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The 24-50 #Pistons are back in action for the second game of a back-to-back, and a second game in four days against the 27-46 Raptors in Toronto.

  • The good:Jose Calderon is sure to get a nice homecoming from Raptor fans on his first trip back to Toronto after playing in a Raptors uniform for his entire NBA career before getting traded to the Pistons.
  • The bad: Though the Raptors aren’t a playoff contending team, they’re still playing better basketball than Detroit. It won’t be easy for Detroit, who is abysmal on the road and has lost 13 of their last 14 games.
  • The unknown: The status of both Jason Maxiell and Will Bynum.

Tip off is at 7:00 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.

If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

The Pistons 76-73 victory Sunday night at the Palace wasn’t pretty, but it showed that the Pistons believe in winning more than anything. As Detroit’s lottery dreams fade with every W on the schedule, it seem the most important thing on Lawrence Frank’s mind is teaching this team how to win.

Key Points:

  • It took till the final second of this one to decide which team was going to get better lottery positions.
  • Ben Gordon scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.  Gordon put the Pistons ahead to stay, 71-68, on a 3-pointer with 2:44 remaining.
  • It was so bad that Detroit had just 29 points at the half.
  • Brandon Knight with 19 points, 2 assists, 3 boards and a steal in 31 minutes on the floor. If not for Brandon and Ben this one wouldn’t have gone the Pistons way.

  • I think Austin Day may have got his last chance last week, he was a DNP coaches decision.
  • 27% shooting in the first half and 36% shooting on the night for Pistons. The Raptors didn’t do much better themselves shooting 37% on the night.
  • The Pistons have shot below 37 percent in three straight games.
  • This game was tied 16 times with 21 league changes.
  • Despite the Hammer in the building at the half, the Raptors on a Sunday evening didn’t draw a big crowd at the Palace.
  • Stuckey 1-for-7 for 7 points on the night.
  • Ben and Brandon were the only Pistons in double figures.
  • Greg Monroe with 17 rebounds.
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  • Pacers Monday night and then just one more on Thursday at the Palace against the Sixers.

 

 

The Raptors snapped a four game skid beating the Pistons 103-93 inToronto.  The Raptors built a 23 point lead early in the fourth quarter before a cheap shot flagrant foul from Toronto’s Jerryd Bayless set off Greg Monroe and got the Pistons within nine with under five mints to go.

Despite the fourth quarter surge the Pistons go into the All Star break losers of two straight.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe with a heck of a game.  Greg led the Pistons with 30 points, 14 boards, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots and a steal.  Not only did he get the Pistons back in the game, but he never stopped fighting, even when the game was close to being out of reach with seconds left.
Greg Monroe with 30 points and 15 boards in Toronto

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 Greg Monroe on the flagrant: “I think it was overboard – I don’t think it was borderline at all,” he said of Bayless. “I think it was pretty obvious. They made the right call. … I was already fired up. We just didn’t play well. I don’t know what was going on. I know we can play better than that. They just came out and wanted to win more than us.”

  • Stuckey played just 18 mints going 0-for-2, did he take his “vacation” before this game started?
  • It’s very rare to come back from a 22 point deficit.
  • Toronto shot 53 percent and beat the Pistons on the glass, 47-37.
  • Walker Russell in the game when it counted. Lawrence Frank kept the guys in that got them back there.
  • How do you know that you have done something really bad or nothing at all? When Wilkins is in the game instead of you when he has the stomach flu.
  • Props to Damion for going out there and giving it his all after vomiting all day and right up to tip-off.
  • Austin Daye a DNP.
  • I still have love for Amir Johnson.
  • Six Raptors in double figures.
  • T Prince 6-for-16 for 14 points, a steal, 2 assists and 7 boards.
  • DeRozan…DeDeadly
  • 18th double-double of the season for Moose.
  • Brandon Knight with 16 points, 3 assists and 2 boards in 36 minutes. Did I mention zero turnovers?
  • Ben Gordon, I still don’t know what or who he is.  3-for-6 for 6 points and a -17 in the box.
  • Jonas Jerebko fouled out with 5 minutes left in the game after playing just 18 minutes.  Jonas finished with 8 points and 3 boards.
  • Jason Maxiell started the game hot, but cooled off a bit.  Jason finished with 12 points, 2 blocked shots, 2 assists and 5 boards.
  • Will Bynum stayed in Detroit for personal reasons.
  • Two very winnable games that resulted in losses.  Let’s see what the second half of the season brings.
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  • Don’t forget to watch Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight on Friday night in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

 

Tracy McGradyAfter being booed in Wednesday night’s game in Toronto, he was asked the question how he felt about the boos.

T-Mac’s response…

“Keep booing me I love it, it really doesn’t bother me at all…It’s not like I was like Chris Bosh and selling out the city like the city was horrible or something or making crazy comments like the city was horrible.”

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Need4Sheed PodcastHere is the latest Need4Sheed Podcast. Danny and I were lucky enough to have a couple of special guests this week. Dave and J.P. from The Palace/Garden Podcast joined us in our “Pistons Round Table” to talk about what we are all talking about today.

The Pistons meltdown at the Palace against The Raptors.

We commiserate about our misery that is this team right now, as well as talk about why we think it’s happening. Is it the Coach? Is it the Players? Is it management? Is it Hooper?

And why does Danny want to trade Ben Wallace?

Dave also posed a question during the Podcast that we want to put to a vote. What is the Worst Pistons loss this season? Cast your vote at the bottom of this post.

Take a listen and by all means give us your feedback and question for the next show.

New Need4Sheed.com Detroit Pistons Podcast – The S@#$ Storm

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Thanks again to Dave and J.P. of The Palace/Garden Podcast for joining us, it was like Pistons therapy.
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A good thing (if there can be one) to take away from the Pistons loss to The Raptors,


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