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Despite a late fourth quarter 9-0 run to give the #Pistons a chance to win, the Hornets went on their own 9-2 run to take the season series from Detroit 100-95 Friday night in New Orleans.

Key Points:

  • Detroit had a chance to tie with a last-ditch three-point attempt with 12 seconds on the clock by Rodney Stuckey, but came up short.
  • Apparently that last second three was supposed to be a play for Greg Monroe, but that didn’t work.

Greg MonroeGreg Monroe “It was a mixup, we’ve just got to keep the focus at that point of the game. We had a chance to get a good shot. A lot of time on the clock. The focus has got to be there. That’s just something unacceptable at that point of the game. Guys weren’t on the same page. That’s all it was.” Via Pistons.com

  • Brandon Knight picked up where he left off after having a career night on Wednesday. Knight put up 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting with four boards, three assist and two steals in 37 minutes on the floor. I don’t know if it’s the fact that Jose is running the show out there or not, but I love what Knight has been doing since he got here.
  • Jerebko, Stuckey and Bynum where took the bulk of the minutes off the bench for Detroit scoring a combined 17 points.

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  • If any of you out there play fantasy basketball, Grevis Vasquez is a great pick up. He’s been impressive all season long. He torched Detroit in the second half just like Ryan Anderson did the last time these two teams met.
  • Kyle Singler and Jason Maxiell each scored 10. Maxiell added two blocks and a steal with six boards while Kyle grabbed four boards and a steal.
  • Sad to lose a game when you shoot 50% from the floor and outscore a team in the paint by 10. It just goes to show you when things are tight like that how important rebounding and free throw shooting is.
  • New Orleans got the better end of the whistle calling. The Hornets made seven more free throws than Detroit attempted.
  • Andre Drummand can’t come back soon enough.
  • Another big night for Greg Monroe, who again put up a double-double, leading the Pistons with 27 points, 10 boards and a steal in 35 minutes on the floor. Regardless of the off night he has once in a while he’s clearly been the Pistons best player all season long, though if Drummond got more playing time and wasn’t injured I don’t think I could make that statement.Greg Monroe-Pistons-vs-Hornets

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  • Jose Calderon with another great assist game with 11 on the night and seven points.
  • With just 21 games remaining (8 at home) this team is lottery bound.
  • Detroit heads to San Antonio to take on the Spurs Sunday, and we know they can beat them but this one will be tough.

The 23-37 #Pistons are in New Orleans to take on the 20-39 Hornets Friday night.

  • The good: The play of Jose, Brandon and Monroe in Wednesday night’s win.
  • The bad: The last time these two teams met the Hornets but a hurting on Detroit at the Palace.  The Hornets have won the last three in the series.
  • The unknown: Will Brandon Knight shine bright again or will Ryan Anderson and Robin Lopez have their way with the Pistons again.

Tip off is at 8:00 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.

The 20-32 Detroit #Pistons are back home to host the 17-34 New Orleans Hornets Monday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons have been playing lights out that last two game with new PF Jose Calderon and surprising production from Charlie Villanueva, Detroit should be able to take care of the Hornets.
  • The bad: I was personally hoping to head to the Palace and see a Anthony vs. Andre match-up to see just how the number one pick and the number nine stacked up against each other. I have a feeling Dre would have shown he shouldn’t have dropped to the nine spot, especially since Davis has hit somewhat of a wall. We’ll just have to wait for Andre to return from injury, but in Detroit we already know he was the steal of the draft.
  • The unknown: Can Detroit make it three in a row? Will Calderon keep getting better and better each game as he learns more about his teammates and L Frank’s system? Can Charlie V keep this going? He’s not only knocking down big shots, but he’s playing more defense in the last few game than he has combined since he got to Detroit.

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.

If you’re thinking of going to the game on Monday night, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES. This one should be fun!

You all know by now that the Pistons will be picking ninth in this year’s NBA Draft Lottery.  I’m sure we’ll see a ton of projected picks and mock drafts, but honestly we really don’t know what’s going to happen until  Draft Night.

Now my next rant has nothing to do with the Pistons picking ninth.

For years I’ve always said that the Draft had to be fixed…heck we know now that plenty of the games have been.  Just ask Tim Donaghy or Rajon Rondo, who got CLUBBED Wednesday night in overtime against the Heat. The Heat come from behind on 47 free throw attempts to the Celtics 29 and a swallowed whistle when it counted.  Heck LeBron had 27 free throw attempts himself, just two shy of the entire Celtics team.

So when the NBA Draft “Lottery” unfolded last night I could see the writing on the wall as soon as Cleveland dropped.  I said to  my friends sitting next to me, “they’re giving the Hornets the number one pick.”

And then it happened.

“Here potential NBA team Owners, buy the New Orleans Hornets, they just got the number one pick in the lottery and Anthony Davis will look great in Teal!”

How obvious was that?

How are we supposed to take this League seriously anymore?

It’s not just me, if you were on Twitter when this all went down you’d know.

David Stern…It’s his world and we’re all living in it.

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The only thing Pistons fans can do is hope the Draft pick will add value to the team and that Dumars makes some deals to get this franchise back to where they should be.

A lot of moves have happened recently in the NBA, so let’s catch up on where our favorite former Pistons have landed:

  • Chauncey Billups was waived via the amnesty clause from the New York Knicks, and was claimed by the LA Clippers
  • Chris Wilcox signed a contract with the Boston Celtics
  • Richard Hamilton was waived via contract buyout from the Detroit Pistons, and was signed to a free agent deal by the Chicago Bulls
  • DaJuan Summers signed a contract with the New Orleans Hornets
  • Tracy McGrady has signed with the Atlanta Hawks
  • John Kuester was hired by the LA Lakers to be an Assistant Coach to Head Coach Mike Brown

A lot of you didn’t like what I had to say about Richard Hamilton’s time in Detroit, as a member of the Pistons.  Allow me to clarify:

  • I don’t blame Hamilton for the Pistons problems.
  • I don’t think Hamilton was the ring leader of last year’s buffoonery, but he was a willing participant.
  • Hamilton is one of the greatest Pistons in the history of the franchise.
  • Aside from Chauncey Billups, there is not a guy on the team I would trust more with a game winning shot than Hamilton.
  • It is not Hamilton’s problem he signed a virtually untradeable contract, he was offered the contract.
  • You can’t blame Hamilton for thinking he can still play at a high level, he was only 32 last year and is in great shape.

I believe Rip has the chance to be the “Rasheed Wallace” type of acquisition for last season’s #1 seed Chicago Bulls.  He will bring a veteran presence who has been through the wars, and could be a calming influence on Derrick Rose which will only make him better.  So many times last year, Rose was forced into being the go-to guy on a team with questionable backcourt support.  Kyle Korver and Keith Bogans are not as good as Rip Hamilton, who I think will give the team 25-30 quality minutes and is someone who should step right in and claim a starting spot based on ability alone.

The terms of the deal Rip signed with Chicago are 3 years 15 million (2 years fully guaranteed, 3rd year partially guaranteed).

I believe this deal puts Chicago over the top, and in direct competition with the Miami Heat for this season’s championship.  Even though I can’t go back and re-record the podcast from a couple of weeks ago where I proclaimed the Lakers to be the next champions, I will say that I believe the Bulls will be this year’s NBA champion now that some of the pieces have fallen (Chris Paul to Clippers, Dwight Howard staying in Orlando for now).

It’s clear by the comments on my previous Richard Hamilton post that the good lot of you will miss Rip even though the last few years have been underwhelming.  I wouldn’t be against seeing the Bulls or Clippers do well this season with the additions of Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups collectively.

In Chauncey Billups the LA Clippers acquired a guy who would’ve started and served as a mentor for Eric Bledsoe had they not been able to acquire Chris Paul.  Now Billups can start at shooting guard and backup Paul at the point until the offseason when the Clippers are able to acquire a pure shooting guard.

Chris Wilcox isn’t really guaranteed a spot in the rotation for the Boston Celtics, honestly he seems a little out of place on that team.  With the Celtics aging, and if Wilcox makes the team, he should play most of his minutes on the 3rd game of the back to back to backs and in the 2nd game of back to backs to keep KG fresh.  With Jeff Green missing the season with a heart aneurysm, Wilcox could step in with 15-20 minutes a night possibly at the backup PF and C positions depending on how Jermaine O’Neal holds up.

DaJuan Summers was never really given a shot with the Pistons, either by his overall lack of talent or with the coaches that were trying to keep their jobs by not giving him or Austin Daye playing time.  It’s hard to say that Summers wasn’t given a chance, because Jonas Jerebko stepped up and played important minutes as a rookie and would’ve played more minutes last year had he remained healthy.  Summers, known for his NBA-ready physique, has shown flashes in garbage time with the Pistons.  If he makes the New Orleans Hornets, he will be fighting for playing time with Quincy Pondexter and Al Farouq-Aminu behind returning starter Trevor Ariza.  Considering both Pondexter and Aminu are former 1st round picks, the Hornets would likely opt to keep their potential around than Summers, who couldn’t see playing time in a season where the main backup to the SF position on the Pistons was out for the season last year.

Tracy McGrady has signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks, where he will serve as Joe Johnson’s primary backup with the departure of Jamal Crawford.  McGrady, who made the most of his time with the Pistons (while also being labeled a team cancer by Mr. Wieme), will be able to show the league that he is healthy and still can play important minutes in the league  on the playoff contending Hawks team.

McGrady spent time on the Pistons last season as the starting point guard, and first guard off the bench for the Pistons.  It was his first successful season since knee injuries began to de-rail his career with the Houston Rockets, and in his short stint with the New York Knicks where his expiring contract helped the Knicks line themselves up for the “Summer of 2010″ Free Agent class.

And John Kuester… LOL who cares?

(sorry for the bad shtick headline, I couldn’t resist)

Will Bynum, who was recently benched in favor of Tracy McGrady, got a chance to remind us of why Joe Dumars viewed him as a key re-signing this past offseason. Bynum, who was able to see significant minutes in this game due to Richard Hamilton (upset stomach) and Rodney Stuckey (toe) both missing the game, scored 21 points off the bench on 8-10 shooting to go along with 9 assists.

With Stuckey and Hamilton on the bench, we got a chance to see Ben Gordon and Tracy McGrady in the starting lineup and in the revolving door that is the Pistons’ starting Power Forward position, we got to see Charlie Villanueva start as well. It was a nice sight to see after 27 games of inconsistent play by the starters. Let’s look at some of the highlights, shall we:

  • Tayshaun Prince with an impressive stat line on the night (28 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists) – but even more impressive was his weak side block on a Chris Paul shot to help send the game to overtime.
  • How awesome was Jason Maxiell’s play to close out the game in overtime?  Sure, he could’ve dribbled out the clock but… to play devil’s advocate here, Maxiell works so hard to get this loose ball he deserves to flush the ball with authority like he did.

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  • Tracy McGrady left the game early with a sore groin – yeah, he’s healthy.
  • DaJuan Summers played 9 minutes and was 3-4 from the field (including 2-2 from 3) for 8 points.
  • I’d like to thank New Orleans’ coach Monty Williams for playing Marco Belinelli over dynamic 2nd year guard Marcus Thornton.  Thornton, to me, would’ve been a perfect candidate for the “Player no one has ever heard of that the Pistons make look like an All-Star”.
  • David West scored 32 points and had 9 rebounds – he usually plays the Pistons tough.
  • Chris Paul knows how to make the most out of playing with the least, doesn’t he?  He scored 23 to go along with 10 assists.
  • Natalie wanted to receive “Chicago Bulls Ben Gordon” for christmas, and she got him tonight.  25 points and 7 rebounds with back to back 3s at the beginning of the 3rd quarter to help cut into a 10 point lead.
  • Ben Gordon is Back

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  • Detroit outrebounded 37-27, but they made the extra pass tonight by getting 26 assists compared to the Hornets 18.
  • Ben Wallace only played 19 minutes tonight.  Is it time to give Big Ben a rest?
  • Jason Maxiell didn’t do much to fill up the stat sheet, but in 21 minutes he ended up with a +7 +/-, good for highest among all bench players.
  • Fantastic Highlights of the game Via The NBA and The Detroit Pistons
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Up next, the Pistons travel to Toronto to face the Raptors in a rematch of what has been one of the most embarrassing losses in team history.  Are the Pistons going to be able to string back to back wins together, or are we looking at another embarrassing loss on the horizon?  They get a couple of days off between now and then, so hopefully the ailments that kept Stuckey and Hamilton out are healed up, so we can see how Kuester deals with them both after Bynum and Gordon’s good game tonight.

As always you can follow Natalie and I on twitter, if you’d like.

Maxiell saves the day and the game.

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Seriously…did you see that look on his face after the dunk? Terrifying and awesome at the same time.
I’ve watched this about 20 times already.

It seems a little over the top to be celebrating a two game winning streak, but after last night’s 104-110 OT victory over the Hornets  that is exactly what I’m doing.

Stucktacular

Key Points:

  • Still not Will Bynum, Tayshaun Prince or Ben Gordon.  Gordon sat dressed in his uniform on the bench, but did not enter the game.
  • The Pistons started like gangbusters, outscoring the Hornets 31 to 16 in the first quarter, but Chris Paul started heating up and with him his team.
  • Team work was evident, Detroit finished with 27 assists on the night.
  • 42 minutes from Jonas Jerebko who seems to have a clone on the court when he’s out there. Jonas is  everywhere all the time.  J.J. finished with 13 points, 8 boards a blocked shot with 2 assists.  I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that when he’s in the starting lineup good things happen.
  • Though Chris Wilcox played just 12 minutes, scoring 3 points, it was this assist to Ben Wallace for the reverse jam that was really impressive.

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  • Oh my goodness,  Ben Wallace with 21 boards on the night, surpassing his season high while adding 13 points.  Another double-double for Ben, who’s constant control of the glass and the defensive end helped the Pistons control the game.   At this point in the season, it’s hard not to put Ben at the top of the list for team MVP.
  • Charlie Villanueva with 13 points, 7 boards and 2 steals.  I know he’s been hot and cold all season long, but I’m hoping the Pistons current play will help him out of whatever funk he was in.
  • Austin Day was great in his 14 minutes on the court.  Daye finished with 12 points and assist and a rebound.  He’s not afraid to take the big shot, and it always seems like he’s hitting them.  Is he our new 3 point go to guy?  Day was 2-for-2 from downtown.
  • Rip Hamilton led all scorers with 32 points, 10 assists, 3 steals and 3 boards. If Detroit ever needed a double-double from Rip it was last night. Rip, stepped up and helped control the flow of the game with Rodney feeling far from 100%.

Rip Hamilton

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  • It may have been upsetting to watch Detroit let their lead slip away in the fourth, but this time they didn’t fold when their back where against the wall.  Had they not have broken their losing streak before this game, their spirit may not have willed them to fight for this one.
  • Detroit had the ball for the last shot in regulation, but couldn’t convert on a Rip Hamilton jumper. Nothing to knock Rip’s fantastic night, but he took the ball up for the last shot and fell short. That’s where we miss Chauncey most of all. I wanted the ball in Rip’s hand, but not that way. Coming off a screen and getting the ball for the last shot is where Rip is money.
  • With Rodney not feeling well and not having a great game, it was most likely that we would have seen more of Chucky Atkins down the stretch, but Atkins fouled out and back came a hurt and very tired looking Rodney Stuckey. I don’t know what got into Stuck, but he put his team on his back in OT converting two three point plays, helping Detroit secure the win. Check out Rodney’s fire.

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  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • 30 points in the paint.
  • Board war won 46-34.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 18 points at one time.
  • Check out the Highlights via NBA.com with the ridiculous Charlie Villanueva slam.

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  • Another night, another game. Tonight against the Knicks.

The Pistons took every advantage of  the Hornets play in the first half, leading by as much as 16 points and 10 going in to the half.  But New Orleans tightened up their play and  slowly put Detroit away.  It may have looked like it was going to go down to the wire, but the Hornets took control in the closing minutes of the fourth giving Detroit no chance to make up ground in the  87-95 loss.

Key Points:

  • Rip Hamilton, bothered by his hamstring dressed, but sat out this one.
  • No Ben Gordon, or Tayshaun, but Will Bynum came back to contribute.
  • Detroit took advantage of the Hornets sloppy play in the first half by converting on 14 New Orleans turnover for 24 points.
  • It was the third quarter of doom for Detroit who saw their lead dissaper to just three points at the close of the third.
  • David West may be the best NBA player that goes unnoticed by fans. He could not be stopped and lead all scorers with 32 points.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 26 points on 11-for-26 shooting, 5 assists and 2 steals.

Rodney Stuckey

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  • Jonas Jerebko is everywhere all the time and his hustle is being rewarded with easy buckets and dunks.  Jonas had 6 points, 2 assists and 3 boards in 27 minutes.
  • Austin Daye made some big buckets in the first half, knocking down consecutive three pointers like it was nothing.  Most impressive near half court make in the closing seconds of the third quarter went in but was just a millisecond too late.  Austin finished with 9 points, 3 boards and a steal in 25 minutes.
  • Chris Wilcox sighting, 11 minutes with 3 boards and 2 points.
  • Hard loss to take when you are up by 16 at one point and Chris Paul has just 2 points at the half.
  • Board war lost, 41 to 35.
  • Charlie Villanueva has been playing lights out, I’m pretty sure he likes the mask more than he will admit.  Our sixth man scored 18 points with 8 boards, 2 assists and a steal.

Charlie Villanueva

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  • Have you noticed that we get some quality ally-oops almost regularly now?
  • A DNP for Kwame Brown, and DaJuan Summers.
  • Jason Maxiell with just 15 minutes, 3 points and 4 boards.  I’m still quite baffled with the step back he’s taken this season.
  • Tough loss and a hard back-to-back, but the Pistons only have one day to bounce back with a game in OKC on Friday.
  • Do you realize that Ben Wallace is right back up there as one of the league leading rebounders averaging 10 per game.  Ben scored 6 with 3 steals, and 7 boards in 36 minutes in the loss.
  • Despite his ankle still bothering him, Will Bynum got back on court for Detroit and started dishing the ball immediately.  He was part of the surge in the first half that put the Pistons ahead.  Will finished with 9 assists, 4 points, 2 steals and 4 turns in 23 minutes.  Good to have him back.

Will Bynum

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  • Notice Will’s shoe and ankle in the picture?  That doesnt’ look like that suppors a sore ankle.
  • Chucky Atkins started the Pistons off when they couldn’t hit a shot.  Atkins finished with 13 points, 2 assists and 2 boards in 28 mintues.  On a side note, the tattoo on Chucky’s right bicep looks a lot like Vern Troyer…what’s up with that?
  • There were 8 lead changes and 9 ties in this one.
  • The points in the paint stat is still impressive, 44 for Detroit.
  • Highlights of the Game via NBA.com
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  • The Pistons hope to bounce back with a needed road win in Oklahoma City on Friday.