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The 1-8 #Pistons with host 2-5 the Orlando Magic Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The big news is not that fact that the Pistons picked up their first win Wednesday night with Kyle Singler in the starting linuep.

The big news is that Rodney Stuckey will be coming off the bench for Detroit.

“Stuckey went to head coach Lawrence Frank and requested the switch after watching how well the starting unit flowed while he missed a game with the flu, and said today he has “no ego” and believes it could be the best move for everyone.

“I just want to come in and just impact the game,” Stuckey said after today’s shootaround. “I think coming in with the second unit, being able to run more, get out in transition, will help us out a lot.” via MLive

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  • The good: The Pistons have won three of the last four meetings against the Magic and are 12 of 15 against them in Detroit. You can say hello to our old friend Arron Afflalo who’s the one and only bright spot on the Magic.
  • The bad: The Magic, who are coming into this game on a five game losing streak.
  • The unknown: Will Kyle Singler put up the same kind of performance that he did in his first start? Will Rodney Stuckey be more productive off the bench for 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.

The Pistons can’t get out of Florida soon enough after the last two games they played. If Sunday’s drubbing by the Heat wasn’t enough, Detroit got another beat down from the Orlando Magic Monday night. The 89-119 loss came from a Orlando team that was without their star Dwight Howard in a contest that saw the Magic team record a season high 15 three-pointers.

Key Points:

  • This one got away from the Pistons quickly. While keeping it close in the first, they were down 21 points by the half.
  • To prove a point as to how bad this one is, the missing in “DNP” action Charlie Villanueva entered the game late in the third quarter an played 18 minutes. CV31 was one of just three Pistons in double figures with 10 points.
  • All Magic starters in double figures with Glen Davis posting a double-double and Jason Richardson leading all scorers with 22 points.
  • The lone bright spot for Detroit was Tayshaun Prince, who led the Pistons with 21 points, 13 of them in the first quarter.
Tayshaun Prince with 29 points and his 400th Block

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  • Detroit led, 12-10, when Earl Clark blocked a Greg Monroe dunk attempt. Orlando outscored the Pistons, 42-18, over the next 14 minutes.

Angry Cartoon Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “It’s very embarrassing, we’ve got to figure out which group we want to be. Do we want to be the group that was four and 20 or do we want to be the group that went near .500 basketball? It’s humiliating. It’s not acceptable.”

  • Not cool..Stuckey banged knees on the last possession of the second quarter and stayed down for several minutes . He walked off eventually and warmed up after returning from the locker room. He was set to play, but didn’t feel he could go after warming up. Stuckey finished with 2 points in 16 minutes.
  • Here is your lone Monroe highlight. Greg finished with 9 points and 5 boards.

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  • Brandon Knight had seven points and 3 assists in 28 minutes.
  • In the basketball encyclopedia under ugly…there will be the box scores of the last two Pistons games.
  • Up next, Thursday in Charlotte and Friday at home against the Bucks.

The 21-35 #Pistons are in Orlando for the second game of a back-to-back against the 33-23 #Magic. The Pistons can pull off a season sweep with a win Monday night in Orlando.

  • The good: No Dwight Howard, who’s sitting the game out with back spasms.
  • The bad: The Pistons are 6-23 on the road.
  • Who to watch: Hopefully Ben Gordon, who put up 18 the last time these two teams saw each other.
  • The unknown: No work yet on the status of the Magic’s Ryan Anderson, but it’s possible Jameer Nelson will return.

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Tip off is at 7:00 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 Pistons took down the Magic 78-89 Monday night on the Palace for their second straight win.  This has to be the best showing form the team this season.  And if you watched this one, you saw a Pistons team that didn’t look anything like the first games of the season.

Key Points:

  • Monore with 2 quick fouls, Maxiell with another 2 in goes Ben Wallace. The Pistons couldn’t handle Dwight without committing fouls.
  • It’s getting very difficult to watch Rodney Stuckey drive the lane and not finish. He needs to start passing that ball if he can’t convert.
  • The Pistons did a good job taking away the three from Orlando.
  • Looks like Austin Daye can’t seem to get his stuff together. Back to the dog house for him.
  • The Magic’s Ryan Anderson is now a Top Ten scorer in the NBA…who would have thunk it.
  • Bless him, but Stan Van Gundy looks like he should be making my Pizza and Antipasto
  • Jerebko is pure hustle.  His foul block on Anderson looked pretty good to me.
  • Charlie Villanueva with his first minutes of the season, entered the game late in the second half when just about everyone over 6’3 was in foul trouble.
  • Ben Gordon was the Ben Gordon that once played for the Chicago Bulls.  Great to see him knocking down his shot all night long. I just hope he can keep it up. Ben led the Pistons with a season high 26 points with 6 very nice assists and 3 boards in 38 minutes on the floor.
  • Great game by Maxiell on Dwight, his Block on Dwight was nasty. Best showing for Jason Maxiell in more days than I can count.
  • Brandon Knight got knocked down by a killer screen from Glen Davis.  He folded like an accordion right to the floor. BK is going to be feeling that one for days.
  • Ben Wallace still has some D left in him, for spurts at a time. He really did wonders on the D when Monroe and Maxiell
  • Proud of what Detroit did to Dwight Howard.  They contained the beast with only 7 boards when he averages 17.  He fouled out in the fourth after putting up 19 points.
  • Another killer game from Jonas Jerebko, who continues his hard play. Jonas was everywhere finishing with 8 points and 11 boards in 36 minutes on the floor.  His help on Dwight was invaluable.
Jonas Jerebko

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  • The Magic with guy on their squad that I didn’t even know were still in the NBA.  Quentin Richardson, Larry Hughes and Chris Duhan…no wonder Dwight is a little upset.
  • Knight is still getting his feet wet in the league, but he is showing flashes of “WOW.”  He finished with 8 points and 3 assists in 20 minutes.
  • Is CV in the doghouse with Day, or is he just that bad?
  • He didn’t get a double-double, but what Greg Monroe did against Dwight and the Magic was awesome. Monroe with 10 points and 9 boards in 22 minutes.
  • Prince knocking down shots right when the Pistons needed them. Tay with 14 points, 5 boards and 2 assists in 36 minutes.
  • The Pistons won the board war 28-20.
  • By the way, Kings say they wont trade Cousins.
  • Detroit shot 50% on the night.

Highlights via Pistons.com

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  • The Pistons pulled away for good as soon as Dwight Howard fouled out.  No better way to top off this win with a breakaway dunk from Greg Monroe.
  • Bring on Rip and the Bulls Wednesday night.
  • That was fun.

The 1-3 Pistons are at the Palace of Auburn Hills to take on the 4-1 Orlando Magic. Though Dwight Howard may be unhappy in the Magic Kingdom, he’s putting up numbers already. Howard is averaging 17.4 points and 17 boards a game.

  • The good: JJ and Moose.
  • The bad: The Magic are averaging 100 points per game and have hit 24 three’s in the last two games.
  • The unknown: Will Charlie play?

The Game Day Report via Pistons.com

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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.

The Pistons handled the Orlando Magic Monday night thanks to some great performance by Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady and a career high for Austin Daye.  Each put up 20 points, but it was Daye’s clutch shots that really propelled the Pistons their 103-96 over the Magic

Key Points:

  • 20 x 3
  • T-mac with 14 points in the first quarter alone. Feb 08
  • Great defense from the Pistons, who recorded 9 steals on the night.
  • Can someone tell Dwight Howard that he doesn’t have to manhandle pleaple when he’s trying to put a foul on someone.
  • Career high 20 for Austin Daye with 9 of those coming in the fourth quarter when the Magic were closing in.  Daye added 7 boards and 2 steals in 34 minutes on the floor.
Career High 20 for Austin Daye

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  • The Pistons led by 10 at the half and again by 10 at the start of the fourth.  No third quarter collapse.
  • Ben Wallace stepped in off the bench to help contain Dwight Howard and help the Pistons on the boards.  Wallace with 11 boards and a ton of tips in 19 minutes on the floor.
  • This was posed by many people on Twitter during the game.  How many third quarter collapses have the Pistons had since Rip has been on the bench?
  • Austin ankle breaker.

  • Great win for Detroit and a fun game to watch.  So fun that I really though George Blaha was going to have an aneurism.  He was on fire with his calls all night long.  I saved the game and have to pull some audio for those who didn’t get to see or hear his broadcast.
  • Outrebounded 39-46.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 14, Orlando’s 6.
  • Tay – Austin – T-Mac Highlights

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  • Shocked Jason Maxiell logged less than a minute with Charlie V out and Monroe and Wilcox in foul trouble.
  • Ben Gordon finally with a glimpse of his shot back.  Gordon with 15 on 6-for-13 shooting in 22 minutes on the floor with 2 board and 2 assists.
  • From game saver to awful…Will Bynun 0-for-7 with a board and an assist in 15 minutes.
  • Stuckey with 16 and a cool 7-for-7 from the line.
  • T-Mac loves to shine against his former teams.  He finished with 20 points on 8-for-19 shooting with 7 boards and 5 assists.
  • Anderson leads the Magic with 21 and 5 boards.  Dwight with 20 and 16.
  • This just in…I still can’t stand ReDICK
  • The Magic wouldn’t go away, pulling within 91-86 with an 8-1 run.  It was nice to see them close this one out.
  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • Wednesday at the Palace…Chauncey

The 16-28 Pistons are in Orlando to take on the 29-15 Magic Monday night. Let’s try to forget the last time these two teams met when Orlando pummeled Detroit on Dec. 3 despite missing Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick, who were all held out with flu-like symptoms.

Charlie Villanueva (right ankle sprain) is listed as questionable.

Game drama aside, there is more of that brewing with between Kuester and Rip.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Guess who’s coming back to town Wednesday night.  I’m sure you know already that it’s Chauncey Billups. Get tickets for as low as $6 to see Detroit take on Denver.

Tip off is at 7:00 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 97.1 The Ticket.

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When the Pistons took the court against a Magic team that were bit by the flu bug, there was a good chance they could add a W in the win column.  Well, these aren’t the good old days…or the old days, or the dare I say the almost teal years.  With Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick, Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus out for the Magic, they still handily beat the Pistons on their home court 104-91.

Key Points:

  • Should I go into just how miserable and uninerested this whole team looked last night?
  • The Magic rode Vince Carter right from the start and he didn’t disappoint, in fact he himself scored 10 of the Magics first 12 points finishing the game with 25 points.
  • Not a great game for Danny to fly in for, in fact we pretty much expressed our disappointment in the team the entire game.
  • DPN for Will Bynum…guess T-Mac is the new backup PG.

Kuester - “We’re searching every possible way and Will is somebody who is going to be a part of this before its all over. Were trying to get a number of guys opportunities and find the right combination of guys that are going to play together. That’s the most important thing. We came into this game and talked about taking care of the basketball. 24 assists and only 13 turnovers and we’ve been consistent that way now we got to get our defense squared away.”

  • Surprised to look at the box score this morning to see that Prince with the game high of 30 points on 11-15 shooting with 5 assists.  That may have been the quietest 30 points I ever witnessed.  It may be because of the loss and the fact that if they couldn’t win this game, when can they win?
  • Brandon Bass loves to put up numbers against Detroit.   Bass didn’t miss a shot in eight tries in the first half on his way to leading the Magic with 27 points.
  • Prince has hit 35 of 60 shots and averaging 21.3 points over the last four games.
  • Detroit another second half meltdown, they were outscored 50-36.
  • Calling Rip Hamilton and Ben Gordon!  Ben Gordon 2-for-11 for 5 points in 30 minuts and Rip Hamilton 3-for-9 for 10 points.  We need more from both of them to be successful.
  • No Piston player had a + rating.
  • Austin Daye actually played his normal position, taking Tayshaun’s spot on court, but didn’t do much in his 5 minutes on the floor and didn’t return in the second half.
  • Villanueva 6-for-11 for 15 points with 3 boards , 2 blocks and a steal in 29 minutes.  I know he loves the three (3-for-7) but he really can play down low, especially against a depleted team.
Charlie Villanueva

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Villanueva – What can I say, I guess they just wanted it more than us. They were short-handed, they came ready to play. It seemed like it was hard for us to get into a flow out there. Everything seems hard for us. I have no idea what it is. It’s just hard, it’s hard. I can’t put my finger on it.
Just the fact that us losing in Orlando the way we did, I thought we would come back and put a fight up, now they were short-handed. I don’t know, man, I don’t know.

  • I’ve been to just one game (a Sunday) that I haven’t seen Ndamukong Suh.
  • Maxiell starts, but plays just 20 minutes when he was 3-for-3 for 6 points and zeros in the rest of his stat line.
  • Stuckey 3-for-9 for 11 with 7 assists.
  • The other Ben (Gordon) led the team in rebounds with 9.  Really?
  • Speaking of Bens’, sadly it looks like Wallace can’t handle much more of the grind.  I hope I’m wrong about that.

Highlights via Pistons.com

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  • On a good note, it’s great to see Jonas Jerebko on the bench, no cast and in shoes with a huge smile on his face.
  • It’s a bad time for me to figure out what’s going wrong with this team after the last three losses.  From an outsiders standpoint right now it just looks like they have given up.  Thoughts?

If you follow my twitter feed (shameless plug here), you would see that I was counting down the minutes until Orlando started hitting their 3 point shots.  Orlando struggled with their 3 point shooting for the better part of the game, shooting 5-15 from 3 until early in the 4th quarter.  Orlando, behind the strong shooting of JJ Redick and Mickael Pietrus, finished the game by hitting 5 of their final 9 attempts from 3, to finish overall 10-24 from behind the long line.

I really have a deep dis-like for Dwight Howard, almost as deep as my dis-like for LeBron James, so when he gets a technical foul while playing against Detroit it makes my night.  I don’t know why I dis-like Howard, to be honest.  I think it’s because he’s begged and pleaded for respect from the officials, on top of stealing Shaquille O’Neal’s nickname and overall just being a clown.  My friend, Brian Spaeth, calls him “Sillycape” because of his antics at the NBA Dunk Contest the last 2 seasons.  Anyway, enough whining about superstars that aren’t on our roster:

  • Congratulations to Ben Wallace, who became the 3rd 4th active player in the NBA to grab 10,000 rebounds. We all know Ben’s story, so there’s no reason to re-hash here. Ben didn’t start off his career with the pomp and circumstance of Shaq or Tim Duncan (or Kevin Garnett) – so for him to finally get to 10,000 rebounds really shows the effort he has put into his game night in and night out. Well done, Mr. Wallace.
  • Doesn’t it seem like Jameer Nelson always struggles against the Pistons?  Tonight he scored 9 points on 4-12 shooting and 9 assists.  (He averages just over 12 points a game against Detroit in his career, on 45% shooting)
  • Jason Maxiell starts again, and plays 22 minutes but only has 1 rebound.. oh and, speaking of rebounds…
  • Detroit outrebounded again, 41-36.
  • Greg Monroe played about as well as you can expect a rookie that received his first extended playing time of his short career.  In 24 minutes on the floor, Monroe played Dwight Howard tough in the paint while scoring 4 points and pulling down 4 rebounds.  Monroe also blocked 2 shots, including a fast break block on a layup attempt by Jameer Nelson after he had just laid out on the floor for a loose ball the previous possession.
  • Redick and Pietrus were 5-11 from behind the long line.
  • The game was close for 3 and a half quarters.  Poor rotation on D killed the Pistons in the end.
  • No Austin Daye?
  • Tayshaun Prince continues his solid streak of play as of late – 16 points on 7-12 shooting and a couple of dagger 3′s after some good ball movement during the possessions.
Tayshaun Prince

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  • Dwight Howard was virtually invisible on the offensive end.  He put up 8 shots, and score 9 total points.  Monroe and Ben Wallace locked him down pretty good.
  • One of the best Pistons plays all season via NBA.com

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Tough way to lose, if you ask me.  The ball movement was crisp, the defensive rotations were on point it’s just… it wasn’t enough to overcome the Magic and their ability to shoot the 3 ball tonight.  I think Austin Daye could’ve helped the team tonight, in a matchup against Rashard Lewis.  I believe Ben Gordon couldn’t get comfortable out on the court with the taller defenders leaning on him all night.  The screens weren’t real crisp, Hamilton and Gordon got hung up in their man while waiting for a screen to be set or their man jumped in front of the screener before they could curl.

The Pistons don’t have a chance to sit back and think about this loss though, because tomorrow night they’re going to go up against Joel Anthony and the Miami Heat.  Miami is coming off of some pretty bad losses recently and are no longer really on pace to be the best team in the history of the NBA (not to mention the players are pushing the coaches around now too). It’ll be a tough game for the Pistons but, with the Heat’s recent struggles and the much overhyped “Homecoming” for LeBrick LeTravel LeCrabDribble LeWhine LeJerk LeBron James, Detroit is in prime position to squeak one out.

Ben Wallace CollegeBen Wallace, the kid from rural Alabama,  went from being  roadside barber to make money, to counting his NBA defensive player of the year awards and polishing his Championship ring.

Before Wallace returned to Detroit, plenty of Pistons fans had the debate on whether his Jersey would be up in the Palace rafters one day.   I was always hoping that one day it would, but thought it would be a long time coming.  He did leave to play for the enemy and the organization was quick to hand his number over to Rodney Stuckey and transform the new number three into the face of the franchise.

Now that he’s returned….to glory, for less than a price of a Bean Burrito, I have no doubt that one day the #3 will be hanging in the rafters at the Palace.

Here is a little video special on the man before the Fro, well and a little after, just check out the teal and maroon.

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