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The 25-42 #Pistons are in Phoenix to take on the 39-29 Suns Friday night. Both the Suns and the Pistons are fighting for a spot in their respective conferences for a playoff spot. The Suns with start Friday night’s game on a five game home winning streak. Detroit on the other hand has a record they don’t want to break Friday night. If the Pistons lose they will have their first 12 game road losing streak in 21 years.
The good: The Pistons are 1-0 against the Suns this season.
The bad: The Pistons have lost their five straight on the road to the Suns.  Andre Drummond is questionable Friday night.
The unknown: Can Josh Smith, who led the Pistons with 25 points the last time these two games keep his cool and lead this team to their first road win in 11 tries?

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out. Andre Drummond is questionable.
Suns: Emeka Okafor and Leandro Barbosa are out.

Stat:Phoenix has held the Pistons under 100 points in seven of the last 10 meetings, including four sub-90 games (which includes two sub-
80 games).

Tip off is at 10:00 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.

Josh Smith has a heck of a night on Friday against the 76ers, but he was the hero of the Palace when he scored the winning layup with 1.2 seconds left on the clock to give the Pistons the win against the Suns 110-108.

Key Points:

  • It was a frustrating night at the Palace for Pistons fans who watched Detroit lose an 18 point second half lead that gave way to the Suns knocking down open threes late in the fourth quarter. What’s even worse is Detroit led by three points 108-105 with 26 seconds on the clock on a Josh Smith three pointer only to have the Suns tie it up when Smith fouled Gerald Green on the other end to send him on to for three foul shots that he made to tie it with 4.3 on the clock.

smithJosh Smith: ”The last time I had the opportunity in New York, I settled for a jump shot [missing it in the closing seconds of an 89-85 loss to the Knicks. I wanted to be aggressive. I learned from that play that I made. I wanted to put the onus on the officials and I was able to get a good look at it." Via NBA.com

  • Smith finished with 25 on 11-of-16 shooting with 11 boards, five assist and a blocked shot.
  • Sheed, who did the post game interview at the Palace, reiterated that Josh said in the huddle as they were mapping out the last play the he wanted to make basically make up for his miss in New York. It wasn't more than 15 minutes after the buzzer has ended and Sheed was in his Pistons sweats and his Air Force One's.
  • Brandon Jennings had a heck of a night. Jennings tied Isiah Thomas' franchise record with 16 assists in the first half of the game. Jennings finished the game with 18 assists, a career high, adding eight points and eight boards.
Brandon Jennings Career Assists 18

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  • Smith, Drummond and Monroe with double-doubles.
  • Greg Monroe scored 20 points with 12 boards, four assists and a steal.
  • Andre Drummond 13 points, 13 boards and five blocked shots. Dre looks like he’s making a point of blocking every shot that comes his way.
  • This dunk from what was clearly the most exciting assist on the night from Jennings, brought the house down.


  • Was wondering why Cheeks didn’t have either Monroe or Drummond in the game when it counted to grab boards? I know the Suns had a small lineup out there, but Detroit couldn’t get a board to save their life in when the big fella’s weren’t out there.
  • The Suns tried the Hack-A-Dre.  When they sent Andre to the line and he made the first one, he glared at Phoenix’s bench. No words were needed to know what Andre was saying, it’s just too bad he didn’t make them both.
  • Can’t let Barbosa, who the Suns just signed on the 10 day contract, get wide open threes late in the game.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Will Bynum with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with one assist in 23 minutes. Bless Will, but he’s got to pass first instead of try to do everything himself when he’s out there.
  • Singler with cringe-worthy 6 turnovers, most of them coming as the Suns where edging their way back. Singler finished with six points on 3-of-9 shooting, adding eight boards.
  • It’s clear Rodney Stuckey isn’t back to true form yet. He finished with eight points in 20 minutes.
  • It’s funny how many people who go to Pistons games have no idea what’s going on. The girl behind me asked the guy she was with why Tayshaun Prince wasn’t playing.
  • The three-point line needs help, both offensively and defensively. The Suns were 13-35 from downtown, while Detroit was just 3-of-17 for a lowly 17.6%.
  • An extended break for Detroit, who don’t play again until Friday at the Palace against the Jazz.

The 15-22 #Pistons are back from their three game road trip to take on the 21-14 Phoenix Suns at The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night. The Pistons, who went 1-1 against the Suns last season, have lost seven of their last nine games against Phoenix.

The good: The Pistons finally snapped their longest losing streak of the season with solid games from all of their starters as well as Bynum and Singler off the bench. Detroit have won the last two games at home against the Suns.
The bad: This isn’t a familiar Suns team that has struggled the past few seasons. Phoenix is somewhat of a surprise playing great basketball, despite a lineup that isn’t riddled with household names. It’s a little disappointing as a Pistons fan to see the success of the Suns considering how much talent is on this Detroit team.
The unknown: Can the Pistons recreate the energy and solid play they displayed against the Sixers in the second half of their win Friday night? Will Goran Dragic who is averaging 23.2 points on 50.0 percent shooting, including 11 of 22 from beyond the arc, over the past five games sustain he great play in Detroit?
Injuries: Rodney Stuckey is not on the injury list, but played just three minutes in Friday night’s win against the Sixers.
Suns:  Eric Bledsoe, the Suns second leading scores and Emeka Okafor are both out.

Fact: Josh Smith became only the third player in NBA history (Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Hakeem Olajuwon) to post at least 22 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and four steals in a game when he posted those numbers at Philadelphia (1/10).
Fact: The Pistons haven’t won a regular-season series against the Suns since the 2007-08 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.

No it’s not a typo, the #Pistons took down the Suns 117-77 Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The unbelievably fun game to watch (for Pistons fans), was the first time Detroit won by 40 points since Dec. 31, 2007.

Key Points:

  • Anyone worried about the play of Brandon Knight, who got off to as slow start this season, should be relived. He seems to have his shooting stroke back. In his last four games he’s averaging 20.5 points. Brandon finished with 19 points, 6 assists and 2 steals in 24 minutes on the court. Let’s not forget he’s been great from long range, he went 3-for-3 from the long line on Wednesday.
  • It wasn’t just the starters, everyone did their part in this massacre.  Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey combined for 37 points.
  • Charlie V is making himself look extremely valuable to this team lately. He finished with 19 points, while going 3-of-4 from downtown, all while playing a little defense. What’s in the water over at the Palace?
  • The very sparse crowd at the Palace really loved this one.
  • This was a ball game to start. Tied after the first quarter and up by 11 at the half, the Pistons did a number on the Suns starting in the third quarter and didn’t let up until the buzzer sounded. It almost looked like the Suns gave up.
  • Andre Drummond continues to impress. I haven’t seen a player like this garner so much excitement from Pistons fans in a very long time. I can only compare it to the moment the Pistons got Rasheed Wallace for next to nothing and fans just knew he was going to put them over the top.

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  • Dre with six points, nine boards, two blocked shots and a steal in 24:47. The ally-oop dunk looks like its going to be a staple at the Palace.

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  • With Andre out on the floor it’s

    DETROIT BLOCK CITY

  • Every Pistons in the Plus column except Jonas, who played just 5 minutes. Kim English. who played 5 minutes. Jonas another DNP.
  • Don’t know if they showed it on the broadcast, but the Pistons huddled after the win in what looked like a pep talk led by Maggette and Prince.
  • A rare non double-double for Greg Monroe, who finally got to get a little rest. Moose with nine points and eight boards.
  • Do you think Lawrence Frank is finally listening to his critics about the rotation?
  • What was with all the technical fouls from the Suns? Did I miss something?
  • Are we going to start the Kyle Singler ROY watch? Singler impressed again putting up 12, with 2 steals, 4 boards and just working hard out there.
  • Stuckey played arguably his best game of the season. Rodney with 18 points, four assists, five boards, a steal and a blocked shot. I love him coming off the bench and anchoring the second squad.

Rodney Stuckey: “Any way I can help my team win, I just thought tonight I came in and was being aggressive, having the ball in my hand, creating for my teammates. In transition I was attacking. That’s what I envisioned.”

  • It’s finally fun to watch the highlights. Via NBA.Com

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  • The most balance game the Pistons have played in years.
  • Gotta love a 36 point fourth quarter.

Brandon Knight: “We got a great win at home – let’s keep going. Let’s try to get the third one in a row and keep building – every day, keep building.”

  • Next up the Grizzles (who are no joke) Friday night in Memphis.

The #Pistons are now 0-2 on the season after Friday night’s 89-92 loss to the Suns.  Despite an 18 point game from Tayshaun Prince, the Pistons couldn’t hold it together to pick up the win.

Key Points:

  • This wasn’t all Phoenix, down 39-28 with 8:00 left in the first half, the Suns, led by Scola, outscored the Pistons 26-7 the rest of the half to take a 54-46 lead at the break.
  • After going 1 of 10 against Houston, Rodney Stuckey was 0 of 7 against Phoenix and didn’t play after coming out midway through the third quarter with a terrible migraine headache. You can see that when Stuckey doesn’t play well that this teams chances to win severely diminish.  He’s got to get going for the Pistons to have a successful season.
  • Solid game from Brandon Knight who scored 13 points with 10 points.  Nice to see him bounce back with a  double-double after the sub par game Wednesday night.
  • What’s up with Bynum?  He’s really seemed to learn what his role with the team is.  Will scored 10 points, three assists and one assist in 16:40 on the floor.
  • Andre Drummond led Detroit’s rebounding with eight in 19 minutes. Andre the Giant finished with 5 points on 2 of 3 shooting with 2 blocked shots and an assist.

Andre Drummond against the Suns

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  • Greg Monroe scored 10 on 5 of 17 shooting with 6 boards.
  • I’m going to put this note on my desktop so I can copy and paste it every game.  Ready?
    Charlie Villanueva, and Austin Daye – DNP Coach’s Decision
  • I’m hoping that when Maggette comes back that Daye and Villanueva get “injured” and both Corey and Kravtsov dress for games.
  • They never really threatened the Suns in the second half until the final minute. Brandon Knight’s triple at the buzzer didn’t come close, though, after Kyle Singler’s three with 4.2 seconds left pulled them within two points.
  • Atrocious shooting in the paint.  You can’t miss 24 shots down low and expect to win.
  • When Jason Maxiell (bless him) had another solid night. Jason scored 16 points, with six boards and a blocked shot. He’s looking just fine sharing minutes with Jonas. When he’s hot, he’s always good for a highlight.

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  • Jonas was solid and full of energy. He scored 11 points and grabbed one board in 16:36 on the floor.
  • Every time I see Kyle Single it’s more and more evident that he’s going to be solid and that he did the right thing by playing in Europe last season. He finished with 5 points on 2 of 2 shooting in 23:55 on the floor.
  • Out rebounded 39-52
  • Biggest lead for both teams was 11 points.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • The Pistons didn’t want to go into Staples Center to play the Lakers by losing to the Suns. The second of the six game road trip isn’t going to be easy for the Pistons on Sunday.

The 0-1 #Pistons open up their six game Western Road trip in Phoenix to take on the 0-1 Suns.  This isn’t the Suns you’re used to seeing, Phoenix no longer has Steve Nash or Grant Hill and their new roster looks like it needs time to learn how to play together.

  • The good: Detroit should be able to get a win against a Phoenix team who’s best player is arguably  Louis Scola.
  • The bad: The Pistons have lost four straight at Phoenix, including a 109-101 defeat March 16, 2012.
  • The unknown: Can the Pistons bounce back from the abysmal fourth quarter defensive showing against Houston? Are we going to see more of Andre the Giant?

Tip off is at 10:00 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.

Don’t forget your November Schedule Wallpaper featuring Greg Monroe!

The Pistons put themselves in the position to take a game in Phoenix, but eerily like their game in Utah, Detroit couldn’t hold things together in the final minutes of the ball game.  With about four minutes to go in the ball game  Jared Dudley made a layup to put the Suns up 97-95 and they never looked back.

The final score 101-109.

Key Points:

  • It was tied at 95 with four minutes left, but the Suns outscored the Pistons 14-6 down the stretch.
  • Yes, that score in the box is correct, Ben Wallace with 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting.

Ben Wallace: “I mean coming down the stretch they made plays. They made enough plays to win the game and we didn’t. We were in the game and had a chance to win it but that’s all you can ask; is for us to fight and give ourselves a chance. Give Phoenix credit, they made plays when they counted the most.”

  • The Pistons clearly have a rough time on the road.  Detroit is now 3-17 away from the Palace.
  • Brandon Knight with 17 points, 10 of them in the first quarter, seems to be working well alongside Rodney. Brandon added 6 assists and a blocked shot in 37 minutes on the floor for Detroit.
  • Rodney Stuckey continues to lead this team in scoring, putting up 23 points on 7-for-13 shooting with 8 assists, 3 boards and a steal in 37 minutes on the floor. Is Stuckey’s bandwagon getting full?
Rodney Stuckey Pistons vs. The Suns

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  • The Suns had to rest Nash and Hill the game before they played Detroit.  Hill put up 14, while Nash had five with a ridiculous 17 assists.
  • The Suns bench scored 36, while Detroit’s put up 29.
  • Maxiell, who scored 12 with four boards in 25 minutes in the ball game is usually good for one of these highlights every game this season.

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  • Ben Gordon took a 3 shots and scored 6 points.  It’s obvious that whatever role Ben Gordon accepted when he came to this team clearly hasn’t panned out.  His bank account however is just fine with it.
  • You have to keep a bad rebounding Suns team off the glass and the Pistons didn’t do that. The Suns out rebounded Detroit 40-32.
  • DNP = Daye, Villanueva, Bynum, and Russell.

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  • Not cool – Phoenix outscored the Pistons 22-12 in second-chance points.
  • Greg Monroe with just 8 points 9 boards, and 2 blocked shots with 5 turnovers on the night.
  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • Next up the Clippers Sunday in LA.

The 16-27 #Pistons are in Phoenix to take on the 21-22 Suns Friday night. The Suns, who are looking to win their third straight will have Steve Nash and Grant Hill in the lineup. Detroit is looking add another victory on their current West coast trip.

    • The good: The Pistons have been playing together better as each game goes by.
    • The bad: The Suns have won eight of their last 11 games at home. This Picture of Grant Hill and Steve Nash from the Suns website. If my face looked like that in a picture I’d be saying something if I were Grant.

  • Who to watch:The very hot Rodney Stuckey.
  • The unknown: Not unknown to me, but I forgot that Michael Redd is on the Suns. He’s always been tough on the Pistons.

Tip off is at 10:00 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.

When defense is the key to the Suns victory and their key player is Jared Dudley, those facts alone can probably tell the story about how the Pistons performed. Dudley, who had 19 points in the second quarter, helped the Suns go on a 22-4 in the second to make the rest of the game an uphill battle for Detroit.

Key Points:

  • The Suns made a point of trapping Tracy McGrady, who started as the Pistons point guard, making it difficult for him to run the offense for the Pistons.
  • Rip knocked down a 3-pointer that brought the Pistons within 4 points with 9 minutes left before the half, but backup point guard Dragic answered with his own and started the the Suns on a 14-2 run. Rip finished the game with just 5 points and a -30 (+/-) on the night.
  • Late in the fourth DaJuan Summers got some court time which resulted in a little scrum with Grant Hill that resulted in a double technical foul.
  • Do you realize that the Pistons have the highest scoring bench in the league.
  • You would have thought Kuester could have made some adjustments to stop the runs the Suns went on as well as the trouble the Pistons were having with the defense.
  • Charlie V with 10 points and 3 boards in 25 minutes.

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  • Even before this game the question was, how can they beat a team like Boston and struggle with a team on the ropes like the Suns, who were on a four game losing streak and was getting used to their new players acquired by the trade.
  • Sad stat, the Pistons are winless in 12 games when trailing after three quarters.
  • Detroit was led by Ben Gordon with 19 on 8-19 shooting, with 6 boards, and 3 assists in 41 minutes on the floor.
  • The first half was a turnover festival for the Pistons. 14 on the night for Detroit, 5 coming from T-mac thanks to the Suns defense.
  • Chris Wilcox left the game with a groin pull and didn’t return.
  • Play Daye, 9 points and 8 boards in 20 minutes.
  • Surprised Monroe didn’t get more than 13 minutes.

Kuester: “We’ve got to have a different mindset when we go on the road. We’ve got to have that toughness that we talk about continually.”

  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • Prince with 12 points on 2-for-10 shooting.
  • 12-27 from downtown for Phoenix.
  • Stuckey didn’t make the trip to Phoenix, but the Pistons are hoping his stomach virus will be better enough for him to catch up with the team on the rest of their road trip.
  • DNP for Jason Maxiell.
  • You would think that Detroit would have made this a game when the Suns best player Steve Nash has just 2 assists and 7 points.
  • Truly tough to watch, lets hope the New Year doesn’t continue this way for Detroit.
  • Don’t forget your January Schedule Wallpaper featuring Tracy McGrady.

The Pistons vs. The Suns

The 23-51 Pistons are hosting the 49-26 Phoenix Suns Friday evening at The Palace.
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The surging Phoenix Suns have already met the two teams with the worst records in the NBA on their five-game road trip, but they’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone playing worse than the Detroit Pistons.

Sadly, the statement it on point, and the injury report doesn’t make it any better.

Injury Report: Via Pistons.com

Jason Maxiell (back) and Rip Hamilton (ankle) are both questionable, and you could add Charlie Villanueva’s peculiar status to that list as well. Though healthy, Villanueva hasn’t left the bench in six quarters, receiving his first “Did Not Play – Coach’s Decision” of the season on Wednesday.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 8:00 pm EST and will be broadcast on FS Detroit with the radio broadcast over at 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action online over at NBA.com.

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