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The 26-45 #Pistons will host the 48-22 Heat Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons, who are 1-2 against the Heat will do their best for a home team crowd who will pack the Palace to see the Bad Boys reunite.

The good: Despite the upsetting season, Pistons fans should get a treat to see some of their favorites being honored at The Palace.

The unknown: Is it possible for some of the Bad Boys “mojo” to rub off on the current Pistons?

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out.
Heat::Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade – unlikely.

Stat: Detroit is 1-2 against the Heat 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 24-36 #Pistons will host the 33-27 Chicago Bulls Wednesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Bulls, who are playing good basketball are just one and a half games behind the Raptors for third place in Eastern Conference.

Chicago has lost two of three to Detroit since winning 18 straight in the series.

The good: Andre Drummond who grabbed a career-high and NBA season-high-tying 26 rebounds vs. New York. Andre’s 26 is the most rebound recorded by a Pistons since Ben Wallace put up 28 vs. Boston (3/24/02).
The bad: The Bulls should be gunning hard for this one. Despite not having Derrick Rose, they’re doing a heck of a job in the lowly eastern Conference.
Don’t diss Dre, he just wants to play ball.
The unknown: Will this Pistons team keep the momentum going against the Bulls or did they dismantle the Knicks simply because they are terrible?

Bulls-Pistons

Pistons: Chauncey Billups (left knee surgery) is out.
Bulls: Derrick Rose is out.

Stat:  Detroit is 1-1 against the New York Knicks this season.
Stat: Carmelo Anthony is averaging 29.5 points against the Pistons this season.

Remember the Jordan Rules? I you’re young it’s a great lesson on how the NBA changed the rules to accommodate Michael Jordan because The Pistons defense was just too good.

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 23-34 #Pistons are in San Antonio to take on the 40-16 Spurs on Wednesday night. The Pistons won their last game against the Spurs at the Palace beating the a stunned San Antonio team 101-109 in John Loyer’s debut, but has lost their last three on the road.

The good: It’s great going into a game against a clearly better team knowing that you can beat them.
The bad: The Pistons have dropped five of their last six and are just 4-17 against Western Conference opponents. They’ve also lost nine of its last 11 road games.
Watch out for Belinelli who had the hot hand the last time these two teams met.
The unknown: Will my prediction come right that I made over at Project Spurs when they asked me some questions about Detroit and tonight’s game?
Will we see an Austin Day sighting, who was traded to the Spurs from Toronto at the deadline.

Pistons Spurs

Via Pistons.com

Injuries: Pistons: Chauncey Billups (left knee surgery) is out.
Spurs: Kawhi Leonard out.
Tony Parker – Inactive

Stat: Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 21 points and six assists in the Pistons win on 2/10.

Tip off is at 8:30 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 22-31 #Pistons are in Charlotte to play the second game of a home-and-home against the 24-30 Bobcats Wednesday night. Detroit will try to get one back after their 108-96 loss to Charlotte Tuesday evening on their home floor.

The good: Besides Andre Drummond grabbing every board in sight and Brandon Jennings adding to his point totals, nothing great can be said about he Pistons start to the second half of the season.
The bad: In a game that the Pistons should have played like their season was on the line (which it is), Detroit came out on Tuesday night and played with little effort. You can’t say that about the entire team, but it sure looked like they could have cared less about winning after starting the game like they were still on their All-Star break.
The unknown: Will the Pistons redeem themselves on against the Bobcats or is it just too little too late for this team?
Injuries: Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Bobcats: Brendan Haywood and Jeffery Taylor out.

Stat: Detroit has won eight of the last 11 games against Charlotte.
Stat: The Pistons have now lost the season series against the Bobcats giving them the advantage come playoff time.

Tip off is at 7:00 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.

The Pistons didn’t start off the second half of their season on a good note. With back-to-back games against the Bobcats, a team they are fighting for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Detroit handed them game one on their home court.  Detroit will try to bounce back from the 108-96 loss to with a win in Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Key Points:

  • What makes it worse it that if the final Playoff spot comes down to the Pistons and the Bobcats Detroit will have to finish ahead of Charlotte in the standings since the loss sealed the season series in the Bobcats favor.
  • The first quarter did the Pistons in.  They trailed by 11 points and could never make up the difference.
  • When Rodney Stuckey struggles, so does this team.  Stuckey shot just 1-of-11 from the floor in close to 18 minutes.
  • Detroit’s bench scored just 13 points on the night.
  • Al Jefferson made Greg Monroe look like a high school player. Jefferson led all scorers with 32 points, 12 boards and seven assists.
  • Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 24 points on 7-of-18 shooting with seven assists in 38 minutes on the floor. It was Brandon’s three that helped Detroit get within striking distance with five minutes left on the clock to make it 81-89, but Charlotte struck right back with a McRoberts three and never looked back.
  • Andre Drummond finished with 22 rebounds, tying his career high and added 16 points and two blocked shots. Drummond’s 40th double-double is an Eastern Conference best and the most by a Piston since Grant Hill’s 44 double-doubles in 1995-96. He should break that record in about five games.
  • The Pistons never led. The Bobcats led by as much as 19.
  • Singler, who scored 13 points said they treated this game like a Playoff Game. If that’s the case let’s hope they don’t even make it to the post-season.
  • Highlight via NBA.com


  • The rematch Wednesday night should be interesting.

The 22-30 #Pistons will host the 23-30 Charlotte Bobcats at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit is within a half-game of the Bobcats for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference when they take the court on Tuesday night in their first game of a home-and-home with the Bobcats.

The good: Andre Drummond’s spectacular performance in Friday night’s Rising Star game. Drummond is playing some very good basketball of late scoring in double figures in a career-high eight straight games, averaging 15.8 points and 15.0 rebounds while shooting 67.1 percent from the field.
The bad: Despite the Pistons play of late their loss to the Cavaliers was a little disheartening.
The unknown: Will the Pistons make a move before the trade deadline? Some say that Monroe and Stuckey deals seem very plausible.
Injuries: Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Bobcats: Brendan Haywood and Jeffery Taylor out.

Charlotte Bobcats and Detroit Pistons Stats

Via Pistons.com

Stat: Detroit has won eight of the last 10 games against Charlotte.
Stat: Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 26 points in the loss on 12/20. Kemba Walker scored 34 points to lead the Bobcats to the 116-106 win.

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.

It’s been well stated by just about anyone who follows the Detroit Pistons that Andre Drummond got a raw deal when it came to the NBA All-Star game.  He was clearly better all season than the reserves that were picked in front of him.

Did the team he plays for and their record play a part in the selection process? Probably, but that doesn’t mean it was fair.

Dunkin' DrummondWell Mr. Drummond made sure that he made a statement on All-Star Friday night during the NBA Rising Stars Challenge with a record 25 rebounds, and adding 30 points while leading Team Hill to a 142-136 victory over Team Webber on Friday night and winning the MVP award..

Dre just didn’t care, he went after everything and that was evident from the start. Besides making a statement with the rebounding record, Andre dunked everything in sight.

To just anyone that follows the Pistons it’s what we expected from a young man that we hope this team will be built around in the future, but does that mean the NBA and the average fan took notice on Valentines day?

I think so.


Andre is everyone’s fantasy come true.  I can confirm that he’s put my Fantasy Basketball team in first place with his stats, but more importantly he’s putting my Pistons on the map with is extraordinary play.  And I’m pretty sure he went out of his way to prove his point.

The good thing for Andre is that he did two things.  He avoided the ridiculous 2014 All-Star uniforms, while proving he’s got what it takes to be the next NBA Super Star even if he plays for the Detroit Pistons.

All Hail the MVP!

Andre Drummond mvp

The NBA shouldn’t’ make a mistake like this again….but they will.

 

 

The 22-29 #Pistons will host the 19-33 Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Both teams come into the game on a three-game winning streak. Detroit would love to get to number four to tie their longest winning streak of the season. The Cavs on the other hand haven’t won four in a row since LeBron James and his talent were playing in Cleveland.

The good: Detroit are playing with a boost of everyone and have dominated the Cavs of late winning their last seven match-ups. A good thing for me is that I won’t have to see Anderson Varejao and his floppy hair on the Palace floor.
The bad: Cleveland is also playing good basketball and is averaging 106 points in the past five games.
The unknown: Will Detroit get a strong collective showing like they did against the Spurts? Can the Pistons go into the All-Star Break on a four game winning streak. If they can it will also give them the longest home-game win streak since a seven-game run March 14-April 4, 2008.
Injuries:
Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Cavaliers: Carrick Felix and Anderson Varejoa are out.
C.J. Miles– Questionable

Stat: Andre Drummond has an Eastern Conference leading 37 double-doubles.
Stat: Josh Smith scored 25 points to lead the Pistons in their 115-92 win over the Cavaliers on 12/23.
Stat: Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 21 points in the loss on 12/23.

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 won their third straight game and fifth consecutive game at home in a win against one of the best teams in the NBA. Detroit’s 100-109 win against the Spurs was the first for interim coach John Loyer.

Key Points:

  • From a fans standpoint, this team look entirely different from the one that lost to the Magic just a few days back. Detroit seemed to have a spark and really gave 100% the full 48 minutes.
  • Detroit started off strong out of the gate and nothing set the tone like this ridiculous block Andre Drummond sent to the other end of the floor right in the hands of Brandon Jennings for a quick two points.



Via NBA.com

  • Detroit finished the first quarter on a 15-5 run to take an 11 point lead into the second quarter.
  • Greg Monroe dropped a double-double with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, with 10 boards, two steals and three assists in 36 minutes on the floor.  Looks like Pistons want to keep the big man for a while.
  • This time it was the Pistons who took advantage of turnovers. Detroit with 11 on the night and the Spurs 19 turnovers led to 26 points for Detroit.
  • There was a lot of chatter at the Palace about the Cheeks firing. Most fans saw it coming, but were shocked it happened when it did.
  • Nice showing from the Pistons bench. It was also nice to see Loyer give the starters a break after they’d been playing a ton of minutes of late.

Andre DrummondAndre Drummond: “Everybody loves John, you can see the excitement we had when we were walking off the court after the game. We’re all excited he’s our coach now. Of course, we miss Mo, too. But we’ve got to move forward and try to win some games.”

  • Rodney Stuckey put up 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four boards, a steal and three assists in 27 minutes on the floor.
  • Bynum is now out of the dog house. Will played 15 minutes with two assists, two steals and eight points.
  • Caldwell-Pope seemed more comfortable, scoring nine points on 3-of-7 shooting. He has an uncharacteristic two turnovers in 21 minutes.
  • Brandon Jennings continues to lead the Pistons in points. Brandon scored 21 on 8-of-18 shooting, with four boards, six assists and two steals in 32 minutes on the floor.
  • No better assist from Jennings than this lob to Andre Drummond.



Via NBA.com

  •  Six Pistons in double figures.

John Loyer: “ I told them I thought we could play collectively for longer periods of time better than we have, we had to dig deep and play together.” Via Pistons.com

Highlights Via NBA.com


  • A win against the Cavaliers on Wednesday can tie the Pistons longest winning streak of the season at four.

The 21-29 #Pistons will host the 37-14 San Antonio Spurs Monday night at the Palace of Aubrun Hills. Detroit will look for their third consecutive win and their first under interim Head Coach John Loyer. Detroit will have just one day to recover from the firing of Head Coach Maurice Cheeks when they take on a Spurs team that they have taken six of the last ten from.

The good: Detroit has been playing like they’ve been on a mission in their last two win.
The bad: Is it bad thing that Cheeks was fired? The Pistons have had 9 coaches in the last 14 years. It looks like the Pistons are going to wait until the end of the season to hire Cheeks’ replacement.
The unknown: Can the Pistons put aside all the hoopla of Cheeks firing and get right to businesses? Will Brandon Jennings keep playing like a man on a mission? Will they get their first win under Loyer against a very good Spurs team?

Injuries:
Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Spurs: Kwahi Leonard, Manu Ginobili – Out
Marco Melinelli, Tiago Splitter – doubtful

Stat: Andre Drummond has an Eastern Conference leading 37 double-doubles.

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.