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The Pistons handled the Orlando Magic Monday night thanks to some great performance by Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady and a career high for Austin Daye.  Each put up 20 points, but it was Daye’s clutch shots that really propelled the Pistons their 103-96 over the Magic

Key Points:

  • 20 x 3
  • T-mac with 14 points in the first quarter alone. Feb 08
  • Great defense from the Pistons, who recorded 9 steals on the night.
  • Can someone tell Dwight Howard that he doesn’t have to manhandle pleaple when he’s trying to put a foul on someone.
  • Career high 20 for Austin Daye with 9 of those coming in the fourth quarter when the Magic were closing in.  Daye added 7 boards and 2 steals in 34 minutes on the floor.
Career High 20 for Austin Daye

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  • The Pistons led by 10 at the half and again by 10 at the start of the fourth.  No third quarter collapse.
  • Ben Wallace stepped in off the bench to help contain Dwight Howard and help the Pistons on the boards.  Wallace with 11 boards and a ton of tips in 19 minutes on the floor.
  • This was posed by many people on Twitter during the game.  How many third quarter collapses have the Pistons had since Rip has been on the bench?
  • Austin ankle breaker.

  • Great win for Detroit and a fun game to watch.  So fun that I really though George Blaha was going to have an aneurism.  He was on fire with his calls all night long.  I saved the game and have to pull some audio for those who didn’t get to see or hear his broadcast.
  • Outrebounded 39-46.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 14, Orlando’s 6.
  • Tay – Austin – T-Mac Highlights

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  • Shocked Jason Maxiell logged less than a minute with Charlie V out and Monroe and Wilcox in foul trouble.
  • Ben Gordon finally with a glimpse of his shot back.  Gordon with 15 on 6-for-13 shooting in 22 minutes on the floor with 2 board and 2 assists.
  • From game saver to awful…Will Bynun 0-for-7 with a board and an assist in 15 minutes.
  • Stuckey with 16 and a cool 7-for-7 from the line.
  • T-Mac loves to shine against his former teams.  He finished with 20 points on 8-for-19 shooting with 7 boards and 5 assists.
  • Anderson leads the Magic with 21 and 5 boards.  Dwight with 20 and 16.
  • This just in…I still can’t stand ReDICK
  • The Magic wouldn’t go away, pulling within 91-86 with an 8-1 run.  It was nice to see them close this one out.
  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • Wednesday at the Palace…Chauncey

When the Pistons took the court against a Magic team that were bit by the flu bug, there was a good chance they could add a W in the win column.  Well, these aren’t the good old days…or the old days, or the dare I say the almost teal years.  With Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick, Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus out for the Magic, they still handily beat the Pistons on their home court 104-91.

Key Points:

  • Should I go into just how miserable and uninerested this whole team looked last night?
  • The Magic rode Vince Carter right from the start and he didn’t disappoint, in fact he himself scored 10 of the Magics first 12 points finishing the game with 25 points.
  • Not a great game for Danny to fly in for, in fact we pretty much expressed our disappointment in the team the entire game.
  • DPN for Will Bynum…guess T-Mac is the new backup PG.

Kuester - “We’re searching every possible way and Will is somebody who is going to be a part of this before its all over. Were trying to get a number of guys opportunities and find the right combination of guys that are going to play together. That’s the most important thing. We came into this game and talked about taking care of the basketball. 24 assists and only 13 turnovers and we’ve been consistent that way now we got to get our defense squared away.”

  • Surprised to look at the box score this morning to see that Prince with the game high of 30 points on 11-15 shooting with 5 assists.  That may have been the quietest 30 points I ever witnessed.  It may be because of the loss and the fact that if they couldn’t win this game, when can they win?
  • Brandon Bass loves to put up numbers against Detroit.   Bass didn’t miss a shot in eight tries in the first half on his way to leading the Magic with 27 points.
  • Prince has hit 35 of 60 shots and averaging 21.3 points over the last four games.
  • Detroit another second half meltdown, they were outscored 50-36.
  • Calling Rip Hamilton and Ben Gordon!  Ben Gordon 2-for-11 for 5 points in 30 minuts and Rip Hamilton 3-for-9 for 10 points.  We need more from both of them to be successful.
  • No Piston player had a + rating.
  • Austin Daye actually played his normal position, taking Tayshaun’s spot on court, but didn’t do much in his 5 minutes on the floor and didn’t return in the second half.
  • Villanueva 6-for-11 for 15 points with 3 boards , 2 blocks and a steal in 29 minutes.  I know he loves the three (3-for-7) but he really can play down low, especially against a depleted team.
Charlie Villanueva

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Villanueva – What can I say, I guess they just wanted it more than us. They were short-handed, they came ready to play. It seemed like it was hard for us to get into a flow out there. Everything seems hard for us. I have no idea what it is. It’s just hard, it’s hard. I can’t put my finger on it.
Just the fact that us losing in Orlando the way we did, I thought we would come back and put a fight up, now they were short-handed. I don’t know, man, I don’t know.

  • I’ve been to just one game (a Sunday) that I haven’t seen Ndamukong Suh.
  • Maxiell starts, but plays just 20 minutes when he was 3-for-3 for 6 points and zeros in the rest of his stat line.
  • Stuckey 3-for-9 for 11 with 7 assists.
  • The other Ben (Gordon) led the team in rebounds with 9.  Really?
  • Speaking of Bens’, sadly it looks like Wallace can’t handle much more of the grind.  I hope I’m wrong about that.

Highlights via Pistons.com

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  • On a good note, it’s great to see Jonas Jerebko on the bench, no cast and in shoes with a huge smile on his face.
  • It’s a bad time for me to figure out what’s going wrong with this team after the last three losses.  From an outsiders standpoint right now it just looks like they have given up.  Thoughts?

The 6-11 Pistons Orlando to take on the 10-4 Magic. The Magic are 7-3 in their last 10 games and second place in the Eastern Conference Standings.

Detroit went 1-3 against the Magic last season. Dwight Howard, the Magic’s leading scorer, led Orlando’s scoring vs. Detroit with 19.8 points per game through four contests last season.

FYI: With just 6 more rebounds, Ben Wallace will become the third active player in the NBA to record 10,000-plus
rebounds and 2,000-plus blocks in his career.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 7:00 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.

The Pistons vs. The Magic

The 19-33 Detroit Pistons are in Orlando on a second game of a back to back to take on the 36-18 Orlando Magic. On the heels of the Detroit’s blowout against Minnesota, and the way the Pistons play the Magic, this should be a good one.

With the NBA trade deadline on Thursday afternoon, still no solid information points the Pistons towards a deal.

The biggest news to come out today is Tom Wilson’s decision to step down as the CEO of the Palace Sports and Entertainment.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:00 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

Update:

Final Score:
Pistons103 Magic 110

Due to a lack of time and technical difficulties I’m not recapping this one but after reading Patrick Hayes over at MLive I would have to say I agree with him for the most part.  Good to see Charlie V finally put it together and impressed with Day and Jerebko.  Also just like Patrick, waiting on Chris Wilcox to prove me right on my X-Factor pick of the season.

Oh, and let’s talk about giving up 40 first quarter points to the Magic…that was a mess I didn’t think they were going to pull themselves out of.

Highlights from the game:


The Orlando Magic will try to avenge their loss to the Pistons 80-85 loss to the Pistons Tuesday night at the Palace. I’m sure Dwight Howard would like to play more than 17 minutes without fouling out, but hopefully Detroit gets him into foul again in Orlando.

A win for Detroit tonight would make it six in a row against the Magic.

With all the success Dwight had in Detroit he decided to sponsor Need4Sheed by promoting his new business venture on the website.
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Dwight Howard’s 17 minute Chicken Shack.

Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton will not play again for Detroit and Vince Carter may not play for Orlando. John Kuester’s starting lineup will likely be Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon in the backcourt, with Jonas Jerebko, Charlie Villanueva and Ben Wallace up front.

Tip off is at 7:00 PM and will be locally broadcast on Fox Sports. Can’t catch the game on television? Tune into the radio at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the game on line of at NBA.com.

The 1-2 Pistons look to put an end to their two game slide with a win of the 2-0 Magic tonight in Auburn Hills.  They have three important things going against them tonight.

  • No Rip
  • Dwight Howard
  • and Sheed (Dwight Stopper) is balling for Bean Town.

“The Pistons probably will be without Hamilton the next two games — definitely tonight’s home contest against the Magic and likely Wednesday’s game at Toronto.

Hamilton hurt his ankle with 5 minutes left in the season opener at Memphis on Wednesday. An initial X-ray proved negative. The Pistons took another X-ray as a precaution when he returned to Detroit, and it also was negative. Still, there was significant swelling and bruising, and Hamilton was placed in a walking boot because he could hardly put any pressure on the ankle. ”

“Howard is going to get his, so you just got to keep throwing bodies at him,” Pistons center Kwame Brown said. “You just keep having enough big buys to throw at him and foul him in certain situations and send him to the free-throw line.”

Via The Detroit Free Press

The Magic be without Vince Carter (ankle) and Mickael Pietrus (flu-like illness) as well as Rashard Lewis (suspension)

Tip off is at 7:30 at the palace and will locally broadcast on Fox Sports and while your watch use the NBA’s TV Companion. If you can’t watch the game on television, tune into my buddy Matt Dery on the radio at 950 AM WWJ. Can’t do either follow live over at NBA.com.