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The 18-32 Detroit #Pistons are hosting the 39-11 San Antonio Spurs, who are owners of the best record in the NBA, Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Though Jose Caldron has played just two games with his new team, with each game he’s getting to know his team better and better.
  • The bad: The red-hot Spurs are winners of five of the last six games against the Pistons.
  • The unknown: The status of rookie Andre Drummond is still up in the air for Friday’s game against the Spurs. He missed morning shoot-around with his aggravated back/tailbone soreness.

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, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES

The #Pistons had another case of the fourth quarter sniffles as they lost a close one to the Nets 93-90 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. With every chance to send the game into overtime or win in the final minutes Detroit just couldn’t pull off a bucket scoring just 17 points in the final quarter.

Key Points:

  • Andre Drummond played just four minutes due to his back issues. He’s not worried though, he feels he just needs a day or two to recover and he’ll be fine.

Andre Drummond“It’s not my back – it’s my tailbone,” he said. “I fell on it the wrong way in the Laker game. I just need a day or two and I’m good. I felt good. Just after I took that charge, it hit me again. It’s tough. I couldn’t be out there to help my teammates tonight. I’m just going to take care of it and I’ll be back in no time.” Via Pistons.com

  • With Andre out and Jason Maxiell in foul trouble we saw Rookie Slava Kravtsov who despite some “rookie type” fouls, played very well. Slava scored four with two boards in ten minutes on the floor. And there is nothing like dunking right on Lopez to make the Palace crowd love you.

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  • Stinkers from both Stuckey and Villanueva. Stuckey was just2-of-7 for four points and Charlie was just 1-of-8 for two points.
  • Another game with a fourth quarter lead lost.
  • Odd player combinations late in the game for Detroit when Frank tried to counter the Nets going small.
  • I didn’t even realize Reggie Evans was still playing let alone putting up double-doubles.
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  • Greg Monroe was the star of the night for Detroit leading the team with 23 points, 10 boards, two assists and a blocked shot. As good a game as he played I wanted to bite my own hand when he kept fumbling the ball late in the fourth when Detroit had a chance.
  • Jerebko getting solid time with the absence of Daye and Tay. He scored six points in 19 minutes on the floor on 2-of-7 shooting. You know I have a Need4Swede but it seems like he’s trying a bit too hard and doing things he would normally do. He just needs to play his game and he’ll be just fine.
  • The Palace finally got to see Jose in uniform and a glimpse of what is a great PG can do for a team. He didn’t light up the box (just yet) scoring just eight, with nine assists, but when was the last time you remember a Detroit PG not named Chauncey get close to double-digit assists a game.

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  • Bynum a solid 13 points and seven assists, but he’s still got to know when to go up in a crowd and when to dish it off. When it works you wonder how he does it and when it doesn’t you scream.
  • Spurs on Friday night at the Palace to try to stop the slump.

The #Pistons finally had their new point guard in uniform Monday night in New York, but the Knicks spoiled his first game as a Pistons dominating them for another time this season with a 99-85 win.

Key Points:

  • The Knicks torched the Pistons with the three ball making 10 of their first 18 triples before halftime and finishing the game 14-of-34.
  • This game seemed over before it even started and when Detroit was down 26 in the second quarter the only real thing to do was watch and see how Calderon was doing with his new team.
  • Jose started the game at the point and led the Pistons with 15 points and zero turnovers in his 26 minutes on the floor. Though he didn’t rack up the assists, dishing just three, that part of his game will come as soon as it take him to get comfortable with his teammates.
  • Andre played just eight minutes before leaving the game with a back injury. No word on the seriousness of the injury or his status for the game against the Nets on Wednesday night. Too bad he didn’t play more, his lone two points came on this dunk from a Monroe feed in the face of Tyson Chandler who stepped aside for the young fella.

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  • Carmelo Anthony continues to play well and destroy the Pistons at the same time, he led all scorers with 27 points.

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  • Singler, who did his best to slow down Anthony, finished with five points.
  • Brandon Knight started at the two guard alongside Jose. Brandon shot 2-of-10 for five points in 28 minutes on the floor.
  • It was Rodney Stuckey who had a better night with 14 points, four assists and seven boards and three steals in 30 minutes.
  • What’s the deal with Greg Monroe and his turnovers this season?
  • Greg put up another double-double scoring 14 with 10 boards, two assists, a steal and two blocks shots. He had five of the Pistons 12 turnovers on the night.
  • Jerebko has cracked the rotation and was in early for Detroit. He finished with eight points in 16 minutes on the floor.
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  • Bynum with 13 points and 3 turnover in 21 minutes.
  • The Pistons just don’t know what to do with the Knicks who have beaten them handily in every game this season.
  • Sheed may be back by after the All Star break for the Knicks.
  • Detroit, who has lost six of their last eight games are now seven games back of the last playoff spot in the East.
  • To Brooklyn on Wednesday.

The 15-25 #Pistons are hosting the 14-26 Orlando Magic Tuesday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons are winners of 10 of their last 12 games.
  • The bad: Regardless of how the Magic are playing, the Pistons always seem to find a way to lose.
  • The unknown: How much better will Andre Drummond get? He’s currently ranked 9th in the league in rebounding (per 48 min) according to hoopsstats.com. And look at what Greg and Andre have done per 48. Detroit is currently #3 in the league at efficiently at the Center position.

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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.

If you’re thinking of going to the Saturday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES

The #Pistons got off to a great start Sunday night against the Celtics, leading by as much as 18 points. The Celtics however came right back and were down just four at the half. The Pistons didn’t let this one go, by playing solid after the half and amassing a 16 point lead to beat Boston 88-103 to snap their two game losing streak.

Key Points:

  • The Twin Towers are really making this Pistons team fun to watch. Greg and Andre combined for 31 points.
  • Nice try Doc, fouling Drummond and sending him to the line didn’t work out for you. Drummond made six of his eight free throw attempts.
  • I know I keep looking at Brandon Knight with a fine tooth comb every day, but if you look at his stat line against Will Bynum’s for Sunday night they look pretty similar until you get to turnover and minutes. Brandon and Will each scored 15 points, each has a steal, and 5 assists. Knight grabbed more boards, but had seven turnovers to Will’s one. Is Knight regressing…or is it just me?

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  • It was a nice win, and nice to see the Pistons bounce back after giving up most of their lead before the half. Also nice to see a big crowd at the Palace, but I can attest that to the many Celtics fans in the building Sunday night.
  • Lawrence Frank needs to fix the Pistons turnover problems. Thankfully the Celtics turned the ball over a lot themselves. The two teams combined for 39 givebacks in the game.
  • How great is a nice Drummond Dunk? Andre finished the game with 16 points, ten of them by way of slam, with seven boards, a steal and a blocked shot in 20:19 minutes. So, when are we going to see the big guy in the starting lineup?
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  • Another double-double for Greg Monroe who scored 15 points and 11 boards, not to mention that his five assists matched that of the Pistons two point guards. He’s been so solid, while keeping himself almost under the radar.
  • Has Singler shaken he woes? He put up a solid game scoring 15 with eight boards, three steals a blocked shot and five assists. That’s got to be one of his best games since being inserted into the starting lineup.
  • Jason Maxiell with 4 ridiculous blocked shots.
  • Tayshuan added 14 points.
  • Who thought, “here we go again” when Boston fought back and got the game to 55-54?
  • Stuckey with just three points.
  • Nothing like beating the Celtics. Well unless it’s the Lakers.
  • Four straight over the Celtics.
  • You can say it if you’d like. The Pistons are getting closer and closer to that last playoff spot in the East.
  • Tuesday at home against Orlando should be a good one.

The 14-25 #Pistons are hosting the 20-19 Boston Celtics Sunday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Detroit has won the last three against the Celtics at the Palace. The Celtics have been streaky all season long and are coming off back-to-back losses at home, none worse than the OT loss to Chicago on a Belinelli off-balance shot to win.
  • The bad: The Pistons, like the Celtics run hot and cold, hopefully the loss in London doesn’t start a trend.
  • The unknown: Will…”The Thrill” play more minutes than Brandon Knight, who’s been in a huge funk of late?

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 Saturday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES

The Utah Jazz continue to have success against the Detroit #Pistons adding another victory in their match-up Saturday night. The Jazz rallied back from a 15 point deficit to beat the Pistons 90-87 at the Palace.

Key Points:

  • Detroit was executing and dominating the Jazz in the first half. The Jazz came out on a mission after the half and the Pistons seemed to start their London trip early, pretty much laying down and taking it. They did however fight back and have a chance to tie with a three pointer, but a non call on a Brandon Knight three sealed the victory for the Jazz.
  • You can be bitter about the non call on Knight, but the way the Jazz played in the second half they deserved this one.
  • Brandon Knight scored 16 on 7-of-16 shooting with just one assist on the night. The criticism will keep coming until Brandon plays his position better or he gets moved to playing the two. He’s hot and cold, but this season he seems more on the cold side.
  • Good turn out at the Palace, seems as though the Pistons recent winning ways are getting more fans in the building.
  • Al Jefferson is so underrated.
  • Greg Monroe was shut down in the second half. He still finished the night with his 14th double-double of the season scoring 12 with 11 boards, but his seven turnovers overshadowed just about anything he did.
  • Quiet couple of games for Tayshaun. He put up eight with three boards and three assists in 33 minutes on the floor.
  • It’s really starting to look like the Pistons need a true point guard on this team, something they haven’t had since Dumars traded Chauncey Billups. They do have Bynum, but I doubt he’ll ever get the starting job.
  • Speaking of Will, he played great scoring 13 on 6-of-6 shooting with 4 assist and three steals. It was a Bynumite steal by Will at the end of the game that gave the Pistons a chance as the clock wound down.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Daye scored five on 1-of-3 shooting and Villanueva scored four on 1-of-5 shooting.
  • Stuckey with nine points on 2-of-6 shooting and two assists.
  • 17 turnover for Detroit.
  • Andre Drummond was solid again scoring nine on 4-of-5 shooing with five boards and a blocked shot. I knew he was going to be good, but honestly I didn’t know he’d be this good this quickly. We will soon be sending holiday cards to the eight teams that passed on him.

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  • Gotta love the Bynum/Drummond chemistry lately.
  • Will Greg Monroe adjust defensively when Andre starts?
  • Singler didn’t stuff the stats putting up just two shots and making them both in his 19 minutes.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 15, Utah’s 13.
  • Besides Singler’s +2, Jason Maxiell was the only Pistons with a + in the box (+10). Jason finished with seven points, three assists, six boards and three blocked shots.
  • Off to London for the Pistons, so we have to set our DVR’s for the 3pm start.

The 14-23 #Pistons are hosting the 19-19 Utah Jazz Saturday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Drummond and Monroe are playing extremely well.
  • The bad: The Jazz have won 14 of 16 against the Pistons.
  • The unknown: Can Detroit break the Jazz jinx?

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 Saturday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES

The Bobcats took the Pistons to overtime and then took the game from them snapping Detroit’s four game winning streak 108-101.

Key Points:

  • Detroit let at team that won just one in 20 games break their four game winning streak.
  • Is anyone as frustrated as I am at Rodney Stuckey’s last shot in regulation?  He finished the game with 18 on 6-of-11 shooting with three steals and an assist.
  • How do you lose when you’re shooting 70% on the night and put up a season high 60 points at the half? Did Frank watch what was happening?
  • I’ve said this before and I hope I don’t keep having to say it.  Frank needs to figure out what to do when his team goes for long stretches without scoring the basketball.

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  • 22 – The Pistons had as many assist as they did turnovers.
  • Moose with another Monster game.   He was all over the boards putting up another double-double with 18 points,  14 boards and six assists.  It looks like whatever was ailing him is long gone.
  • Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 21 points and seven boards.
  • Is everyone really this down on Brandon Knight that they think Detroit should trade him? He finished the game with 12 on 5-of-11 shooting with one assist and four turnovers.
  • This game was just difficult to watch.
  • Did you know that Andre Drummond its 10th in the league in blocks per minutes?Blocks-per-40-minutesVia HoopsStats
  • Andre finished with 10 points, six boards and three blocked shots in 27 minutes.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • I can sum it up in one word…disappointing.
  • They have till Friday to right the ship when they take on the Bucks.

The #Pistons got their revenge against the Hawks Friday night as they hung on to win 85-84. After controlling most of the game and building a 17 point lead, the Hawks went on a 16-0 run and almost tied the game 85-85 with 5 second left on the clock. Thankfully the Horford three-pointer was reduced to a two and the Pistons kept the lead and hung on to win.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons had the ball with 4.9 left and a one point lead, but Prince turned the ball over (bad pass) and gave the Hawks a chance at the win.
  • Austin Daye had a great game and led the Pistons with 20 points (16 first half) on 9-for-11 shooting in 22 minutes on the floor. I can’t remember when Austin’s stock has been this high.
  • Rodney Stuckey looked good in his return from his sprained left ankle. He finished with 10 points, a blocked shot, a steal and two assists in 24 minutes on the floor for Detroit. It was Stuckey who helped spark a 10-2 run to close out the first quarter.
  • Seems as though Kyle Singler’s roll is diminishing.
  • The best part of the game besides the win was this Star Wars Night video they showed at The Palace featuring Andre Drummond.

  • I sat a row behind Billy Dee Williams who was in the house for Star Wars Night. He honestly looks like he hasn’t aged in 20 years.
  • This game should have been a dominating win. Detroit, especially L Frank, has got to know what to do when the team goes into a scoring drought.
  • Ridiculous one-handed ally-oop by Drummond. Via NBA.com

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  • Besides the dunk, you can thank Andre for partially blocking the last shot attempt of the game by Lou Williams to make sure the Pistons hung on to win this one. Andre finished with six points, nine boards and two blocked shots in 19:45.

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  • Solid double-double from Jason Maxiell with 10 points, 10 boards and three blocked shots.
  • Happy Birthday to Will Bynum who scored five with five assists on his 30th Birthday.
  • 52 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Great game for Monroe who out up 18 points with nine boards, three steals in 33:47.
  • Brandon Knight, 4-for-11 shooting for 8 points.
  • Highlights via Pistons.com

  • Keep it rolling, a Sunday night win at the Palace against the Bobcats is very likely!