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The 3-6 Pistons are back home after a 1-3 West Coast swing to face the 3-6 New York Knicks. The Knicks and Pistons share a common theme, although it was assumed the Pistons’ wouldn’t be as bad as its been, in that they have putting disjointed lineups on the floor while searching for the right combination of defense to go with their offense. While the Pistons have all their players healthy for the most part, the Knicks are hurting for big man help with Tyson Chandler being out with a broken leg and Amare Stoudemire relegated to 12th man status for Coach Woodson.

  • The good:Home sweet home, finally… The Pistons have struggled in recent seasons on trips to the West Coast. They’re currently 2-2 at home, with 2 of their losses coming in competitive contests against 2 of the league’s best teams in Indiana and Oklahoma City.
  • The bad:The Pistons are shooting 28% from 3 while their opponents are shooting 39%. A lot of the opponent percentages has to do with Josh Smith and Jonas Jerebko sagging off of their man to provide help D in the paint. As former PF, it’s only natural for them to sag back to their natural spot to help Monroe or Drummond. Detroit’s shooting is a problem we knew would be there, but the percentage differential is the likely cause of 1-2 losses so far in this early season.
  • The unknown:Can Josh Smith stop Imam Shumpert and can Greg Monroe guard Carmelo Anthony effectively? The Knicks are a team that likes to get up and down, while the Pistons are running a more traditional lineup of big men stuck on the block. Coach Cheeks may need to get creative with his rotations tonight in order for the Pistons to not get killed in transition.

Some familiar faces will be on the floor for Pistons fans tonight. Tim Hardaway Jr., standout rookie from Michigan, will see time as the backup SG and SF position for the Knicks, and let’s not forget Metta World Peace is now a Knick as well. The matchup to watch is not necessarily 2 guys who will be guarding each other. Brandon Jennings and JR Smith have made waves on twitter in the last week, leading to a $25,000 fine for JR Smith for the language he used. The last thing we need is a confrontation, especially with a team that has Amare Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin and Metta World Peace on the bench. In other news JR’s brother, the center of the twitter controversy, has been assigned to the D League and will not suit up in street clothes for tonight’s game.

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 are in Indiana to kick off the season against The Pacers. The Pacers are coming off their first post season appearance in five years. I think you can Artest that little stat to something that went wrong at The Palace.

  • The good: They’re BACK!
  • The bad: The Pacers have All-Star David West on their side now and he should make them significantly better. Keep an eye on him throughout the game along with Danny Granger. No Charlie V…some of you would like me to put this under the good.
  • The unknown: What the Pistons new rotation will look like.

The Game Day Report via Pistons.com

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If you’re not heading out to The Palace for Opening Night on Wednesday, you should be.  You can get in the building to check out the new Pistons experience for as little as $20!

Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Plus. 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.

Whenever teams matchup that have faced off against each other in an NBA Finals, the commentators often say “tonight features a rematch of the ________ NBA Finals between the _________ and the __________”.  Well people, those days are over.

Some prominent players remain from the 2004 Finals like Kobe Bryant, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace who has since completed a tour of duty among other Central Division teams from 2006-2009 before coming back to Detroit.  The last few years have featured Detroit getting whooped either at the Forum or at the Palace (or both), but either way Detroit has been outmatched in recent years due to the Lakers acquisition of Pau Gasol.  Let’s re-cap some of the more notable parts of the game last night, shall we?:

  • Richard Hamilton was ejected 5 minutes into the game for what appeared to be doing next to nothing.  The referees seem to be a little sensitive, and the technical foul calls are not consistent from ref to ref.  Hamilton, however, does have a history of complaining to the refs.
  • Kobe was Kobe: 33 points on 11-20 shooting with 9 rebounds.  Kuester played Tayshaun, Hamilton, and Stuckey on him but it didn’t matter.
  • Lamar Odom, who came in averaging nearly 15 points and 9 rebounds a night against the Pistons for his career – matched his career point per game total while also pulling down 14 rebounds.
  • No surprise here – Pistons outrebounded 55-41.
  • The ball movement was there for Detroit as they racked up 18 assists compared to only 5 turnovers.
  • Rodney Stuckey lead all scorers for Detroit with 18 points on 7-17 from the field.  Stuckey needs to go back to finishing strong at the rim.
  • Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon shot a combined 5-22 from the field for a total of 16 points off the bench.
  • Chris Won’t Wilcox made his first appearance of the season.  He played 3 minutes and had 1 rebound.
  • Thank goodness Andrew Bynum wasn’t playing, that’s all I have to say.
  • Will Bynum was playing though, and whiffed badly on a breakaway dunk that officially sealed the night for the fans and the game’s outcome.
  • Austin Daye had a flagrant foul against Pau Gasol which made me “LOL”.
  • Laker rookie Derrick Caracter matched a career high with 6 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes.
  • Tayshaun Prince had the worst +/- in the game: -24.
  • Derek Fisher and Ron Artest tied for best +/- in the game: +26.

This was not the way the Pistons wanted to return home after the circus act they provided in Golden State at the end of the West Coast trip.  The game was close for the first quarter and a half, and then the Lakers pulled away for good.

This team needs help, and they need it quick before this season gets away from them.

Ben Wallace FRO

The second part of the Ben Wallace video that takes us from Rick Carlisle, to Larry Brown to Flip and then Skiles.  The beginning of his run in Detroit with the Defense player of the year awards, the birth of Wallace X2 and the somewhat bitter departure.

Looking back like this, along with his play this season, really shows us what place this man has in the city of Detroit.

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Video Courtesy of The Detroit Pistons and FSD

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The Pistons vs. The Lakers

The 11-15 Pistons are finally home to host the World Champion 21-4 Lakers Sunday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  The Pistons would love to take this one to avoid a four game losing streak and the first season sweep by the Lakers in eight seasons.

The Pistons have won five straight at home, but are 3-10 against West opponents.

Jonas Jerebko (The Need4Sweed) has a task tonight guarding Kobe, who is playing unbelievable basketball, putting up double-doubles like they are nothing.

Injury Report:

  • Gordon is  listed as questionable for the game against the Lakers, Ben continues to battle a sprained ankle and will test it in the morning shootaround.
  • Tayshaun Prince and Hamilton will not play.
  • Charlie Villanueva is dealing with plantar fascitis in his right heel but will be on court against LA.

The crazy that is Ron Artest:

This will be the first time the Pistons meet the Lakers this season after “Ron Ron” opened his mouth and said he still wanted to fight Ben Wallace.

“I see Ben, I’m on my guard now. I’m always in the mood to fight him. … I’ll get suspended 10 games, 15 games (because) I’ll just fight him right there. It won’t go into the stands.” Via The Sporting News

He later backed down from that statement, I am sure after Lakers or NBA brass had a chat with him.

That same article quotes him as saying this about that infamous night at The Palace.

“It wasn’t my fault. … I don’t see anything I could have done different. The only thing I could have done was have God pause time so I could have said, ‘Oh, look, you’re about to run in some stands, so stop.’”

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 6:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune into 950 AM WWJ where our good friend Matt Dery is calling tonight’s game, or follow the action on NBA.com.

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Just when it looked like the Pistons were going to suffer back to back home blowouts something clicked at The Palace. Down 12 early if the first quarter, Jason Maxiell entered the game and sparked a Pistons run in a high scoring first quarter (39 Houston 27 Detroit). Both teams had hot shooting nights, while Houston led most of the way, Detroit made it a game in the mid third quarter but couldn’t force overtime in the fourth.

The Pistons had two chances to send the game into OT after Artest missed a free throw with 10 seconds left. The first on a rushed Rasheed Wallace three pointer and then another from Arron Afflalo. Final score108-105.

Key Points:

  • How is this to start things off, with the loss, the Pistons clinched their first losing month since February 2004.
  • Yes that Dyess foul late in the game was an And 1, had it counted like it should have thing may have ended different.
  • Sluggish right from the opening tip, it took the enthusiasm, athleticism and baby eating to get the Pistons right back into the game.  He played just 18 minutes going 4-for-4 for 8 points, 3 boards and a blocked shot. Babies were had for lunch (via Tate Lowe, team N4S member)
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  • The Rockets led by as much as 15 points, Detroit had the lead just once by one.
  • Houston, who had McGrady and Artest (who got booed every time he touch the ball) back for the first time in a long while didn’t look like they missed a game between them. Artest led Houston with 24 and McGrady put up 15.
  • Houston killed the Pistons from beyond the arc going 12-for-25 (48%).
  • Looks like it took just one game coming off the bench for Richard Hamilton to get things going. Rip led the Pistons with 27 points on 11-for-21 shooting in 31 minutes on the floor.
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  • Rip coming off the bench means 46 Bench points for Detroit.
  • Like it or not, a hot Richard Hamilton left Allen Iverson on the bench for the final minutes of the game. It could mean trouble…can’t make everyone happy.
  • “I just feel like I can offer a little more to the team,” said Iverson, who scored 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting. “I can help us do more to win basketball games. When the opportunity presents itself, I’ll be right here to take on the challenge. I’m going to stay positive, stay focused, keep believing in my teammates when I’m not in the game and keep trusting them when I am in the game.”But Iverson isn’t used to being an afterthought after 13 seasons of what likely will be a Hall of Fame career.“Just when I thought I’d seen it all, something else happens,” Iverson said. “That was just different. Via The Detroit Free Press
  • Iverson scored 17 on 5-for-10 shooting with 8 assists a steal and 2 boards in 34 minutes. Great numbers for a guy who sat in the fourth.
  • With the awful way Detroit took care of the ball in the Dallas game, just 5 turnovers against Houston is promising.
  • Rodney Stuckey was in foul trouble and didn’t even play a minute in the second quarter. Stuckey scored 14 on 7-for-12 shooting, with 8 assists and five boards.
  • Liked what Rip and AI did on court together when Stuckey was out.
  • Why isn’t Herrmann backing up Tayshaun at all? Small ball when Tay was resting. Read More →