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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.



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  • 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

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  • 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.


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  • 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 #Pistons lost another to the Hawks Friday night 96-89 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. As if two losses in a row to the Atlanta Hawks didn’t hurt Detroit enough we find out there is a little added early drama to start the lackluster season. Josh Smith came off the bench for the first time since  2005. Smith didn’t come off the bench because his shot wasn’t hitting, even though it’s not. Cheeks sat the Pistons star free agent signing because he skipped practice.

Smith skipped Thursday’s practice after Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta.

Maurice Cheeks: “I called a practice and he didn’t get back to practice.”

Cheeks said he decided to practice on the team flight back from Atlanta and when Smith didn’t return, Cheeks made the call minutes before Friday night’s game when he informed the team.

“He just didn’t get back,” Cheeks said when asked what was the reason Smith gave for not making practice. Via The Detroit News

Key Points:

  • Smith sure could have used some practice he couldn’t’ hit a shot Friday night going 0-for-7 in 19:32 on the floor. Not a great way to start your tenure with a new team. It reminds me of a certain someone who decided to skip a Thanksgiving practice when he got traded to Detroit. Wasn’t necessarily stoked at the Smith signing and this doesn’t help matters.
  • Smith hasn’t went scoreless since December of 2004.
  • Kyle Singler starter in place of Smith and scored a game hight 22 points.
  • Once again Jeff Teague did all the right things for the Hawks.  When Brandon Jennings picked his pocket and when the other way for an easy layup the 6″2 Teague hustled back and blocked his shot. That pretty much put the game away for the Hawks. Atlanta led 92-89 at that point and Detroit didn’t score the rest of the way.
  • For as bad as Detroit played, they were in that game until the final two minutes.
  • Despite Brandon Jennings 14 assists on the night he was brutal in the final minutes of the game. He was just 1-of-6 in the final eight minutes of the game. He finished with eight points.
  • It’s getting pretty scary, we know they are having huge issues on the defensive end and now they’re so called sharp shooters can’t score.
  • Kentavous Caldwell-Pope was just 4-of-14 for nine points, and three boards.  He had a few nice defensive plays on the night and finished with 4 steals.
  • There was a two-minute Jerebko sighting.
  • Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe each had a double-double.
  • Why aren’t they running more plays for Monroe and Drummond in the paint.  They should be targeting them early and getting the bulk of their points from the big guys since no one else can seem to hit their shots.
  • Drummond with another huge game. Dre scored 15 on 6-of-7 shooting for 15 points and 16 boards.  Add the two blocked shots and we have an All-Star on our hands.
  • Josh Harrellson is proving he should get more minutes.  He scored seven on 3-of-3 shooting with five boards in just 11:13 on the floor.
  • Singler with hustle out of the gate scoring a career high 22 points with three boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
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  • Stuckey won’t let up! Rodney with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting with five boards and an assist in 30:48. Where has this Stuckey been?
  • Monore with 11 points and 11 boards.

Highlights via NBA.com


  • It’s one thing to be in almost every game that they play, but they have got to find out what they need to do to win them.
  • Let’s see what they can do Sunday in Brooklyn.

The #Pistons can’t be happy with their tenth straight loss in Atlanta. More than one thing went wrong for Detroit in the 85-93 loss.

Key Points:

  • Let’s start with the return of Josh Smith to Atlanta. They didn’t set off any fireworks for Smith’s return. From the experience I’ve had with ATL fans and from last night’s reception of Josh, Hawks fans were glad to rid themselves of Smith. They went as far as to cheer him at misses jump shots, which is a sign for Pistons fans. That aside Smith didn’t turn up the heat on the team and fan base that didn’t really want him on their side anymore. Josh was 5-of-15 and 0-for-4 from downtown. He finished with 11 points, six boards, two assists, three steals and two blocked shots in 35 minutes.
  • Maurice Cheeks was tossed late in the fourth quarter for arguing with refs after Stuckey fouled out on two questionable calls. Either way things weren’t going Cheeks way on the court. It’s too early to judge, but Cheeks isn’t doing well with adjustments on the court, especially on the defensive end.
  • The game started terribly for both the Hawks and the Pistons.
  • The Pistons led by four in the third quarter and looked like they might pull out a win, but they went through a dry spell that shut that down quickly. Late in the fourth quarter they were shooting so poorly that it was like watching a train wreck, ugly.
  • Caldwell-Pope, who grew up in George may have let hometown jitters get the best of him. He was 1-of-9 on the night with four points in his starting roll.
  • Someone needs to get Gigi acclimated with NBA defense. Datome scored five points with a board in 10:42 on court.
  • Too many easy buckets in the lane for the Hawks and the Pistons points in the paint where hard to come by. Each team scored 50 points in the paint, but the Hawks looked almost effortless.
  • Atlanta went on a 22-9 run in the fourth quarter that the Pistons couldn’t recover from.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Smith, Monroe and Drummond combined for just 28 points.
  • Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 21 points on 9-of-21 shooting with six assists and seven boards.
  • The shining stat of late for Detroit is their steals. The Pistons are tied with Dallas averaging 9.9 per game. The are second behind Dallas for Top points in the paint.
  • Give it up again for Stuckey for keeping the Pistons in the game. Stuckey scored 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.
  • Andre’s production was down and a lot had to do with him being in foul trouble. He still however managed to put up a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.
Andre Drummond Pistons-vs-Hawks Nov-2013

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  • It was a disheartening loss from a team that has talent and started this season like they were going to play beyond expectations.
  • Let’s see what kind of changes Cheeks can make to get the win over Atlanta in Detroit on Friday night.

Brandon Jennings season high 28 points and a 13 point rally from behind couldn’t get the win for the Pistons, who have now lost six in a row in Portland to the Trail Blazers after their 103-109 loss Monday night.

Key Points:

  • Portland torched the Pistons from behind the arc going 11-for-23 for 33 points.
  • Six Portland players in double figures.
  • Villanueva and Singler were the only power forwards to come off the bench for Detroit. Neither did much, each scoring two points.
  • Great game for Andre Drummond, who took the bulk of the minutes in the loss. Dre finished with 16 points, 16 boards, 2 steals and a blocked shot in 42 minutes on the floor. Hard work payed off for the big man, who seems to always be in the thick of things for Detroit.
  • Stuckey shot was off, Rodney was just 4-of-15 on the night for 13 points.
  • The 9-0 Pistons run in the final minutes of the game was promising, but it again shows that this team doesn’t know how to put a game away yet.
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  • Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 28 on 11-of-24 shooting, with five assists and three steals. I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but to me Brandon looks like he’s not been that exited to be on this Pistons team. I hope I’m wrong.
  • The defense looked terrible. With the big three all able to do their jobs on that end, everyone else needs to step up. Way too many easy buckets and second chances for the Blazers. Defend the three!
  • For a team that knew they needed scoring from three, the Pistons haven’t done anything this season.
  • Cheeks seems to be trying everything rotation wise and nothing seems to be working.

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Greg MonroeGreg Monroe “We gave up 100-something points, that’s not acceptable. We definitely have to clean some stuff up. We have to start finding ways within the game, in earlier spots, to kind of take control”

  • Tuesday night at Golden State isn’t a cakewalk either.

The Pistons improve to 2-and-1 on the season after a 87-77 victory over the “new look” Boston Celtics.  The Pistons Big-3 Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each scored 15 points to help Detroit, donned in their Motor City uniforms, to a sold win.

Key Points:

  • This is one of the deepest Pistons teams we’ve seen in years.  Despite the Celtics making it close down the stretch, Chauncey Billups and Will Bynum finished this one on the bench.
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • Andre Drummond is a dunking/rebound machine! He lights up the Palace like nothing we’ve seen in quite some time.  Dre finished with 15 (mostly dunks), 12 boards 2 blocked shots and 2 steals.
Amdre Drummond Dunks Pistons vs Celtics Motor City Uniform

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  • Did you get your Drummond jersey yet?
  • This happens alot!

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  • If I’m a Celtics fan I just can’t root for that hair – Kelly Olynyk.  Olynyk was the Celtics high scorer with 15 off the bench.
  • Speaking of hair, is Gigi ever going to get playing time?
  • Brandon Jennings made an immediate impression on the Palace crowd in his debut.  Jennings with 14 off the bench for Detroit in 30 minutes with 4 assists, and 4 steals.  Jennings makes this team different in a very good way. His first two points as a Pistons were pretty sweet.

  • I wonder how that other Brandon is doing?
  • Double-double for both Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
  • Singler and Jerebko have played scrappy and hard in all three games of the season.
  • Monroe with 10 boards and 15 points.
  • Boy is the front-court fun to watch.
  • The Pistons need to learn hot to put a team like the Celtics away.  They had way too many chances to put it in the book, but almost let them steal one down the stretch.
  • The Stuckey and Jennings tandem looks great.
Josh Smith Pistons vs Celtics Motor City Uniforms

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  • Josh Smith finished with 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting with 7 boards, 3 assists 2 steals and 2 blocked shots.  I’m getting really fond of him when he’s not chucking up three-pointers.
  • I’m a big fan of the Motor City uniforms.
  • This one was a party in the paint.  54 points in the paint for Detroit and the board war won 44-37.
  • Though they almost let this one slip away, the Pistons regained their composure and scored the last eight points of the game.
  • Turnover an issues, the Pistons with 21 on the night.

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  • Tuesday at the Palace against the Pacers will not be easy.

The #Pistons will open up the season Wednesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills against the Washington Wizards. Detroit, with new head coach Maurice Cheeks will start this 2013-14 season with high hopes as they try to make the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

  • The good: New blood, old blood, and new beginnings.
  • The bad: Brandon Jennings and Rodney Stuckey are out tonight.
  • The unknown: Will Chauncey Billups applause shake the rafters of Palace?  Who will be the last starter announced by Mason in pre-game introductions?
  • The known: Sheed is back!  Rasheed Wallace will return to the Pistons’ bench this year as a member of Maurice Cheeks’ staff.

The Starting Lineup:

  • PG: Will Bynum (7th year; Georgia Tech)
  • SG: Chauncey Billups (17th year; Colorado)
  • SF: Josh Smith (10th year; Oak Hill Academy)
  • PF: Greg Monroe (4th year; Georgetown)
  • C: Andre Drummond (2nd year; Connecticut)

Best of the rest:

SG/SF: #25 – Kyle Singler (2nd year; Duke)
SG: #5 – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Rookie; Georgia)
PG: #34 – Peyton Siva (Rookie; Louisville)
PF: #9 -Tony Mitchell (Rookie; North Texas)
SF/PF: #33 – Jonas Jerebko (4th year:;Sweden)
C: #55 – Josh Harrellson (3rd year; Kentucky)
SG: #13 – Luigi Datome (Rookie; Italy)
PF: #31 – Charlie Villanueva (9th year; Connecticut)
OUT – PG/SG: #3 – Rodney Stuckey (7th year; Eastern Washington)
OUT – PG: #7 – Brandon Jennings (5th year; Italy)

You can still get in the door to watch opening night festivities. Tickets as low as $12 with no ticket fees! Offer code: gopistons

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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Here’s to a great season!

Chauncey BillupsThere hasn’t been this much hype around the Detroit Pistons start of the season in quite some time.

The boys may not be starting the season tomorrow, but you can get a chance to see the New Look Pistons open up their pre-season Tuesday night against Maccabi Haifa – a professional Israeli club.

Though just a pre-season game it will be fun to take a look at a Detroit Pistons team that takes the court looking as different as can be. If you’re excited to see this seasons Draft class, the new acquisitions, the return of Mr. Big Shot or maybe just want to see how Sheed’s progressed with Andre Dummond, you’re in for a treat.

Who you many not see is:
Greg Monroe, who is questionable with a sore hamstring and sat out of practice. You also may not see Luigi Datome (hamstring) and Peyton Siva (calf) didn’t participate in Monday’s practice either.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm, but won’t be broadcast on local TV, but you can still head on down to the Palace to catch them live.

Coach Rasheed WallaceThat’s right, it looks like this website’s name may not be as stale as I thought it was.  We all thought Sheed would make a great coach one day and it looks like we may get to see him on the sideline in Auburn Hills.

“Former Piston Rasheed Wallace is in talks to join Maurice Cheeks’ coaching staff, multiple sources tell the Detroit News.

Wallace played for the Pistons from 2004-09, being the missing piece of their championship team and has been generally regarded as one of the smarter players of his generation, despite his testy relationship with coaches and referees.

He and Cheeks’ relationship dates back to their days in Portland, when Cheeks was head coach and Wallace was in his younger days as an All-Star forward.” Via The Detroit News

SheedTASTIC!

Sheedtastic

It seems for the moment the Nate McMillan is the running favorite for the #Pistons vacant head coaching job. That doesn’t mean that he’s a lock, but considering the names that have been thrown around we may be seeing him around the Palace of Auburn Hills come October.

If it were up to Pistons fans across the ocean they would love to see Zeljko Obradovic take the reins and bring his distinct coaching style to Detroit.

Lindsey Hunter, who was mostly a bad boy for life, has asked the Phoenix Suns permission to interview with the Pistons for the coaching gig. He had limited success with the Suns after he took over late in the season and though he was a big part of things in Detroit it’s not likely that he’d be atop the list.

On a side note Lindsey was a lot of fun when he was here.

I’ve heard Mike Budenholzer Spurs longtime assistant is being looked at. Anyone who worked under Pop in San Antonio has serious knowledge as far as I’m concerned.

Mo Cheeks had limited success in his two previous head coaching stints so he’s semi legit.

Brian Shaw I never liked because of his playing days with the Celtics and then later the Lakers, but being a guard in the league would be a welcome help on the bench for Detroit.

Scott Skiles may know how to coach a team and has ties to the Michigan State, but his style I believe is not conducive to young players. He’s got a his way or the highway type of attitude that takes a special kind of team to work with. Plus I think he’s a DB.

You want Drummond and Monroe to take it to the next level then Patrick Ewing is your guy. There is no better coach to have on your bench to teach the twin towers what they need to learn than Ewing.

Now for what you don’t want to hear…

Bill Laimbeer is will not be the Pistons Head coach.

cartoon_laimbeerWe are all “homers” of some sort when it comes to the team we love and the nostalgia that goes along with it, but so many of you need to let go of the whole Laimbeer as coach idea.
Don’t you think if he was a serious candidate he would have snagged the job the other two times he was interviewed for the job? Don’t you think he would have been a better choice than Michael Curry if Detroit was serious about hiring him? He won Championships for the Shock here in Detroit yet they gave the job to Kuester.

We loved him as a bad boy, but he’s legitimately a jerk. Ask just about anyone that has had contact with him or has a story to tell about him and I can guarantee it’s not a nice one. We may never really know what he did behind the scenes here in Detroit or in his assistant spot with the Timberwolves, but there is a reason that he went back to coaching the WNBA.

Nobody likes him.

We can remember him as our beloved Bad Boy that had a hell of a hop skip three-point shot, but let’s stop the Laimbeer for head coach thing please.

And please don’t do the forgive Larry Brown thing either for that matter.

Or Sheed for that matter, though it would be a hell of a lot of fun!

Coach Rasheed Wallace

Let’s face it, no top-tier coach is going to want to come to Detroit right now.

  • This team is seriously rebuilding.
  • They like to fire the coach at the first sign of trouble.
  • There has been issues with the team/coach relationships for a while.
  • Management is making changes every day.
  • The roster is a work in progress.
  • The GM (Joe D) is on the hot seat.
  • They’re not paying the big bucks. Think about it, they have been paying two coaches’ salaries each season for years.

So let’s just sit back and see what the draft and management deals us, but keep your wish list serious. We are Detroit…remember.