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The Pistons hung on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 94-96 Sunday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Despite losing a sizable 15 point lead the Pistons won the game on the last two possessions thanks to four point from Tayshaun Prince.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons led the whole game except the final two minutes.
  • It’s nice to see that the team is learning to finish games.
  • Brandon Knight has taken some heat as of late. He’s having trouble with his shot, he’s getting beat by on defense, and he’s turning the ball over more than the Pistons would like. He did however play solid defense on Ellis on the last shot attempt of the game by the Bucks to help win it. Brandon finished with 11 points on 4-or-12 shooting with three assists, three boards and four turnovers in 34:52 minutes.
  • Singler has also regressed a bit with his shot, but made up for it with some nice defense. Kyle scored eight points on 2-of-11 shooting with seven boards, three steals and a blocked shot in 31:27 on the floor.
  • Double-doubles from Jason Maxiell and Greg Monroe.
  • Jason with 10 points, 10 boards and three assists in 26:20 on the floor including a signature putback jam.
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  • The Pistons are winners of 4 of their last five games.
  • Andre Drummond scored eight points with seven boards, a steal and two blocked shots and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Did you ever think Andre Drummond could run the floor like he does?
  • A Drummond steal and a jam – Via NBA.com

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  • Tayshaun Prince led the team with 20 points, two assists, and two boards int 34:40 on floor. Prince has been solid all season long and there really is no better person on this team to have the ball when the game is on the line.

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  • Villanueva with 11 and Daye with 5 points.
  • Need4Sweede still hasn’t touch the floor, but Kim English did.
  • When the Bucks took the lead with 1:06 left in the game all I could think was “great here we go again.” Thankfully they proved me wrong.
  • Rodney Stuckey still sidelined with a bun ankle.
  • Greg Monroe with 14 points, 10 boards, two assists in 28:32 on the floor.
  • Pistons biggest lead 15 the Bucks 2.
  • Will Bynum with eight points and five assists, two more than Brandon Knight.
  • Love this stat – 60 point in the paint for Detroit.
  • Kings, Hawks, Bobcats ad Bucks again. The Pistons have a shot at all of those games.

Sunday evening’s game against the Warriors was one the Pistons were hoping to put away. Well it didn’t matter that Golden State on the second game of back to back or that their star point guard Stephen Curry hasn’t played in quite some time. Golden State took it to Detroit 99-91 despite another big night from Greg Monroe.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons hand Golden State their first road win. That’s just the second time in 17 meetings.
  • 22 Points for Monta Ellis and 24 points for the Warriors David Lee. Despite the 24 points, Lee had his streak of double-double’s snapped.
  • Austin Daye He went 1 of 5 from the floor and passed up some other open shots while scoring just 3. Daye has missed all 13 of his 3-point attempts this season after shooting 40.1 percent from long range last season. During a critical stretch early in the fourth quarter when Golden State , leading by five after three periods, stretched its lead to nine points Daye missed three shots, including two from the 3-point arc. At this point I don’t thing the Pistons coaches know what to do with him to get him out of this funk.  Maybe they should think about lowering the net like we used to do in our driveways.  Can  you image an almost 7 foot tall Daye shooting on a adjustable basketball goal like it was a nerf setup?
  • I hate to keep beating a dead horse, but with Villanueva, Wilkins and Bynum out and he’s still only getting minutes out of desperation for a body on the floor and he can’t even show a glimpse of a game…what’s next for Austin?
Austin Daye

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  • Nice to see Tayshaun put up numbers for the first time this season. Detroit really needed him to step up his game, especially with Wilkins out and Daye doing less than nothing. Prince with 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting with 7 boards, a blocked shot and an assist.
  • Might as well just start fitting Greg Monroe for his All Star jersey right now. Another big game from Monroe who led the Pistons with 25 points, 8 boards, one assist and a steal. The stat I like most is 13-for-14 from the line. Finally a big man who makes his free throws (sorry Big Ben.)
  • VOTE MONROE
  • A nice game for Stuckey, who added 14 points and 6 assists in 26 minutes off the Pistons bench.
  • Ben Gordon played a decent game for him with 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting with 6 assists, a steal and just one turnover. If he gives the Pistons similar numbers every game, maybe we can claim he’s out of his funk. If not, I would be much happier with Stuckey and Knight starting and Gordon off the bench.
  • Brandon Knight with 8 points, 5 assists and a board in 39 minutes. Again, he’s still learning and you can see the progress, especially against the Bobcats when turned the ball over a whopping ZERO times.

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  • This one was tied 8 times with 8 lead changes.
  • Proof the Pistons need a big man, 48 points in the paint for the Warriors.

Lawrence Frank: “At times, it’s going to be disjointed, That’s why, defensively, we have to tighten up the bootstraps. At home, you can’t allow a team to shoot 52 percent. At times, we’re going to run out of points. That’s when we have to dig that much deeper on the defensive end and know we have to make teams play against a set defense.”

Greg Monroe: “I think we’re getting a little bit better at accomplishing our goals. Eventually, hopefully we don’t have those (bad moments), but I think right now, these past couple games, we’ve been better at not letting those moments last for a long time without playing with a lot of effort.”

  • A day off for Detroit and then Tuesday night in Houston.

The Pistons and their fans got a big surprise right before the tip of last night’s 95-104 victory over The Golden State Warriors. Richard Hamilton took the court after missing all but one game this season with a high ankle sprain.   The victory over the Warriors extends Detroit’s winning streak to five games and puts them at 11-12 for the season, just one win shy of getting back to 500 basketball.

Key Points:

  • After twenty one games without Mr. Hamilton, Pistons fans can thank Mrs. Hamilton for his return. In Rip’s post-game interview he credits his wife TJ for convincing him to get back on court.

“I talked to my wife and the one thing she told me pretty much was ‘Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Go out there and give it a try,’” said Hamilton, who played 37 minutes. “I hadn’t practiced, I hadn’t run or done any sprints but when I lay down for my nap I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to make up my mind right now and go ahead and play.’”

“I was just happy to be out there on the floor,” he said. “I didn’t care what anything felt like. I just felt joy, being able to play something that you love. … I knew I was going to be rusty. I knew from not playing, I was not going to have a rhythm, the timing’s going to be off and things like that. But I just felt if I can get out there and run and my wind is cool, I’ll figure it out.” via NBA.com

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  • Rip took his starting position last night for Detroit and didn’t disappoint. Hamilton scored 18 points on 6-for-15 shooting with 3 steals, 2 boards and an assist. Despite not playing in quite some time and at Rips’ admission, with no real conditioning or practicing, he played quite well. He even set a milestone as a Piston, surpassing the 10,000 point mark in red, blue and white. Good to have him back.
  • 22 turnovers for Detroit, really? I thought we were getting that number under control. Consider it a gift to win this one when the Warriors were making the best of the Pistons mishaps.
  • No Ben Gordon, no Will Bynum and still no Tayshaun Prince in this one, but they were all on the bench cheering on their team.
  • Jason Maxiell looked sharp last night doing the little things that make him what we know him to be. Jason scored 10, with 8 boards and a steal in 22 minutes. He’s almost the Maxi we know he can be, he’s just not quite there yet this season.
  • Chucky Atkins contributing big time for Detroit. You would really never know it unless you are watching these games, but Chucky is making key plays and helping the flow of the offense when he’s out there. Atkins with 9 points, 6 assists, 1 board and 3 turnovers in 33 minutes.
  • Rodney Stuckey with the hot hand, leading all scorers with a 29 point season high on 10-for-18 shooting, with 7 assists. He was making some tough baskets and getting to the stripe all night. I hate to bring it up on a big night for Stuck, but 7 turnovers! Got to do better there Rodney.

Rodney Stuckey Scores 29

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  • DaJuan Summers with .07 seconds on the court and another DNP for Chris Wilcox. I’m just stunned that my prediction about Chris has been so off, maybe it has to do with Ben Wallace tearing things up or maybe it’s just because Wilcox is underachieving.
  • Austin Daye with 11 minutes on court with 2 points and 2 boards. I will say this, the kid isn’t scared to take the big shot and thankfully he’s making them when he does.
  • Detroit looked like they were going to get this one out of the way early, but the Warriors and Monta Ellis didn’t cooperate. Golden State led by as much as 13 until the Pistons went on their run in the second and clawed their way back. This one was tied 6 times with 6 lead changes, and was quite enjoyable to watch.
  • Whether things are going for them or not, this team puts 100% effort on the floor every night. You have to love that from a fan’s perspective.
  • Jonas Jerebko with 6 points, 5 boards and 2 assists in 26 minutes. Gotta love JJ for doing whatever it takes on the offense or the defense. He’s had some tough defensive assignments and from the looks of it he’s getting better and better each game.
  • The no look pass from Chucky Atkins to Jonas Jerebko for the dunk.
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  • I would have liked to see Bynum and Gordon play against the Warriors’ quick, no defense style of play.
  • Kuester: So this is what a coach can do! As we all try to forget the nightmare that was last season.
  • Ben Wallace with 9 boards, 2 points, 2 blocked shots and 2 steals in 27 minutes. I never thought it would be this great to hear that familiar gong again at the Palace.
  • Charlie Villanueva with a big game again for Detroit, 24 points in 33 minutes off the Pistons bench. The man was 1 board (9) away from a double-double, adding 2 steals and an assist, while going 6-for-6 from the line. Play of the night would have to be the the alley-oop from Chucky to CV31 for the jam. Will have to get that one on a highlight reel for you soon.

Charlie Villanueva with 24 Points off the Pistons Bench

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  • Give a ton of credit for these wins to the Pistons rebounding dominance, Detroit is second in the league at grabbing boards. The Pistons won Saturday’s war against the Warriors 39-25.
  • Add some more credit to Kuester who’s makeshift lineups and rotations are working.
  • Highlights of the Game via NBA.com
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  • Post Game Recap and Rip Hamilton interview via Pistons.com
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  • Next up a Tuesday night game in Houston against the Rockets.