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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.

It’s official, you can say goodbye to what was left of the 2004 #Pistons Championship team. Detroit was involved in a three team deal that came because Memphis wanted to move Rudy Gay.

How this one worked:
The Memphis Grizzlies trade forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors.The Grizzlies receive point guard Jose Calderon send Calderon and his $10.5 million expiring contract to the Pistons for Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye. The Raptors also sent forward Ed Davis and a second-round pick to the Grizzlies. Memphis sent back center Hamed Haddadi to the Raptors.
Some like the deal and some don’t, but when you put nostalgia and Tayshaun’s mark on this Pistons team you realize what a good move it is for Detroit.

Tayshaun may not finish his career in Detroit, but he gets to play for a very talented Grizzlies team that has a legitimate shot at a Championship run.

Daye on the other hand probably wanted out of Detroit for quite some time. He never really made his mark and didn’t get the playing time or the patients that he needed. Hopefully he can get a fresh start in Memphis.

What Detroit gets is Jose Calderon, a legitimate true PG that knows how to find his teammates, rack up assists and score when needed. Don’t believe me, look at his stats. Even better, his 10 million dollar contract expires after this season.

It’s a win-win for Detroit. They either have over 30 million dollars of cap room after the season is over or they resign the PG they have been looking for.

And don’t worry about Brandon Knight, he’ll be just fine.

Prince was always a class act as you can see here in this interview of him after the Indiana game the first time he was talked to about the trade.


Via Fox Sports Detroit.

Thanks Tay, it was fun while it lasted.
Tayshaun Prince

Pistons 78 – Grizzlies 90

Nat asked me to fill in because she couldn’t watch the game live.  I told her sure no problem.  But I told her if we lose, it will be short. I told her that’s it for me.  There are no more moral victories for me, I’m not gonna cheer a loss ever again.  I’m not gonna say “But Drummond played great.”  We know Drummond is great.  We all want Drummond to play more minutes.  Well, everyone except for Frank who is still rationing him.  We know this is a team that can compete.  So that’s it for taking little positives out of a loss.  No more.  It’s winning time or nothing from now on.  I won’t be satisfied with less.

I’m not going to the stats to explain this game.  If you just look at the stat sheet Brandon Knight was worse than awful.  So many turnovers in the first half alone, shooting awful, not making assists.  This poor play is more about Grizzlies defensive aggression than Brandon getting schooled.  Brandon is a lot better player this year, there’s no doubt of it now.  I think what is really different about Brandon Knight this year from last year is that he had a boy’s body.  He’s grown into his frame, and this year he’s making some grown up moves. Of course, Knight’s improved play this year is also why Stuckey had to go to the bench.  With Knight playing better it means Stuckey has the ball in his hands less.  Stuck just needs the ball in his hands.  He’s no Rip Hamilton cutting getting open and draining deuces.  Stuck needs to mow down the other team like a halfback.  Or at least that’s the theory.

A good thing about being some guy writing this game summary instead of a famous blogger is that it’s not a big deal for me to change my mind.  Jereb-Who?  Don’t miss him.  Did I used to cheer for his effort and amazing hustle?  He’s just not that good this year.  This year I find I like Charlie.  Did I ever say that Charlie V belonged in a clown car?  I don’t remember saying that.  Charlie can stretch the floor.  Charlie was able to knock it down from the three this game.  And he has even been playing defense a little bit this year. And about Stuckey.  Did I ever say I liked Stuckey or that he was a cheap man’s Wade?  I think what I meant is that he’s a decent energy guy off the bench.  But he has no vision can’t see where to pass, especially against this Grizzlies team who collapse on you with great help defense.

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One thing about away games.  I love just listening to them.  Unlike the echo-ing tomb called the Palace, in other arenas, you hear the audience clapping, low applause for a good move, sometimes they cheer loud and yell for a dunk, and sometimes it’s a big “Boooo” as they protest a call.  Detroit needs that crowd to come back.  And we have to win to do it.  There’s no other way to bring back the crowd.  You and me and the rest of the need4sheed-ers, we are die hard fans.  The casual fans aren’t coming on the bandwagon until they see a bunch of W’s.

You know according to Hollinger, before this game, the Grizzlies were ranked the best team in the NBA.  And the Pistons  number 19.  We have to be one of the best 5-12 teams out there.  But like I said.  No more moral victories.

I could say more nice things like Charlie is finally defending and how after years he is finally earning some of his ridiculous paycheck, or how excellent Drummond is, getting better every game.   Or I can look at what beat us.  Mike Conley is a real point guard, he’s where Knight is going to be in just another month.  Or that Moose just couldn’t handle Marc Gasol on the defense or the offense because there is nobody in the NBA playing better than Marc right now.  Marc just went with the Hi-Lo and if the Pistons fronted, a quick pass meant an easy bucket.  Gasol also backed Moose all the way under the bucket in the first half for one shot with no help at all.  Just pushed him around.  Or that the Grizzlies as a team played constant aggressive defense.  I think Frank must have drooled to see how this Grizzlies team played.  He was thinking “I want some of that.”  I suppose you can point at the turnovers for how this game played out, but that doesn’t really tell the story because this Grizzlies team forces those turnovers.

No more moral victories.  As Moose would say “Get in there!”  I’m not looking back at this game.  I suppose I could say it was close the whole way with the Pistons less than 10 points away with 7 or so minutes to go, still down by less than 10 points with about 2 minutes to go, I mean sure it was close, or I could say that we “competed” whatever that means.  But, I’m looking forward.  All I want are W’s.  I know I said if we lost I would just type one or  two sentences, but I can’t help myself, I love this year’s team.  After so much gloom, we can see the light.  And now I won’t be happy after the game with anything but a W no matter who we are playing.  Watch out Dallas.

Highlights via NBA.com

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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.

So much for 70′s night at the Palace as Memphis got the best of Detroit with a 98-81 win. On a night where Brandon Knight looked like the future of the team, no player did much else especially when the team turns the ball over a whopping 25 times.

Key Points:

  • They are Turrrrable.
  • Lawrence Frank with some very inspiring words to the ref had just about enough and picked up his first technical foul of the season.
  • Great third quarter from Detroit when it looked like they were going to claw back and make it a game when they got the deficit to just 7.
  • At one point the Grizz where shooting about 67% from the floor.  They finished at 57% by making some easy shots over all the Detroit turnovers.
  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 22 points on 6-for-18 shooting with 4 assists and 4 turnovers.  Extended learning minutes for Brandon with both Stuckey and Bynum in street clothes.
  • What is Jason Maxiell?  Flashes of great with a lot of mediocre  thrown in.  Got to give Max one thing though, the dude tries, and we usually get a nice highlight to talk about at least every three games.
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  • Walker Russell the 29 year old call up from the Mad Ants in his first ever NBA game did a nice job filling in for the Pistons despite the 3 turnovers. When he was at the line and made his first NBA point I whistled as loud as I could, and if you know me that’s piercing loud, and everyone looked at me like I was crazy. Got to give it up to him for sticking to his dream and finally getting there no matter how long it lasts.

Walker Russell Jr. woke up at 4:30 Friday morning in Sioux Falls, S.D., caught a flight to Chicago and another one to Detroit, spent the afternoon getting a crash course in the offense from Pistons coaches and then pulled on the uniform his father once wore for the team he grew up cheering. Via Pistons.com

  • To be quite honest, I barley payed attention to what was happening on court after about the third quarter, it was just that bad.
  • Prince with 14 on 5-for-13 shooting.
  • Why is Ben Wallace starting? To help Jonas not get deep in the hole with foul trouble.
  • Jonas with 9 points, 7 boards a steal and an assist.
  • Austin Daye with extend minutes (for him) and maybe the start to getting his mojo back. Daye finished with 9 points on 4-for-7 shooting with 2 assists, 3 boards, and 2 blocked shots.
  • The turnover situation is like watching a bad injury on court. Very cringe worthy.

Lawrence Frank on Turnovers: “(Definite problem) especially early on you see 11 turnovers for 18 points, only a third of their points were off turnovers. They had 32 points off of our 25 turnovers, those are back breaking because that’s the first pass of their fast break, those are really crippling.”

Greg Monroe Pistons vs Memphis

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  • A very quite double-double for Greg Monroe with 10 points, 13 boards and an assist.
  • Detroit scored 30 points at the half and if sure looked like they wouldn’t even hit the 70 mark on 70′s night.

Brandon Knight: “It’s still a very big learning process as to when to attack and when not to, how to position yourself when you’re driving,” he said. “As a rookie, it’s tough to get calls at certain times of the games. You’ve got to get completely killed to get a call sometimes. I’m just trying to be aggressive and stay positive no matter what the situation is – continue to attack, continue to try to life your teammates, continue to provide intensity, provide positive spirit for everybody.”

The 3-12 are back home to host the 7-6 Memphis Grizzles. The Grizzlies will try to take Friday night’s game at the Palace to make it back-to-back road games for the first time in nearly a year. Meanwhile Detroit would like to avoid their first five game home losing streak since 2009-10.

  • The good: More time on the floor for Brandon Knight.  The Pistons help Michigan Come Together.
  • The bad: Stuckey out as well as Bynum, Mad Ants call up and new Piston Walker Russell may just see some time.  The Pistons have lost their last three games against Memphis.
  • Who to watch: Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol.
  • The unknown: Will Greg Monroe look as good on court as his 70′s giveaway poster tonight?  Will and can Tayshuan Prince carry Detroit again?  Will Charlie V play anytime soon?

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Tip off is at 7:30 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.

So… Natalie and I have taken quite a bit of time off from posting.  I don’t know why I’ve slowed down posting, but I know Natalie has been crazy busy with stuff so… you can always reach out to her on twitter if you miss her at Need4Sheed_com and I am back on twitter after a short hiatus at Bohnlein.

So I mean.. even when they’re not playing the Pistons get disrespected right?  Pistons super rookie, Greg Monroe, was not only snubbed in the 2011 Rookie of the Year voting (6th, really?), but he was also snubbed today in the voting for the 2011 All Rookie Teams.  He was voted, by the coaches, to be on the All Rookie 2nd team.

Not bad, for a guy an MLive “writer” compared to Rodney White on draft night last year when Cole Aldrich was passed over with the Pistons pick., right?  Wrong.

Greg Monroe was by far one of the most consistent 2010 draft class rookies in the league this past season.  As I previously said in one of our podcasts, at one point in the season Monroe’s key statistics improved each and every month of the season.  He finished the season averaging 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds a night.  What endeared him most to Pistons fans had to be his hustle on the offensive glass, as almost half of his rebounds came from the offensive end.

In a season of extremely low expectations, aside from my playoff shtick in the podcasts, Monroe’s snub for the All Rookie Team and the outright disrespect in the Rookie of the Year voting is unacceptable.  What hurts the most is, it seems like for the rookies, people voted more for rookies on winning teams.  Spurs G/F Gary Neal and Knicks G/F Landry Fields both were ahead of Monroe in the ROY balloting and for the All Rookie Teams.

So what has everyone been up to?  Are you enjoying the playoffs?  If you’re wondering, I’m pulling for the Bulls this postseason because I’ve always been a fan of Tom Thibodeau.  I wanted Thibs to become the Pistons coach over Kuester but, sometimes you don’t get what you want.  It’s also funny to read all the negative blog posts about Derrick Rose and how he won the MVP award.  As you can see, Natalie and I tend to not be too overly negative about things like most other blogs you see out there.  The outright hate coming from the majority of the NBA blogs out there for Rose’s MVP award is disgusting.  Spout statistics all you want but at the end of the day, he was clearly the best player on the best team in the league and he was deserving of the votes he received.  Is he better than Chris Paul or Deron Williams?  Probably not but, he’s improving.  So.. off my soapbox…

Who are you pulling for in the playoffs?  After tonight, the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat have reached the Conference Finals… Memphis is looking pretty strong against Oklahoma City too.  The next big thing to come up for the Pistons is going to be the draft lottery which Greg Monroe will be the Pistons representative.  Aside from the obvious Derrick Williams or Kyrie Irving, what rookie do you think would look good in a Pistons uni next year?

New starting lineup tonight y’all:

PG: McGrady
SG: Stuckey
SF: Tayshaun
PF: Won’tcox Wilcox
C: Monroe

Same great results!

Ben Wallace was out with an ankle so rookie Greg Monroe stepped in.  Chris Wilcox stepped into the lineup for Villanueva after putting together some pretty solid performances lately (I think it was to showcase him for a trade).  Ben Gordon was placed back on the bench and Rodney Stuckey started at the 2 guard spot.  There is a name you won’t see on the box score tonight and that is Richard Hamilton.  Hamilton earned the dreaded “DNP-CD” or Did Not Play – Coaches Decision tag tonight.

It doesn’t matter who plays when you lose, you still lost.  The Pistons played well early on, mainly due to the Grizzlies’ poor start offensively.  In typical fashion, the Pistons allowed the Grizzlies to build a big lead in the 3rd quarter and even though the Pistons were able to make the games close, the Grizzlies were able to hold on until the end with a 107-99 win at the Palace.  Let’s get to the highlights:

  • Former Michigan State Spartan, Zach Randolph, put up 34 points and nabbed 17 rebounds for the Grizzlies.
  • Tonight’s game is a perfect example of Tayshaun’s offensive output will be determined by the person he is guarding.  Prince scored 8 points on 3 of 13 shooting while Rudy Gay scored 26 points on 10 of 13 shooting.
  • Ben Gordon lead all Pistons’ scorers with 25 points off the bench, having scored 0 points in the first half.
Ben Gordon scored 25

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  • Not 1 Grizzlies player had a negative +/- while only 1 Piston player had a positive +/- (Wilcox).
  • Jason Maxiell sighting!  The baby eater saw 10 minutes of action and provided 3 points and 4 rebounds but was a team worst -15 during that time.
  • The Pistons’ starting 5 had a combined 6 turnovers, which is not bad considering there is not a natural Point Guard in the bunch.
  • I wonder what DaJuan Summers and Richard Hamilton talked about during their time together on the bench.
  • No Will Bynum either :( – Bynumite has had an off-year due to injuries and slumps.  I think I speak for Natalie when I say we hope he gets back to playing how we all know he can.
  • Why is OJ Mayo not starting in Memphis? lol
  • Greg Monroe with 4 straight double doubles – I think as he continues to grow as an NBA player, this will become the norm for The Moose.  Over his last 5 games Monroe has averaged 11.2 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Greg Monroe multiple double-double highlights.

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Chris Wilcox circus shot.
Greg Monroe multiple double-double highlights.

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Recap of the game via Pistons.com

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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.

Well this happened a lot sooner than I thought it would.  And AI fans complain that Pistons fans treated Iverson unfairly…see a pattern people?

Iverson made his debut for Memphis on Monday night returning to the court after a partial left hamstring tear, AI put up 11 points in 18 minutes in the Memphis’ 127-116 overtime loss.

“I had no problems (with the hamstring),” Iverson said afterward. “I had a problem with my butt from sitting on that bench so long. That’s the only thing I got a problem with. Yeah, I’ll be disappointed (if he’s a sub this season),” Iverson said. “I’m not a reserve basketball player. I’ve never been a reserve all my life and I’m not going to start looking at myself as a reserve. … To answer the question, ‘No, I’m not a bench player. I’m not a sixth man. Go look at my resume and that will show you I’m not a sixth man.” Via Fanhouse

Karma…AI, Karma.

I hate to post AI stuff anymore, but I love to say I told you so.
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