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The 5-8 #Pistons are back home to play a the second game of a back-to-back against the 2-10 Milwaukee Bucks Monday night. Detroit could be starting a roll after their 109-97 win in Brooklyn Sunday afternoon. The Bucks are prime for the taking being that they are the heels of their worst losing streak in 16 years.

  • The good: Mr. Rodney Stuckey has turned into the best player on the Pistons team putting them on his back and keeping them in game. Andre Drummond’s new jump hook is pretty awesome too, keep and eye out for it.  The Pistons won 3-of-4 against the Bucks last season and seven of their last 12.
  • The bad: The Pistons new acquisitions Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings have been a disappointment this season. The organization was hoping the two would put this team over the top, but they’ve each regressed this season. Jennings, who will play his former team for the first time Monday night, averaged 17.0 points and 5.7 assists in four seasons with the Bucks.
  • The unknown:  It’s still not known if Chauncey Billups or Will Bynum will be back, they are each still listed as day-to-day.

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Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 66.4%
Fact: Greg Monroe averaged 17.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in four games against Milwaukee last season.
Fact: Khris Middleton, who’s now in Milwaukee after the Brandon Jennings for Brandon Knight trade scored a career high 20 in the Bucks last game.

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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.

It was a Sunday matinée in Brooklyn as the #Pistons beat the Nets 109-97.  The star of the show was Rodney Stuckey, who has had the best start to a season of his career. Stuckey, who’s leading the league in points off the bench,  scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half, leading the Pistons to their best half this season.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons outscored the Nets 65-46 after trailing at halftime.
  • Take note: When Joe Johnson starts hitting his shot, double team him. Johnson couldn’t seem to miss scoring a game high 34 points while going 8-for-10 from downtown.
  • The Andre Drummond show is becoming a hit in the league.  Dre was a point shy of his 8th straight double-double. Did you know he’s added a freakishly good hook shot to his repertoire?  You can see his tools coming together better each game.  He finished with nine points and 10 boards in 27 minutes on the floor.
  • The Nets went to the foul Andre and send him to the line strategy I’m sure issued by “assistant coach” Lawrence Frank.  That’s the one department that Andre needs to improve on drastically.
  • They were actually fun to watch on Sunday, especially after being at the game and watching them lose one they really should have won on Friday night.
  • Give credit to the Pistons for sticking with this one. They trailed by 12 late in the second quarter before cutting their halftime deficit to seven points.
  • Brandon Jennings, who’s had trouble of late with his shot, put up a  double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. This was one of the most intelligent games I’ve seen him play in a Pistons uniform.  He didn’t force shots and he ran the offense well.
  • Solid double-double for Greg Monroe with 18 points and 11 boards.  With Lopez on the bench for the Net, Greg dominated down low.  Add the hustle and a couple of sweet and 1′s to Moose’s highlight reel this season.
  • Yes Rodney Stuckey has been brilliant. Whatever he’s taking or doing, he’s making a case for a nice contract and upping his trade value.  Rodney with a season high 27 with 6 assists, 4 boards and two steals.
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  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s struggles with his shot continue. He was 2-of-10 for five points on the night.
  • Shouldn’t they at least see what Datome can do? He’s not going to score by leaving him on the bench and giving him a minute or two here and there.
  • Charlie Villanueva sighting. CV31 with eight points, two blocked shots, and three boards in 12 minutes.
  • Josh Harrelleson has played himself in the rotation and is doing a heck of a job in limited stints on the floor.
  • Josh Smith got his starting job back after missing practice, but his shot still isn’t there. He went 4-of-9 shooting for 12 points.
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  • 56 points in the paint for Detroit and just 26 for the Nets.
  • Busy week for Detroit starts Monday at the Palace against the Bucks.

The #Pistons lost another to the Hawks Friday night 96-89 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. As if two losses in a row to the Atlanta Hawks didn’t hurt Detroit enough we find out there is a little added early drama to start the lackluster season. Josh Smith came off the bench for the first time since  2005. Smith didn’t come off the bench because his shot wasn’t hitting, even though it’s not. Cheeks sat the Pistons star free agent signing because he skipped practice.

Smith skipped Thursday’s practice after Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta.

Maurice Cheeks: “I called a practice and he didn’t get back to practice.”

Cheeks said he decided to practice on the team flight back from Atlanta and when Smith didn’t return, Cheeks made the call minutes before Friday night’s game when he informed the team.

“He just didn’t get back,” Cheeks said when asked what was the reason Smith gave for not making practice. Via The Detroit News

Key Points:

  • Smith sure could have used some practice he couldn’t’ hit a shot Friday night going 0-for-7 in 19:32 on the floor. Not a great way to start your tenure with a new team. It reminds me of a certain someone who decided to skip a Thanksgiving practice when he got traded to Detroit. Wasn’t necessarily stoked at the Smith signing and this doesn’t help matters.
  • Smith hasn’t went scoreless since December of 2004.
  • Kyle Singler starter in place of Smith and scored a game hight 22 points.
  • Once again Jeff Teague did all the right things for the Hawks.  When Brandon Jennings picked his pocket and when the other way for an easy layup the 6″2 Teague hustled back and blocked his shot. That pretty much put the game away for the Hawks. Atlanta led 92-89 at that point and Detroit didn’t score the rest of the way.
  • For as bad as Detroit played, they were in that game until the final two minutes.
  • Despite Brandon Jennings 14 assists on the night he was brutal in the final minutes of the game. He was just 1-of-6 in the final eight minutes of the game. He finished with eight points.
  • It’s getting pretty scary, we know they are having huge issues on the defensive end and now they’re so called sharp shooters can’t score.
  • Kentavous Caldwell-Pope was just 4-of-14 for nine points, and three boards.  He had a few nice defensive plays on the night and finished with 4 steals.
  • There was a two-minute Jerebko sighting.
  • Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe each had a double-double.
  • Why aren’t they running more plays for Monroe and Drummond in the paint.  They should be targeting them early and getting the bulk of their points from the big guys since no one else can seem to hit their shots.
  • Drummond with another huge game. Dre scored 15 on 6-of-7 shooting for 15 points and 16 boards.  Add the two blocked shots and we have an All-Star on our hands.
  • Josh Harrellson is proving he should get more minutes.  He scored seven on 3-of-3 shooting with five boards in just 11:13 on the floor.
  • Singler with hustle out of the gate scoring a career high 22 points with three boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
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  • Stuckey won’t let up! Rodney with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting with five boards and an assist in 30:48. Where has this Stuckey been?
  • Monore with 11 points and 11 boards.

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  • It’s one thing to be in almost every game that they play, but they have got to find out what they need to do to win them.
  • Let’s see what they can do Sunday in Brooklyn.

The 4-7 #Pistons are back at The Palace to play the back end of their home-and-home against 7-5 Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Both teams came out of the gate slow in their first meeting Wednesday night, and you could see that their schedules had something to do with it. Atlanta had a tough loss in Miami Tuesday and Detroit, who ho just came back from a long West coast road, trip played the Knicks Tuesday night got on a plane to take on the Hawks 24 hours later.

Detroit will try to redeem themselves at home for a game that could have easily been a win. It was clear that the Pistons ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. Some may consider this a scheduling loss, but the Pistons aren’t making any excuses.

  • The good: Surprising to most, Rodney Stuckey has been the most consistent Piston.  Stuckey who’s providing a spark off the bench for the Pistons, is knocking down his shots and keeping Detroit in games. Stuckey is averaging 17.8 points in the Pistons last four games.  Even after the collapse in Atlanta, Basketball Odds at SportsBettingOnline.ag are on the Detroits’ favor.
  • The bad: Former Hawk Josh Smith didn’t set Atlanta on fire in the Pistons Wednesday night loss, in fact Smith matched his second lowest point total for the season with just 11 against his former team. Could it have been his not so warm reception by the organization and its fans? Smith received a slightly warm response during the  introductions, but only real applause he got on the night was after the first timeout of the game when a “Thanks Josh Smith” message was up on the big screen. The applause he got every time he missed a shot doesn’t count right?
    Hometown boy Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also didn’t fare well  going just 1 of 9 for four points.
  • The unknown: Chauncey Billups and Will Bynum are still listed as day-to-day.

Stat: Rodney Stuckey leads the Eastern Conference in bench scoring, ave raging 14.6 off the bench.
Andre Drummond is till leading the NBA in field goal percentage with 65.0%.
Fact: Charlie Villanueva needs four points to reach 6000 career points. Questions is, will he ever get any playing time to do it.

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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 4-6 #Pistons are in Atlanta Wednesday night to play their first game of a home-and-home with the 6-5 Hawks. This will be Josh Smith’s first return to Atlanta after spending his entire career with the team before signing with Detroit as a free agent this summer.

  • The good: Look for Josh Smith to have something to prove in Atlanta. When he was with Atlanta Josh helped lead his team into the playoffs on multiple occasions and holds plenty of franchise records. To make matters worse, Smith claims they did very little to resign him.
  • The bad: The Pistons have lost nine straight on the road to Atlanta. The fact the Detroit is still vulnerable on the defensive end, giving up the most point per game in the leagued doesn’t help the matter. All Horford and the rest of this teammates will be sure to exploit the Pistons D if they don’t buckle down. Al Horford averaged 21.0 points and 15.7 rebounds against the Pistons last season.
  • The unknown:It’s still not known if Chauncey Billups or Will Bynum will be back, they are each listed as day-to-day.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 67.4%
Fact: Josh Smith became the first Pistons’ player to record 20-plus points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four blocks when he recorded 21 points, eight rebounds,seven assists, five steals and four blocks at Sacramento on 11/15.

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.

Brandon Jennings season high 28 points and a 13 point rally from behind couldn’t get the win for the Pistons, who have now lost six in a row in Portland to the Trail Blazers after their 103-109 loss Monday night.

Key Points:

  • Portland torched the Pistons from behind the arc going 11-for-23 for 33 points.
  • Six Portland players in double figures.
  • Villanueva and Singler were the only power forwards to come off the bench for Detroit. Neither did much, each scoring two points.
  • Great game for Andre Drummond, who took the bulk of the minutes in the loss. Dre finished with 16 points, 16 boards, 2 steals and a blocked shot in 42 minutes on the floor. Hard work payed off for the big man, who seems to always be in the thick of things for Detroit.
  • Stuckey shot was off, Rodney was just 4-of-15 on the night for 13 points.
  • The 9-0 Pistons run in the final minutes of the game was promising, but it again shows that this team doesn’t know how to put a game away yet.
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  • Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 28 on 11-of-24 shooting, with five assists and three steals. I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but to me Brandon looks like he’s not been that exited to be on this Pistons team. I hope I’m wrong.
  • The defense looked terrible. With the big three all able to do their jobs on that end, everyone else needs to step up. Way too many easy buckets and second chances for the Blazers. Defend the three!
  • For a team that knew they needed scoring from three, the Pistons haven’t done anything this season.
  • Cheeks seems to be trying everything rotation wise and nothing seems to be working.

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Greg MonroeGreg Monroe “We gave up 100-something points, that’s not acceptable. We definitely have to clean some stuff up. We have to start finding ways within the game, in earlier spots, to kind of take control”

  • Tuesday night at Golden State isn’t a cakewalk either.

The 2-3 Pistons are in Portland for the first game of their four game Western trip to take on the 4-2 Trail Blazers.  The Pistons would love to start the trip on a good note, but don’t necessarily play well in Portland, losing five straight there.

  • The good:  Greg Monroe and his hot game along with the great start by Rodney Stuckey.
  • The bad: The Blazers are winners of five of their last six games against Detroit. Watch out for LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews. The trio  need to be contained for Detroit to have a chance.
  • The unknown: Can Detroit settle down on the defensive end and stop giving up so many points? Detroit has given up an average of 109 in their last two games. Will Andre Drummond stay out of foul trouble so he can stay on the floor?

Tip off is at 10:00 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.

The 2-1 Pistons host the 3-0 Indiana Pacers Tuesday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit would love to keep it going after their Sunday win against the Celtics while Indian wants to start their season to 4-0 for the for the first time in nine years.

  • The good: Danny Granger and George Hill could miss tonight’s game for the Pacers. The Pistons Big 3 are coming off a great game.
  • The bad: This is a though Pacers team that has won their last five against Detroit by an average of 17 points. Detroit must cut down on the turnovers to beat this Pacers game.
  • The unknown: Will Brandon Jennings and the Pistons Big 3 continue to roll against a very good Pacers team?

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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 looked like a fresh new team Friday night on the road against Memphis.  They put themselves in a place to win their second game of the season on the road against a Grizzlie team that haven’t beaten in quite some time.

Something happened that we aren’t used to seeing, Chauncey Billups on the line with 52 seconds left in the game and he missed one.  That would have put the Pistons up five and probably put the game away. He also had a chance to win it in regulation, but his three just missed.  Instead Memphis dominated in overtime topping the Pistons 111-108.

Key Points:

  • I’m the first one to sit here and tell you I feel like Rodney Stuckey is a huge disappointment, but he came out in his first game of the season like gangbusters.  In fact if it weren’t for his strong play coming off the bench the Pistons may not have even been in the position to win this game. Rodney scored 19 points in 23 minutes on 8-for-13 shooting and was a +14 in the box. I hope Rodney proves me wrong this season.
  • Loved the stare down by Drummond on Miller after this dunk

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  • Detroit was close to putting it away and even closer when Josh Smith hit a triple to pout them up by six with a little over a minute left in the game. For every 47 ill advised triples Smith takes, he makes one big one. He was 3-for-11 from downtown. Smith took more threes than the entire Pistons team combined.
  • This was a balanced game with all starters in double figures except Billups as well as Caldwell-Pope, Singler and Stuckey off the bench.
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  • Great game from Caldwell-Pope, who finished with 13 points in 18 minutes most of which were in crunch time. His breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter rivaled one of Andre Drummond.
  • Im ok with CV31 being inactive.
  • Clearly Detroit needs to tighten up on the defensive end. They allowed a ton of easy baskets.
  • Greg Monroe was great again scoring 16 with eight boards and three steals. His scrappy play in all of his 41 minutes on the floor shows you that he does whatever it takes to win a game.
  • Smith finished with 19 points, five assists, eight boards and three blocked shots. He and Andre are going to make this team hard to dunk on.

Chauncey Billups: “I loved it,” he said. “We fought hard. We fought really hard. That’s a tough team over there. Western Conference finals last year, got some great players over there. So I was impressed. I learned a lot about our team today.”

  • When the Pistons got themselves up in the fourth quarter it was Monroe, Drummond and Caldwell-Pope who were turning heads and making plays.
  • Old friend Tayshaun Prince helped Memphis put this game away with 2 big shots.
  • Andre Drummond looks better every single game. He stayed out of foul trouble and put up 12 points with 16 boards. Yes…16! Add the two blocked shots and some swagger and you have a bright star in this league.
  • Celtics Sunday at The Palace Of Auburn Hills.

The #Pistons will open up the season Wednesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills against the Washington Wizards. Detroit, with new head coach Maurice Cheeks will start this 2013-14 season with high hopes as they try to make the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

  • The good: New blood, old blood, and new beginnings.
  • The bad: Brandon Jennings and Rodney Stuckey are out tonight.
  • The unknown: Will Chauncey Billups applause shake the rafters of Palace?  Who will be the last starter announced by Mason in pre-game introductions?
  • The known: Sheed is back!  Rasheed Wallace will return to the Pistons’ bench this year as a member of Maurice Cheeks’ staff.

The Starting Lineup:

  • PG: Will Bynum (7th year; Georgia Tech)
  • SG: Chauncey Billups (17th year; Colorado)
  • SF: Josh Smith (10th year; Oak Hill Academy)
  • PF: Greg Monroe (4th year; Georgetown)
  • C: Andre Drummond (2nd year; Connecticut)

Best of the rest:

SG/SF: #25 – Kyle Singler (2nd year; Duke)
SG: #5 – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Rookie; Georgia)
PG: #34 – Peyton Siva (Rookie; Louisville)
PF: #9 -Tony Mitchell (Rookie; North Texas)
SF/PF: #33 – Jonas Jerebko (4th year:;Sweden)
C: #55 – Josh Harrellson (3rd year; Kentucky)
SG: #13 – Luigi Datome (Rookie; Italy)
PF: #31 – Charlie Villanueva (9th year; Connecticut)
OUT – PG/SG: #3 – Rodney Stuckey (7th year; Eastern Washington)
OUT – PG: #7 – Brandon Jennings (5th year; Italy)

You can still get in the door to watch opening night festivities. Tickets as low as $12 with no ticket fees! Offer code: gopistons

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.

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Here’s to a great season!