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The Pistons just did something no other team has done this season, beat the league leading Indiana Pacers on their home court.  Detroit controlled game leading from buzzer to buzzer in their 101-96 victory.

Key Points:

  • Josh Smith had another huge game leading all scores, as he did against the Blazers the night before, with 30 points.  Smith had the hot hand early, especially after the half. When he was in range he just couldn’t seem to miss.  Despite his huge offensive game, his block on West with 48 seconds left on the clock could have been the play of the game. Smith added 7 boards, an assist and two blocks.
  • Dare I say that Josh’s block on West, that went off the backboard and right into the hands of Brandon Jennings, reminded me of the Tayshaun block.
  • In his first 24 games with the Pistons, Josh Smith averaged 13.8 points and 14.0 field goal attempts. In the past two nights, he has averaged 30.5 points and 23.0 shots. Via NBA.com
  • It was nice to see Jennings and crew feeding Josh when he clearly had a rhythm going.
  • Let’s talk about the Pistons other Josh.  Harrellson, who was inserted in the game early after Drummond picked up two quick fouls, left off right where Andre would have. It was Josh’s best game of the season with 10 boards, 2 blocked shots and seven points in just 16 minutes.

Josh Harrellson Season High Pistons

  • After the heart breaker at the Palace on Sunday night I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think they could do it. They dominated the game, leading by as much as 11, but the Pacers were right there with a minute left on the clock. Thank you for proving me wrong and closing this one out.
  • Detroit played the best two teams in the league two nights in a row. They narrowly lost to the Blazers and beat the Pacers at home, so does that mean they’ve turned the corner?
  • The Pistons held Paul George in check, holding him below his season average of 24.
  • Will Bynum, who was on court in the third and fourth resting Brandon Jennings, clearly showed signs of rust. He was almost hard to watch, except for the alley-oop feed to Andre Drummond.
  • This team hasn’t been this fun to watch since 2004-2005.
  • Drummond played just two minutes in the first half. He finished the game with nine points and nine boards.

cheeksMaurice Cheeks on Josh Smith: “We keep putting him on the block and he’s being aggressive, attacking the rim, he’s getting a ton of opportunities. He’s just playing a full basketball game. That last play, that drive to the rim, he ended up blocking it off the backboard. He’s just playing great right now.” Via Pistons.com

  • Brandon Jennings is taking care of the basketball. Jennings put up 18 points with only one turnover and a couple of huge triples. He’s looked as good as Smith has the last two games.
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  • Give it up to Jonas Jerebko who walked in right before the half and dropped a buzzer beating three like it was nothing.
  • Monore was solid again with 12 boards and 13 points.
  • Why can’t Louis Scola miss against Detroit? It was Scola that got the Pacers within striking distance. He scored 18 for the Pacers off the bench.
  • Recap via NBA.com


  • The Pistons controlled the boards 55-40.  They did especially well limiting the Pacers get second chance shots.
  • Caldwell-Pope was just 3-of-11 shooting for 8 points, but his hustle was noticeable.
  • Stuckey, clearly hurting, played just 15 minutes with two points.
  • In Boston on Wednesday should keep this team rolling.
  • Are they getting a little respect yet?

 

The Pistons led the West-leading Portland Trail Blazers on their court for close to 48 minutes Sunday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  It was the last-minute in regulation that got the Blazers into extra minutes and it was this


Damian Lillard fadeaway with one-tenth of a second left in overtime that broke the Pistons hearts.

The struggle to close games out continues for Detroit, final score 111-109.

Key Points:

  • Josh Smith all scorers with 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting with seven boards, four assists a steal and a blocked shot. This was clearly the best game for Smith since coming to Detroit.

Coming into the game, Josh Smith was averaging a career-high 4.4 3-point attempts despite making just 26.9 percent of them. He finally got the message to take the ball to the rim, scoring seven of his eight first-half field goals within five feet of the basket. He surpassed his season high by making four hook shots in the third quarter. via NBA.com

  • LeMarcus Aldridge continues to dominate the league and especially against Detroit.  He put up 27 points and 12 board and was the reason the Blazers got won the game.
  • It’s almost torture as a Pistons fan to watch a fourth quarter of any game.  I’m going to put a Gastroenterologist on retainer soon.
  • Brandon Jennings misses a triple-double with 15 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in the loss. He’s cut down on the turnovers of late, he had just two on the night.
  • Not only does Andre Drummond fill the stat lines, he can fill hearts.  Playing high school and college ball in Connecticut he wrote the names of all the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting a year ago on his shoes and donated them and his jersey after the game.
Andre Drummond Sandy Hook

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  • Andre finished the game with 13 points, 14 boards, three steals and three blockes shots in 43:35 on the floor. He also added a few standard jaw dropping dunks and kept himself in the game getting his fifth foul mid fourth quarter.
  • Greg Monroe had another healthy game and did his best against the outstanding Aldridge. Moose scored 17 with 7 boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if Kyle Singler gets the starting nod over Caldwell-Pope soon.  Each finished with five points on the night, but Singler has played more meaningful minutes the past few games.
  • Bynum was dressed but did not play.
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  • Billups is getting time on the court but it seems to be limited.  Not sure if they are taking it easy on him since the injury or that’s what his role will be.  He will not be playing back-to-back nights, so we wont see him in Indiana. He scored six with four assists in 16 minutes on the floor.  I personally would have had him out there to take that last shot in regulation.

 smithJosh Smith: “If this doesn’t sting, I don’t know what does. When I was in Atlanta and we were young, we were in a lot of ballgames, but late down the stretch we couldn’t figure it out. A year later, we turned the corner. But those losses that we experienced in that time, they stung a little bit and they were also learning experiences. We sat down as a team and watched film. We didn’t want to watch them, but we saw reasons we lost those games and it didn’t do anything but make us better. We’ll sit down as a team and see what we’re doing wrong in late games, because this was definitely a winnable game.” Via Pistons.com

  • Stuckey with 17 on 7-of-18 shooting.
  • Monday night in Indiana against the Pacers is going to be rough.

The 11-13 #Pistons will host the 19-4 Portland Trail Blazers at the Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday evening.  Detroit will have their hands full when they go up against the West-leading Trail Blazers who haven’t lost a game against a team in the East this season.

The good: Detroit has won the last two home games against the Blazers.  The last time these two teams met Detroit gave the Blazers a run for their money on their home court losing 109-103.
The bad: The Pistons are just 1-8 on the year against Western division teams.

smithJosh Smith on blowing a 21 point lead against the Nets: “We have to learn to execute that much harder and not act kind of lackadaisical whenever we feel like we have the game won.” Via NBA.com

The unknown: Can Brandon Jennings  repeat his performance this time around after leading all scorers when these teams last met with 28 points, especially against Damian Lillard, who’s proved he’s a threat in just his second season in the NBA. Can Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe stop LeMarcus Aldridge, who’s leading his team in PPG with 23.4 points a game, and always steps up when he plays against Detroit.
Injury Report: Bynum is still listed as doubtful with his left adductor strain.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 62.9%
Fact:The Detroit Pistons are first in the NBA for most points in the paint with 51.2 per game.
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Tip off is at 6:00 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.

Brandon Jennings season high 28 points and a 13 point rally from behind couldn’t get the win for the Pistons, who have now lost six in a row in Portland to the Trail Blazers after their 103-109 loss Monday night.

Key Points:

  • Portland torched the Pistons from behind the arc going 11-for-23 for 33 points.
  • Six Portland players in double figures.
  • Villanueva and Singler were the only power forwards to come off the bench for Detroit. Neither did much, each scoring two points.
  • Great game for Andre Drummond, who took the bulk of the minutes in the loss. Dre finished with 16 points, 16 boards, 2 steals and a blocked shot in 42 minutes on the floor. Hard work payed off for the big man, who seems to always be in the thick of things for Detroit.
  • Stuckey shot was off, Rodney was just 4-of-15 on the night for 13 points.
  • The 9-0 Pistons run in the final minutes of the game was promising, but it again shows that this team doesn’t know how to put a game away yet.
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  • Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 28 on 11-of-24 shooting, with five assists and three steals. I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but to me Brandon looks like he’s not been that exited to be on this Pistons team. I hope I’m wrong.
  • The defense looked terrible. With the big three all able to do their jobs on that end, everyone else needs to step up. Way too many easy buckets and second chances for the Blazers. Defend the three!
  • For a team that knew they needed scoring from three, the Pistons haven’t done anything this season.
  • Cheeks seems to be trying everything rotation wise and nothing seems to be working.

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Greg MonroeGreg Monroe “We gave up 100-something points, that’s not acceptable. We definitely have to clean some stuff up. We have to start finding ways within the game, in earlier spots, to kind of take control”

  • Tuesday night at Golden State isn’t a cakewalk either.

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 finished off their four game West coast trip better than they started it.  Unfortunately the end result was just the same Saturday night in Portland as Detroit tied it’s seasons worst eight game losing streak with a 112-101 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Key Points:

  • Detroit played well and had a 57-52 at the half. Too bad LaMarcus Aldridge  decided his team was not going down to the Pistons.  Aldridge put up 31 points, with 12 boards and his teammate J.J. Hickson added a 18 point, and 15 board double-double for the Trail Blazers.
  • It figures that a stat like this went against Detroit Saturday night.  Portland was 0-for-14 against opponents shooting better than 50 percent this season.   Detroit finished the game shooting 52.6 percent on the night.
  • Singler has been having a tough time of it lately, but this reverse was nice.  Singler finished just 2-of-10 on the night for four points zero boards, zero steals, zero blocks, and zero assists in 40 minutes on the floor.

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  • I though Jose would have a breakout game since he hasn’t been playing Jose-like lately.  He finished with 13 points, five assists, four boards, two steals and just one turnover in just 24 minutes.  The problem was that Bynum was hot so Jose sat most of the second half.
  • Will was Bynumite with 23 points and led Detroit on a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter getting them within two points with a little over two minutes left in the game. Will was 10-of-14 with 4 assists, a steal and two turnovers.
  • Monroe 5-of-9 on the night for 14 points, nine boards and six assists.
  • I should call out Stuckey more often.  Rodney has played his best basketball all season long the past three games.  Rodney led all scorers with a season best 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting with three boards in 39:55 minutes on the floor.  He’s got the talent that’s for sure, he just needs to be consistent.

Rodney Stuckey Pistons vs Trail Blazers
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  • Stuckey sustained a deep cut when he butted heads with Lillard. He had to get stitches after the game.
  • Detroit played well, but two things are clear. Detroit needs better defense and they need to learn how to close out games.
  • You can’t let a team go on a 20-5 run and expect to win.
  • Maxiell with 10 points and five boards.
  • Charlie V with just six minutes and one point.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Detroit relied mostly on their starters. Besides Bynum Detroit’s bench scored just five points.
  • All five Portland starters in double figures.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 11 and Portland’s was 12.
  • I’m guessing the Pistons will shut down Andre Drummond for the season.
  • Monday at home against the Nets and then back on the road for a Friday game with Miami and a Saturday in Charlotte.

The #Pistons took down the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night at the Palace of Auburn Hill 108-101 thanks again to great nights by the young core of the team.  Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 26 points, while Kyle Singler and Greg Monroe added double-doubles.

Key Points:

  • With the win the Pistons are now playing 500 basketball at home.
  • Looks like my prediction came through, Brandon Knight with a season high 26 points looks like he’s got his confidence back.  Though it’s early in the season he’s playing the best basketball of the season right now. In that span of the last three games, he’s averaging 21 points and shooting better than 50 percent overall and from the 3-point line (9 of 16).

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  • You have to respect LeMarcus Aldridge, who really is the best kept secret in the NBA.  He led all scores with 32 points, adding 10 boards.  I love to how effortless he makes everything look.
  • Good luck to Rodney Stuckey, it doesn’t look like he’s getting his starting job back anytime soon. And it almost looks like he’s ok with it. Stuckey had 11 points and four assists on the night.
  • Seven Pistons in double figures.
  • Looks like Charlie V has cracked the rotation and his shot is going in. Charlie scored 10 on 4-of-6 shooting in 15 minutes on the floor.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Kyle Singler was fantastic Monday night. Do you realize he scored six points and grabbed seven boards in the first 11 minutes of the game. He finished the game with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 10 boards, 5 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot. He’s making the Need4Swede disappear.

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  • Don’t think I wasn’t worried that Detroit was going to collapse in the third quarter when the Trail Blazers went on a 7-0 run, cutting the Piston lead to just 4 points. It was the three that got them back, one from Stuckey, Singler and Charlie V. Singler’s three to close out the third quarter brought the small Palace crowd to their feet.
  • Singler may turn out to be a legitimate candidate for Rookie of the Year.
  • Moose with another great game. He put up 20 and 10 and added another double-double on the season. And don’t forget he contributes everywhere on the court. I just love watching a big guy like that pass the way he does. If he doesn’t make the All Star team it will be a travesty.

Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “We had four possessions that resulted in a score where all five guys touched the ball and to have seven guys in double figures and to have a bunch of guys with multiple assists, that’s great. The way I look at is, they shot 42%, but had 17 offensive rebounds, so our first shot defense was good. Obviously we have to be better to limiting them to one shot, but the ball movement, the sharing, that was contagious.”

  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • The Pistons biggest lead in this one was 15.
  • Drummond with six boards, two points and two blocked shots in 14 minutes on the floor. He may not have put up a handful of points, but his defense gets better every game.
  • This had to be the best Basketball the Pistons have played all season, with everyone really contributing.
  • Prince with 10 and Maxiell with 11. I was off both of their bandwagons starting the season, but I’m back on. You really have to give it up to Prince and Maxiell who are the the unsung hero’s in most of the Pistons wins.
  • They could make it two in a row on Wednesday night when Phoenix makes a stop at The Palace.

The 2-5 Pistons are in Portland for the first game of their West Coast road trip to take on the 5-3 Trail Blazers. Detroit, who hard a hard time getting their first to victory’s wont have an easy go in Portland.

The good, though it’s the longest of the two West Coast trips, it’s probably the easier of the two.  With Portland Tuesday night, the Clippers on Friday, the Kinds on Sunday and the Warriors to finish it off on Monday.  The bad, the Pistons have lost four straight to Portland.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 10:00 pm and will be broadcast on FSN 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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Need4Sheed Guest Writer:
Rashid S. Umar

In what looked like a replay of Tuesday night’s game in Los Angeles, the Motown Sound was reduced to a whisper and a 20 point deficit after three quarters, then after a furious late rally (which cut the lead to one) fell short to the Blazers in Portland 87-81. Rodney Stuckey led the team with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and, 5 assists but shot a horrible 6-21. Charlie V seemed poised to erase his nightmare performance against the Lakers but picked up 2 quick fouls in first quarter. The Pistons will have two days off before continuing the trip in Utah on Saturday night.

Key points of the game:

  • The Blazers led by 4 after one, then 10 at the half, before stretching it to 20 after 3.
  • The Pistons used all three rookies in the fourth to mount the furious comeback which included a 10-0 run and outscored Portland 31-17.
  • With the Blazers leading 78-77 with over a minute to go, the Pistons couldn’t secure a rebound which landed in Steve Blake’s hands. He would later in the possession hit a three to put the Blazers up 81-77, which put the Detroiters to bed.
  • Someone tell Rodney Stuckey that he doesn’t have to force the action for himself all the time. It’ll be nice to set table for others every now and then.

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  • Pistons used a “tall ball” line-up to make the Blazers sweat this one out.
  • Ben Wallace had a quiet 12 rebounds.
  • I’m starting to come around to the thought that maybe the offense is better with Bynum on the floor.
  • Charlie V scored 20 points, including a huge three and layup late to cut the lead to one, despite picking up some cheap fouls early. However, he could’ve kept that turn and fade-a-way three point attempt with 10 seconds.
  • Hey another DaJuan Summers sighting!
  • The Blazers got 20 apiece from stars Brandon Roy and LeMarcus Aldridge.
  • Michigan Wolverines Fab Fiver Juwan Howard is still in the league?? Wow. Dude is just stealing money now. I wonder if Mike Peplowski, Orlando Woolridge, or Rafael Addison are available.
  • Jay-Z made a song titled: Death to Auto tune, I proposed one: Death of Small Ball.
  • Charlie V put up 20 with 3 boards in 16 minutes.

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  • The three guard lineup of Stuckey, Ben Gordon, and Will Bynum leaves the team with defensive deficiencies.
  • Late in the game the team implored a full-court trap that yielded positive results.
  • Austin Daye made a nice contribution with his shooting and defense late.
  • I swear Greg Oden looks like Lebron James’ older uncle. Anyhow the future career solid starter had 6 points, 10 boards, and 3 blocks.
  • When’s Rip coming back?
  • Pistons resume action Saturday night in Utah where they haven’t won since I was a natural blond (kidding but it’s been a long time).

Highlights of the Game Via NBA.com

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It was a tough way to put an end to the Pistons’ seven game winning streak. Iverson was once again put in the spot to take the last shot, but this time AI’s last-second shot didn’t go down and the Pistons lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 84-83.

Key Points:

  • Exciting game, yes – but you just can’t keep squandering double digit leads (14) and expect to keep winning games.
  • One word……..Turnovers. Thirteen to be exact. It was the ones late in the game that helped Portland go on a run and take this game away from Detroit.
  • Travis Outlaw hit the game winner for the Blazers with 8 seconds on the clock. He’s burned the Pistons before so I wasn’t surprised when he hit that shot.
  • No Rip, no Sheed and foul trouble for Amir.
  • Say what you will about Kwame Brown but he looked as good as we need him to be. Thirty minutes with 9 points on 4-for-5 shooting with 4 boards, a steal and 2 blocked shots.
  • 13 boards for Dyess, who is stunned the Pistons lost this one. “I can’t believe we lost, I am still in disbelief, stunned, the way we played, how well we played on defense — but we just let it slip away.” Via The Detroit News
  • Forget the fan call-in voting that had Rodney Stuckey as the Player of The Game. Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 26 points looking so sharp early. Tayshaun played 44 minutes going 13-for-21 with 8 boards, an assist, a steal and a block. Player of the game in my book and solid play from Prince since he was put back in his SF position.

Tayshaun Prince

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  • Tayshaun Prince Highlights.
  • Tayshaun was hot, Allen was not (6-for-19). If I’m the coach, I put the ball in Tay’s hands for the last shot.
  • 32 points in the paint for Detroit to 38 for Portland.
  • Aldridge looked great again for Portland, dropping 26 on the Pistons and making it look easy.
  • Just three Pistons in double figures.
  • Was the game a little too late for you? FSN did a fine job with the quarter by quarter break down of the game.
  • Maybe it was nerves……. He started off just fine and it looked like it was going to be another great night for Stuck, but maybe it was all the family and friends in the crowd that led to Rodney’s (sub par for him) game. Thirteen points on 4-for-12 shooting with 6 turnovers.

Rodney Stuckey

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  • When you win the war of the boards 40-28 and have 2 double digit leads in a game you should win, right?
  • More Maxiell please! Is it me or is Curry not utilizing the Baby Eater?
  • The Pistons need to make their late game free throws. Detroit was 9-for-16 on the night at the stripe.
  • I know we lost, but I’m still impressed with how Detroit has played without Rip and Sheed. And Dyess for that matter. I would think Rip and Sheed would be back by now! Right?
  • Is it me or do you have the feeling something is brewing in the front office?
  • Ben from BlazersEdge got a glimpse of the Carolina AF1 Sheed’s.
  • It’s always nice to hear from Pistons fans at road games, Jennifer Peal was at the game last night and had something nice to report. ” I was at the game tonight and ran into none other than the man himself, George Blaha. He was the nicest most kind person i’ve truly ever met. He signed my t-shirt along with Special K and I also got a picture with him, which I am sending your way. As if that wasn’t great enough, as I am sitting in my seat chatting with fellow pistons fans around me (there were many by the way), I come to find out I am sitting next to Rodney Stuckey’s Jr. High school teacher. She had driven all the way from Seattle to come to Portland to see him play.  And Blazers fans just “loved” my ball don’t lie shirt.”

  • Another Pistons fan, Nicolas King, a Detroiter now living in Portland wasn’t at the game but he did work at the hotel that the Pistons were staying: I’ve run into a few players, McDyess, Stuckey, Tay, even MR BLAHA!! and they are very nice and polite. I thanked McDyess about bringing the energy back to the stones and for just coming back, I told Blaha about how i remember lambs lowdown and Kenny’s Key’s to winning he was loving it, I asked Mr Kelser if he wore any powder blue yet from the Sheed MSU-UNC bet and he said Sheed hadn’t provided him the gear, the list goes on. Another tidbit, I saw Sheed a few times, and we are an art themed hotel so we have to pick our favorite artist for our name tag, naturally i picked “Rasheed Wallace” as mine, I’ve been dying for him to see it here but he’s just too intimidating when he walks by, but nonetheless my Name Tag is Sheedtastic. Rasheed came to the front desk and asked me for another key to the room, so I made one and then showed him my name tag and explained how I had his name on my name tag for my favorite artist, he smiled and thanked me, as that happened the front door man asked me in front of him how long was I reading need4sheed today and Sheed started to crackup.
  • Classic….leave them in the comments, West Coast trips always have me up late, but I just finished watching the replay of this one.
  • PistonsNationBlog gathered Pistons bloggers to ask the question “Rip or Iverson to the Bench?”, I bet you can guess my answer.