with a victory.
  • The bad:Detroit has lost seven of the last eight games against the Lakers, but this Lakers team hasn’t been able to get things together without Kobe Bryant. The Pistons aren’t exactly sparkling on the defensive end giving up and average of 110 points on their four game losing streak.
  • The unknown:The question that many Pistons fans have been asking is how the minutes are getting divided up. Jonas seems to be buried, Datome is barely getting any playing time and most would like to see more KCP, especially after his solid performance against the Kings. The biggest questions is will we see Pistons owner Tom Gores court side in LA and will he be dancing after a Pistons victory?

Tom Gores DanceTip off is at 9:30 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.

News of a deal that nobody has seemed to know of until Kobe was pondering what Jerry Buss meant to him. Check out the piece over at Yahoo by the man who always gets the NBA scoop Adrian Wojnarowski.

“After all the anger and angst and fury of the immediate post-Shaq era had inspired Kobe Bryant to make a trade demand, Jerry Buss finally called his superstar guard to the owner’s home in the Los Angeles hills on an autumn evening in 2007.

The Los Angeles Lakers had found a trade for Bryant, but Buss warned him that it wasn’t to one of his selected destinations.

“Detroit,” Buss said.

The Lakers had agreed to a deal to send Bryant to the Pistons and needed Bryant’s approval to waive his no-trade clause. The package included a combination of Detroit’s core players and draft picks, sources say. Buss and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak needed an answer soon, because they refused to let the issue linger into training camp.” Via Yahoo.com

Kobe was willing to waive his trade clause to get out of LA, but decided he wanted to stay  a Laker after thinking about it.

I’m far from a Kobe Bryant fan, but honestly I would have welcomed him in Detroit for Rip, Tay and Amir Johnson and a first round pick. Really what a deal that would have been. Imagine what things may have happened and wouldn’t have happened in Detroit.

Seriously? Wow

The 18-29 #Pistons are hosting the 21-26 Lakers or a Sunday matinée at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons beat the Lakers the last time they were at the Palace and could very well do so again with the way they have been playing.
  • The bad: Detroit has lost the six of the last seven against the Lakers.
  • The unknown: Will the US clear the Pistons new PG Jose Calderon for duty? If he still can’t play at least he’s making the best of it to lean the new system.

Tip off is at 1:00 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.

 

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.

Whenever teams matchup that have faced off against each other in an NBA Finals, the commentators often say “tonight features a rematch of the ________ NBA Finals between the _________ and the __________”.  Well people, those days are over.

Some prominent players remain from the 2004 Finals like Kobe Bryant, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace who has since completed a tour of duty among other Central Division teams from 2006-2009 before coming back to Detroit.  The last few years have featured Detroit getting whooped either at the Forum or at the Palace (or both), but either way Detroit has been outmatched in recent years due to the Lakers acquisition of Pau Gasol.  Let’s re-cap some of the more notable parts of the game last night, shall we?:

  • Richard Hamilton was ejected 5 minutes into the game for what appeared to be doing next to nothing.  The referees seem to be a little sensitive, and the technical foul calls are not consistent from ref to ref.  Hamilton, however, does have a history of complaining to the refs.
  • Kobe was Kobe: 33 points on 11-20 shooting with 9 rebounds.  Kuester played Tayshaun, Hamilton, and Stuckey on him but it didn’t matter.
  • Lamar Odom, who came in averaging nearly 15 points and 9 rebounds a night against the Pistons for his career – matched his career point per game total while also pulling down 14 rebounds.
  • No surprise here – Pistons outrebounded 55-41.
  • The ball movement was there for Detroit as they racked up 18 assists compared to only 5 turnovers.
  • Rodney Stuckey lead all scorers for Detroit with 18 points on 7-17 from the field.  Stuckey needs to go back to finishing strong at the rim.
  • Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon shot a combined 5-22 from the field for a total of 16 points off the bench.
  • Chris Won’t Wilcox made his first appearance of the season.  He played 3 minutes and had 1 rebound.
  • Thank goodness Andrew Bynum wasn’t playing, that’s all I have to say.
  • Will Bynum was playing though, and whiffed badly on a breakaway dunk that officially sealed the night for the fans and the game’s outcome.
  • Austin Daye had a flagrant foul against Pau Gasol which made me “LOL”.
  • Laker rookie Derrick Caracter matched a career high with 6 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes.
  • Tayshaun Prince had the worst +/- in the game: -24.
  • Derek Fisher and Ron Artest tied for best +/- in the game: +26.

This was not the way the Pistons wanted to return home after the circus act they provided in Golden State at the end of the West Coast trip.  The game was close for the first quarter and a half, and then the Lakers pulled away for good.

This team needs help, and they need it quick before this season gets away from them.

The tired, undermanned Pistons were no match for World Champion Lakers Sunday evening at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Kobe Bryant led all scores with 28 points in the Lakers 93-81 victory against Detroit.

Key Points:

  • Another game without Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Gordon.
  • The Pistons, thanks to some hot shooting from Chucky Atkins, got off to a quick 9-4 lead to start the game, but within minutes the Lakers took control and never really looked back.  The Pistons (sort of) threatened late in the fourth quarter cutting the Lakers lead to 8 with less than two minutes left, but Kobe made sure that the Pistons had no chance to win this one.
  • Quite honestly of all the games the Pistons have played with their core group sitting on the bench injured, this one really showed the Pistons weaknesses.  They looked like a JV team at times.
  • The Lakers lived at the line, scoring 40 of their points from the stripe.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 16 points in just 27 minutes on the floor with 1 assist, 3 boards and 2 steals. Early first quarter foul trouble sent Stuckey to the bench, but it didn’t seem like he Kuester was quick to put him back in the game.

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  • At one point the lineup consisted of Ben Wallace, Jason Maxiell, Jonas Jerebko, Chucky Atkins, and Austin Daye. One had to wonder who the go to guy for buckets was…it just so happened to be Jason Maxiell for a few possessions.
  • Maxiell’s jumper is really coming along, some of those shots he’s making (that he never used to) look effortless. Jason finished with 8 points, 2 boards and a blocked shot.
  • Three Pistons in double digits, JJ, Daye and Stuckey.
  • Rebound war won 44-43.
  • Will Bynum just 6 points on 2-for-7 shooting with 4 assists and 7 turnovers…yes 7. That is not BYNUMITE. Will just hasn’t looked like himself since his ankle injuries.
  • Austin Daye with 10 points on 5-for-10 shooting with 4 boards, 3 assists in 20 minutes on the floor. This may have been the biggest highlight of the game for Detroit.
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  • The Pistons still working the paint scoring 42 down low.
  • Andrew Bynum gets better with every game he plays.
  • Is it me or does Gasol seem to cry about every call or non call?
  • When Stuckey was sitting out with foul trouble, Kobe alone outscored the Pistons crew that was on the floor.
  • The Piston looked outmatched for about all but  about 8 of the 48 minutes.
  • Highlights of the Game via NBA.com
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  • The Pistons could have used a lot more than what Charlie Villanueva gave them Sunday evening. Charlie finished with 6 points, 8 boards and 2 assists in 28 minutes. This was his first game without the mask, I’m thinking he may want to go back to it. He was putting up his best numbers of the season while wearing Rip’s trademark.
  • Minutes for DaJuan Summers who scored 5 with a blocked shot and an assist in 23 minutes.
  • Solid night for Kwame Brown who finished with 7 points on 3 for 3 shooting  with 8 boards, an assist and a blocked shot in 21 minutes.  Nice to see Kwame with a good game against his former team.
  • Jonas with 11 of his 15 points in the third quarter…pure hustle from JJ.
  • Jonas Jerebko said it best – “Shit Happens”
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  • Don’t forget, right in time for the Holiday Season the Need4Swede T-Shirt.
  • Hopefully the Pistons can get back to winning with a game against the Bobcats on Tuesday, because this one wasn’t fun to watch.

The Pistons vs. The Lakers

The 11-15 Pistons are finally home to host the World Champion 21-4 Lakers Sunday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  The Pistons would love to take this one to avoid a four game losing streak and the first season sweep by the Lakers in eight seasons.

The Pistons have won five straight at home, but are 3-10 against West opponents.

Jonas Jerebko (The Need4Sweed) has a task tonight guarding Kobe, who is playing unbelievable basketball, putting up double-doubles like they are nothing.

Injury Report:

  • Gordon is  listed as questionable for the game against the Lakers, Ben continues to battle a sprained ankle and will test it in the morning shootaround.
  • Tayshaun Prince and Hamilton will not play.
  • Charlie Villanueva is dealing with plantar fascitis in his right heel but will be on court against LA.

The crazy that is Ron Artest:

This will be the first time the Pistons meet the Lakers this season after “Ron Ron” opened his mouth and said he still wanted to fight Ben Wallace.

“I see Ben, I’m on my guard now. I’m always in the mood to fight him. … I’ll get suspended 10 games, 15 games (because) I’ll just fight him right there. It won’t go into the stands.” Via The Sporting News

He later backed down from that statement, I am sure after Lakers or NBA brass had a chat with him.

That same article quotes him as saying this about that infamous night at The Palace.

“It wasn’t my fault. … I don’t see anything I could have done different. The only thing I could have done was have God pause time so I could have said, ‘Oh, look, you’re about to run in some stands, so stop.’”

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 6:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune into 950 AM WWJ where our good friend Matt Dery is calling tonight’s game, or follow the action on NBA.com.

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The 5-5 Pistons are in Los Angeles to take on the Lakers to start a very difficult stretch of games. The reigning NBA Champions are 7-and-3 on the season and will look to bounce back on their home court to avoid their first three game losing streak in nearly two years.

Stuckey is good to go, but still no word on Rip

The Lakers game, plus Tayshaun talks about him making the road trip out West with Detroit  via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 10:30 pm EST and will be televised on FOX Sports in HD. For the radio broadcast tune into 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action on NBA.com.