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The 2-5 #Pistons are in Sacramento to take on the 2-5 Kings Friday night. Detroit will try to end their four game skid in Sacramento especially since they can’t seem to win on the West coast. The Pistons however have won eight of the last 10 games against the Kings.

  • The good: It’s going to be another Greg Monroe and DeMarcus Cousins battle. Greg seems to be making the best of his games against Cousins and the Kings. Monroe recorded his first triple-double of his career with 21 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists on 11/7/12 at Sleep Train Arena.
  • The bad: Detroit’s defense of late has been terrible and the fact that they can’t seem to win a game in the Pacific timezone doesn’t help their case much.
  • The unknown:Detroit may be without Chauncey Billups who’s nursing a sore knee. Stuckey will likely start for Detroit in his place. Can the Pistons wash away their awful performance against the Warriors with a win?

Tip off is at 10:30 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.

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The 23-46 #Pistons are finally back in action in Miami to take on the 54-14 Heat.

  • The good: One of Miami’s 14 losses this season came at the Palace when Detroit beat them 105-103. Though he won’t play, Andre Drummond is not practicing with the Pistons.
  • The bad: If you haven’t watched TV at all you don’t know that the Heat are chasing history with their 24 game winning streak. The Pistons are on a streak of their own, a nine game losing steak.
  • The unknown: Will this be a tough one to watch or will your Pistons give the Heat a run for their money?

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports and NBATV. 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.

I don’t know if you watched the game, but if you did you may have just been feeling just like quite a few of us Pistons fans felt as we finally got to sit through a Pistons victory. We felt like it was a playoff game.

That may sound silly to you, but it’s true, as I sat and watched the Pistons beat the Wizards 99-90 with a considerable amount of Pistons fans in the Need4Sheed Live Blog, we almost celebrated as if it were a playoff victory.

That’s what a 13 game losing streak does to fans, I can only image what it does to the players and the coaches.

Key Points:

  • Ben Gordon dressed for the game, but did not play. Will Bynum and Tayshaun Prince were still in street clothes.
  • Thank you Detroit Pistons for playing a complete 48 minutes of hustle and heart. Finally!
  • Chris Wilcox stared at PF and Jonas Jerebko started the game place of Prince.
  • The Pistons led most of the ball game, but control was slipping in the third when Jamison started getting really hot. Antawan scored a game high 31 points.
  • Can’t believe I can say this – Clutch 4th quarter from the Pistons, who shot 67% to make sure they didn’t let this one slip away.
  • Need4Swede is a bundle of hustle, making some huge shots late in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line. Jones played all 42 of his minutes like the Energizer Bunny. JJ scored 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting with 7 boards an assist and a blocked shot.

Jonas Jerebko

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  • Thanks have to go out to Ben Wallace for his extreme hustle and heart throughout the losing streak. He even went as far a blaming himself for the teams woes, when he was clearly one of the bright spots. Wallace finished with 4 points, 2 steals, 6 boards, a blocked shot and an assist in 31 minutes. I had a very good feeling when this happened that the Pistons were actually going to win.

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  • The Pistons biggest lead was 12, while the Wizards had an 8 point lead at one point.
  • Rodney tied a career high with 11 assists. That was huge for Detroit who racked up 23 assists on the night.
  • Teamwork.
  • Despite 19 points from Rip Hamilton, he looked off most of the game. He was 8-23 on the night with 7 assist and 4 turnovers. At one point most of us watching the game just wanted him to stop shooting.
  • Chuckey Atkins did his part by hitting some huge three’s. Atkins went 3-5 from downtown with 2 assists and 3 boards in 22 minutes on the floor. Each shot he made came right when the Pistons needed something big.
  • Eighteen minutes for Maxiell, who didn’t fill the box but had a solid game.
  • Huge night for Rodney Stuckey, with 19 points, 11 assist, a steal and 6 boards. You can’t ask a guy to come close to a triple-double every night, but he really did what he had to do to get his teammates involved.
  • Rodney stuckey

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  • Defense – the Pistons held the Wizards to a season-low 11 points in the second quarter.
  • 23 for Charlie V! Huge, huge game for Charlie Villanueva who knew he had to redeem himself after the poor shooting performance against the Bulls. A ridiculous 5-for-6 from downtown with 9 boards in 29 minutes while stepping up on the defensive end. Timing for Charlie V was everything, like Chuckey, clutch threes held the Pistons together.
  • We said Charlie V’s Mask was good luck didn’t we? Charlie got hit in the nose in the 2nd and returned at the half with the Mask on. It may just turn into a superstition like Rip.
  • I don’t know who was more excited, Special K or Blaha. I sure did miss…Don’t look now but the Pistons are up 10 with 2 minutes to go.

Highlights via NBA.com

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“Somebody had to win tonight — and we just wanted it to be us,” said Hamilton. “We knew when we came in tonight, we could only worry about us.” Via The Detroit Free Press

  • With the losing streak behind the Pistons, they still need to recover from their injuries and try to get some kind of flow going.  It’s by no means over, but a lot of people are going to sleep a lot better. I know I will.

The Pistons vs. The Bulls

The 11-24 Pistons take on the 15-20 Chicago Bulls to try to avoid matching their longest losing streak in 17 seasons.

If the Pistons break the losing streak and get a win in Chicago, it will their first victory in at the United Center in nearly four years.

Coach Kuester is shaking things up to try to snap the streak by starting Chris Wilcox.

Watch Kuester’s announcement, Ben Gordan and Joe Dumars talking about their troubles.  Via Pistons.com

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Injury Report:

Will Bynum (left ankle) is out and has yet to start running as part of his rehab while Tayshaun Prince (left knee) and Rodney Stuckey (right knee) both missed the second half of Saturday’s loss to the Sixers. Prince is a game-time decision while Stuckey is adamant he will play despite not being able to finish the last two games. Stuckey has averaged 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals against Chicago this season.Via Pistons.com

UPDATE:

Tayshaun will not play, Jonas Jerebko will start in his place.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action over at NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

The Pistons vs. The Sixers

The 11-23 Pistons take on the 10-25 Philadelphia 76rs Saturday night at the Palace.  This would have been the first time Detroit fana would have a chance to see Allen Iverson since his “injury” forced him to stop playing for the Pistons last season.

AI’s arthritic knee has stopped him from taking the court in Detroit.

Philadelphia has the second worst record in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers have lost both meetings with the Pistons this season after winning four of the previous five in the series.

Injury Report:

  • No Will Bynum, who’s still bothered by ankle injuries.
  • Rodney Stuckey will play.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 950 WWJ or follow the action over at NBA.com .

This is it, I really feel a victory tonight.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

The Pistons looked good for about 3 quarters last night against the Spurs, but a fourth quarter collapse made their now 11 game slide inevitable. Even Rip Hamilton’s’ game high 29 points was not enough as the Pistons lose another to the Spurs 92-112.

Key Points:

  • Jason Maxiell, who didn’t play a minute in the Pistons lost to Dallas, started in place of Jonas Jerebko and finished with 5 points, 2 steals and 7 boards . I for one was surprised with the change.
  • Nice to see McDyess smiling again, even if it’s not with The Pistons.
  • Rodney Stuckey, who finished with 13 points, 4 boards and 0 assists in 24 minutes. Stuckey tweaked his knee early in the game and didn’t play much of the fourth. No word yet on his status.
  • Rip Hamilton led Detroit with 29 points om 12-22 shooting with 2 assists a steal and one board.

Rip

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  • Recap with Greg and George

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  • Tayshaun still looks hurt, but he did have a nice block.
  • 14 for Charlie V in 23 minutes.
  • The final score didn’t really tell the tale of this game, Detroit really did have a chance until mid fourth quarter.  I knew it was over after a really bad Ben Gordon turnover with about 6 minutes to go.
  • Seriously, when is Ben Gordon going to get his groove back? 4-for-12 shooting with 11 points and 5 turnovers. Not good, not good at all.
  • I have to cut the recap short for this one, but feel free to add more in the comments.
  • Where is the D?  The Spurs shot 58% for the night.
  • Ok, can we really (seriously) start talking about tanking yet?
  • I will leave you with the NBA.com low lights.

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