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The 17-32 Pistons will host the 15-35 New Jersey Nets Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Nets have lost 11 straight on the road and seven in a row at The Palace. The Pistons are on their own 5 game skid with the last lost against the Bobcats Wednesday night being extra brutal for Detroit.

The good: The Pistons have not lost at home to the Nets since March 26, 2006.
The bad: Brooke Lopez
The drama: Tayshaun says this is a wasted season…but Kuester disagrees.
The “flu” drama: Nobody knows if Rip will ever recover from this devastating illness….our prayers go out to him.

Injury update:

  • Jason Maxiell (sore back) is out.
  • Rodney Stuckey (right shoulder contusion) doubtful.

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Get great seats to tonight’s Pistons game vs the Nets.  Get in the building for as little as $4 or sit right by the action for $30!

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.  If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

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The 17-31 Pistons will host the 20-27 Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit to bounce back after losing three straight and five of seven overall. Charlotte has a better record than Detroit and have won three of four in the series, but all of those came at home. Luckily the Pistons like to play at home and have held Charlotte to an average of 85.7 points in the last six games at The Palace.

Injury update:

  • Hey Pistons fans…maybe Dr. House took a look at Rip’s “flu bug”, he’s listed as probable for tonight’s game.
  • Jason Maxiell (sore back) is doubtful.
  • Rodney Stuckey (right shoulder contusion) is a game time decision.

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FREE PISTONS TICKETS ! The Pistons and PNC Bank are giving away Free tickets to tonight’s game.  Tickets available at the Palace box office or call 248-377-0100.  So brave the BLIZZARD and head out to the Palace for Social Media Night.

If all goes well, I’ll be there live Tweeting with my Pistons Flip Video in hand.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on FS PLUS. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

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The Pistons, despite holding their own with the Knicks thorough three quarters, just couldn’t keep up with the high scoring pace as Detroit dropped their third in a row to New York 106-124.

Key Points:

  • No Ben Wallace (personal reasons), no Stuckey and Rip was out with the “flu”. If Rip’s “flu” keeps lingering like this the Pistons had better call in Dr. House to get to the bottom of whatever it is that’s ailing him.
  • 91-91 at the end of the third quarter. The Pistons couldn’t go blow for blow against the high scoring Knicks. No D and a 10-2 run for New York in the fourth did the Pistons in.
  • The Pistons shot 50% for the night and 54.5% from behind the arch. And they lost!
  • Defense anyone?
  • Fifth double-double of the season for Greg Monroe who scored 15 points and grabbed 17 boards (career high). The most rebounds from a Pistons rookie since Grant Hill had 16 in his rookie season. Monroe had 14 and 16 before the third quarter but had to sit with foul trouble. It’s not just the rebounds or the points for Monroe…it’s everything he does. From the hustle to the assists (2) to the steals (2) to the tips, he’s doing it all.
  • Greg Monroe Highlights

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  • Add Russian rookie Tim Mozgov to one of those no name guys that the Pistons make look like an all-start. Mozgov averages 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10 minutes a game had a career night with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
  • The Pistons were led by the extremely hot hand of Ben Gordon, who scored 35 points and went 7-for-11 from downtown. Gordon scored 16 points in the third quarter in 42 minutes. Nice to see that shot go in like that, especially since we really haven’t seen it with Gordon in a Pistons uniform.
Ben Gordon scores 35 against the Knicks

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  • Ben Gordon Highlights

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  • Give it up to Chris Wilcox who really is becoming a sold backup for this team (though he did start in place of Ben Wallace). Chris scored 5 points with 6 boards and 4 assists in 31 minutes and did his best to help defend the beast the is Amare Stoudemire.
  • Stoudemire with 33, Gallinari with 29 and Mozgov with 23 for New York.
  • Was it me or did T-Mac look like he was exhausted by mid third quarter? He finished with 12 points, 3 boards and 3 assists.
  • Charlie Villanueva hit some timely 3′s finished with 11 points in 19 minutes.
  • Limited time for Austin Daye who was 0-for-3 in 10 minutes.
  • Maxiell fell way out of the rotation. Jason logged a whopping 26 seconds while DaJuan Summers played 12 minutes and scored 4.
  • As solid as they come, it seems like the Pistons can always count on Tayshaun Prince this season. He put up 16 points, but struggled doing it. His posterizing dunk over Gallinari…a TP classic.

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  • Despite all the drama and the Pistons record, they really seem like they are finding their way. Dare I say they have finally meshed?
  • Don’t forget that Wednesday is Pistons Social Media Night…so brave the massive blizzard that the Metro Area is bracing for and head out to the game to meet Jonas Jerebko!

The 17-30 Pistons are in New York to take on the 24-22 Knicks Sunday night. The Pistons would love to was away the stink of their win loss in Miami and finish off their difficult week with a win in New York. If the game is anything like the last time he Pistons met the Knicks, they are in for a tough game.

New York will be without reserve forward Shawne Williams, suspended one game Saturday for throwing punches during an altercation with Marvin Williams. The incident began when the Atlanta player pushed him in the back.

The Pistons Rodney Stuckey (right shoulder contusion) is listed as day-to-day and I’m quite certain Rip’s battle with the “flu” will last longer than we think.

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 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.

Leave your thoughts in the comments or Chat Live with your fellow Pistons fans during the game.

The 17-29 are in Miami to take on the 31-14 Heat Friday night. NBA.com seems to think that a visit from Detroit is just what the Heat need during their toughest stretch of the season.

If you’re keeping tabs, Rip Hamilton’s “flu” symptoms have subsided enough to make the road trip to South Beach and NYC.

Rodney Stuckey (right shoulder contusion) is listed as day-to-day. Does that mean that Rip will play if Rodney doesn’t? Your guess is as good as mine.

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 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.

Leave your thoughts in the comments or Chat Live with your fellow Pistons fans during the game.

“My thing is he is Pistons royalty with the things he’s done for this franchise,” Billups said. “He has not warranted the activities they have given to him. I feel like he is one of the greats and his jersey is going to hang in the stands at some point. None of the other guys whose jersey is up there had to go through this.

“It is disrespectful.”

“He feels blatant disrespect and wonders what is going on,” Billups said. “I feel like Rip and Tay (Tayshaun Prince) and Ben (Wallace they should not be treated like that. Especially for the teams they’ve put together.

“He is surprised but there is nothing he can do about it.”

The Pistons handled the Orlando Magic Monday night thanks to some great performance by Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady and a career high for Austin Daye.  Each put up 20 points, but it was Daye’s clutch shots that really propelled the Pistons their 103-96 over the Magic

Key Points:

  • 20 x 3
  • T-mac with 14 points in the first quarter alone. Feb 08
  • Great defense from the Pistons, who recorded 9 steals on the night.
  • Can someone tell Dwight Howard that he doesn’t have to manhandle pleaple when he’s trying to put a foul on someone.
  • Career high 20 for Austin Daye with 9 of those coming in the fourth quarter when the Magic were closing in.  Daye added 7 boards and 2 steals in 34 minutes on the floor.
Career High 20 for Austin Daye

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  • The Pistons led by 10 at the half and again by 10 at the start of the fourth.  No third quarter collapse.
  • Ben Wallace stepped in off the bench to help contain Dwight Howard and help the Pistons on the boards.  Wallace with 11 boards and a ton of tips in 19 minutes on the floor.
  • This was posed by many people on Twitter during the game.  How many third quarter collapses have the Pistons had since Rip has been on the bench?
  • Austin ankle breaker.

  • Great win for Detroit and a fun game to watch.  So fun that I really though George Blaha was going to have an aneurism.  He was on fire with his calls all night long.  I saved the game and have to pull some audio for those who didn’t get to see or hear his broadcast.
  • Outrebounded 39-46.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 14, Orlando’s 6.
  • Tay – Austin – T-Mac Highlights

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  • Shocked Jason Maxiell logged less than a minute with Charlie V out and Monroe and Wilcox in foul trouble.
  • Ben Gordon finally with a glimpse of his shot back.  Gordon with 15 on 6-for-13 shooting in 22 minutes on the floor with 2 board and 2 assists.
  • From game saver to awful…Will Bynun 0-for-7 with a board and an assist in 15 minutes.
  • Stuckey with 16 and a cool 7-for-7 from the line.
  • T-Mac loves to shine against his former teams.  He finished with 20 points on 8-for-19 shooting with 7 boards and 5 assists.
  • Anderson leads the Magic with 21 and 5 boards.  Dwight with 20 and 16.
  • This just in…I still can’t stand ReDICK
  • The Magic wouldn’t go away, pulling within 91-86 with an 8-1 run.  It was nice to see them close this one out.
  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • Wednesday at the Palace…Chauncey

The 16-28 Pistons are in Orlando to take on the 29-15 Magic Monday night. Let’s try to forget the last time these two teams met when Orlando pummeled Detroit on Dec. 3 despite missing Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick, who were all held out with flu-like symptoms.

Charlie Villanueva (right ankle sprain) is listed as questionable.

Game drama aside, there is more of that brewing with between Kuester and Rip.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Guess who’s coming back to town Wednesday night.  I’m sure you know already that it’s Chauncey Billups. Get tickets for as low as $6 to see Detroit take on Denver.

Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 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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Just when the tired, road weary Pistons looked like they were going to lose another game, a burst of Bynum energy propelled the team to their 16th win of the season over the hot Phoenix Suns. With Phoenix up by 14 points to start the fourth quarter it was the Pistons bench of Bynum, Daye and Wallace who added the spark and chipped away at the Suns lead and 74-75 win Saturday night at The Palace.

Key Points:

  • Yes Will Bynum scored all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, but it was his defense along with Wallace’s that help the Pistons take this one.
  • This shows you the heart of Ben Wallace, knowing that Charlie Villanueva couldn’t go Saturday he volunteered to be put on the active list to help his team out.
  • Villanueva did not play, but Ben Wallace got back on court since spraining his ankle against the Bulls last week. Wallace played 25 minutes off the Pistons bench with 7 boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • Tayshaun Prince, as solid as ever, led the Pistons with a 17 points, 13 boards, 5 assists and a steal in 40 minutes on the floor. As great as Prince has been all year for the Pistons I still think he doesn’t get the praise he deserves because for the most part his game is so quite.
  • Let’s not forget the huge bucket from Austin Day who really doesn’t mind taking (and making) the big shot.
  • Bynum with 12 points and four rebounds and two big steals in the fourth quarter. The biggest play may have been when he picked Steve Nash’s pocket and went the length of the court for a layup to cut the Pistons’ deficit to six with just under five minutes left.
Will Bymum

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Bynum: “I just felt like we were lacking energy. I just tried to go out there and let my effort do the talking. Hopefully everybody else would follow.” “Defensively, I thought we played with a little more energy, a little more aggressive. We did a great job on Steve Nash and we did a great job of scrambling for everybody else after that and we came out with the win.”

  • Greg Monroe with 6 boards and 6 points and solid defense in 23 minutes.
  • I just love it how superstars get calls. Late in the fourth when the Suns needed to foul to keep in the game, the ball was in-bounded to Bynum and he broke free of Nash to take more time off the clock. Nash had to lightly touch Will on the arm and he got the foul call to stop the clock for Phoenix. And at the end of the game the Suns were in-bounded the ball and Stuckey got called for a foul before the ball was even in play for pulling Vince Carter’s jersey…if you looked at it again Nash was doing the same thing.
  • Bynumite highlight reel.

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  • I don’t say it often here on the site, but if you follow me on Twitter you know how I feel about The Call Sam Studios.  You can see (and hear) it in the clip above…some people really aren’t suited for an on air speaking job.  It really is hard to watch Mateen Cleaves stumble through the show night in and night out.
  • This may not have come down to the last shot if Bynum and Prince would have sank both of their free throws.
  • Lucky to get this one, for the second consecutive game the Pistons shot poorly.  Detroit shot 35% from the floor and 30% from downtown.
  • Another game with Rip sitting. Kuester did admit on Saturday that he did talk to the Pistons shooting guard.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Rodney Stuckey with 11 points on the night on 3-for-15 shooting.
  • Detroit scored just 11 points in the third quarter and did not reach 50 points until a Ben Gordon basket with 9:33 in the game.
  • Quite night for T-Mac.
  • This will not be a fun week for Detroit.  They travel to Orlando for a Monday game with the Magic.  They then fly home to play Denver on Wednesday only to fly back to Florida for a game against the Heat Friday and a Sunday game in New York.  Thanks NBA scheduling gods.