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It’s been a while, but to be honest what did we need to talk about after the season? I’m sure most of you don’t want to chat about the EFC or the Miami Heat…do you?

What we can talk about is the fact that David Stern and the NBA will be announcing the order or the NBA Draft “Lottery” Wednesday night. Our very own Brandon Knight will be the Pistons representative when they find out where they will be drafting in this years lottery.

Here is how what the it looks like percentages wise.

  • 1. Charlotte, 7-59, 25.0 percent
  • 2. Washington, 20-46, 19.9 percent
  • 3. Cleveland, 21-45, 13.8 percent
  • 4. New Orleans, 21-45, 13.7 percent
  • 5. Sacramento, 22-44, 7.6 percent
  • 6. New Jersey, 22-44, 7.5 percent (a)
  • 7. Golden State, 23-43, 3.6 percent (b)
  • 8. Toronto, 23-43, 3.5 percent
  • 9. Detroit, 25-41, 1.7 percent
  • 10. New Orleans, 1.1 percent (c)
  • 11. Portland, 28-38, 0.8 percent
  • 12. Milwaukee, 31-35, 0.7 percent
  • 13. Phoenix, 33-33, 0.6 percent
  • 14. Houston, 34-32, 0.5 percent

Star Wars Night at The Palace May The Gores Be With YouSo barring some kind of “force” that may be with us, the Pistons should pick at the nine spot.

If “The Gores” has anything to do with it, we should start scheduling Anthony Davis for electrolysis appointments in the greater Metro Detroit Area.

 

At the last minute someone handed me two tickets to see the Dallas Mavericks take on the Pistons at the Palace. I wasn’t planning on going to Tuesday night’s game, especially after witnessing the beat down on Saturday night. But when someone hands you tickets to see your favorite team, no matter what you already have planned, you go. Or at least I do.

Big mistake on my part.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate how lucky I am to get to see the Pistons play in person, but right now it just plain hurts to watch them.

Could this team be worse than the teams of the dreaded “teal” era? They can’t be right?

This team has great young talent like Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko, Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey. On paper they have a team that looks like they can compete better than six game blowout steak.

Greg Monroe vs The Heat

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We watch Greg Monroe progress with each game, with absolutely no help down low. We are watch Brandon Knight’s baptism by fire trying to lead this team at the point with limited practices and no training camp. We watch whatever kind of funk that Austin Daye is in. We watch Tayshaun Prince getting old in front of our eyes. We watch Ben Gordon be the player that took his Bulls uniform off and then forgot how to shoot. We watch Ben Wallace give it his all in limited minutes.

We watch fewer and fewer people at the Palace. In fact the crowd last night looked more like a Shock game than it did a Pistons team against the World Champions. Sadly about the only time you’re going to see a decent crowd in the place will be when Miami and the Lakers come to town.

Is it fair to say that last night (or pick a night for that matter) this team looked like a JV team playing in the NBA? By the time I could blink they had already turned the ball over 10 times.

Does anyone remember the good times when the Pistons would go a consecutive games with 3 turnovers or less?

I haven’t seen a coach this vocal with the players in quite some time. By the end of the season Lawrence Frank is going to have way less hair than he already does.

What we are really doing is watching the madness unfold right before our eyes.

If something doesn’t change, this team will be right were a lot of people wanted them to be last season. At the head of the pack for lottery balls. Trouble with that…this draft class doesn’t have a true superstar and knowing the Pistons luck this would be the year they got the #1 pick.

On any given night, you can search this site or twitter for the #FireJoeDumars chant, and that I can understand, but I don’t agree with.

Bless the Pistons employees for trying to make the best of what they are watching, especially Blaha, Kelser and Matt Dery, who have to put a positive spin on what they know is a horrible product.

I’ve just resigned this season to be one of pain, and hopefully growth. If you can make it though with me than you’ll be a bigger fan years down the road. It happens to every team at one time or another, be strong.

And sorry Mr. Gores…no returns, exchanges or refunds on this one.

Tom Gores toon

Goodbye 2010-2011 Detroit Pistons season you sure have been memorable…and not in a good way.
The 29-52 Detroit Pistons play their final game of the season Wednesday night against the surprising good, playoff bound 41-40 Philadelphia 76rs. With a win the Sixers can’t change their playoff seeding , but they can secure their first winning season since 2004-05.

What do the Pistons have to look forward to next season? Hopefully their Jobs if their lucky.

  • The good: It’s over, time to wash things clean. We may need a vat of Clorox, but still.
  • The bad:Muhammad Ali Charlie V won’t be playing because of his little incident. Is that bad though?
  • The unknown: Lottery balls and where they fall.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Pkus. 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 26-50 (hoping for a good lottery position) Detroit Pistons are in Washington to take on the Wizards. Washington is looking for their third consecutive win for the first time in four seasons (ouch).

  • The good: Detroit has taken the last 8 games against Washington.
  • The bad: Both of these teams.
  • The unknown: Kuester or Stuckey?

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Tip off is at 7:00 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 97.1 The Ticket.

Right now Charlie Sheen could not be a Pistons fan. WINNING! is something they just can’t seem to pull off on the road, not even against the worst team in the league. The Pistons haven’t won a game away from the Palace in more than six weeks and from their performance Friday night in their 91-97 loss it looks like some of the your dreams of squeaking into the playoffs are all but lost.

Key Points:

  • Plain and simple, the Cavs wanted this game and the Pistons did not. Detroit’s biggest lead in the was just two points and even with a chance late in the fourth quarter to take the game, it just didn’t look like they wanted it.

Kuester: “They had more energy than us. They hurt us on offensive rebounds. We took care of the ball first half. Second half we ended up having too many turnovers. You try to warn the team when anybody plays hard in this league, good things will happen and they played harder than us. We had a chance to cut it to one right there in the end; we just couldn’t get over that hump.”

  • Sure, let J.J. Hickson take over the game with 24 points, 15 boards and 2 assists.
  • A DNP for Charlie V who I’m quite certain was being punished for his outburst with Kuester in the Miami game. Kuester’s take…he communicated rotation logistics with Villanueva. Huh?
  • It doesn’t help that they have a back to back against the Pacers tonight at the Palace.
  • With 10 games left Detroit is now 6 1/2 games back of the Pacers.
  • Austin Daye with 12 points, 7 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals in 28 minutes on the floor.

Daye: “It was an unfortunate effort by all of us,”

  • Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton both scored 15 for Detroit. Prince added 2 blocks, 2 assists and 4 boards. They combined for 30 points through three quarters. They had their own 4th quarter meltdown scoring zero combined when it counted.
  • Solid games for Monroe. Greg with 11 points, 8 boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
Greg Monroe Detroit Pistons

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  • Another what is to become of Ben Gordon game. Ben played 16 minutes and scored 8 points off the bench. I’m assuming that if his role doesn’t’ stabilize in Detroit, he’s going to be as sparatic as he’s been until the rest of his tenure here.
  • The lowlights via NBA.com

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  • Will Bynum so some time on the floor scoring 5 points with a really sweet dish to Wilcox late in the game.
  • Another “What is Kuester doing” night. Bynum play the first three periods, but Kuester went to him to start the fourth. Bynum played the rest of the way, as did point guard Rodney Stuckey.
  • The odds of figuring out how this team is going to be coached day by day is about as high as winning the lottery.
  • Rodney with 11 points on 3-for-11 shooting, adding 4 boards and 4 assists.
  • Jason Maxiell’s 4 turnovers and 0 points didn’t help.
  • T-Mac was off too. Tracy with just two points on the night.
  • Wilcox with 8 boards, a blocked shot and 12 points.
  • I hate losing, but I hate it even more when it is to Cleveland.
  • So…how is that draft looking?

Seven is a lucky number and that’s what the Pistons are counting on in this year’s draft.  So they didn’t land a top three, but there were some quality player picked in the number seven spot and below.

Past number 7 picks.

2009 Stephen Curry PG
2008 Eric Gordon G
2007 Corey Brewer G/F
2006 Randy Foye G
2005 Charlie Villanueva F (TBD)
2004 Luol Deng SF
2003 Kirk Hinrich PG
2002 Nene Hilario PF
1999 Rip Hamilton SG

It’s also not so much the seven spot either.  If you take a look at the past drafts you will see that some quality players were drafted below the spot.  Guys like Dirk, Amare, RondoAndrew Bynum, Danny Granger, Iguodala, David West, Joe Johnson, and our very own Rodney Stuckey fell below the spot Detroit will be picking in come draft time.

Now this doesn’t mean much if Dumars and his team doesn’t do their job.  Do they pick the best player that is available at seven, or do they fill the Pistons needs?  I’m all for them serving up a quality big man on a plate, but only time will tell what happens.

I know who I would like the Pistons to pick….who would you like to see in Pistons red, blue and white come November?

I’m going with Chad Ford’s rankings just as a guide for the vote.  Let’s go from 4 to 15 and just assume Detroit’s pick will be one of these players.

4 Wesley Johnson 22 SF 6-7 198 Syracuse Top 5

5 DeMarcus Cousins 19 C 6-11 260 Kentucky Top 5

6 Cole Aldrich 21 C 6-11 245 Kansas Top 10

7 Al-Farouq Aminu 19 SF 6-8 205 Wake Forest Top 10

8 Ekpe Udoh 23 PF 6-10 240 Baylor Lottery
9 Greg Monroe 19 PF 6-11 250 Georgetown Top 10

10 Ed Davis 20 PF 6-10 215 North Carolina Top 10

11 Daniel Orton 19 C 6-10 260 Kentucky Lottery

12 Luke Babbitt 20 SF 6-9 220 Nevada Mid to late first round
13 Avery Bradley
19 SG 6-3 180 Texas Late lottery to mid first round

14 Hassan Whiteside
20 C 6-11 225 Marshall Lottery

15 Gordon Hayward
20 SF 6-8 200 Butler Late lottery to mid first round

Also take a look at the Pre-Draft Video via Pistons.com before you cast your vote.

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VOTE- Take into account that it’s highly doubtful that Cousins or Johnson will be available at 7.

Detroit will soon know its fate when it comes to their draft position when the order will be announced (tonight) May 18th 2010.

ESPN will air the lottery live prior to Tuesday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with the drawing itself to start around 8.

Here is a little info you should know before tonight’s big news. Via NBA.com

The teams entered in the lottery, to be held on May 18, 2010, are as follows (note: the first three picks in the Draft will be determined by the lottery and the remainder of the “lottery teams” will select in positions 4 through 14 in inverse order of their consolidated standings at the end of the regular season):

TEAM RECORD LOTTERY CHANCES
New Jersey 12-70 250
Minnesota 15-67 199
Sacramento 25-57 156
Golden State 26-56 104
Washington 26-56 103
Philadelphia 27-55 53
Detroit 27-55 53
LA Clippers 29-53 23
New York (To Utah via Phoenix) 29-53 22
Indiana 32-50 11
New Orleans 37-45 8
Memphis 40-42 7
Toronto 40-42 6
Houston 42-40 5

Second Round Draft Choice order 36/37 – Detroit

So The Pistons have a 18% chance of drafting o top three pick, it could happen right?

Let’s cross our fingers for good balls Pistons fans!

Detroit Pistons The Season of Balls

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The 23-52 Pistons in Atlanta to face the 48-27 Hawks Saturday evening.
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Riddled with injuries to some key players in the final weeks of a frustrating season, Detroit (23-52) will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Making matters worse, the Pistons are mired in their longest losing stretch since dropping 13 in a row from Dec. 15-Jan. 11.

The Pistons haven’t won since a 101-87 victory over Washington – one of two teams worse than them in the Eastern Conference – on March 12.

Silver lining – The Pistons are just a game ahead of the Wizards and Warriors for the 3rd worst record in the NBA. What does that mean? More L’s = More Balls!

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:00 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

Yes Sir!

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Is it appropriate to be upset that the Pistons just lost to a Nets team that don’t have double digits in the win column?  Yes and no.  At this point in the season, with the injuries the Pistons had, the drama of the team up for sale, the departure of the infrastructure that was Tom Wilson, the free agent signings disappointing year and the Rodney Stuckey scare,  shouldn’t we be able to let this season go as what it is?

Hell, we got through Michael Curry and Allen Iverson didn’t we.

I’m not happy with the loss, and I hate for Detroit to be labeled as an easy W on anyone’s schedule, but right now it is what it is.

Can’t we just enjoy the last few games as games not a reason to point fingers?

This franchise (hopefully) will always stand for hard work and underdogs, and it’s our job as Pistons fans to ride whatever comes our way.  If you can’t do that….you might as well be a Lakers fan.

I’m not asking you to put on your teal and maroon Jerry Stackhouse jersey, but I am asking you to embrace what will likely be a few seasons of  hard games to watch.  We don’t know what will become of the team this off-season, we don’t know who will be here and who won’t, but we should know which ones of us will be standing by and waiting for the turn around.

I’m not taking some kind of moral high-ground here, I’m just stating the obvious and remember that I have been through this before.  It’s had, but if you love the game it doesn’t matter.  Hell, the Lions still have fans.

It was a loss, a loss to the Nets, it doesn’t feel good but just look at it as more hope for the future.  They will be just fine, but it will take some time.

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