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A hard-fought battle with a the Warriors at the Palace ended in another loss for the Pistons on Monday night. Despite playing Golden State well the entire game, the Pistons let this game slip through their hands in the final minutes.

The Warriors were up by just one with four minutes to go, but finished the game on a 9-2 run while Detroit missed their last eight shots to lose 104-96 at The Palace.

Key Points:

  • The Warriors made it count when it mattered outscoring Detroit in the home stretch 15-6.
  • The scoring drought late in the fourth wasn’t necessary due to bad shots, it was more like poor decisions.

John Loyer: “I thought our effort from the very opening tip was tremendous. I thought we sustained it. They’re such a powerful team. I look up one second, we’re up three. Next minute maybe you’re down nine or down six. They can score so easily and so quickly, even when you play good defense. For our group to keep coming back, keep fighting, go back up one, to hang right there, it’s very encouraging to me. We just have to find a way to finish the game.” Via Pistons.com

  • Kyle Singler got Dunked On pretty hard by Klay Thompson, but besides that he’s been playing well since he was added to the starting five. Singler played a whopping 45 minutes and scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with three boards, two assists a steal and two blocked shots. Singler is also scoring 50% from the three-point line in the last nine games.
  • When Andre Drummond and Jermaine O’Neal went down in the crowd on the baseline, O’Neal pushed Dre’s head to the ground when on the floor. It resulted in a double technical, but it was Andre who looked like he wanted to go after Jermain. I heard multiple people in the crowd reference the Malace at the Palace. Remember O’Neal was a key play in the brawl.
  • Drummond with another game in foul trouble.  He managed 11 points and nine boards, with three blocks in 25 minutes on the floor.
  • Josh Smith 9-for-24 for 18 points while adding 11 boards and a blocked shot.
  • Just eight turnovers on the night for Detroit, but they all seemed to come at importuned times.
  • Why does Brian Scalabrie haunt me?

 

  • The Pistons bench weren’t much help scoring just 15 points.
  • John Loyer has confidence in Will Bynum, leaving him on the floor when it counts. Will scored eight on 4-of-11 shooting with four assists in 16 minutes.
  • Caldwell-Pope isn’t quite there. Another game with a couple of minutes and zero’s in the box.
  • When Rodney Stuckey has a bad game so does Detroit.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • 15 lead changes in this one and it was tied nine times.
  • I’m pretty sure Jermaine O’Neal though it was 2003 again.
  • Greg Monroe 23 points and eight boards.  Moose has played with more fire in the last few games that I’ve seen from him all season.
  • They aren’t tanking right?
  • A though one in San Antonio on Wednesday night.

The 23-33 #Pistons will host the 34-22 Golden State Warriors at the Palace of Auburn Hills Monday night. Golden State would like to make it four straight to start off their six game road trip the right way while Detroit will take any victory they can, especially on their home court.

The good: Josh Smith had his best game as a Piston with a season-high 32 points on 14-of-20 shooting in the loss against the Mavs Saturday.
The bad: The Pistons have lost five straight against the Warriors.
Andre Drummond was off his game against and it won’t be easy for him and Monroe against Lee and Bogut (if he plays).
The unknown: The Warriors are looking for their second consecutive season sweep of Detroit. Can Detroit finally take one from Golden State?

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Injuries: Pistons: Chauncey Billups (left knee surgery) is out.
Warriors: Andrew Bogut is questionable.
Festus Ezeli and Nemanja Nedovic are out.

Stat: Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 25 points against the Pistons on 11/12.
Fact: The Warriors have held the Pistons to fewer than 100 points in each of their last five meetings, the most consecutive games they’ve held the Pistons to fewer than 100 points since a 12-game stretch from 1955-56, when the teams were in Philadelphia and Fort Wayne, respectively.

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 Warriors spoiled the #Pistons home winning streak Wednesday night, but the 104-97 final score hardly tells the story in this one. The Warriors third quarter explosion pushed them ahead by 20, but Detroit had it down to a three points deficit with 1:08 left in the game.

Key Points:

  • I wasn’t as though the Pistons didn’t have chances in the final minute of the game, but failed to make a shot to keep them in it.
  • Someone tell me WHY Brandon Knight, who was having an awful night took three 3-Pointers in the final minute of the game. Add a turnover to that minute and you almost want to blame him for this one. And someone should also explain to me why in the world that Frank would even have him in the game, at that point?
  • Tayshaun Prince led the team with a season high 24 points on 10-for-18 shooting.
  • Greg Monroe just nine points with five boards. He’s been a little off his game lately, but is it wrong to almost expect a double-double every night?
  • Andre Drummond was a show within the show last night at the Palace. The NBA needs to take notice that this kid is the real deal. Mark Jackson can foul him all he wants to send him to the line, but he’s just going to make up for it. He played starter minutes on Wednesday night, and was in the game over Greg Monroe in the last minutes when the game was on the line.

Andre Drummond-Pistons-vs-WarriorsPhoto/Getty Images editing Need4Sheed.com

  • Drummond put up his second double-double of his career with 15 points and 12 rebounds. But it was his energy and scrappy play that wowed anyone that was watch the game. He may just be the Pistons new Putback King. I almost want to give him the nickname “Easy” because that’s how he makes everything look.
  • Less than stellar night for Kyle Singler, who put up just three points on 1-for-6 shooting.
  • Klay Thompson was a three-point machine.  His five third quarter three-pointers seemed more like 15, allowing the Warriors to pull away from the Pistons.  He finished the game with a game high 27.
  • Good to see Spartan Draymond Green get some playing time for the Warriors in front of his friends and family. He finished the game with two points in 12 minutes on the floor. Be thankful for Draymond’s supporters Wednesday night or the crowd would have looked much more sparse than it was.
  • Stuckey was great, scoring 17 points and dishing out nine assists. Though he didn’t have a great first half he heated up big time after the break. He did a much better job keeping up with Curry, who made Brandon Knight look silly.
  • Singler and Stuckey combined missed their first 11 shots.
  • If it wasn’t for the Pistons bench this game would have been a Warrior blowout.
  • Charlie V’s three-pointer put the Pistons within three points with a minute left in the game. He finished with 11 points and has been doing well on the other end of the floor too. He’s giving the team non-Charlie like effort on the defensive end since he’s been back in the rotation.
  • Highlight of the Game via NBA.com

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  • Interesting stat from NBA.com: “Detroit is giving up an average of 84.3 points in its victories, compared to 101.3 points in its losses”
  • It’s all about defense. You can’t let a team score 39 points in the a quarter.
  • Stephan Curry is on a tear, putting up a 20 and 10 streak like it’s nothing. He also shut Brandon Knight down while scoring his 22 and 10 against the Pistons.

Andre Drummond: “We should have never let it get that far to where we had to work that hard to get back. Moving forward, we need to just play our game.”
 

  • Next up The Bulls Friday night at the Palace.

The 3-9 Pistons are back home to take on the Golden State Warriors.

  • The good: The play of Monroe and Knight.
  • The bad: Not so good for the Warriors, but helpful for Detroit that Stephen Curry won’t be taking the floor due to injury. Watch out for the solid play of David Lee and the always fun to watch Monta Ellis.
  • The unknown: Can Monroe put up another double-double with David Lee lurking down low? Will Brandon Knight and Jonas Jerebko continue to play well? Will Austin Day ever get playing time regardless of his ankle? Wait…add Charlie V to that last statement too.

Get in the door for as little as $5 to see Detroit take on the Warriors.

Tip off is at 6:00 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.