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The #Pistons beat the Nets for the second time in 3 days in a 109-92 rout at the Palace.  The Pistons hit the century mark for the first time in regulation all season long.  This current Pistons 4 game winning streak it the first for Detroit since December of 2009.

Key Points:

  • I know we talk about Jason Maxiell as a baby eater, but that guy seem to eat Kardashians too.  Jason scored 8 with 5 boards, a steal and 4 blocked shots. It seemed like all of them were on Kris Humphries. Like I said a million times before, Jason loves a good put-back.
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  • Brandon Knight got into foul trouble early and didn’t get to play a ton of minutes. He still scored 13 points with 7 boards and 5 assists in just 16 minutes on the floor. I don’t know how bad it was but at one point he hit the floor and one of the Nets fell right on top of him and his (masked) face bounced off the ground. It was one of those “I know that hurt” moment, but he got right out there and kept playing.
  • No All-Star nod for Moose, no big deal. He’s still putting up double-doubles every night. Greg with 18 points, 11 boards, 2 steals and a blocked shot in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • Tayhaun with 8 points and a plus 26 in the box.

Tayshaun Prince “I see improvement as far as when teams make a run on us we’ve been able to respond. We’ve played some solid defense and pushed it. We haven’t run plays a lot, we’ve tried to attack early and that’s opened up a lot of things for us the past few games.”

  • Austin Daye still struggling going 1-for-7 in 19 minutes on the floor.
  • A big 25 assists from Detroit, who for one of the few times all season long looked like they were having fun on the court.
  • Vernon Macklin and Will Bynum saw garbage time…yes the Pistons blew out a team.  It wasn’t they just lost garbage time it was “Darko Human Victory Cigar” garbage time and it felt great.
  • Rodney Stuckey had a great game, really stepping up with Brandon on the bench in foul trouble. Rodney was 7-for-10 for 19 points with 5 assists and 3 boards in 26 minutes on the floor. He had a couple of highlights, but none better than the breaking of the ankles.
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  • A season high 56 points in the paint.
  • Brandon Knight isn’t afraid to take the big shot.
  • This game started with the Nets scoring the first 7 points and it looked like it was going to be one of “those” games, but the Pistons went on a 24-4 run and never looked back.
  • The Need4Sweed was a bundle of hustle all night long. JJ was all over the court doing all the dirty work and it was paying off. Jonas led the Pistons off the bench with 20 points, 2 assists, and four boards in 25 minutes. Jonas seems to be getting a ton of dunks lately, but his “OMG” he just did that moment had to have been his 360 touch pass to Ben Wallace. I didn’t get to see the replay, but it looked really awesome in person.
Need4Swede Jonas Jerebko

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Jonas Jerebko :I just try to go in and play my game. The only change is who you’re playing with. I just try to go out there and bring energy and play as a team.”

  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • Ben Gordon with 14 points off the bench in 22 minutes. Maybe this is all he’ll ever be, above average bench player. He’s getting paid a lot to play that part but it’s better than his production in the past for Detroit.
  • Star Wars night was fun, but it was even more fun to be at a game that was packed with Piston HL’s and I didn’t have to sit at the edge of my seat hoping they would hold on to the game.
  • Wizards on Sunday could make it, wait for it…a five game winning streak.

The Pistons beat the New Orleans Hornets 89-87 Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills despite losing Brandon Knight within the first five minutes of the game. Knight, who only the night before put up a career high 26 points, went to the locker room after  an elbow under the basket from former Piston DaJuan Summers.  Knight suffered a broken nose and didn’t return, but  should be ready with his mask for the Pistons Tuesday practice.

Key Points:

  • Jason Maxiell all about the hustle again.  Maxiell in another start, finished the game with 10 points, 5 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot. No shot was more important on the night than Jason’s putback jam on a Greg Monroe miss late in the game to help the Pistons lock in the victory. As much ups and downs as Jason has had he’s shown a lot these last few games and I have always called him the Putback King.
Pistons Jason Maxiell the Putback King

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  • This Maxiell dunk brought the house down. Via NBA.com

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Lawrence Frank “Jason Maxiell embodied what the effort was all about, his tenacity, his effort, his toughness – I don’t know what (Monroe) finished with (in) offensive rebounds. I guess he had six. I would bet that three of them were the result of Max keeping balls alive and then to get that big dunk – momentum play. Max brings a toughness, an intensity, a tenacity about him. He played with an edge.”

  • The Hornets Trevor Ariza couldn’t miss Saturday night leading all scorers with 26 on 9-for-12 shooting.
  • Jonas Jerebko was headbutted by Jason Smith and it looked almost intentional, that may have been the reason why Jonas put his arm out in retaliation after  he got hit.  Smith went crashing to the floor on his own.  And depending on the replay you saw, Jonas’s arm didn’t touch him.
  • Hustle all night from Jonas, who was 5-for-10 for 11 points, with 5 boards in just 18 minutes on the floor.
  • Austin Day just1-for-5 for 4 points and 3 boards in 19 plus minutes on the floor.
  • Add another check mark to Greg Monroe’s double-double tally as Moose poured in 24 points with 16 boards, 2 assists and a steal. Did you envision this much progress in Greg’s game this season?
Greg Monroe against the Hornets

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  • Yes this stat is correct…54 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Thirteen turnover on the night for Detroit, five of them came from Monroe.
  • This one went back and forth.  The Pistons trailed by three at the half took the first double-digit lead either way by going on an 8-0 run early in the fourth.

Greg Monroe: “You know Brandon’s a big part of what we do, but Walker D. (Russell) and Rodney (Stuckey) moving back to the point more, definitely stepped up tonight and everybody else that got into the game. Everybody stepped up tonight. It was a tough night, but everybody had a crazy amount of energy for the schedule that we just went through and I have to applaud my teammates, they did a great job tonight.”

  • Solid night for Rodney Stuckey, who really stepped up his game as soon as Brandon went to the locker room.  Rodney took it to the hole all night finishing with 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting with 3 assists, as steal and just one turnover.
  • Walker Russell showed just how important he can be for this Pistons team.  Russell with 4 assists, 9 points and 2 steals in 32 minutes.  Have they started selling his jerseys at the Palace yet?

Walker Russell on n Brandon Knight going out and him stepping in: “Usually I’m the guy that was always playing, but I’ve been playing more and more lately, so when coach called my number, he had the confidence in me and I had the confidence to step up and play.”

  • What you can see in the last two Pistons performances is that they still have issues holding on to a lead, but they are learning.
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  • The Pistons can sure use their extended vacation, they next play on Wednesday in New Jersey.

The Pistons lost their season opener 79-91 to the Pacers in Indiana Monday night. In a game they never led, the team look a little more than out of sync in their first official game with Lawrence Frank at the reigns.

Key Points:

  • Turnovers – The Pistons sunk their own ship by turning the ball over 16 times.
  • The Pacers led by as much as 24 points.
  • The Pistons were torched by Indiana down low. The Pacers scored 36 in the paint.
  • Out rebounded 40-53.
  • Early foul trouble for Monroe didn’t help matters much. With no Charlie Villanueva (suspension) Jason Maxiell was guarding 7-2 Hibbert.
  • Monroe played just 11 minutes.

Greg Monroe: “They beat us tonight, plain and simple,” “There were zero lead changes, so as soon as the ball was thrown up, they beat us tonight. That’s the truth. And that’s something that we can’t let happen.”

Greg Monroe Indiana

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  • Let’s just say that one did’t work out well.
  • Brandon Knight…well he’ll get better. Knight played 16 minutes off the bench and went 3-for-6 from beyond the arch scoring nine points with 4 turnovers, missing his 3 field goal attempts.
  • Both teams shot just 36% from the floor.
  • Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko led the Pistons with 17 each.
  • Great to have Jonas Jerebko back! Jonas played more minutes than anyone with almost 38, going 7-for-11 with 5 boards, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot. He didn’t even get into foul trouble doing it. We really do have a Need4Swede.
  • Ben Gordon…well, Santa didn’t exactly grant him his Christmas wish. Ben was 4-for14 and that’s all I need to say.
  • Wait I do have one more thing to say about Ben…he had 5 turnovers.
  • Rodney Stuckey was your starting PG dishing out 6 assists with 2 steals, 3 turnovers.
  • Tayshaun Prince was 3-for-10 for 6 points and 3 boards in 33 minutes.
  • You can complain about the officials all you want, the officials didn’t lose this game for Detroit.
  • It was quite clear that Detroit wasn’t going to win this one. I was hoping we could get a look at Vernon Macklin.
  • 7 boards each for Daye and Ben Wallace.
  • It’s quite clear this team needs another big man or they are going to get killed in the paint and on the boards each night. That or…Charlie Villanueva is going to have to turn into the player we wish he was. Get on the Phone Joe.

Lawrence “Larry” Frank: “It just shows you where we’re at right now,” “We have a lot of work to do.”

Highlights if you dare via Pistons.com (and nice to hear Matt Dery doing the audio work)

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I hope I’m not going to have to say this the entire season, but it’s just one game.  I’m still excited to head to The Palace Wednesday night for the opener.

Danny and I along with Dave Wieme, the former Director of Strategic Communications for The Pistons, our new permanent member of the Podcast team just wrapped up the Pistons preseason in a fresh new podcast for your listening pleasure.

We covered what we saw in the Pistons two preseason games.  We also went into a number of topics like, Rodney Stuckey’s signing, Vernon Macklin, Brandon Knight, Danny’s sadness over not landing poster boy Kris Kardashian, Austin Daye’s emergence, Tayshuan Prince’s roll, Moose Monroe, the Need4Sheed and more.  We also each gave our Breakout player of the season as well as posed the question: Who’s going to win more games, The Pistons this season or Justin Verlander?

Dave WiemeWe also got into something you may not know about.  The new Management at The Pistons have removed Bill Davidson’s name off the court.  For many of you that might not mean much, but for this fan it was very upsetting to see his name gone.

Take a listen and feel free to comment.

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So it’s been a while…

Need4Sheed faithfuls know that this is the time I usually take my yearly hiatus.  I reflect on the season, take a break and pan out things to come.

This season it’s a bit different.

We have a new owner, no coach, no real idea of who the Pistons are going to draft Thursday, and no idea who will be returning to the Palace.

I say change is good people! It’s been a tough road with the whole “situation” that went down last season, but it can only get better.  Gores is no Bill Davidson, but he does look
like he’s going to take some interest into make this team a contender.  He’s all about big business and he’s not going to let this investment get the best of him.

The other thing we need to consider is that our beloved Joe D really needs to make this ship right…fast.  He’s made some bad decisions in the past, but I honestly think the ownership situation tied his hands most of last season.  He’s got to have some magic left in that bag, or sadly his bags may be shipped elsewhere.

I don’t know the “sexy” choice for coach is, but I know plenty of Pistons fans would love to see Bill taking the reigns.  We tend to cherish the good old days here in the D.

However I will tell you that I have a feeling if the Pistons hire Lawrence Frank, I’m going to wear out my latest version of Photoshop.

And all I can think about when I hear Kelvin Sampson is the “Sampson” Chapelle character from Half Baked.

Don’t forget a lot is riding on this draft too. Are we going to have the Jonas Brothers playing for us?  Will we have a new crop of Bismack Biyombo jersey’s in the Palace Locker Room store?  If anything…. Biyombo will make for some interesting chatter here at Need4Sheed.

It’s not going to be Jimmer is it?

There is also the second round to think about.  Detroit has two picks  and don’t forget those picks aren’t significant.  You do remember Need4Swede was a second rounder that none of us saw coming.

And lets not forget the possibility of a trade.  We could see someone go, or the possibly moving draft positions.

So…let’s do this.

Wish list this one in the comments and Follow me and Danny on Twitter.

I’m Live Tweeting this Draft, like it or not!

I actually feel like this right now….

With just a handful of game left in this unstable Pistons season, one thing we can count on is that we won’t be seeing Jonas Jerebko return.

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Need4Swede - Jonas Jerebko

It’s official and I’m OK with that.

Jonas is one of the bright spots on the roster. A kid we knew nothing about when the Pistons drafted him turned into a fan favorite as soon as he stepped on the court. How can you not like him? He’s a legitimate talent, a hard worker an all around good guy and he’s not too bad to look at.

Need4SwedeI know he was itching to get back on court, but why risk it?

Knowing Jonas and his work ethic, I’m sure he’ll come back stronger than ever next season.

There is a Need4Swede in Detroit, and I for one am happy to wait ’till next season to reap the benefits of or Swedish Viking.

And until he return…I’m setting this as my text message tone.

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If you don’t know by now, yours truly attended the Pistons first ever Social Media Night. And as I do, I’m going wrap it up for you in my own SWEDEtastic way.

The night was set up for fans, with special access for Detroit area bloggers. Fans had a chance to buy tickets for the game get a pretty sweet social media t-shirt, with passes to a meet and greet with his Swedeness, Jonas Jerebko. Bloggers got to cover the events with a special Q and A with Charlie Villanueva after the (now devastating) game against the Bobcats.

I checked in and went to the Chairman’s Club where Jonas would be shortly for the meet and greet with fans. Since I was the first one to walk in, I sat in the first row tweeting away while fans

Jonas Jerebko Super Crew - Page Plotzke, Adalia Huerta and Carly Vargo

poured in to see their favorite Swede. I must have scared people off, because nobody took the 4 seats next to me until three girls walked up to me and asked me if I was saving the seats for anyone. The three then sat down beside me in their handmade Jonas Jerebko t-shirts and I listened to their angst about how nervous they were to meet him.

“Oh my God…we are going to meet him.”
“He’s so cute, I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
“I think I might faint.”

I just smiled and soaked it in.  See my favorite part of all the things I get to do when it comes to Detroit Basketball (besides watching them win Championships) is watching fans get to experience the players they love, and when they get to experience the magic that surrounds Pistons basketball.

Minutes later Pistons.com reporter Heather Zara walked in with camera in tow to cover the event. She immediately walked over to the girls next to me with the Swedetastic shirts and talked to them. Too shy to say much Heather asked who the vocal one of the bunch was so she could interview them. They immediately told her that they learned how to say “I Love You” in Swedish for Jonas.

Heather then located the bloggers  in the room. She walked up to me and I introduced myself, “Ah my twitter friend! Nice to finally meet you Natalie.” And yes, for those of you wondering, she is that pretty in person. She grabbed me for an interview, which you can see a clip of in this video on Social Media Night from Pistons.com.

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After I took my seat it was just about time for Jonas to come in. As the girls sitting next to me anxiously awaited, I made sure my Flip Video camera was ready.

Jonas walked in with a big smile that never seemed to go away. He greeted every fan as if they were his long lost friend and loved the girls t-shirts and the fact the they learned how to say I love you in Swedish. After the three girls got finished meeting Jonas, one of them walked back to her seat and said…”I think I’m going to throw up.” And I really don’t think she was exaggerating, she looked purple.

I’m guessing quite a few people have a new Facebook profile picture with Jonas right now.

I sat as I watched everyone go through the line, and when they were done I saw that Heather was talking to Jonas.  She then pointed to me and said Need4Swede. Jonas looked at me and said “That’s you?” Surprised that he knew Need4Swede, I grabbed the one thing I brought with me besides my Flip and my Blakberry and that was a Need4Swede t-shirt.

I threw the shirt to Heather and she handed it to Jonas. He opened it up with a big smile and then was getting ready to sign it. I stood up and stopped him, “that’s for you Jonas,” I said. “Cool!” He held it up and said, “I’m not sure if it will fit (it was an XL), but I’m going to rock this.”

We talked for a moment, then the camera’s had us pose with the shirt.
Jonas Jerebko and Natalie Sitto have The Need4SwedeI asked him if he was cool with a little name change around here and he said sure!  So now I have the Swede’s approval if I change this thing over to Need4Swede.com.

If you thought Jonas was a quality player, add quality person to the list too.  I’ve seen plenty of athletes in my day and he’s top shelf when it comes to personality and fan interaction.

After all the fans were gone, the Pistons game the bloggers a quick Q and A with Jonas.  Here is the video for you.

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The bloggers, including two I’ve spoke to on many occasions but never met, @PistonPowered and @SteveKays were then escorted to a great lower level suite to enjoy the game.  That’s when I found out that I had a fan.  I was speaking to Mike Garrett of the Pistons about all things Detroit Basketball when he tells me that one of his employees is a big fan of mine.  As I laughed and told him it wasn’t nice to poke fun of me, he continued to tell me he was serious and that he wanted to take a picture of me and send it off to her (hi Shelly), really? After the game one of the Pistons interns came to the suite to escort the bloggers to the post game interview with Charlie Villanueva when I found out I had 2 fans…”You’re Natalie of Need4Sheed right?  I have been following your site for years now, I’m a big fan.”  Who knew.

We then walked to the the bowels of the Palace to wait for the real media to finish their post game presser with John Kuester.  As soon as they were done they sat us in the press conference room where we waited for Charlie to come in.  Understandably after that loss, it looked like the last place he wanted to be, but he sat and answered our questions as well as he could.

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It was a great experience to get a different point of view of what goes on when you cover the Pistons game from the non fan perspective.  I have been doing this for over six years now and it just keeps getting better and better.  Players will come and go, fans will come and go, unfortunately owners will come and go, but one thing remains and that is Detroit Basketball.

And for the record…don’t let anyone tell you different.  Standing next to the Larry O’Brien trophy never gets old…never.

Early in the first quarter when the The Swede went down and didn’t get up quickly, you could tell by the look on his face it might just be serious. Turns out Jonas Jerebko
sustained what might be a significant injury to his right Achilles tendon.

The Pistons have initially called Jerebko’s injury a strain but said they would know more after he was examined by team doctors Wednesday. Jerebko left the locker room on crutches.

The second half didn’t help either with rookie Terrico White suffering a broken bone in his right foot.

I know this hurts the development of White, but a serious injury to Jerebko is just what the Pistons don’t need. Especially after their showing Tuesday night’s showing in Miami.

Besides his gritty no holds barred play, I have come to love the fact that the Pistons Jonas Jerebko doesn’t back down…ever.  Remember when he was suspended for the first game of the year for that little altercation?  It was a sign to come that this Bad Boy will put up a fight if he has to.

When this came across my screen all I could do was smile.  Amare (who tends to get frustrated when he doesn’t get his way) decides to throw the ball Jerebkos’ way and “play it” like he was trying to throw the ball off Jonas to keep control of the ball.  The refs weren’t having it, and neither was Jonas.

During the slow-mo clip look at  JJ’s face and what he says to Amare.  I can’t read his lips, but I can tell that if he had to he would have stepped in the ring with Stoudemire.

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