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The 17-26 #Pistons are in Dallas Sunday night to take on the 25-20 Mavericks. The slumping Pistons are on a downhill spiral, but hope to get something going against a Dallas team that has won eight of the last nine matchups and a five straight home against the Detroit.

The good: Andre Drummond is doing things right. Drummond scored 20 points and a career high 20 rebound in the Pistons loss to New Orleans on Friday night. He also make no excuses when it comes to they way this team is playing of late.

Andre DrummondAndre Drummond “We just make poor decisions down the stretch of the game sometimes and we have to get better at it,” said Andre Drummond, who had 21 points and a career-high 20 rebounds Friday. “Nip that in the bud and try to finish games up.” Via NBA.com

The bad: Detroit added another to the loss column when they blew a 10-point lead in the final five minutes of the game against the Pelicans. Many are pointing to the last shot  Brandon Jennings heaved beyond half court with the Pistons down two points and still had a timeout with. You could clearly see that Cheeks was calling for a timeout and he’s taking full responsibility for the “mishap.”

cheeksMaurice Cheeks “I tried to call a timeout, that timeout is on me.”

The unknown: Will this team turn the corner against a Dallas team that has won three straight and 10 of the last 12 meetings against them? Will Joe Dumars regret not doing whatever it took to resign the now Maverick Jose Calderon instead of bringing Jennings in to lead this team. Will it be a Happy Monday for the Pistons?
Injuries: Pistons: None
Mavericks: Gal Mekel – Out

Stat: Andre Drummond recorded his first career 20-point, 20-rebound game with 21 points and a career-high 20 rebound vs.New Orleans (1/24). Drummond became the first piston with a 20-20 game since Antonio McDyess vs. New York (3/11/09).
Stat: Detroit hasn’t won a regular-season series against Dallas since 1997-98.

Tip off is at 7:30 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.

The Indiana Pacers handed the #Pistons their last road loss of the season Monday night.  In a game that proved much closer than the Pistons season opener with Indiana, they still couldn’t put things together down the stretch to get the win. The final score Indiana 103 Detroit 97.

Key Points:

  • The Pacers converted 22 offensive rebounds into a season-best 32 second-chance points.

Lawrence Frank: “The game came down to free throws and rebounds, we gave up 32 second-chance points and we were minus 16 in free throw makes. Just think about all those extra possessions. We still had great opportunities, good looks, had free throws, but all those extra possessions add up and it put us in a situation where it’s a make-or-miss game and, unfortunately, tonight we missed.”

  • Was it me or did Rodney Stuckey already punch out for the season? Rodney with zero points in 20 minutes.
  • Daye getting minutes I assume to see what they are going to do with him next season. Though I’m not sure this extra time will tell them what happened to his “game.” Austin finished with 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 18 minutes.
  • As the season draws to a close I don’t think we’ll ever really know what happened or didn’t happen with Charlie Villanueva. CV31 finished the game with 13 points in 18 minutes.
  • As much as I can’t stand the Pacers, as every true Piston fan should, they really do have some great young talent.
  • Brandon Knight with 16 points and 4 assists in 35 minutes on the floor. What I would love to see more of next season is assists, other than that Brandon has done a wonderful job in this shortened rookie season.

Brandon Knight vs. The Suns

  • Vernon Macklin, playing in place of Ben Wallace, did a very nice job in his 14 minutes on the floor. Vernon scored 6 with 6 boards and a blocked shot. i wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a legitimate chance next season.
  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • Greg Monroe with his 30th double-double of the season. Moose scored 18 points with 12 boards in a solid effort that was just a bit tarnished by his two turnovers late when the game was on the line.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Your last chance to watch your Detroit Pistons and possibly the last time you will see Ben Wallace on court is Thursday night at the Palace against the Sixers.

The Bucks took down the Pistons Monday night in commanding fashion by racing out of the gate. The Bucks, who led by as much as 23, had to deal with just one treat late in the second quarter as Stuckey scored seven points and lead the Piston son a 17-5 run to end the half cut the Pistons deficit to six at the half. Unfortunately the second half wasn’t one to talk about as the Bucks went on a 12-2 run to start the third. Final Score 103-82

Key Points:

  • Defense was surely lacking, the Pistons allowed the Bucks to shoot 69% in the first quarter and rocketing off to a quick lead.
  • Bucks up 30-16 after one.
  • The Pistons were down by 18 before I could blink but they clawed their way back late in the second quarter, but the Bucks were too much and the Pistons were much too less.
Rodney Stuckey vs Bucks

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  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 19 points, 6 assists and three boards.
  • The Bucks killed the Pistons from downtown. They shot 10-for-17 from downtown, while the Pistons make just one three the night.
  • The Pistons gave up after about the 5 minute mark of the game when Vernon Macklin and Wilkins entered the game. What good came out of it? An alley oop for Macklin from Russell.
  • Do you realize that Charlie Villanueva is now on the Piston inactive list?
  • Another great game from Pistons Greg Monroe, who put up 16 points on 8-for-12 shooting with 10 boards and 2 assists. Let’s be honest this mess of a season would be much worse without Greg and that’s saying a lot.
  • Detroit shot 38% on the night, but at one point they were at just 17%.
  • UGLY
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • Rodney Stuckey circus shot via NBA.com

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  • Brandon Jennings torched Brandon Knight wo scored zero points and was a -20 for the game. If you saw his face after this one was over it would explain everything. He’ll bounce back, but this one was not good.
  • It’s hard to pull something positive out of this one especially when they have two more games to play on the road in the next two days. Heck if you can think of something positive to say that’s not about Greg Monroe, leave it in the comments.
  • Lead changes in this one …ZERO.
  • Austin Daye 4-for-14 for 10 points.
  • How do you let Mike Dunleavy kill you?
  • Prince with 14 and 8 boards with an assist and a blocked shots.
  • The Bucks capitalized on the Pistons 16 turnovers.
  • I know, I know this team is almost as hard to watch as Mateeeeen Cleaves “expert” analysis in the Call Sam Studios.
  • Tuesday night in NYC.

The 28-51 Pistons are in Charlotte to on the 32-47 Bobcats. A win in Charlotte will not only help me win a bet I made earlier this season but it will also prevent the Pistons from avoiding the first 12-game road slide since the mid 1990s.

  • The good: Pistons now have another former top-10 pick looking to resurrect his career in Wilcox, who’s averaged 11.8 points while shooting 67.6 percent over his last 13 games .
  • The bad It could be worse! The Pistons 11 game drought that dates back to Feb. 9 still has a ways to go to match the franchise worst 19 game road skid from 1980-81.
  • The unknown: Will Chris Wilcox score 50? Wilcox has averaged 11.8 points while shooting 67.6 percent over his last 13 games.
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Last chance to see the Pistons this season. Get tickets for Monday (last Pistons home game) nights game for as low as $3!

Tip off is at 6:00 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.

When you have a DVR it give you the luxury of starting the game when you can rather than when it starts.  I couldn’t catch the start of the game so my plan was to watch the game in its entirety right when I got home.  I usually can’t keep myself in the dark score wise (I just need to know), so when I opened up my Pistons Blackberry app and saw that the game was 6-21 in favor of the Pacers and it was mid first quarter I wasn’t exactly rushing home to see it.  To my surprise after digging themselves a substantial hole and trailing the game by double digits for most of the game, Detroit climbed back in the game taking a 95-94 lead thanks to a huge three from DaJuan Summers with 2:51 remaining.

It didn’t matter however, the Pacers scored the next 8 points and won 102-106.

Key Points:

  • I don’t care what you say there is some kind of issue going on with Rip Hamilton.  When I guy like Rip does his best “Kobe” impression by not looking for his shot and scoring ZERO points, something is up.  Rip was 0-for-3 in 18 minutes on the floor with 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 turnovers.  When he was resigned to the bench….he either looked pissed off, or he was sulking.  Let’s keep our eyes on this situation.
  • Detroit had 7 turnover in the first quarter, but clamped down and finished the game with 13.
  • Limited minutes for Ben Wallace who looked good in his 24 minutes.  Ben scored just one point, grabbed 7 boards, with 3 steals and an assist.  How we did miss the man.
  • Ben Gordon scores 17 on 4-13 shooting with 7 boards, 6 assists and 2 blocked shots.  Great game for Ben, but when it counted late in the fourth quarter he couldn’t knock down the shot.
  • Sometimes I think Gordon is still getting his check from the Bulls, not the Pistons.
  • If this wasn’t a statement from Rodney Stuckey than I don’t know what is.  Rodney was on fire as soon as he checked into the game.  Not only was it good to see him play, he didn’t look apprehensive about anything considering the circumstances.  Stuckey scored 25 in 26 minutes for the Pistons with 3 assists, 3 steals and a turnover playing most all of his minutes at the 2 guard position.   Stucktacular!

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I feel all right,” Stuckey said of his 26 minutes. “The plan wasn’t to play all those minutes, but it was just in the heat of the game. I feel fine, and my wind felt fine. Via The Detroit Free Press

  • Detroit shot a shocking 50% from behind the long line.  Only bad thing about that was Indiana shot 53%.
  • Jerebko with 10 points, 6 boards and 3 steals.  You can count on him each game with numbers like that or better.
  • Best thing I can say about Charlie Villanueva is that he’s been a disappointment this season.
  • Nine points for Will, with 4 assist in 21 minutes.
  • What a miserable 3 quarters for Detroit, I was almost happy FSN didn’t broadcast this game in HD.  Who wants to see all that blood?
  • We just bettered ourselves in the Lottery standings!  The Pistons are tied with the Pacers for the fifth-worst record in the league.
  • Give DaJuan Summers some minutes!  Summers scores 12 points in 17 minutes on 4-7 shooting with 4 boards and a blocked shot.  Just check out his highlights.

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  • Cavs again Sunday.