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Andre Drummond Pistons-vs-SunsIt’s no secret that the Pistons are looking to bring Boston Celtics PG Rajon Rondo to Detroit.  Joe Dumars has made the call, but it will take something that Detroit won’t part with in order to get him, second year sensation Andre Drummond.

Drummond is the Pistons sacred cow, so it’s not likely you’ll see this one going down unless the Celtics change their tune. Joe is willing to send Brandon Knight and an expiring contract, but that just doesn’t cut it. The other problem is that the Pistons can’t even offer a draft pick in the deal because because of the Ben Gordon deal that gave the Bobcats the choice of a Pistons draft pick over the next four seasons.

I’m not going to say I wouldn’t love to have a All Star legitimate PG on this team and Chauncey as his backup, but there is basically no way I’m trading the centerpiece of the team. Drummond has the potential to be a superstar, something Detroit hasn’t seen from a draft pick since Grant Hill. And boy is Dre fun to watch.

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The #Pistons got their first home win of the season courtesy of the Boston Celtics. This time around the Pistons didn’t blow their lead in the 103-83 win. In their other three home games, the Pistons held double-digit leads in the second half, but defensive collapses turned into losses.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons were led by Greg Monroe, who put up his 6th double-double of the season with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, with 13 boards, while adding 2 assists and a steal in 31 minutes. Does anyone think he’s not a better player than he was last season?
  • I don’t care who’s leading the team in ppg, Jason Maxiell needs a medal of honor for his performances this season. He was unbelievable again against the Celtics, finishing with 15 points,  six boards, with a steal and a blocked shot in 30 minutes on the floor. It might sound cliche, but he really was everywhere all the time.
  • Congrats to Rondo who needed all 47 minutes to get his 10th assist of the game, extending his double-digit streak to 34 games, the third longest in league history.
  • Andre running the floor again. This almost looks like a replay  from the other night.

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  • Drummond played 18 minutes grabbing six boards and scoring four points. I do this thing when he’s on the floor, I stop watching everything else and just watch him.  Let me tell you with every game he’s learning the system better and he’s making an impact.
  • Singler with 14 on the night in his third night starting for Detroit. I’m very happy with Kyle in the starting lineup, are you?
  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • They went from an abysmal defensive game against Orlando to playing the best defense of the season against the Celtics. Detroit outscored the Celtics 23-14 in third quarter, forcing Boston to shoot just 31.3 percent, while turning the ball over seven times.
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  • I know many fans like a good offensive game, but I was raised on the Bad Boys and I love a good defensive shutdown.
  • Every Pistons was in the Plus column, even Daye who played a minute and thirty eight seconds.
  • I never thought I’d be think excited that the Pistons have Corey Maggette. He scored 11 points, with 2 assists and a rebound in 13:31 minutes. Shame on me for not tooning him yet.
  • Will Bynum added a much needed spark off the bench since Brandon Knight wasn’t doing much of anything other than turn the ball over. Will finished with 7 points, 5 assists and two steals in 21 minutes on the floor. And let’s not forget a breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter that made him look like he was going to hit his head on the rim.

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  • Should we be worried about Brandon Knight?
  • This is the kind of game the Pistons need from Rodney Stuckey, who scored 14 points off the bench, with 5 assist and 5 boards. He still think there is something off with him though.
  • Detroit’s biggest lead was 22.
  • Surprised at the limited turnout at the Palace.  I know the Pistons aren’t doing well, and it was a night game on Sunday but the Celtics usually draw a crowd.
  • BTW did you know Darko was on the Celtics now?
  • Wednesday night in Orlando…revenge.

The 1-9 #Pistons are hosting the 6-4 Celtics Sunday evening at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good:The Pistons have taken two of the last three against the Celtics.
  • The bad: Rondo is playing out of his mind, he’s coming into Sunday’s game with a 34 game streak of double digit assists. If Detroit has any chance in this one, they’re going to have to make a point of stopping him.
  • The unknown: Singler, Stuckey, Monroe…who’s going to step up for Detroit? Or will it be Brandon Knight, who dished out a career-high 12 assists on Friday night against the Magic.

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 closed out their season series with a 96-81 over the #Celtics Sunday night at a sellout crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons, who have now won seven of their last nine games could go into the All Star break on a winning note.

Key Points:

  • This game looked as though it may have been close, but soon after Detroit  broke a  26-all tie after one quarter to seize control firmly before halftime they never really let go.
  • Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 17,  and 10 boards.  Good to see Moose shake his offensive woes.  Greg was aggressive all night long.
  • No Kevin Garnett for the Celtics.
  • Defense! Detroit forced turnovers all night and capitalized on them.

Rodney Stuckey on defense: “It’s pretty much how we won the ball game. Defensively getting after them; our big guys did a phenomenal job of rebounding the basketball, we got out on the break, pushing the ball, and getting to the free throw-line really helped us. We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, but just getting to the free-throw line and our defense really helped us tonight.”

  • I can’t remember the last time the Pistons dis so well with second-chance points. The Pistons with a  29-6 advantage over Boston.
  • The Pistons shot more than 30
  • The Pistons frustrated Rajon Rondo so much that he got tossed in the third quarter after two quick technical fouls.  FYI, after a few choice words you can’t throw the ball at the ref, just ask Sheed.
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  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • 40 points in the paint to 18 for Boston.
  • Jason Maxiell with six points and 10 boards, with one blocked shots and three assists in 21 minutes.  Jason is flourishing in the starting lineup.  He’s not filling the stats but he’s doing the important things to make teams win just like Jonas.
Jason Maxiell

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  • Jason isn’t the only one who has been playing better. Since Jonas and Jason have switched places in the starting lineup they each have stepped up their game.  Jonas finished with 13 points, 6 boards, 2 steals and a blocked shot in 21 minutes.  That’s a Need4Swede.
  • How good does it feel to win the season series again the Celtics?
  • Daye in the doghouse.
  • Vernon Macklin gets 2 points in his 43 seconds on the court!
  • Brandon Knight with 12 points, 2 assists and 4 boards.
  • Nice game from Tayshaun who put up 13 with 6 boards and an assist.
  • Ben Wallace…Get that out of here

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  • Ben Gordon puts up 4 points, but am I imagining things or is this guy actually playing defense?
  • Pistons to the line 46 times on the night and made 29.
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  • I wish I had Charlie Villanueva’s job. I could really use a paid extend vacation.
  • Stuckey with 16 points on 2-for-10 shooting, going 12-15 from the line.
  • The Pistons won the board war 43 to 40.
  • The Pistons led by 13 at halftime and 14 after three-quarters, had they made their free throws this would have been a blowout.
  • It’s fun to win and I’m glad this team is doing so.  They are actually fun to watch right now.  I hate to say it, but I’m hoping they don’t play well enough to ruin their chances of a high draft pick just to sputter out.  I am not about tanking at all but it’s a double-edged sword.  You need a good draft, especially when you have money tied up in players like Gordon and Villanueva.
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Greg Monroe: “I think our intensity and focus over the full 48 minutes has changed. Everybody has come into their roles, everybody is holding themselves accountable and we’re all playing together.”

  • Winnable game against the Cavs on Tuesday.

The Pistons snapped a two game losing streak beating the Celtics on the road 98-88.  This is only the second time the Pistons beat the Celtics in their last eight meetings. Detroit competed with the Celtics the entire game, but it wasn’t until the Pistons started to come back late in the third quarter that by outscoring the Celtics 8 to 2 in the final minutes of the third and finally taking a one point lead headed into the fourth quarter.

Key Points:

  • No Garnett for the Celtics.
  • The Celtics have won 11 of their last 14 against the Pistons
  • The Pistons have now won 5 of their last 7 games.
  • The Chicago Bulls Ben Gordon showed up at the Garden. Ben terrorized the Celtics all night hitting big shot after big shot.  None bigger than the 3 he hit to put the Pistons up 10 with a minutes left in the game.  Ben finished with 22 off the bench for the Pistons, going  4 -for-6 from downtown.   Congrats Ben….does this mean you’re back?
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Ben Gordon: “We just played with some heart tonight,”

  • This was a one point with eleven minutesPistons go on a 12 to 2 run in the fourth quarter to put this one away. Three Ben Gordon triples in that run, that really tells the story.
  • 13 turnovers for Detroit.
  • The Pistons trailed by just 2 at the half.
  • Rajon Rondo with a season high 35 points.

Lawrence Frank: “We’re looking for little steps. We’re showing fight.”

  • Ben Wallace a season high 11 boards.  After the Spurs game and the Celtics outing it looks like Ben is drinking that fountain of youth juice again.  Good to see both Bens making it happen.
  • Jonas Jerebko sat out the second half and had ice on his leg.  No official word, it just looks like he’s a little beat up. Jonas played 8 minutes and had just one board.
  • Austin Daye did not play.
  • Greg Monroe with 22 points and 9 boards.  Monroe started slow, but became aggressive in the second half.   Monroe gave Detroit its first lead of the second half on a tip-in with 23  seconds left in the third quarter that made it 73-72 heading to the fourth.
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  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 25 points with 4 assists, and 3 boards in 36 minutes on the floor.  Rodney really kept the Pistons in the game, especially in the first half.  Nice to see him with a handful of solid performances.
  • Chris Wilcox former Pistons had a heck of a game for the Celtics with 17 points.
  • Will Bynum appearance.
  • Brandon Knight got into foul trouble early and really didn’t get into the flow of the game with Ben and Stuckey doing well.  Knight seems to be having issues with his mask.  He starts the game with it, but it’s usually off by half.
  • Damion Wilkins had a couple of great defensive plays helping the Pistons down the stretch.
  • Tayshaun 3-for-12 from the floor with 10 points.
  • Detroit out rebounded the Celtics 44-33.
  • The Celtics biggest lead with 7, the Pistons 13.
  • Fun game to watch, and nice to see this team get a road win, especially when it comes against the Celtics.

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  • It’s very noticeable that this team is getting better and better on the defensive end.
  • Keep in mind that these two teams play again Sunday at the Palace.

 

In a game where the final score was not as bad it could’ve been, the Boston Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 109 – 86 in a game that proved exactly where the Pistons are right now as a team.

This is a mediocre team right now that is lacking heart and drive to fight through some early season adversity to get to their first win.  The roster, as Nat and I have been saying all offseason, is unbalanced and full of talent but none of them have stepped up and taken the leadership role that’s required of a good team.  I could rail on all day about this but, I’ll re-cap the game:

  • Rajon Rondo was the best player on the court tonight and proved it by toying with the Pistons defense to the tune of 17 assists in 36 minutes of play.  Sure, he’s the point guard for the Celtics so he’s the main distributor BUT, his 0 turnovers proved not only did the Pistons not play defense but that he was making all the right moves.
  • Charlie Villanueva finally earned the right to talk tough about his opponent as he pulled down 7 rebounds to go with his 17 points off  the bench.
  • Rodney Stuckey, who had been playing so well coming into the game, reverted back to his 2009 form by not being able to finish at the rim or hit a jumpshot consistently as he finished 6-15 from the field and had 15 points to go with only 3 assists.
Rodney Stuckey

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  • As Nat mentioned, KG and Charlie Villanueva got into it a little bit last night, and both received technical fouls in the 4th quarter.  You can see the re-cap of what Charlie says happened here.
  • Since we’re talking about technical fouls, a member of “Team Boney” in one of the Need4Sheed Fantasy Basketball leagues received one last night.  Glen Davis was called for a technical foul in the 1st quarter after being called for fouling Ben Gordon.
  • This team is getting good at finger pointing.  Coach Kuester says someone needs to step up, Tayshaun says someone needs to coach better, I say be a man and do your job.
  • As much as I hate to say it, I think I’d take Rondo over any PG in the league right now.  Sure he’s playing with good talent around him but he’s made up for his other shortcomings by becoming a better floor leader and forcing those around him to be better.  (Even though he does look like Earthworm Jim)
  • One good thing to come out of last night’s game was the fact that Greg Monroe got some decent playing time for the first time in his young career.  He did not score a basket, but he had 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

So, the re-cap is short I know it is.  I don’t think any of us want to watch a replay of last night’s game, let alone discuss it in great detail.  I’m sure I’ll be railed against for thinking Rondo is a good point guard and people will try to tell me it’s because he’s playing with good players, which to an extent is true.

The fun doesn’t stop tonight either because after last night’s debacle in Detroit, the Pistons get to travel to Atlanta to play against a Hawks team that has started off the season 3-0 under new coach Larry Drew.  The Pistons will likely be without Richard Hamilton, Will Bynum and now Tracy McGrady who came down clutching his knee last night.

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The 21-38 Detroit Pistons will be hosting The 36-21 Boston Celtics tonight at the Palace.  Set another Sheed return aside, the Pistons are hosting something bigger than a ball game tonight. The Pistons Care Telethon is in progress and set to feed a lot of hungry people in Michigan. If you can help, even if it’s only a dollar, please do.

On a personal note, I’ll will be a guest of Celtics Late Night, after the game to give them my take on the Detroit side of things, as well as a lot of good natured (not really) ribbing about all things I hate that are green.

The Show starts at 11:00, and as soon as I get back from the game I will be joining the show Live.  If you are so inclined, please call in so I can chat with my fellow Pistons fans.  Let’s show the Celtics fans we mean business.

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And to make things…better (or maybe worse) I spotted Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen last night when I was having dinner and  gave them both the evil Pistons StinkEYE. Does that GuaranSWEDE a Pistons win? Not sure it does, but it sure made me feel good.

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action over at NBA.com.

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The new players impressed and the seasoned ones did the rest. The Pistons pummeled the Memphis Grizzlies in the season opener 96-74, led by 25 from Rip Hamilton while Ben Gordon added 22.  The big question has been could the two exist together, and I think they answered that one emphatically with 47 points between them.

Key Points:

  • The Defense?  Well it didn’t look that bad, holding the Grizz to just 74 was a nice way to start.
  • I mentioned before that Charlie Villanueva was a little (and that’s being nice) lax on playing “D” but he looked like he was really trying to step it up before he got into very early foul trouble. Let’s hope that’s not an issue.
  • Coach Kuester started his tenure with Detroit the right way.
  • This was the team I was hoping to see this season.
  • First official points from Ben Gordon as a Piston… leaning glass gunner with the shot clock expiring. Four point play,  followed by a buzzer beater at the quarter. Ben impressed with 22 points on 7-12 shooting in 25 minutes on the floor.
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  • You know how it feels for Pistons fans to see Sheed on the hated Celtics. Well just bask in the glory that Bulls fans are killing themselves right now watch Ben Gordon don the red, blue and white!
  • Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon’s first Pistons points – triples.
  • I love the George Blaha (don’t we all?) poster in Memphis…priceless
  • Bynum is really trying to cement this whole point guard position. Bynumite with 5 points, 5 boards and 7 assists in 23 minutes.
  • Rip tweaked his ankle late in the game after a very impressive performance. Hopefully he will be just fine. I was worried about him as the game started as well as the preseason but he looked great. He loses his ducktail and he gets his shot back, coincidence? I think not.
  • Ben Wallace back to his “Big Ben” status? Fear the fade?

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  • Wallace not only started for Detroit, but he was very impressive making his defensive presence felt while making it contagious to his teammates. Ben finished with 9 boards, a blocked shot and 3 points in 28 minutes.  Pleasant surprise…
  • Rodney Stuckey 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting with three assists and two boards.  I’m hoping his assists are better this season, but either way I think he’s going to be substantially better than last season.
  • Tayshaun Prince looked good with 14 points, 5 boards and 3 assists in 31 minutes.
  • Will rebounds be a problem? Probably – Pistons outboarded 39-49.
  • I was thinking that Rip’s ego might be a little bruised by Ben Gordon but the fact that Gordon scored the coveted Dr. Rahmani commercial was like writing it in stone.  That’s Rip’s gig, my man.
  • Rip started slow but totally stole the show with 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting with 4 assists and 3 boards.  Great start for Rip who was looking a little confused during the preseason.

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  • I’m hoping Jason Maxiell really plays the way I think he can play. Maxi with 2 points, 6 boards and a ton of hustle in 14 minutes on the floor.
  • 51% shooting on the nigh – WOW.
  • Charlie V started the game and scored 7. A great dunk but he’ll have to watch the fouls.
  • No Austin Daye or Jonas Jerebko, (The Second coming of Detroit Bad Boys) who were both suspended for their skirmishes in the preseaon.  Pistons dressed just 10 players.
  • 37% for three.
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  • Nice way to make Pistons fans feel after the mess that was last season.
  • I can’t wait to see what the crowd is like Friday night at the Palace. Ben Wallace with a serious ovation during the intros I predict.

Danny Ainge weighs in about the Celtics-Pistons trade rumor.

Via Boston.com

“When asked about the rumor this morning during a press conference at the team’s facility in Waltham, Ainge did not offer a denial of the specific report, but strongly indicated he does not expect to deal Rondo, the remarkably talented but erratic 23-year-old point guard.

“We love Rajon and I’m not going to comment on which rumors are true or not true,” said Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations. “We love this kid and I don’t anticipate trading anyone from our core.”

“If you look at a trade rumor and if you think it makes us a better team and helps us to win a championship this year, that’s the first criteria that any trade rumor has to pass — that it has to help us win the championship this year,” he said.

As Wojnarowski noted in the Yahoo report, it is not unusual for a GM to have someone else in the front office float a trade on his behalf, just to provide some level of deniability if a rumor becomes public. To a degree, that’s the approach Ainge took today.

“We’re certainly not doing anything this year to get a draft pick that’s a developmental project that is going to prevent us winning a championship this year,” Ainge said. “I’ve had many conversations. But a rumor that said lower-level executives are talking about a trade rumor pretty much means it doesn’t really have any merit or any value, if it’s not being discussed at the top.

An almost laughable deal was said to be offered to Detroit from Boston that would have sent Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen for Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

“The Boston Celtics appear willing to make major roster changes to balance a chance for a championship run and future financial flexibility.

The Celtics offered Ray Allen(notes) and Rajon Rondo(notes) to the Detroit Pistons for a package that included Richard Hamilton(notes), Tayshaun Prince(notes) and Rodney Stuckey(notes), league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Boston general manager Danny Ainge and Detroit’s Joe Dumars never spoke, but rather the Celtics had a lower-level executive make the pitch to a Pistons official over the past weekend, league sources said. Detroit immediately rejected the idea, and it never advanced to the two top executives speaking about particulars.”

This one makes absolutely no sense for Detroit, why would the Pistons trade away their best three players (and bargaining chips) for an again Allen (with an expiring contract) and Rajon Rondo. I can almost hear Dumars laughing now.

Update: PistonsNation points us toward Kelly Dwyer’s post over at Yahoo that maybe Dumars should reconsider.