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The 14-19 #Pistons are back from a long holiday break to take on the 14-18 Memphis Grizzles Sunday afternoon at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit, who have had limited success on their home court (6-11), will have their work cut our for them against a Memphis team they haven’t beaten since 2009.

The good: Despite the issues Detroit has has with the Grizzles in the past they are also struggling this season. They are without center Marc Gasol, who’s out with a MCL sprain.
The bad: Detroit has struggled all season closing out games late in the fourth quarter. Detroit has let their lead slip in the fourth quarter three out of their last four games.
The unknown: Will the Pistons benefit from their long layoff? Will you see a different Detroit team on the floor? Has Maurice Cheeks dealt with whatever it truly is that’s going on with his team?
Injuries: Rodney Stuckey is listed as day-to-day with his shoulder injury.

Fact: Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey each scored 19 points to lead the Pistons the last time they played the Grizzlies.
Fact: Detroit has lost seven in a row and five straight at home against Memphis.
Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.3%.

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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 1-0 #Pistons are on the road to take on the 0-1 Grizzles in Memphis. Memphis looks to bounce back in their home opener, after taking a hit in their opener against a San Antonio team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.

  • The good:Detroit will have Rodney Stuckey back in the lineup after recovering from a broken thumb he sustained a few weeks back. Brandon Jennings looks like he will return on Sunday against the Celtics, adding to the number of Detroit players who’ve donned a mask on court to protect their injuries.
    Memphis stands at 4-14 in home openers.
  • The bad: Memphis, is coming off the best season in franchise history and have won seven straight against Detroit.
  • The unknown: Who’s front court will dominate?  Detroit matches up well against Gasol, Randolph and our old friend Tayshaun Prince. If Drummond, Monroe and Smith have decent games the Pistons may be heading home for Sunday’s match-up with the Celtics 2-0.

Tip off is at 8:00 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.

The 5-11 #Pistons are on the road to take on the 11-2 Grizzles in Memphis. It won’t be an easy task for Detroit to go into Memphis where the Grizzlies are 7-1 on the season.

  • The good: Detroit has won five of eight and two in a row for the first time this season. Brandon Knight is averaging 22.0 points on 53.7 percent shooting, including 9 of 14 from 3-point range in the Pistons last three games.
  • The bad: Memphis, who has the best record in the league, has allowed just 89.4 points per game at home. The Grizzlies are no joke!
  • The unknown: We may see extended minutes from Andre and Greg together to try to contain Randolph and Gasol. There are two ways this could go, Detroit will compete and likely fold at the start of the fourth quarter or this one will be a blowout for Memphis. I’m hoping I’m wrong about both scenarios.

Tip off is at 8:00 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.

Despite being down the majority of the game a fourth quarter comeback fell short in closing minutes when Detroit couldn’t make a bucket. The Pistons lost their third straight 99-93 to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night at the Palace.

Key Points:

  • How do you lose a game when you have 30 assist on the night? It’s rare, trust me.
  • No Ben Gordon or Will Bynum.
  • Tayshaun Prince in the starting lineup, JJ off the Bench.
  • If you didn’t know it by now there is a Need4Swede at All Star Weekend.
  • Tayshaun showing some signs of life with 12 points, and three boards on 6-for-15 shooting in 33 minutes. Should he really be playing 33 when he’s clearly not 100%.
  • Austin Day – Did not play.
  • Combined 21 assists between Rip and Stuckey.

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  • Rodney led the Pistons with 17 points, 11 board, 2 steals and 5 boards. Stuckey had just on turnovers on the night, but 2 bad passes in the closing seconds of the game that could have given the Pistons a chance to tie the ball game.
  • But this…this in your face dunk will make it all better.  Well maybe not all better, but it was pretty sweet.
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See it again and again and again, full clip of the Stuckey Dunk. Gotta love the Blaha call.

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  • A very sparse crowd at the Palace.  I’m talking pretty empty.
  • Let’s just praise Ben Wallace for grabbing 9 boards and putting up 14 points, and adding 2 blocks.   His tip in for 2 points in crunch time was probably the play of the game.  How he keeps surprising us with his play is just short of miraculous.
  • The most Jason Maxiell has contributed in a ball game to actually make a difference in at the last 50 games he played in. Maxiell sparks the Pistons fourth to tie the Grizzlies and take the league.  Jason finished  with 12 points in 17 minutes  with 4 boards and a steal.  Why he wasn’t in the game (of JJ for that matter) at the end of the game was surprising.
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  • Charlie Villanueva with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting with 7 board s and 3 blocked shots on the night.  He was the only Piston with + (5) besides Maxiell for the game.
  • Good game from Rip, who really is impressing me with his assist totals lately.  Rip put up a double-double with 16 points, 10 assists and just one turnover.
  • This is why Jonas Jerebko is in the Rookie Challenge..because he’s everywhere all the time and it’s more than rare that a play ever gets called for him. If I’m coaching, I make sure this guy stays in the starting lineup. The Swede finished with 8 points and 7 boards in 20 minutes on the floor.

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  • Chris Wilcox started and put up 1 point in his 13 minutes.
  • Anyone else remember the last time Kwame was in there?
  • Outrebounded 44-39.
  • Zach Randolph had 23 points and 19 rebounds, what got into him this season?  I remember when he played this well then things just fell off.
  • Free throws cost us in this one, Detroit was 11 for 19 at the line.
  • Another one on Friday at home against the Heat.  Want to go with me? You have till 11 AM tomorrow to enter for the pair of tickets.