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The Pistons handed the Bulls their sixth win on the season with a 99-83 loss at the Palace.  Rip Hamilton scored 14 in his return to the Palace.

Key Points:

Pre game Austin Daye”he wanted to be in another jersey for a while and he got what he wanted” Austin Day on Rip Hamilton

  • Rip or no Rip the Palace is till having tons of trouble filling seats.
  • Lions Matthew Stafford in the house.
  • Rodney Stuckey just 15 minutes (groin injury).
  • Remember when there was a big debate about who was going to go #1 Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley.
  • Damien Wilkins has now taken Austin Daye’s spot in the rotation.  He put a spark in the team in the second half, keeping the team in it. He finished with 10 poinst, 3 assists, and three boards in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • Daye a DNP.
  • News Flash: Charlie Villanueva still can’t play defense.
  • Miserable game to watch. The team that played defense against the Magic just didn’t show up.
  • The 23rd career double-double for Greg Monroe, who fought hard in the loss, putting up 19 points, 13 boards and assists in 35 minutes.  He magically put up 5 assists…that’s 3 more than the Pistons PG Rodney Stuckey.  Monster game from Moose, who continues to shine this season.
  • As bad as this one way, I’m still shocked that this team shows glimmers of hope in the mucus of mediocrity.

Rip “I get another chance at getting a ring”

  • Rip on his time in Detroit before the game via Bulls.com

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  • Good showing from the 12 fans at the Palace for Rip as they should have.  A few boo’s as expected.
  • I still really hate (and I know hate is a strong word) the Bulls Noah, Scalabrine and Ashton Korver.
  • 5 Bulls in double figures.
  • Four Pistons in double figures, on of them Will Bynum who played just 15 off the bench.
  • Torched on the boards 32-27.
  • Much needed Defense from Ben Wallace when he was out there.  The highlight of the game may have come of a Wallace high, high glasser that came out of nowhere.
  • Will Bynum sparked the team back in the fourth quarter
  • After giving up and easy bucket in the fourth quarter and some sloppy play, Frank called a time out and almost exploded mid court.  He looked like this.

Angry Cartoon Lawrence Frank

  • Looks like Ben Gordon will never be able to get the Bulls monkey off his back.  Ben with a sub-par game against his former team. Gordon finished with 7 points on 2-for-10 shooting with 4 boards in 28 minutes.
  • Pistons shot 40% to the Bulls 52%.
  • Jonas Jerebko put a screen on Rip Hamilton almost as bad as the one that Big Baby Davis put on Brandon Knight.
Jonas Jerebko

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  • Another bright spot was Jonas Jerebko who actually slashed his hand in the first quarter leaving bloody to get bandaged.  That didn’t stop him though, he finished with 13 points ,  4 boards, a steal and a whole lot of hustle.
  • 31 assists on the night from the Bulls.
  • The Bulls are simply better.
  • The Pistons never led this one.
  • Highlights via Pistons.com

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  • As fun as the Magic game was to watch, this one I could have taken a pass on.
  • Back to work at Philadelphia Friday and the Palace against the Knicks Saturday.

The Pistons took down the Magic 78-89 Monday night on the Palace for their second straight win.  This has to be the best showing form the team this season.  And if you watched this one, you saw a Pistons team that didn’t look anything like the first games of the season.

Key Points:

  • Monore with 2 quick fouls, Maxiell with another 2 in goes Ben Wallace. The Pistons couldn’t handle Dwight without committing fouls.
  • It’s getting very difficult to watch Rodney Stuckey drive the lane and not finish. He needs to start passing that ball if he can’t convert.
  • The Pistons did a good job taking away the three from Orlando.
  • Looks like Austin Daye can’t seem to get his stuff together. Back to the dog house for him.
  • The Magic’s Ryan Anderson is now a Top Ten scorer in the NBA…who would have thunk it.
  • Bless him, but Stan Van Gundy looks like he should be making my Pizza and Antipasto
  • Jerebko is pure hustle.  His foul block on Anderson looked pretty good to me.
  • Charlie Villanueva with his first minutes of the season, entered the game late in the second half when just about everyone over 6’3 was in foul trouble.
  • Ben Gordon was the Ben Gordon that once played for the Chicago Bulls.  Great to see him knocking down his shot all night long. I just hope he can keep it up. Ben led the Pistons with a season high 26 points with 6 very nice assists and 3 boards in 38 minutes on the floor.
  • Great game by Maxiell on Dwight, his Block on Dwight was nasty. Best showing for Jason Maxiell in more days than I can count.
  • Brandon Knight got knocked down by a killer screen from Glen Davis.  He folded like an accordion right to the floor. BK is going to be feeling that one for days.
  • Ben Wallace still has some D left in him, for spurts at a time. He really did wonders on the D when Monroe and Maxiell
  • Proud of what Detroit did to Dwight Howard.  They contained the beast with only 7 boards when he averages 17.  He fouled out in the fourth after putting up 19 points.
  • Another killer game from Jonas Jerebko, who continues his hard play. Jonas was everywhere finishing with 8 points and 11 boards in 36 minutes on the floor.  His help on Dwight was invaluable.
Jonas Jerebko

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  • The Magic with guy on their squad that I didn’t even know were still in the NBA.  Quentin Richardson, Larry Hughes and Chris Duhan…no wonder Dwight is a little upset.
  • Knight is still getting his feet wet in the league, but he is showing flashes of “WOW.”  He finished with 8 points and 3 assists in 20 minutes.
  • Is CV in the doghouse with Day, or is he just that bad?
  • He didn’t get a double-double, but what Greg Monroe did against Dwight and the Magic was awesome. Monroe with 10 points and 9 boards in 22 minutes.
  • Prince knocking down shots right when the Pistons needed them. Tay with 14 points, 5 boards and 2 assists in 36 minutes.
  • The Pistons won the board war 28-20.
  • By the way, Kings say they wont trade Cousins.
  • Detroit shot 50% on the night.

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  • The Pistons pulled away for good as soon as Dwight Howard fouled out.  No better way to top off this win with a breakaway dunk from Greg Monroe.
  • Bring on Rip and the Bulls Wednesday night.
  • That was fun.

The Pistons lost their season opener 79-91 to the Pacers in Indiana Monday night. In a game they never led, the team look a little more than out of sync in their first official game with Lawrence Frank at the reigns.

Key Points:

  • Turnovers – The Pistons sunk their own ship by turning the ball over 16 times.
  • The Pacers led by as much as 24 points.
  • The Pistons were torched by Indiana down low. The Pacers scored 36 in the paint.
  • Out rebounded 40-53.
  • Early foul trouble for Monroe didn’t help matters much. With no Charlie Villanueva (suspension) Jason Maxiell was guarding 7-2 Hibbert.
  • Monroe played just 11 minutes.

Greg Monroe: “They beat us tonight, plain and simple,” “There were zero lead changes, so as soon as the ball was thrown up, they beat us tonight. That’s the truth. And that’s something that we can’t let happen.”

Greg Monroe Indiana

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  • Let’s just say that one did’t work out well.
  • Brandon Knight…well he’ll get better. Knight played 16 minutes off the bench and went 3-for-6 from beyond the arch scoring nine points with 4 turnovers, missing his 3 field goal attempts.
  • Both teams shot just 36% from the floor.
  • Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko led the Pistons with 17 each.
  • Great to have Jonas Jerebko back! Jonas played more minutes than anyone with almost 38, going 7-for-11 with 5 boards, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot. He didn’t even get into foul trouble doing it. We really do have a Need4Swede.
  • Ben Gordon…well, Santa didn’t exactly grant him his Christmas wish. Ben was 4-for14 and that’s all I need to say.
  • Wait I do have one more thing to say about Ben…he had 5 turnovers.
  • Rodney Stuckey was your starting PG dishing out 6 assists with 2 steals, 3 turnovers.
  • Tayshaun Prince was 3-for-10 for 6 points and 3 boards in 33 minutes.
  • You can complain about the officials all you want, the officials didn’t lose this game for Detroit.
  • It was quite clear that Detroit wasn’t going to win this one. I was hoping we could get a look at Vernon Macklin.
  • 7 boards each for Daye and Ben Wallace.
  • It’s quite clear this team needs another big man or they are going to get killed in the paint and on the boards each night. That or…Charlie Villanueva is going to have to turn into the player we wish he was. Get on the Phone Joe.

Lawrence “Larry” Frank: “It just shows you where we’re at right now,” “We have a lot of work to do.”

Highlights if you dare via Pistons.com (and nice to hear Matt Dery doing the audio work)

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I hope I’m not going to have to say this the entire season, but it’s just one game.  I’m still excited to head to The Palace Wednesday night for the opener.

The Nets went on a 13-3 run in the last minute and forty seconds of the their 101-98 win over the Pistons.  Detroit, who lost the lead in what felt like a blink of an eye, had a couple of chances to tie in the closing seconds of the game.

Key Points:

  • It doesn’t matter how great you play, when it takes just two minutes for everything to collapse.
  • Sure it’s just one loss, yes it’s just the first game of the season…but boy that Pistons loss didn’t feel good at all.
  • No Monroe?  I know Brooke Lopez is good, but a DNP from the number 7 pick does not sit well right now.
  • When you lose like that the good things sometimes get lost, but there were good things.
  • Ben Wallace set the tone with his energy and rebounding.  Ben finished the game with 6 points. 10 boards, a steal and an assist in 27 minutes on the floor.
  • Hack-a-Ben…come on Avery.  (it does work though)
  • Seven Pistons in double digits.
  • Stuckey looked good putting up 14 points on 4-for-10 shooting with 3 boards and 7 assists.  Will this be his year?
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  • Brook Lopez looks better than he did last season.  He finished with a game high 25.
  • Outrebounded 44-37.
  • T-Mack looked ok in his 13 minutes on the floor.  You can see that he’s not moving well but he sure got the ball in the hands of the open man on the floor.  Tracy didn’t score, but he had 3 assists, 2 boards, and 2 steals.
  • What’s with the barrage of three pointers? The Pistons were 8-19 from downtown.  Is that what we are doing now?
  • Austin Daye struggled going 2-for-8 for 4 points and 3 boards in 21 minutes.
  • Charlie V was the go to guy late in the game? Shooting 3′s?  He finished with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting and 4-for-9 from downtown.  I almost thought Sheed was out there behind the arch.
  • Tayshaun put up 15 on 5-10 shooting with 2 boards, and assist and 2 blocked shots.
  • Wow…16-for-30 from the line.  Pitiful! The Pistons missed 7 free throws int the fourth quarter. Difference maker, maybe. Make a few more and win or take it to OT.
  • “It’s very, very frustrating. To be up 7 with 1:40 to go is frustrating. We have to close out the game. We had the game in our hands and we didn’t do the little things to pull it out. We need any win possible, especially on the road. It was our first game, but a game we should have won. Overall we played okay, but if you eliminate those last two minutes of the game, we could be having a different conversation.” Charlie Villanueva

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  • Bynum just 3-for-10 from the floor.  He finished with 10 points, 3 boards and 2 assists.
  • The second unit played well together.
  • Solid play from Maxiell who gobbled up any of the minutes Monroe would have seen.
  • “I expect the chemistry to pick up. Last year we had a lot of injuries so it was hard to build chemistry, but I don’t see that happening this year. I think we’ll be able to get our chemistry going a lot quicker and in turn that will make us a better team.” Ben Gordon
  • Sadly the D isn’t back in defense.  Detroit looks no better on the defensive end than they did last season.
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  • 81 more.

I was lucky enough to see this one coming last night at the Palace during the Pistons 87-83 win over the Heat.  The Princeesque  block by Austin Daye on Dwyane Wade.  This one gave instant rep to Austin at the Palace especially after they replayed it on the big screen multiple times.

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Thanks to Need4Sheed reader Jay for the Video.

Due to time restrictions, I am unable to post a full recap of the game so I would like to hear your thoughts in the comments.  One word from me, impressed.

Two little tidbits from the game that you may not have heard on the broadcast.

  • A put Chucky chant started in the late fourth quarter
  • And when Jonas Jerebko and Jamaal Magloire got into their little scrum…the crowd started chanting DEEEEETROIT BASKETBALLLL.  See, we always keep that “Bad Boys” mentality.

FYI to Austin Daye Fans

“Pistons rookie Austin Daye will be at Meijer in Allen Park (3536 Fairlane Blvd.) on Tues., Oct. 6, from 4:30-6:00 p.m., along with the Pistons Hoop Truck, where you can get a voucher for a free ticket to an upcoming preseason game at The Palace.” Via Pistons.com

Your thoughts in the comments.

Things have really changed around here when we are celebrating a two game winning streak. The Pistons closed out their tough five game road trip with a solid win in Boston against the World Champion Celtics. The Celtics were without Kevin Garnett, but Detroit’s 105-95 road victory was impressive regardless of the former league’s MVP absence (2004). Remember, the Pistons were without their former MVP Allen Iverson (2001).

Key Points:

  • Detroit started the game off strong and went on plenty of runs throughout the game.  What changed in this game was Detroit didn’t let the runs that Boston went on get out of hand.
  • Remember when we used the word poised when describing the way Detroit played? Well this is the first I’ve seen of it all season long.
  • Detroit had lost five straight regular season games to the Celtics and 9-of-11 including a six-game Eastern Conference final.
  • Detroit is back to playing .500 ball and has the same record as the Sixers. They are currently holding on to the 7th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Get this….16.5 games back of Cleveland.
  • Detroit played a solid 48 minutes.
  • Rip Hamilton once again led this team to victory with 25 points, an assist away from a double-double. He added six boards in 39 minutes, while shooting 50% from the floor and went 11-for-12 from the line.  Is he trying to emphasize the fact that he should have never lost his starting job?  If he is, and this is the outcome we get…..keep it up Rip.

Richard Hamilton Boston

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  • Rip Hamilton’s post game comments. (video)
  • “We played our type of basketball,” Hamilton said. “That’s the thing for me with Tayshaun, Rasheed (Wallace) and (Antonio) McDyess, I always know they’re going to be at all times.” Via NBA.com
  • Thank you NBA Referees, we bitch when you’re wrong (like when you missed Rip getting mauled at the end of the game) so it’s only right when we thank you for your fine work. That’s just how we roll in Detroit.  Detroit made a season-high 34 free throws, in 40 attempts.
  • Sheed 15 points, 6 boards, 2 blocked shots and a steal. Solid defensive game for Sheed. I still wonder if he thinks he can make some of the crazy threes he jacks up.  Maybe it should be Jack ….instead of Roscoe?
  • Outrebounded 35-31.
  • Iverson still questionable for Tuesday’s game against Denver.
  • Tayshaun Prince again asserted himself in a big game.  Prince scored 15 with 8 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals. How about the kind bounce on the three in the third quarter…nice.

Tayshaun Prince Boston

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  • NBA.com Pistons vs Celtics Video Recap.
  • God love Hubie Brown and his pronunciations.
  • Pistons led at the half 55-47 and didn’t give the lead up at all until Boston went on a run. Boston led 85-81 when Rasheed hit a tree pointer with 7:04 left to start a 13-4 run that left the Pistons ahead 94-89. They never looked back.
  • Maxiell making clutch free throws with under three minutes left in the game.
  • Rodney Stuckey held his own Sunday afternoon with 10 points, 5 assists, 3 boards, a rebound and just one turnover.
  • Will Bynum made a bigger splash and is making a case for more playing time with 9 points, 2 assists, and 3 steals in just 12 minutes.  The takeaway from Marbury that lead to a layup was a thing of beauty, not to mention hard work.
  • I will never understand the head tattoo.
  • How about Detroit’s determination to come back and regain the lead in the fourth quarter and close the game out?
  • 40 points in the paint for Boston to 18 for Detroit.
  • Can we just say all hail to The Mighty THOR!  Walter Herrmann was a huge boost for Detroit making 4 of his 5 shots for 11 quick points for Detroit.

Original Thor Drawing/Marvel Comics
  • Say what you will, but that inbound pass he tried at the end of the half still has me laughing.  Remember MIGHTY THOR!

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  • 15 lead changes and this one was tied 20 times.
  • Defense…the Pistons had 8 steals  and 3 blocked shots
  • 15th technical foul for Rasheed Wallace.
  • Stat line of the night, just 6 turnovers for Detroit.
  • Look I’m usually not one to bash other teams or their fans, (except Varejoke) but I think Celtics fans have it coming. I can’t tell you how many vile comments I deleted all day by the classy people of Boston. So when I saw this picture of Glen “Big Baby” with that look on his face I found it quite amusing that even the fans reacted with the cry big baby dramatics.

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  • Antonio McDyess 10 points, 5 boards and a blocked shot while Jason Maxiell had 8 points in 17 minutes.
  • For the second game in a row the ball movement was flowing and the team looked in sync. Be careful to judge these two games as “the Pistons are back,” in fact it may be more difficult once Allen Iverson is back from injury and the rotation issues become prevalent. The problems haven’t disappeared just because of a big win. If the egos can handle what’s going on and they commit to playing the way they did the last two games then they just may have a chance to become respectable again.
  • 30 Bench points for Detroit.
  • “You can tell they’re playing the system they played before Iverson got there,” said Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who scored 26. “When Iverson is out there they’re still trying to figure out how to use each other, how to all be successful. But that group that’s out there is definitely comfortable because they’ve played together for years.’‘ Via NBA.com
  • I’m loving the Blind Date comparison in the comments of the game thread. Feel free to keep them coming.

There were two big stories in Orlando Friday night. Richard Hamilton returned to the starting lineup for the Pistons and they won. It was a familiar and cohesive looking Pistons team that took the floor and didn’t back down until the job was done. The 93-85 victory over a strong Orlando team on the road could be just what the Pistons need to get them into gear and try to salvage what’s left of this season.

Key Points:

  • Tayshaun Prince started things off for Detroit from the tip. He looked to score in this one and he did, finishing with 17 points on 7-14 shooting in 41 minutes on the floor.  He played the role of scorer and defender last night, just 2 assists for a Tayshaun Prince who’s had to run this offense a lot this season.
  • Just three Pistons in double figures, while all five of Orlando’s starters scored 10 or more.
  • If you were watching the game you saw something quite familiar that we have come to know and love as Pistons fans. DEFENSE! Dwight Howard scored 21 but not many of them came easy.  And holding Lewis to 10 and Turkoglu to 13 was just what the Pistons needed to to to get the job done.
  • Rasheed, Maxiell, McDyess and, yes, Kwame Brown did a nice job defending Howard.
  • 15 Turnovers for Detroit really would have stuck out more had they lost this one. Ten of those came in the first half.
  • Richard Hamilton led all scorers with 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting in 41 minutes on the floor.  Rip was aggressive and looking for his shot all game long.  He added 6 assists and a board and him coming off screens and hitting his shot was a thing of beauty.  Richard Hamilton Highlights.

Rip Scores 31

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  • Hamilton again reiterated the comments he made the other day and said he wasn’t cool with coming off the bench unless his team was winning. Something had to change and it did, Rip made sure of it. I think he made it clear by his words and his actions that that’s not going to happen again anytime soon.
  • Allen Iverson returned to Detroit to get his back evaluated and wasn’t even in Orlando for the game. He will not be in Boston for tomorrow’s game against the Celtics either. This is just the way my mind works so bear with me. Anyone else think the “injury” (not saying he doesn’t have one) to his back may help him save a little pride going to the bench? Think it may be milked more to help AI make the transition? It was just the first thing that popped into my mind because AI seems to take a lickin’ and keep on ticking, so the fact that he wasn’t in Orlando and won’t be in Boston just made me wonder. I always used to say the only way to stop him from playing was a bullet hole, and my guess is if it was superficial he’d still take the court.
  • Chris McCosky – “Curry, who gave Iverson the news Thursday night, said Iverson wasn’t happy but that he expects him to handle it like a pro.” “He’s been trying to play hurt and he’s been frustrated with that,” Curry said. “He didn’t react any different than Rip did when I talked to him about coming off the bench earlier.” “It’s nothing on Allen,” Curry said. “He’s a guy that needs the ball, and because of that it reduces the time Rodney Stuckey has the ball in his hands. That has taken away some of Rodney’s aggressiveness.” Via The Detroit News
  • Will Bynum and Walter Herrmann saw extended time, but it was the hustle of Jason Maxiell that stood out most. He may not have filled the stat sheet, but Maxiell made his presence felt. Just ask Dwight.
  • Amir Joshnson – DNP
  • BALL MOVEMENT!
  • Rodney Stuckey looked like the he did the first half of the season.  Whether this game helps him get out of his rut remains to be seen but he looked great in the Pistons’ win.  Stuckey scored 22 on 9-15 shooting with 6 1 assist in 40 minutes.  Great game for Stuckey, besides his 4 turnovers. Rodney Stuckey Highlights.

Rodney Stuckey

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  • The Pistons outrebounded the Magic by 10, 38-28.
  • Haven t heard George Blaha this excited on a broadcast in quite some time. Boy was he animated down the stretch when it looked like the Pistons weren’t going to give this up in the final minutes.
  • The Pistons outscored the Magic 28-14 in a dominating third quarter that helped Detroit put the game away.
  • FSN Highlights of the Game by quarter.
  • All heart from Antionio McDyess who did the dirty work in the Pistons’ win. Dyess scored 8 with 13 boards and a blocked shot in 40 minutes.
  • Sheed, 10 boards, 8 points and 2 steals.
  • “One thing with Orlando is that if we continue to play Dwight straight up with Rasheed there, it allows us to stay on their 3-point shooters,” Prince said. “And if we can eliminate that, then we put ourselves in good position to get the game.’‘ Via NBA.com
  • Friday Rasheed Wallace was fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a towel into the stands and another in the direction of referee Bill Kennedy.
  • Maybe this is a solid answer to who is really running the show. This is what Rodney Stuckey had to say. “My teammates were getting on me,” Stuckey said. “When the boss man’s getting on you (Joe Dumars, Detroit’s president of basketball operations), you know you have to change something.” Via MLive

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.

Forget the fact that Detroit let a 19 point lead against the Bulls shrink to just one. Rodney Stuckey put Detroit on his back to pull out a much-needed win on his way to scoring a career high 40 points Tuesday night at The Palace in Detroit’s 104-98 victory.

Key Points:

  • Detroit Led 58-45 at the half only to let the Bulls go on a 20 to 2 run to cut the Pistons lead to just one.
  • The Bulls never led.
  • I still don’t like Nocioni, but I got to give it up to him for pushing his teammates when they weren’t playing well. Did you see him get in Tyrus Thomas’s face?
  • Sheed started the game on fire again scoring Detroit’s first seven points but got cold later going 5-for-14 on his way to a 11 point 4 rebound game.
  • Rasheed also earned his 11th tech of the year that he was called for during a timeout. Seriously?
  • Was Rodney trying to prove something against rookie point guard Derrick Rose?
  • The Bulls had no answer to Rodney Stuckey who looked like an All-Star getting whatever he wanted on his way to a career-high 40 points.

Rodney Stuckey with a career high 40 points
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  • First lava ball of the season by the way and I’m glad it went to Stuckey after the effort and heart he showed last night.
  • Stuckey scored 17 by the half.
  • It almost seems like a distant memory when Rodney Stuckey was having trouble with his jumper. This starting lineup business is suiting him well.
  • Antonio McDyess and Tayshaun Prince each put up a double-double. Antonio with 10 points and 11 boards and Prince with 14 points and 11 boards.
  • Richard Hamilton 14 points and no ejections!
  • No Brown, Hermann, Johnson or Bynum.
  • FSN highlights by the quarter.
  • 10 straight games with a Pistons Tech, no wonder Tayshaun is pissed.
  • This is why Jason Maxiell should never have a DNP Coaches Decision.
Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN
  • Though he played just 14 minutes, it was all fire and baby eating. Jason had 4 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in short minutes. Watch this stretch of Maxiell greatness.
  • No, I am not happy that they lost a 19 point lead, but as soon as it got to one they started to take over. Clearly this is a Pistons team we are not used to seeing, or maybe we are?
  • Derrick Rose just 10 points in 23 minutes with foul trouble.
  • Blaha and Kelser had a fantastic time with the way Stuckey was playing. The kid got whatever he wanted and made it look like butter.
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • 42 points in the paint for The Bulls and 42 for The Pistons.
  • Forget the fact that his stat line was 40 points on 15-for-24 shooting. His defense was great, he managed to rack up 4 steals and grabbed 2 boards with 4 assists.
  • Did I mention he was responsible for the play of the game? But that’s a given.
Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN
  • A few Stucktacular Highlights.
  • Weird to see Lindsey Hunter in a Bulls uniform with a clean shaven head.
  • 15 turnovers for the Bulls to Detroit’s 9.
  • Allen Iverson just 24 minutes after he went down with sore left groin. He still managed 8 assists and 5 points. Take note of the behind the back pass to Afflalo in the Maxiell highlights. This could be Iverson’s first game as a pro that he did not score a field goal, all of his points came from the line. Ryan in the comments “By the way, on ESPN, it said that on April 2nd, 1999, AI went 0 for 7. He played 12 minutes that game after a feud with Larry Brown”
  • Iverson is listed as day to day, but I can almost guarantee he plays on Friday. It’s just how he rolls.
  • Another solid outing from Arron Afflalo
  • The Pistons shot 42% from the floor to The Bulls 47%
  • On their way…outrebounded by just 2. The Bulls pulled down 46, the Pistons 44.
  • 7 games as a starter and shooting 60%….Rodney Stuckey’s Post Game Interview. He keeps playing like this and he is going to be an All Star.
  • This is one of those performances that you just have to watch again. Great way to start off a Holiday!

Detroit went into the Garden and ran off a 13-2 lead on the Celtics, but Boston bounced right back to tie the game at 21. A false hope of optimism for Pistons fans in reality turned into a stomping (again) by the Celtics, who made Detroit look almost silly by the third quarter. The Celtics took this one by 18, but the 98-80 victory didn’t do the Celtics’ domination justice; it looked like a 30 point plus blowout.

Key Points:

  • From Domination (Cle) to Disheartening in one day.
  • It was collectively a bad game from everyone. Nobody on the team besides Iverson (5-13) took more than 10 shots.
  • The whole team looked miserable, by the second half nobody even looked like they wanted to be on court. From the looks of it they gave up after they headed to the locker room
  • Think Rondo gave Billups trouble? He blew by Iverson all night long…
  • 16 turnovers that translated into Boston buckets.
  • Boston has now embarrassed Detroit to the point that they should be ashamed. Right now it’s clear that they truly are a better team all the way around. The ball movement alone was textbook. And their defense… stellar.

Rip Hamilton

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  • “Oh yeah, definitely,” Richard Hamilton said when asked if the score was an indication of how far the Pistons are from the Celtics’ level. “We’ve got to be a lot better. We lost to them two times by 20 points — that’s absolutely bananas. We don’t play like that.” Via The Detroit News
  • Out muscled and out hustled all night long.
  • There is really not much more to say, it was bad enough to be at the Palace when Boston stomped on them. We chalked that up to Iverson being new to the team. He still is, but this was just awful. Do we gauge the team on these two losses to Boston? Right now we do, they are the team to beat and if Detroit didn’t know that before then shame on them.
  • I miss these…
  • A little Will Bynum dunk to maybe put a smile on your face.
  • I promise you if I would have seen a little more “want” on their faces it wouldn’t be that bad. The looks could kill last night and the whole country saw them.
  • Herrmann was in the Hospital?
  • We need Dyess more than ever.
  • PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION – I am going to do whatever it takes to get as many signatures as I can and get this thing in the right hands. PLEASE pass on the link to anyone you know that will sign it. Let’s give Dyess some Love.
  • Direct link if you want to copy and paste it -  http://need4sheed.com/2008/11/antionio-mcdyess-please-come-home-petition.html