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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.

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The 16-26 #Pistons are Miami to take on the 27-12 Heat Friday night.

  • The good: Detroit took the last game against the Heat at the Palace.
  • The bad: The Heat have won five of the last six games against the Pistons in Miami. Losing a 17 point lead to Chicago Wednesday night.
  • The unknown: Will the Pistons ever consistently be able to hold a double-digit lead and win? This season the Pistons have lost 11 games in which they held a double-digit lead. Now that stat is depressing.

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.

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The #Pistons took down the Miami #Heat Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 99-109 to snap Miami’s six game winning streak. It’s not a dream, but more like a late Christmas Miracle as the Pistons bench led by Will Bynum made sure Pistons fans got a late holiday gift.

Key Points:

  • Will Bynum was outstanding and did everything to make sure that Detroit was going to finish the game out with a win. He scored 25 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter. He didn’t just score either, his 10 assists helped the rest of his bench brigade take a game that looked like it was going to be a blowout into a holiday triumph.

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  • LeBron James finished with 35 points on the night and tried to put the game on his shoulders, but give credit to Tayshaun Prince who did his best to make sure that didn’t happen.  Tayshaun logged a game Pistons high 36 minutes, finishing with 11 points.
  • By far the biggest crowd at the Palace this season and boy did they have something to cheer about.
  • Bynumite Highlights via NBA.com

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  • The Zoo Crew Part Deux went on a 14-0 run to start the second quarter on their way to putting up 41 points in the second.

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Will BynumWill Bynum: “Andre was big out there tonight, he’s been playing great. Game by game, he’s getting better and better. … We’ve got a great chemistry of players out there. It’s just simple. With Charlie, Austin, myself, Kyle (Singler), Stuckey, Drummond – they kind of have to pick their poison.”

  • Should the Pistons started be worried about their minutes? At this point yes! When your bench beats the Miami Heat pretty much by themselves erasing the deficit (22 points) you handed them you should worry.
  • 64 bench points for Detroit.
  • Miami’s biggest lead was 15, the Pistons 17.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Is LeBron making excuses? “We’re a team that wants to be whole every night we go out there. A big part of the team was missing, but guys have to step up. We didn’t have enough tonight defensively.” It’s not the Pistons fault the Wade kick someone in the groin.
  • Andre Drummond had a fantastic night putting up another double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Had he not gotten into a bit of foul trouble, I’m sure his number would be bigger.  His defensive plays, especially the steal on James that led to the Villanueva fast break are thing that make him more than just another big man.
  • Charlie Villanueva was a +21 in the box reigning threes (4-of-5) on the Heat on his way to 18 points and six boards in 25 minutes.
  • Daye with 11 points two blocked shots and a +17 in the box. He’s not only producing, but you can see his confidence when he’s on the floor.
  • Singler with 12 points, five boards and two assist with a +14. He’s looked better in the last two games for Detroit than he has in a while.
  • Brandon Knight is clearly in a slump. I feel like it’s either a banner night or a bust with him. He’s got to make sure he doesn’t let the team dig themselves in holes like they do to start games. It doesn’t always fall on him, but as the PG he’s got to try to figure out a solution.
  • The starters did start the second half on a 9-0 run, and played a nice third quarter.
  • No Rodney Stuckey, who was out with a sprained left ankle, which he suffered in the Atlanta loss.
  • Is it wrong to be smug about the fans in the building Friday night who came to see the Heat?
  • The Heat are probably a little embarrassed that MC Hammer put on a better performance than they did.
  • Good times at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • Next up Milwaukee on Sunday.

The 9-22 #Pistons are hosting the 28-5 Miami Heat Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. It’s not a stretch to say that the Pistons can beat any team in the league considering that they’re only losing by an average of 2.2 points per game, but this one won’t be easy.

  • The good: No D Wade, who’s sidelined due to suspension (VIDEO).
  • The bad: The Heat have won seven straight against Detroit and 12 of the last 13.
  • The unknown: Can the Pistons starters play up to their potential, especially after Tuesday night’s performance? This should be one of the biggest turn outs at the Palace all season long, especially since it’s the only time the Heat make the trip to Detroit. Question is how may “Heat Fans” will there actually be at the Palace and will they overtake Pistons fans?

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.

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The 21-34 #Pistons are in Miami Sunday evening to take on the 39-15 Heat. Detroit, winners of five of their last seven games won’t have it easy in Miami since the Heat hadn’t lost at home since Jan. 22 against Milwaukee until being beaten by the Grizzlies there Friday night.

  • The good: Rodney Stuckey seems to be completely healthy.
  • The bad: The Pistons are 6-22 on the road.
  • Who to watch: The big three…Stuckey, Monroe and Knight.
  • The unknown: Will Rodney Stuckey start this game or continue to come off the bench for Detroit.

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Tip off is at 6:00 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 return trip home to the Pistons wasn’t such a happy homecoming as the Miami Heat took down Detroit 88-73. The Pistons showed a little spark by coming back from a 26 point deficit in the third quarter to get as close as nine.

Key Points:

  • The Heat, clearly the superior team, scored 59 first half points and their big three combined for 56 points on the night.

Damion Wilkens “It looked like everyone else in the league was in the lockout and they weren’t.”

  • 21 turnovers for Detroit.
  • You can see how hard it is for this team to score against a great defensive team.
  • Ben Gordon coming off his 45 point game against the Nuggets scored just 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting with 4 boards, 2 steals and 7 turnovers. He also missed the his three 3-point attempts on the night after tying a record on Wednesday with nine consecutive. Sadly that’s the Ben Gordon we know here in Detroit.
  • LeBron James has now won 17 straight against the Pistons.
  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting with a rebound and 3 assists.

  • Get it to Greg Monroe! Greg with just five shots on the night. Greg with a rare nonexistent showing for the Pistons. Moose put up just five points and 6 boards.
  • No Stuckey seems to mean no winning.
  • When Ben Wallace and Damion Wilkens are the only players not in the negative of your +/- column, you probably lost.
  • Maxiell 0-for-6 with 7 boards.
  • Tayshaun scored 11 on 5-for-12 shooting with one assist and 6 boards. It’s games like this that you need your veteran to step up and do something when the team is clearly outmatched.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • A rare appearance from Austin Day, who scored 6 points in eight minutes on the floor.
  • The next four games are on the road with a back to back in New York Saturday night.

The 16-30 #Pistons are back home for one game to take on the 34-11 Miami Heat at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit hopes to snap a three-game losing streak Friday night.

  • The good: Despite the losses on the road, you have to give this team some credit for playing hard and coming close in all losses on their game five game road trip. And you have to give props to Ben Gordon for doing what he did against Denver.
  • The bad:The Heat have won six straight in Detroit and five in a row overall against the Pistons.
  • Who to watch: If you’re one of those people…I guess LeBron and Wade. If you’re true blue, you watch everyone in a Pistons uniform.
  • The unknown: Unknown is the status of Rodney Stuckey at this time. I’m sure more information will be available soon. Stuckey will not play, Ben Gordon will have another chance to light it up.

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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.

Despite a career high from Austin Day the Pistons took the Miami Heat down to wire, but just couldn’t up with the win.  The youngsters battled the entire game keeping it close and finally gained the lead late in the fourth quarter only to give it back to the Heat after sending LeBron to the line. Detroit went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to wipe out a 10-point deficit and led 98-95 with 1:33 left, but lost 101-98.

Key Points:

  • No Ben Gordon, no Tayshan Prince (family), no Will Bynum and no Charlie V.
  • It didn’t matter that Austin Daye didn’t even get the start in place of Tayshaun Prince. You knew he was going to have a special night when he hit his first three shots that just happened to be three’s.  Austin continued to play the best basketball of his NBA career putting up a career high 28 and some great defensive plays.  He even had a chance to tie it up in the closing second, but it just didn’t happen.
  • Daye scored 18 points in the second quarter alone.
  • Congrats to Daye, lets hope this was more than a jump-start to the player he can be. Post game interview via Pistons.com

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  • Detroit started strong and so did Chris Bosh. Bosh finished with 27 points for Miami and made it clear of this after the game. “We played terrible, this wasn’t us.”
  • Jonas Jerebko blew the house down when he knocked down an open 3-pointer with 1:19 left in the game to put the Pistons up by three.  Jerebko finished with 7 points and 6 boards.
  • LeBron James gets to the line 6 times in the closing minute to basically win the game for the Heat.
  • Detroit took advantage of every play and every turnover.  This was a hard fought scrappy game that was exciting to watch.
  • Moose with one heck of a game.  Monroe was all over he place with a 20 and 10 double-double.  Monroe had a chance to give the Pistons the lead in the final seconds with a shot in the paint that just wouldn’t go do.  He is the truth.
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  • Brandon Knight a career high 41 minutes on the court scoring 17 points with, 5 assists and 4 boards.  Brandon was taking it to the hole and taking charge all night long.  He sure didn’t look like a rookie.  The future is bright.

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  • Great clutch defensive stops from Detroit, especially late in the game.
  • Brandon Knight missed two free throws with 1:26 left that would have put the Pistons up five. Wilkins fumbled a ball out of bounds on their next possession, and Austin Daye traveled with seconds on the game clock and the Pistons down three. That what happens with young teams, the clutch factor hasn’t kicked in. Let’s hope it does.
  • I have to admit I haven’t been that excited watch a game for quite some time.
  • They still need to take care of the ball better.  Detroit turned the ball over 17 times.
  • Solid and aggressive game from Rodney Stuckey who finished with 15 points on just 5 shots with, 6 assists and 4 boards.  Rodney fouled out with about 3 minutes left in the game.
  • Ben Wallace had three blocks in the first quarter.
  • Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that Greg Monroe has been having a hard time keeping his hands on the ball?
  • First time I can remember that Mason shouted DEEEEETROIT BASKETBALLL loud and proud at the Palace this season. Likewise for the Final countdown with about 30 seconds left in the game.
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  • That this quote away from the game and things look brighter.

Lawrence Frank: “I thought our guys showed great fight, spirit and resolve,” he said. “There were plays to be made on both sides – we had some empty trips – but you’ve got to look throughout the course of the game. It’s disappointing to lose. There’s not a consolation prize. But the spirit, the fight, the heart being in the right place for the right reasons – if we can establish that as part of our DNA, you’ll put yourself in position to win a lot of games. It can’t just be because it’s Miami. There was great resolve. There were plays left to be made, but sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture.”

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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?