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The #Pistons did their best to keep up with the reigning Champions Monday night in Miami, but too many turnovers doomed Detroit and the Heat snapped the Pistons two game losing streak. Detroit kept it close, capturing the lead once and even overcoming a 15 point deficit at one point,  but Miami was just too much for them in the  102-96 loss.

Key Points:

  • I know we may be hard on Josh Smith at times but missing 15 of his 16 shots from outside of three feet doesn’t help his case. Smith was 5-for-20 on the night for 12 points, so explain to me why Cheeks gave him the last three-pointer to try to get Detroit within 3? He also was responsible for six of Detroit’s 21 freaking turnovers.  Not Josh’s best game.
  • And while we are talking about Cheeks, why did he let the Heat burn off 20 seconds of clock at the end of the game?
  • Andre Drummond got two fouls within the first two minutes and another right when he went back in the game in the second quarter. Despite the limited minutes he still put up 12 and 12 with two block shots.  He was putting the heat on the Heat late in the game trying to do his best to give Detroit a chance.  No play more evident than the big man stealing the ball and taking it coast to coast for the jam with just 38 seconds left on the game clock.
  • Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 26 points on 15 shots, adding seven assists.  Jennings, who’s been playing great lately, has posted a career streak of 20 point plus games.
Brandon Jennings Pistons vs Heat 26 Points

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  • Rodney Stuckey added 20 points with seven boards in 36 minutes. The Pistons needed Stuckey and Jennings to play well to give the Pistons a chance against the Heat and they did. Stuckey is also adding trade value to himself as well as some contract money in his pocket from any team willing to pay him next season. He also doesn’t believe the Pistons are on the same page or have been for quite some time.
  • Jonas Jerebko saw time on the floor for Detroit and looked lost at times.  It’s probably because he hasn’t had a chance in the rotation in three seasons. Jonas scored two points and added four boards in 10 minutes.
  • Blaha mentioned on the broadcast that Jonas was getting time because Josh Harrellson wasn’t available, but I didn’t catch the reason why.  Does anyone know?
  • MVP Miguel Cabrera was in the house for the Pistons vs. Heat in Miami.
 Miguel Cabrera Pistons vs Heat.

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  • Credit Greg Monroe for keeping Detroit in the game. With Andre out Greg to the load on himself. Greg finished with 17 points, 11 boards, two blocked shots in 24 minutes.
  • Sometimes Kyle Singler looks brilliant, but some times he looks totally out of his element.
  • Limited minutes for Caldwell-Pope.
  • 21 turnovers for Detroit turned into 28 points for the Heat.
  • The refs were questionable in this one.
  • 51-44 board war won.
  • Despite losing this game it was fun to watch. I felt they always had a chance to win. These are the games that give Pistons fans hope.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • I said this last night while tweeting during the game and it’s legitimately how I feel.

Sometime it’s feels awesome to be a Pistons fan and sometimes it feels like your mother dropped you off at school in her curlers and robe.

  • They should win in Orlando on Wednesday night.

The Detroit #Pistons and Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena has been postponed due to severe weather conditions in the Atlanta area. The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

So it looks like the next action the Pistons are going to see is on Saturday against the Sixers at The Palace of Auburn Hills

Brandon Jennings sound like a very unhappy basketball player right now.  Shortly after the Pistons loss to the Knicks Jennings posted this tweet which he deleted just minutes later.

Brandon Jennings Tweet

Thanks to a quick thinking Pistons fan @mikea71 for getting the screen cap before it was deleted.

UPDATE

We have another tweet by Jennings that he sent minutes after this one and quickly deleted again . Brandon-Jennings-Two-Need4Sheed

Brandon Jennings Pistons vs. Magic 12-27-2013Take this any way you want to, but for me this sounds like someone who is clearly upset, weather it be with the losing streak, the media, the fans or coaching. You could almost see something like this coming when he walked off the court after the Grizzlies trashing.

Remember,  he’s no stranger for speaking his mind on twitter.

This may be thinking into this too much, but considering all the things that have gone wrong with the Pistons in the past it almost seems obvious.  Especially with the losing streak.

There were quite a few different ideas from other Pistons fans as well as the beat writers.

Forget the fact that Sixers coach Brett Brown decided to use the Hack-a-Drummond strategy early in the third quarter of the Piston 100-115 win against Philadelphia  even though his team was down by almost twenty points and their in tanking mode, Mr. Andre Drummond had an All-Star night.

Andre Drummond Career Highs

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Andre was everywhere and finished the game dominating with 31 points, 19 boards, 6 steals and 2 blocked shots despite getting pulled when the Sixers decided to start fouling Andre. Cheeks says he didn’t realize that Dre had 19 boards when he pulled him with time left in the fourth quarter.

If the NBA hasn’t taken notice of our boy Dre….this game will make them.

Do you realize he’s only 20 years old?

The #Pistons lost another to the Hawks Friday night 96-89 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. As if two losses in a row to the Atlanta Hawks didn’t hurt Detroit enough we find out there is a little added early drama to start the lackluster season. Josh Smith came off the bench for the first time since  2005. Smith didn’t come off the bench because his shot wasn’t hitting, even though it’s not. Cheeks sat the Pistons star free agent signing because he skipped practice.

Smith skipped Thursday’s practice after Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta.

Maurice Cheeks: “I called a practice and he didn’t get back to practice.”

Cheeks said he decided to practice on the team flight back from Atlanta and when Smith didn’t return, Cheeks made the call minutes before Friday night’s game when he informed the team.

“He just didn’t get back,” Cheeks said when asked what was the reason Smith gave for not making practice. Via The Detroit News

Key Points:

  • Smith sure could have used some practice he couldn’t’ hit a shot Friday night going 0-for-7 in 19:32 on the floor. Not a great way to start your tenure with a new team. It reminds me of a certain someone who decided to skip a Thanksgiving practice when he got traded to Detroit. Wasn’t necessarily stoked at the Smith signing and this doesn’t help matters.
  • Smith hasn’t went scoreless since December of 2004.
  • Kyle Singler starter in place of Smith and scored a game hight 22 points.
  • Once again Jeff Teague did all the right things for the Hawks.  When Brandon Jennings picked his pocket and when the other way for an easy layup the 6″2 Teague hustled back and blocked his shot. That pretty much put the game away for the Hawks. Atlanta led 92-89 at that point and Detroit didn’t score the rest of the way.
  • For as bad as Detroit played, they were in that game until the final two minutes.
  • Despite Brandon Jennings 14 assists on the night he was brutal in the final minutes of the game. He was just 1-of-6 in the final eight minutes of the game. He finished with eight points.
  • It’s getting pretty scary, we know they are having huge issues on the defensive end and now they’re so called sharp shooters can’t score.
  • Kentavous Caldwell-Pope was just 4-of-14 for nine points, and three boards.  He had a few nice defensive plays on the night and finished with 4 steals.
  • There was a two-minute Jerebko sighting.
  • Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe each had a double-double.
  • Why aren’t they running more plays for Monroe and Drummond in the paint.  They should be targeting them early and getting the bulk of their points from the big guys since no one else can seem to hit their shots.
  • Drummond with another huge game. Dre scored 15 on 6-of-7 shooting for 15 points and 16 boards.  Add the two blocked shots and we have an All-Star on our hands.
  • Josh Harrellson is proving he should get more minutes.  He scored seven on 3-of-3 shooting with five boards in just 11:13 on the floor.
  • Singler with hustle out of the gate scoring a career high 22 points with three boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
Kyle Singler Pistons-vs-Hawks-Nov-2013

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  • Stuckey won’t let up! Rodney with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting with five boards and an assist in 30:48. Where has this Stuckey been?
  • Monore with 11 points and 11 boards.

Highlights via NBA.com


  • It’s one thing to be in almost every game that they play, but they have got to find out what they need to do to win them.
  • Let’s see what they can do Sunday in Brooklyn.

The Pistons and their fans are smiling today after the Detroit snapped their four game losing streak with a 97-90 win in Sacramento. What’s even more encouraging is that Detroit won on the road in a hostile Sacramento area that set a new world record Friday night for the loudest indoor crowd noise in an arena.
Key Points:

  • The Pistons were led by Josh Smith, who put up 21 points, with eight boards, seven assists, five steals and four blocked shots. This from a man who only a couple of days ago got limited time on the floor. Smith came out in strong in this one and didn’t let up, setting the tone on both ends of the court. This is the Josh Smith the Pistons signed up for.

Maurice Cheeks: “He got us going, but I thought more important he got us going defensively. The way he closed off the paint, got his hands on a lot of balls, come up with a couple of steals and made a lot of nice passes to guys running down the floor. I thought he was the one that ignited us to get that lead in the early going.” Via Pistons.com

  • Cheeks, who’s still not sure what to do with this rotation, gave Kentavious Caldwell-Pope his first career start in Billups absence.
  • Caldwell-Pope scored seven points with two boards and two assist in 21 minutes on the floor.
  • Singler with 22 minutes on the floor with hustle as always put up 11 points with three boards and assist and a blocked shot. I just with his three-point shot would start dropping on a more consistent basis. But to his defense I can say that about the Pistons in general.
  • Most are wondering by Jonas isn’t getting a ton of minuets, my guess is they need to see what Caldwell-Pope and Datome can do. Jerebko with 7 minutes and two points.
  • Detroit started this game on a mission, and didn’t let up till the final buzzer was blown. Nice to see after the blowout at Golden State.
  • Huge night for Andre Drummond, who had another HUGE night. Drummond, the dunking machine who was ruthless on the glass, tied  his career high with 18 boards. His dominance on the boards helps him clean up Detroit’s mistakes with ridiculous dunks. He put up 15 points and added two steals in his 36 minutes on the floor. I have to believe that Andre is turning heads every time he steps into opponents arenas. How can you not take notice of Dre?
Andre Drummond Pistons-vs-Kings 18 rebounds

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  • The game went back and forth with six lead changes, but a 16-4 run by the Pistons late in the third quarter gave them a ten point lead going into the fourth. The Pistons took that lead and finished the Kings off, never really letting them get close.
  • I wonder if Rodney Stuckey is upset he didn’t get the start, but considering he got more minutes than KCP,  probably not. I’m guessing Cheeks likes the spark Rodney brings off the bench for Detroit.  Stuckey with 16 points, 4 assist and a blocked shot in 30 minutes on the floor.  Rodney has been solid since the season started for him.
  • Greg Monroe didn’t have his usual battle with DeMarcus Cousins, mostly because Smith and Drummond were having big games.  If you’re counting though, DeMarcus led his team with 26 points and 13 points.  Greg with just eight points, four boards in 29 minutes.  This game was not a bright spot in a huge start to the season for Monroe.
  • A fun game to watch and even better that they came out with the win.
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  • LA Lakers at the Staples Center Sunday may start a winning streak.

The 2-3 Pistons are in Portland for the first game of their four game Western trip to take on the 4-2 Trail Blazers.  The Pistons would love to start the trip on a good note, but don’t necessarily play well in Portland, losing five straight there.

  • The good:  Greg Monroe and his hot game along with the great start by Rodney Stuckey.
  • The bad: The Blazers are winners of five of their last six games against Detroit. Watch out for LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews. The trio  need to be contained for Detroit to have a chance.
  • The unknown: Can Detroit settle down on the defensive end and stop giving up so many points? Detroit has given up an average of 109 in their last two games. Will Andre Drummond stay out of foul trouble so he can stay on the floor?

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.

The Pistons looked like a fresh new team Friday night on the road against Memphis.  They put themselves in a place to win their second game of the season on the road against a Grizzlie team that haven’t beaten in quite some time.

Something happened that we aren’t used to seeing, Chauncey Billups on the line with 52 seconds left in the game and he missed one.  That would have put the Pistons up five and probably put the game away. He also had a chance to win it in regulation, but his three just missed.  Instead Memphis dominated in overtime topping the Pistons 111-108.

Key Points:

  • I’m the first one to sit here and tell you I feel like Rodney Stuckey is a huge disappointment, but he came out in his first game of the season like gangbusters.  In fact if it weren’t for his strong play coming off the bench the Pistons may not have even been in the position to win this game. Rodney scored 19 points in 23 minutes on 8-for-13 shooting and was a +14 in the box. I hope Rodney proves me wrong this season.
  • Loved the stare down by Drummond on Miller after this dunk

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  • Detroit was close to putting it away and even closer when Josh Smith hit a triple to pout them up by six with a little over a minute left in the game. For every 47 ill advised triples Smith takes, he makes one big one. He was 3-for-11 from downtown. Smith took more threes than the entire Pistons team combined.
  • This was a balanced game with all starters in double figures except Billups as well as Caldwell-Pope, Singler and Stuckey off the bench.
Caldwell-Pope-Pistons-vs-Grizzlies

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  • Great game from Caldwell-Pope, who finished with 13 points in 18 minutes most of which were in crunch time. His breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter rivaled one of Andre Drummond.
  • Im ok with CV31 being inactive.
  • Clearly Detroit needs to tighten up on the defensive end. They allowed a ton of easy baskets.
  • Greg Monroe was great again scoring 16 with eight boards and three steals. His scrappy play in all of his 41 minutes on the floor shows you that he does whatever it takes to win a game.
  • Smith finished with 19 points, five assists, eight boards and three blocked shots. He and Andre are going to make this team hard to dunk on.

Chauncey Billups: “I loved it,” he said. “We fought hard. We fought really hard. That’s a tough team over there. Western Conference finals last year, got some great players over there. So I was impressed. I learned a lot about our team today.”

  • When the Pistons got themselves up in the fourth quarter it was Monroe, Drummond and Caldwell-Pope who were turning heads and making plays.
  • Old friend Tayshaun Prince helped Memphis put this game away with 2 big shots.
  • Andre Drummond looks better every single game. He stayed out of foul trouble and put up 12 points with 16 boards. Yes…16! Add the two blocked shots and some swagger and you have a bright star in this league.
  • Celtics Sunday at The Palace Of Auburn Hills.

The 1-0 #Pistons are on the road to take on the 0-1 Grizzles in Memphis. Memphis looks to bounce back in their home opener, after taking a hit in their opener against a San Antonio team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.

  • The good:Detroit will have Rodney Stuckey back in the lineup after recovering from a broken thumb he sustained a few weeks back. Brandon Jennings looks like he will return on Sunday against the Celtics, adding to the number of Detroit players who’ve donned a mask on court to protect their injuries.
    Memphis stands at 4-14 in home openers.
  • The bad: Memphis, is coming off the best season in franchise history and have won seven straight against Detroit.
  • The unknown: Who’s front court will dominate?  Detroit matches up well against Gasol, Randolph and our old friend Tayshaun Prince. If Drummond, Monroe and Smith have decent games the Pistons may be heading home for Sunday’s match-up with the Celtics 2-0.

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.

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