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The Pistons lost their 7th game in a row to New Jersey 99-96. Detroit kept the game close, but looked just like the Pistons of late by digging themselves in a big hole after the half. This time on the play of Brandon Knight, Tayshaun Prince and some clutch makes from Walker D Russell, the Pistons tied it up at 88 with five minutes left in the ball game.

Detroit with the ball after a Jerebko got the game within two points with 41.9 seconds left, had a chance to to tie or take the lead, but Tayshaun missed 3 seconds left leaving him to foul Williams to make the score 99-96 with 1.8 left on the clock. Brandon Knight with one last chance to tie it just missed a three pointer at the buzzer with some contact from Deron Williams, making this the…that almost just happened recap.

Key Points:

  • Jason Maxiell started in place of Ben Wallace. Jason seems to play better off the bench he finished with 4 points and 4 boards in 22 minutes.
  • If that was just about any other team or a superstar, that last play would have sent Brandon Knight to the line for three foul shots. A lot of body contact from Williams.
  • This team showed heart.
  • Rodney Stuckey turned his ankle before the half and didn’t play much after that. I he wanted to go but didn’t play much after he did it.  It  could have been them wanting to rest his ankle or it could have been the fact the The Walkman was running things the right way. Stuckey finished with 7 points and 3 assists in 25 minutes.
  • Walker D Russell with a career high 12 points. This guy is staying, he knows how to run this team and is unselfish. Russell was on the court when the game was on the line and played very will. I for one am hoping he stays.
  • Mrs. Kardashian 18 points and 18 boards.
  • 48 points in the paint for Detroit.  34 for the Nets.
  • Pistons are getting torched from downtown.
  • Moose Monroe with 21 points, 8 boards and a blocked shot in 36 minutes. Close your eyes and image him with a solid big man down low to give him help.
Greg Monroe against the Nets

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  • Brandon Knight was schooling Deron Williams at times. Brandon is logging the most minutes of any rookie in the league. He logged 43 in New Jersey after playing the previous two nights. Brandon with 15 points, 4 assists and 5 boards on the night. Have I mentioned I love his floater?
  • Did you get your Brandon Knight Schedule Wallpaper yet?
  • Are the Nets hording Williams’? They have Deron Williams, Shawne Williams, Sheldon Williams and Jordan Williams.
  • Nets dressed just 8 for the game.
  • Deron led all players with 26.
  • As every game goes by the more balls they have…lottery balls that is.
  • Tayshaun Prince was burning hot with 21 on a really hot 4th quarter that got the team right back in it. The last play to take the game or tie it…was kind of a mess though. Tay added 6 boards and 4 assists in 39 minutes.
  • A Daye 11 minutes and 0 points.
  • Out rebounded 44 to 31.
  • The Nets biggest lead was 12, the Pistons was just 2.
  • Yes they are bad, and yes they keep losing, but Greg, Brandon and JJ are learning on the job. Baby steps to bigger things.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • A much needed day off for Detroit and then Vanilla Ice and the Bucks at the Palace.

The 4-19 Pistons are in New Jersey to play their last game of their back to back to back against the 7-15 Nets. The Nets, who have lost two in a row, are excited to see Detroit as they try for a fourth straight home win over the Pistons. Detroit needs to avoid a loss to save face and to avoid a season-high seventh loss in a row.

  • The good: The Nets are without MarShon Brooks (toe), Mehmet Okur (back) and DeShawn Stevenson (knee).
  • The bad: Letting the Knicks shoot a higher percentage rate than most of our IQ’s. Detroit is allowing 103.0 points per contest while opponents have shot 52.2 percent overall and 50 of 97 (51.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
  • Who to watch: Deron Williams, Anthony Morrow and Mr. Kardashian for fun.
  • The unknown: They have to show up sooner or later don’t they?

Next home game…Friday night for 90′s night. Who in their right mind doesn’t want to see Vanilla Ice. Get your exclusive ticket deals with NO FEES directly from the Pistons here and I’ll see you there.

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.

So the Pistons finally won one even with Brook Lopez putting up a career high 39 points against the Nets.

If you weren’t at the Palace Wednesday night, you most likely didn’t get to see this rare no-televised 109-116 victory. So the Best I can give you is the recap highlights from Pistons.com.

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Video courtesy of The Detroit Pistons and the NBA

Key Points:

  • It’s no Joke… and don’t think I’m not dropping some money down for Charity for a chance to win Darko Milicic’s Championship ring. It’s legit, for 10 dollars you can purchase 5 raffle tickets to win Darko’s Pistons 2004 Ring. I would love to win it, but I would be happy if one of you did too! I wore one once…how cool would it be it do it again?

The Ring

  • Winning Darko’s ring is probably more important than Detroit actually winning their 27th game of the season.
  • Another stellar night for Greg Monroe who dropped a 20 and 10 double-double on the Nets. For good measure he even added 2 blocks and 2 steals to the mix…boy do I love this Kid.
  • I can’t wait to see Monroe and Jonas on the same court together.
  • So Rodney Stuckey doesn’t play for 8 consecutive quarters and then dumps in 22 points with 10 assists (double-double). I want to say WTFudge…well you know, but all I can do is shake my head.
  • Someone is going to pay some cash for Chris Wilcox’s services next season. Boy he knows just when to step up his game.
  • Richard Hamilton another of coach Kuester’s besties led the Pistons with 25 points and an assist short of a double-double himself.
  • No time for McGrady, Kuester wanted to rest him after giving him more than 30 minutes the night before.
  • No Deron Williams for the Nets.
  • Oh Ben Gordon, what has become of you?

Greg Monroe: “We were having trouble with Lopez and it worked We were able to make a little run and get a little distance coming down the stretch. I would think switching the defense was the big difference. The guys kind of caught their breath sitting back in the zone a little bit and the defense started starting some offense for us, too.”

  • Should we celebrate because the Pistons matched their wins from last season?

It was a refreshing break for me, I didn’t see the game nor did I hear it, although it’s just my luck that I’m not at a game that they actually win. It’s been a long season and with all the drama, I’m happy to start fresh (if we can) next year.

If you were at the game, please let us know in the comments.

We’ll be ok…I think.

The 17-32 Pistons will host the 15-35 New Jersey Nets Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Nets have lost 11 straight on the road and seven in a row at The Palace. The Pistons are on their own 5 game skid with the last lost against the Bobcats Wednesday night being extra brutal for Detroit.

The good: The Pistons have not lost at home to the Nets since March 26, 2006.
The bad: Brooke Lopez
The drama: Tayshaun says this is a wasted season…but Kuester disagrees.
The “flu” drama: Nobody knows if Rip will ever recover from this devastating illness….our prayers go out to him.

Injury update:

  • Jason Maxiell (sore back) is out.
  • Rodney Stuckey (right shoulder contusion) doubtful.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Get great seats to tonight’s Pistons game vs the Nets.  Get in the building for as little as $4 or sit right by the action for $30!

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.  If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

Leave your thoughts in the comments or Chat Live with your fellow Pistons fans during the game.

The Pistons vs. The Nets

The 15-31 Pistons will look to snap their 5 game losing streak tonight in New Jersey.  Detroit playthe Nets, who currently have the worst record in the league at 4-42.

Will Bynum is back for Detroit and Charlie Villanueva is likely to play.  The Pistons at full strength against the leagues worst could just turn things around for Detroit.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 104.03 WOMC  or follow the action over at NBA.com.

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