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The 19-27 #Pistons are in Miami to take on the 33-13 Heat Monday night. Detroit, who won the last time these two teams met in Miami, would like to add another win to their streak but it will take everything they have to take down the defending champions.

The good: In the grand scheme of things with the record the Pistons have, going into this game on a two game winning streak will help. Another confidence booster is the fact that this team beat the Heat the last time they visited. It also doesn’t hurt that Andre is playing possessed and he is averaging 14.5 points and 16.0 rebounds against the Heat this season.

Is Andre speaking to Josh Smith?

Andre DrummondAndre Drummond: “This is the game we like to play, not take as many jump shots and pound the ball inside,” Via NBA.com

The bad: The Heat had their way with Detroit the last time they played each other in Detroit, beating them up pretty easily in a game what wasn’t close as the 110-95 score would lead you to believe. The Pistons will have to get complete games from all their starters and Rodney Stuckey, who played just six minutes against the 76ers leaving the game complaining of dizziness.
The unknown: Can Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe keep up the pace they did against the 76ers?  Will Brandon Jennings assists start growing, or will we just have to deal with him being a shoot first point guard? Can Detroit even compete against the Heat after their poor play the last two months?
Injuries:
Pistons: None
Heat: None

Stat: Andre Drummond recorded his first career 20-point, 20-rebound game with 21 points and a career-high 20 rebound vs.New Orleans (1/24). Drummond became the first piston with a 20-20 game since Antonio McDyess vs. New York (3/11/09).
Stat: Detroit has lost seven of the last nine games in Miami, but is only one of four teams to beat the HEAT at home this season.
Stat: LeBron James is averaging 23.5 points against the Pistons this season.

Tip off is at 7:30 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 #Pistons showed themselves and the NBA that they can win on any given night after they beat the defending World Champion Heat on their own floor ending their 10 game winning streak. Detroit was dominant during the 107-97 victory letting the Heat get the lead just once in the game on their first two point as they led by as much as 18 points.  Though the Heat got as close as three late in the fourth the Pistons did something they haven’t done all season…close them out.  And what better team to do it against than the Heat.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Jennings had two very decisive plays that led to this victory.  One, a three-point make from way beyond the arch when the Heat had gotten within three 88-91 to put the Pistons up six.  The other a HUGE, and I mean HUGE steal from LeBron James who didn’t even know he got swiped.  James was still going up for the dunk when Brandon was halfway down the court getting ready to pass it to Monroe for two.



Via NBA.com

  • Jennings finished with 15 points, four steals, five assists.
  • This win was all about teamwork, with seven Pistons in double figures. By far the most complete game since this team was assembled.
  • Very surprised that not a ton of superstar fouls were called in this one, especially being that it was in Miami.
  • A breakout game for Kyle Singler, who led the Pistons with 18 point. More importantly his three-point shot was dropping. He went 4-of-6 from downtown his last from way back with LeBron guarding him and the shot clock winding down.
  • Great feeling to get this win, but it wasn’t fun watching late in the fourth as the Heat crept back in, especially leading by 18 points.
  • Josh Smith did a heck of a job guarding LeBron James. Pistons fan my complain about his shot selection at time, but he’s been bringing it on the defensive end. Smith finished with 15, a blocked shot (should have been 3), with four assists and four boards.
Josh Smith Pistons vs Heat December 3 2013

Photo Getty Images – Editing Need4Sheed.com

  • Huge start to the game by Andre Drummond who grabbed six boards in the first few minutes of the game. Unfortunately Dre got into early foul trouble limiting his minutes to 19 on the night. Despite the limited time he finished with 10 points and 18 boards.
  • Jonas Jerebko, who been getting more time, scored 7 points all of which seemed to come at the perfect time.
  • If you missed it I’m sorry, the highlights just don’t do this game justice.


Via NBA.com

  • Defense was defiantly the deciding factor in this one.
  • When the Heat got within three I said to myself and twitter, “this is where Mo Cheeks shows he can coach….or not.”
  • Stuckey still being the catalyst on this team.  He finished with 16.
  • If Detroit would have lost you could have looked at the turnovers (18), especially the costly ones late in the game.
  • Greg Monroe as solid as ever with 16, five assists, a steal and two blocked shots.

Andre Drummond Cartoon QuoteAndre Drummond: “It is a great feeling. We played all 48 (minutes) tonight. We played hard the whole game. We didn’t let up off the gas. We just took advantage of the lead that we had and just kept pushing forward.”

  • Brandon Jennings post game interview via NBA.com


  • I wish we could bask in this one a little longer, but Detroit has to keep it going Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

The 7-10 #Pistons are in Miami to take on the 14-3 Heat Tuesday night. The Pistons who are coming off a decisive win over the Sixers will have their hands full against a Heat team that is on a 11 game winning streak.

  • The good: Andre Drummond is all anyone is talking about when the Pistons are brought up after his record-breaking night on Sunday when he recorded career-highs in points with 31, rebounds with 19 and steals with 6. Detroit went 1-2 against the Heat last season.
  • The bad: The Heat are leading the league in field goal percentage with 51.3%. The Heat have won seven of the past eight meetings at home by an average of 12.0 points against Detroit.
  • The unknown:  Chauncey Billups is still listed as day-to-day and Will Bynum is doubtful. If the Pistons big men have big games Detroit will have a chance to knock of the Heat.

Stat:Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 65.2%
Stat: Rodney Stuckey leads the Eastern Conference in bench scoring, averaging 16.9 off the bench.
Fact: Greg Monroe averaged 20.0 points and 11.3 rebounds against the Heat last season.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports as well as NBA TV . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

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.

The 4-14 Pistons are at home to host the 12-5 Miami Heat at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Dwyane Wade traveled to Detroit with his team, but it’s still unknown whether he’ll take the court for the Heat. The Heat look to avoid a fourth straight road loss as they try for a sixth consecutive road victory over the Pistons.

  • The good: Um…T-Pain if you’re a fan?
  • The bad: Um…getting throttled by the Thunder in convincing fashion Monday night. No Ben Gordon, no Will Bynum and again no Charlie V.
  • The unknown: Um…how bad will it be?

Kidding aside, it’s going to be a rough one for The Pistons. The Heat have held the Pistons to 85.6 points per contest during a five-game winning streak at The Palace and have won four in a row and nine of 10 overall versus Detroit.

If you’re going…enjoy the show. The T-Pain show at the half, because it’s highly doubtful that your Pistons will have much success tonight. And I assume if you’re one of probably the biggest crowds at the Palace this year, it’s because you’re there to see LeBron and the Heat.

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.

The 25-45 Pistons are back in action Wednesday night to host the 48-22 Miami Heat at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Miami is fighting for the first playoff spot in the East, while Detroit is 5 1/2 games back of Indian for the final playoff spot.

  • The good: It’s hard to give a good right now, but it helps that this is a home game and one of the last games (besides Boston) against a solid team.
  • The bad:The Pistons have dropped from 3-29 when giving up 100 or more points.
  • The unknown: How many Rony Seikaly jerseys will we see at the Palace? And is Chris Wilcox going to DOMINATE!

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Pistons vs. The Heat is the hottest ticket in town, go check out the Pistons and Heat for as low as $5 dollars!

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

If you didn’t know by not the Heat were handed a undeserved win on a silver platter courtesy of the NBA referee crew officiating the game. I wont go into the foul call on Ben Gordon that gave the heat the lead with 6 seconds left, but I will tell you this was a clear foul in anyone’s book.

With one play left and 2 seconds left on the clock you have to give it up to Kuester for calling this play.

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The Pistons vs. The Miami Heat

The Piston and their  six game losing streak are in Miami to take on the 29-26 Heat.  Of all the games on Pistons’ current road trip, this game against Miami may be the most winnable for a seriously slumping Detroit team.

Miami has currently lost seven of their last 11 games.  Dwyane Wade seems to be the only one putting up number for the Heat. He surpassed his career high by putting up 50 points against the Magic on Sunday.  Stop Wade and maybe Detroit can muster a win.

More from Rip

“There’s been a whole lot of changes this year,” Hamilton said. “We’ve been changing stuff all through the season.

“For one example we just put (Antonio) McDyess back in the starting lineup and things like that. There’s been a lot of different changes. Me coming off the bench, so … there’s something different.”

When asked to clarify his comments Monday, Hamilton said: “I didn’t agree with coming off the bench, but I did it to help the team and to win games. But we haven’t won games with me doing that.” Via The Detroit Free Press

The Good/Bad and More:

Tip off is at 7:30 and locally broadcast on FSN.  If you can’t catch the game on TV, or are gearing up for the Oscars, you can listen locally at WDFN 1130 AM or follow/listen to the game at NBA.com.

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I take things for granted, we all do. No matter if it’s something big or very small, it’s human nature. I am not going to get into everything I am thankful for, but tell you that after hearing Vladan and Martin’s story I realized I have taken Deeetroit Basketball for granted for most of my life.

I get a ton of emails from readers of the site and it’s very rare that they don’t make me smile, so when I read Vladan’s email a few months back it made me more than just smile….it made me realize how lucky most of us are.

We are from Austria (Europe) and we are big Pistons fans, at least we
Keep telling this to ourselves when it’s 2 AM here and the game is just
About to start. It’s not easy being a Pistons fan in Europe.  As you can imagine, there is hardly any NBA basketball on TV and you can only watch League Pass games sometimes. Have you ever watched a game with Chinese commentary (because there were no other possibilities)?
You should try this. It really makes you appreciate the real deal.

Well, we’ve been talking for years about going to Detroit to watch a few games of our favorite team, get a feel for the town we feel so connected to even without ever really being there and see how life is like in Motown.

We are part-time working students so we had to save money for a while to make this happen…and we finally decided we will go on this trip.

Three good home games in a row (Boston, Cleveland, Miami).

You probably are asking yourself two questions right now.
1.) Why are two students from Europe, who have never been to Detroit, Pistons fans?
2.) Why are we telling this to you?


Well, the first question is easy.


Team basketball and they have a certain vibe to them. Just the way they behave and their attitude separate makes them stand out above the rest.

The answer to the second question will take a bit longer:


We have booked our flights, hotel and stuff like this. We know how we will get there and we’ve read about a few things worth sightseeing, but we don’t know obvious stuff – obvious to you, but not nearly well known enough for us Maybe you can give us some tips about where to go/where NOT to
We look forward to soaking in as much as we can.

I don’t know how early you plan the need4sheed “meetings”, but if it
Is in the same time when we are in Detroit, we would definitely join you.
That would be pretty cool.

Any information/tips/help would be appreciated,
Best regards
Vladan & Martin

Well Vladan and Martin Arrived yesterday! And guess what, they just happened to be in town when Need4Sheed is having one of our “gatherings.”

We arrived in Detroit a few hours ago. Flight was good (but a bit long, tho – total flight and waiting time was about 15-16 hours). When we arrived at our hotel, we didn’t like it, but that was probably because we were pretty tired. Now that we found out we have Digital Cable and High Speed Internet, we are pretty happy again.

Anyway, we had time to explore the city a bit – we’ve been to Greektown and some streets around our hotel. We had dinner at “Coach’s Corner” and watched the 1st half of the Cavaliers – Magic game on TNT. That isn’t even remotely possible in Austria. We really enjoyed it even tho we were the only people there except for the waitress. I guess that is because it is pretty cold and because the Red Wings play tonight, but who knows.

Our cab driver told us everything we need to know about the town…but I’m not sure he knows what he is talking about. He thinks Shaq is playing for Miami and that the Lions actually won a game or two this season…crazy. He was very nice tho.  He told us about the city’s problems and it is pretty depressing. Just sad to hear how people struggle right now in Motown. I hope it will get better soon.

We’ll be at the Palace tomorrow for the Celtics game as you already know.

Well I’m going to see Vladan and Martin in a couple of days, in fact I will be lucky enough to enjoy the game (and a little more) with them.

Now I’m reaching out to you for them….
Give them some tips on where and where not to go while in Town…
Remember, they are limited when it comes to transportation.
Help them get the best out of their time in The D, and let’s hope our Pistons don’t disappoint some loyal fans from across the globe who saved up for longer than we can imagine to see them play!