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The 18-27 #Pistons will host the 15-32 Philadelphia 76ers Saturday evening at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons have a good chance of getting another win after ending their losing streak with a win over the Magic Tuesday night at home against a Philadelphia team that’s lost five of their last six against Detroit.

The good: The Pistons are 2-0 against the 76ers this season and Andre Drummond dominates when up against Philadelphia. Drummond is averaging 21 points and 15 boards against then in their tw0 contests this season.
The bad: The Pistons don’t seem to play well when they have extended breaks, and the fact that they haven’t won two in a row at home since the beginning of the season.
Nothing to do with Saturday’s game against the Sixers, but the fact that Andre Drummond got dissed for an All Star spot  is shameful.
Detroit is stuck with Josh Smith.
Watch out for Thaddeus Young who’s averaging 23 against Detroit this season.
The unknown: Can the Pistons start taking advantage of teams that they should beat?
Pistons: None
Sixers: Brandon Davies , Arnett Moultrie  and Nerlens Noel  are 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: Neither team has swept a season series since Detroit won all three games in 2005-06.

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.

If you’re heading out to the game tonight, drive safe.

The 6-10 #Pistons host the 6-11 Philadelphia 76ers Sunday afternoon at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Both teams are struggling early in the season though the 76′ers trouble were more expected because they are in rebuild mode. Philadelphia will try to avoid their fourth straight loss, while Detroit would like to bounce back after a terrible loss at home to the Lakers.

  • The good: Rodney Stuckey is still the bright spot to what has been a disappointing few weeks for the Pistons. Detroit has won their last two home games against Philadelphia and 11 of their last 16 at The Palace.
  • The bad: The Pistons awful perimeter defense and three point shooting.  Caldewell-Pope and Datome were brought in to score from the outside but Pope hasn’t been able to find his shot and Datome hasn’t had a chance to.  Josh Smith however is shooting at will and not getting good results, he’s 27% from downtown for the season.
  • The unknown: Will the Pistons learn a lesson from the Lakers game and take advantage of a 76ers team they should beat at home?
    Chauncey Billups is still listed as day-to-day as well as Will Bynum who still has a nagging hamstring injury.

Stat: Andre Drummond still leads the NBA in field goal percentage with 63.6%
Stat: Rodney Stuckey leads the Eastern Conference in bench scoring, averaging 16.9 off the bench.
Fact: Greg Monroe had 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead Detroit to a 109-101 win over the 76ers in the last meeting April 15.

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Tip off is at 3:30 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 28-52 #Pistons will play their last home game of the season Monday night at they host the 33-47 Philadelphia 76ers at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good:The Pistons have won their last three games and with the news of the Sixers head coach Doug Collins resigning after this season, Detroit may get their fourth.
  • The bad: Andre Drummond is listed as a game time decision for the final home game of the season, but he’d like to play if he can.
  • The unknown: Tom Gores will be attending the Pistons last home game of the season. Do we have a better chance seeing Gores show off his dance skills or his firing skills while he’s in Detroit.

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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The 7-15 #Pistons are in Philadelphia to close out their quick road trip against the 11-9 76ers Monday night.

  • The good: The last time these two team met, the Pistons picked up their first win of the season on Greg Monore’s 19 points and 18 boards.
  • The bad: The Sixers are shooting just 42.5 percent, one of the worst in the team.
  • The unknown: What’s more likely, a monster game from Greg Monroe another Pistons road win or both?

Tip off is at 7:00 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.

If you’re thinking of going to the Pistons vs. Nuggets Tuesday night at the Palace you can get in the door for as little as $3!

The 0-8 #Pistons are in Philadelphia to take on the 4-3 Sixers. Detroit will be without Rodney Stuckey, who’s suffering from the stomach flu.

  • The good: With Kyle Singler starting in place of Rodney Stuckey, maybe the Pistons can be optimistic that even the slightest change in the starting lineup may finally translate into a win.
  • The bad:The 76ers had won three straight in this series by an average of 24.3 points before falling 108-86 at Detroit on April 26. The Pistons have dropped three of four in Philadelphia.  It gets worse, The Pistons have played six games on the road, where they’ve gone 16-64 since the start of 2010-11 to post the league’s second-worst winning percentage (.200).  Via
  • The unknown: Will we see much of Andre Drummond? We know if the Sixers go small we won’t, but keep an eye out for the Twin Towers.

Tip off is at 7:00 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 24-41 #Pistons will be hosting the 35-30 Sixers to close out the season and possibly Ben Wallace’s career. Ben Wallace will be starting for your Detroit Pistons in what could be his last game in the NBA.

  • The good: One last time to hear Mason introduce Ben Wallace during the Pistons intros.
  • The bad: The close of the season and having to say goodbye to Ben Wallace.
  • The unknown: The possibility of tears out of a man who has been feared for years!

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Don’t forget about the new and improved Salt-N-Pepa who will be performing at the half!

Tip off is at 8:00 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 4-16 Pistons are on the road to take on the 13-6 Sixers in Philadelphia. The Atlantic Division leading 76ers have one of the best home records in the Eastern Conference at 9-2. The last time these two teams met the Sixers blew out Detroit 96-73.

The teams have split their last six overall match-ups. The Sixers have won two of the last three. All three of those games have been in Philadelphia.

  • The good: Detroit with two solid “almost” games in a row have to win one soon…right? With every game they seem to be getting just a little bit better.
  • The bad: Looks like they might be without Gordon, Bynum and CV31 again. No word yet if Tay made the trip or not.
  • Who to watch: Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams and Thad Young.
  • The unknown: Are we finally going to get to see a W from a team who’s been on the brink?

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Tip off is at 7:00 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 2-4 Pistons are in Philadelphia to take on the on the 3-2 Sixers in their long awaited home opener. What Pistons fans need to be concerned about is the fact that Rookie Brandon Knight will get his first NBA start.

Knight will be starting in place of  Rodney Stuckey, who’s out for tonight’s game with a groin injury. Austin Daye will also get the starting nod with Ben Gordon out for personal reasons.

  • The good: Brandon Knight! And if Austin Daye gets his game back it will be the Knight and Daye show. The Sixers have lost the last three of four home openers.
  • The bad: If you watched the Bulls game you would say just about everything.
  • The unknown: Will Knight have the night of his life? Will Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko continue to play lights out?

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Tip off is at 7:00 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.

Nowhere does it say that need to write my usual recap for the Pistons 94-110 loss to the Sixers. If you’re like me the past 48 hours of the saga that is Detroit Pistons basketball is enough to make your head spin. There was Dumars trying to work the phones at the deadline for Rip, who didn’t want to play in Cleveland or take their buyout offer and go to a contender. The there was the Dallas offer to trade Tay and his expiring contract for a first round draft pick.

They less than 24 hours later you have mutiny on the court. Team statement or not Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace, Chris Wilcox, Rodney Stuckey and Austin Day all “happened” to miss the pre-game shootaround before the Sixes game all citing different reasons.

The reasons are clear…the players don’t want to play for Kuester and they did something I didn’t think I would ever see, they staged their own protest.

Did it really have to come to this? Did they voice their feelings only to get nowhere? Is it truly that bad that they had to do this to a franchise that was already struggling to keep their heads above the water while trying to sell the team to an owner that wants them?

There were so many things going on on the floor that had less to do with basketball Friday night in Philadelphia.

I can’t side with anyone on this, because quite honestly I’m sick of it.

What I will do is commend the six Pistons who gave their all to be professional and do their job Friday night.

  • Will Bynum played all 48 minutes leading his team with 29 points, 6 assists, 5 boards, a steal and a whole lot of heart.
Will Bynum scores 29 against the Sixers

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Will Bynum: “It was a tough game, but I’m all right,“I’m a professional basketball player. I’m always ready to do whatever I have to do, play however many minutes I have to play. I didn’t play for two months. You think I was turning down 48 minutes? I ain’t crazy.” “I don’t have any thoughts on anything that’s going on. I just try to stay professional and positive throughout whatever’s going on. You know, because it’s still a business. It’s still my job to be a professional basketball player, so that’s what I’m trying to do.”

  • Jason Maxiell who played more Friday night that it seems like all year.
  • Greg Monroe added another double-double with 16 points and 11 boards.
  • A tired Charlie Villuneva with 17 points, 2 steals and 5 boards.
  • DaJuan Summer with his first career NBA start scored 10 points with an assist, a steal and 2 boards.
  • And Ben Gordon who was 6-for-17 for 16 points.
  • They were the heros, they put it all on the line.
  • And with Kuester getting tossed in the second quarter after two quick technical fouls…what did this team do to add to the black eye already on the franchise. They laughed from the bench.

Pistons Laughing after Kuster tossed

Awesome guys.

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Is this the bottom or does it get worse?

With 3.5 seconds on the clock in regulation and the Pistons down 96-99 the Pistons had a chance. That chance when right into the hands of second year SF Austin Daye who calmly hit a corner three to tie the game and send it into overtime. After Daye tied the game with his triple that sent the game into OT he went on to score the first five points of overtime in the Pistons 109-112 victory over Philadelphia.

Key Points:

  • Daye’s Triple to send it into overtime.

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  • Daye had some key plays throughout the game that lit the crowd on fire. He finished the game with 15 points, 6 boards, a blocked shots and three assists in 24 minutes.
Austin Daye

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  • The Sixers just wouldn’t go away in OT even though the Pistons pulled away fast. In fact they had a shot to take it into double overtime when the Sixers Meeks had an off-balance triple shot that almost went in. I’m actually surprised he didn’t go to the line for three free throws.
  • Greg Monroe recorded his second career double-double – and his second straight double-double with an NBA career high 16 point, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals. If that’s not improvement, I don’t know what it. There has been many people who would like to see him start and to be quite honest he may just improve even more with more minutes on the floor.

Greg Monroe: “I just kept on working, coming into this league you’ve got to earn everything every day. I didn’t lose focus, things get frustrating, but I just kept on working, kept on learning, got in the games and just tried to do my best. As time came along I started playing more, now I’m finishing games and I’m trying to work to stay in that position.”

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  • Stuckey with a 20 point night came out shooting right from the opening tip. Stuckey added 4 assists with 7 boards, and 2 steals in 35 minutes.
  • T-Mac played 39 minutes with 7 assists, 4 boards and finished with 7 points. He also had a really nice dunk thanks to a great alley-oop pass from who else…Austin Daye.

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  • On of the better crowds at the Palace, who actually didn’t need the big screen to help them scream defense at the end of the game.
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    • The second pick in the NBA draft Rookie Evan Turner, who hasn’t really wowed yet this season did just fine against Detroit going for 19 points, on 7-for-11 with 5 assists. I guess the Pistons just do that to players.
    • Detroit’s first half defense was abysmal. In fact (although I was at the game so can’t be sure) at one point I think that the Sixers were shooting well over 60% from the floor.
    • Looks like Will Bynum is the one stuck on the bench now. Bynum with another DNP, but he was a heck of a cheerleader all night.
    • Ben Gordon and Rip Hamilton were both off all night long and combined for 4-for-17 shooting between them.
    • Daye and Monroe aside, if it weren’t for Tayshaun Prince the Pistons would have never been in the position to even get into overtime. Tay willed the team back with some key makes in the closing minutes and finished with a game high 23 points adding 8 boards 2 assists a steal and a blocked shot.
    • Prince Highlights of the game.

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    • I don’t care what uniform he’s in, I still can’t stand Andres Nocioni.
    • The effort put in by Monroe always seems to stand out now. One play in particular that he didn’t give up on added 3 rebounds, a basket and a trip to the line to his box score stats.
    • Ben Wallace said a few choice words that got him a technical foul with 2 minutes left because of a no foul call on him. The technical foul and the free throw put the Sixers ahead 93-90. Wallace finished with 6 points, 5 boards, a blocked shot and YES, 5 assists in 31 minutes.
    • Issues with free throw shooting lately. The Pistons were just 64% from the line and two misses freebies from Prince at the end of OT left the door open for the Sixers.
    • Not much time from Rip. He played just 17 minutes on the night. The only Piston with less minutes was Maxiell, who had 7.
    • Hard fought game that you just knew was going down to the wire. This one was tied 9 times and with 12 lead changes.

    Kuester: “The thing I was impressed with was we never gave up. We came up and kept battling. The last play ended up Austin (Daye) doing a great job, Rodney Stuckey that did a great job setting up a screen to get Austin open but guys helped each other. Great win.”

    • It’s not going to be easy to take on in Chicago on Monday.