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The 1-8 #Pistons with host 2-5 the Orlando Magic Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The big news is not that fact that the Pistons picked up their first win Wednesday night with Kyle Singler in the starting linuep.

The big news is that Rodney Stuckey will be coming off the bench for Detroit.

“Stuckey went to head coach Lawrence Frank and requested the switch after watching how well the starting unit flowed while he missed a game with the flu, and said today he has “no ego” and believes it could be the best move for everyone.

“I just want to come in and just impact the game,” Stuckey said after today’s shootaround. “I think coming in with the second unit, being able to run more, get out in transition, will help us out a lot.” via MLive

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  • The good: The Pistons have won three of the last four meetings against the Magic and are 12 of 15 against them in Detroit. You can say hello to our old friend Arron Afflalo who’s the one and only bright spot on the Magic.
  • The bad: The Magic, who are coming into this game on a five game losing streak.
  • The unknown: Will Kyle Singler put up the same kind of performance that he did in his first start? Will Rodney Stuckey be more productive off the bench for 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 Pistons will wrap up their preseason (all 2 games) against the Cavaliers tonight in Cleveland.

What can we expect?

Brandon Knight at Starting PG that’s what.

  • The good: Knight starting.
  • The bad: No Ben Gordon – Personal Reasons
  • The unknown: Charlie Villanueva missed practice for personal reason, no news on his status.

Tip off is at 7:00 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.

Rodney Stuckey Before the CollapseNews on the Stuckey front. As we spoke about in our interview with Vince Ellis of the Freep, Rodney Stuckey thinks he’s worth 10 million dollars or more. That being said, Chad Ford of ESPN is reporting that Stuckey doesn’t like the Pistons offer of a 5 years 40-45 million dollar contract offer.

The Detroit Pistons and restricted free agent Rodney Stuckey are struggling to come to terms on a long-term contract, sources said.

Stuckey, the Pistons’ top free agent this offseason, is balking at what the Pistons are prepared to pay him. The Pistons have discussed a deal that would pay Stuckey between $40 million and $45 million over five years, according to sources.

By comparison, Mike Conley agreed to a five-year, $40 million extension with the Memphis Grizzlies in November.

Stuckey’s representatives, seeking an even bigger deal, have been contacting other teams the past few days, looking to broker a sign-and-trade deal. However, the Pistons are telling teams that they won’t agree to a sign-and-trade for Stuckey, sources said.

If the impasse continues, Stuckey’s reps are threatening to take the Pistons’ one-year, $3.87 million qualifying offer for Stuckey, which would make him an unrestricted free agent in 2012. Via Chad Ford ESPN

In my opinion Stuckey isn’t worth 10 million dollars a year from this team. He hasn’t proven it and after his attitude problem (whether it was partly because of Kuester or not) I have fallen out of like with him and his attitude. Entitlement is all I see here and if he “threatens” to take the Pistons qualifying offer of 3.87 million this season, we’ll likely see him disgruntled and Joe D on the phone trying to make a trade for him.

I posed the question to you on twitter and if you look at the responses you’ll see that I’m of the majority. See Ya Stuckey

Also from his non verified twitter account, Rodney doesn’t want to be in Detroit.

The 26-51 Pistons are home to take on the 24-53 New Jersey Nets. And guess what..you don’t have can’t to watch the game.  This one won’t be televised and maybe that’s a good thing.

The Nets have lost their last eight games at The Palace of Auburn Hills and could be without Deron Williams. The Pistons on the other hand are trying to end their four game skid

  • The good: The game won’t be televised.
  • The bad: The game won’t be televised.
  • The unknown: Stuckey or no Stuckey…that is the question.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will not be televised but you may just be able to find a stream somewhere. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

I’m wont be at the game, but if any of you are, please leave us a comment.

The 17-31 Pistons will host the 20-27 Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit to bounce back after losing three straight and five of seven overall. Charlotte has a better record than Detroit and have won three of four in the series, but all of those came at home. Luckily the Pistons like to play at home and have held Charlotte to an average of 85.7 points in the last six games at The Palace.

Injury update:

  • Hey Pistons fans…maybe Dr. House took a look at Rip’s “flu bug”, he’s listed as probable for tonight’s game.
  • Jason Maxiell (sore back) is doubtful.
  • Rodney Stuckey (right shoulder contusion) is a game time decision.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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FREE PISTONS TICKETS ! The Pistons and PNC Bank are giving away Free tickets to tonight’s game.  Tickets available at the Palace box office or call 248-377-0100.  So brave the BLIZZARD and head out to the Palace for Social Media Night.

If all goes well, I’ll be there live Tweeting with my Pistons Flip Video in hand.

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on FS PLUS. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

Leave your thoughts in the comments or Chat Live with your fellow Pistons fans during the game.

Rodney Stuckey takes a hard hit

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Rodney Stuckey left Wednesday night’s game against Denver withe a shoulder contusion after taking a vicious looking hit (screen) by Carmelo Anthony and didn’t return. X-rays were negative,

“He caught me at a good angle and I got hit,” Stuckey said. “I know I’m going to be sore tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes, just take it day by day.”

Rodney Stuckey will return as the Pistons starting point guard on Saturday when they take on the Sixers at the Palace.

You either love the idea or you hate it, but let’s face it Pistons fans Rodney Stuckey is this team’s point guard, period.

I haven’t shied away from the fact that I think Stuckey would be better suited as a shooting guard.  Hell, a lot of the time he’s  on the court for Detroit he assumes the role of the two.

It’s not like we didn’t see this coming.  We knew Rodney would resume his roll, but what does the team lose with his return?

They could possibly lose the best basketball play from T-mac since his injury.  Sure McGrady might just come of the bench for Detroit and play just as well as he had when he started in place of Stuckey, but that’s a big what if.

Look at T-Mac’s numbers in the past four games (click chart to enlarge)

It doesn’t take a basketball genius to see what the offense has looked like with McGrady running things compared to how it flows with Stuckey at the reigns.  Aside from the Phoenix game,  T-mac has been stellar.   I’m giving him a pass on that one considering that the Suns trapped McGrady at the top of the key on just about every possession when he was running the offense and Kuester made no adjustments to remedy the situation.

Tracy McGrady

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The only reason I would want things to go back to the way they were is if T-mac’s body (knee) couldn’t handle the minutes. But as of right now it seems that Arnie Kander is working overtime and McGrady is getting stronger by the day.

I have heard just about every side of the Stuckey argument and I understand them. Dumars made it clear that Stuckey was his guy. It’s been shoved down our throat that he’s the guy this team is building around. He’s their starting point guard.

If it wasn’t clear enough when he moved the heart of this this team to Denver, it should be now. And just because Stuckey didn’t get an extension means nothing. With the Collective Bargaining Agreement change, very few players got extensions.

I’m certainly not a Stucky basher, in fact I think he’s a great player. I just don’t like him as the Pistons starting PG. Many waited for him to “turn the corner” but is seems as though he is who he’s going to be.

I know assists aren’t everything when it comes to a PG in the league, but it’s very important.

If you look at Rodney’s stats compared to other guard’s in the league you may be surprised.

Rodney is currently 28th in the league amongst all guards in the league in the assists category. In 2009-2010 he finished 32nd, 2008-2009 32nd and in his rookie season 2007-2008 he was 70th (and also injured).

For those of you who would rather him score…look at the guards at the top of those lists and look at how their teams finished those season.  A good point guard does wonders for a team.

Sure Rodney has gotten better with distributing the ball to his teammates, but there are still plenty of times when he takes the game into his own hands and drives the lane looking for a basket and a foul regardless of who’s wide open.

Then there is also the question, Is T-mac a better leader?

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The Pistons always play the Jazz hard, and always seem to come up short. Nothing changed Monday night when the two teams met in Utah, where the Pistons have only won 2 games in the last 20 years there. Just like games in the past, this one came down to the wire with the Jazz pulling it out 97-102.

Key Points:

  • A valiant effort for the Pistons who played hard all night and saw 11 lead changes and 15 ties.
  • Huge night for T-mac who started again in place of Rodney Stuckey. McGrady was one rebound away from a triple-double. Impressive again for Tracy who’s running the offense as good as it has been in quite some time for Detroit. He finished the game with 11 points, 11 assists, 9 boards and just one turnover in 34 minutes on the floor for Detroit.
  • Stuckey played limited minutes (13) in his first game back from the stomach flu. You could tell he didn’t quite have his legs under him after just starting to eat solid food on Sunday. He finished with 3 points, 3 assists and 2 boards.
  • I’ll say it again, I like Stuckey…just not as the Pistons starting PG.

Kuester on T-mac “I thought he was outstanding. Thought he did a good job at controlling the pace of the game, making good decisions with the basketball. You know 11 assists with one turnover is very impressive.”

  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • Sad that a Raja Bell three sank this for Detroit. Was his foot on the line, looked like it to me, but for some reason the officials chose not to look at the replay.
  • Detroit trailed by three 101-97 and Tracy McGrady’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 6 second left was off mark.  Williams was fouled and hit his free throws to end the game.
Tracy McGrady 3-point miss against the Jazz

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  • A little better free throw shooting and this game could have changed things when

Tracy McGrady: “I think we kind of just lose sight of what we really want to accomplish as far as our execution offensively. We haven’t really put together consistently four quarters. We play well for a half or three quarters but then we always have that quarter that lets us down. That really hurts us at the end. For the most part we played pretty well for all four quarters. I think we kind of lost attention to detail at the end. We gave up a big three to Raja Bell. And execution defensively kind of hurt us a little bit.”

  • Tayshaun Prince was on fire, leading Detroit with 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting. It can easily be said that Tay has been one of the best Pistons on floor all season long.
  • 5 Pistons in double figures, including Rip and Ben Gordon who changed places in the starting lineup. Rip with 15 and Gordon had 14.
  • Chris Wilcox, the Pistons current spark plug, was out due to a groin pull.
  • Ben Gordon, who made three of six from downtown, was on the bench, as he was for the entire fourth quarter.   Shouldn’t he have at least been on court in the final seconds of the game for a possible 3 point make?
  • Monroe is working through the ins and outs of the league. Though his stat line wasn’t huge, he did a nice job on the defensive end.  He also threw down a huge dunk to keep Detroit alive in the fourth to make 97-98.
  • Charlie V with foul trouble, but still managed to hit some big shots.
  • It’s surprising to say this night in and night out, but who is this team?
  • Special insight from GordBrown in the comments of the game thread.

One of the nice things about league pass is you can back up and watch stuff really closely. Ironically, on the feed on the three that shouldn’t have been, there was a player between the camera and Bell’s feet. He did step forward however and on replay it was clear that at least half his right foot, maybe more was on the line. I’m sure if you check the special Stern addendum to the rule book (the one where he changes the rules to screw the Pistons) there is a line about it’s still a three if the left foot is completely behind the line if its the home team in Utah only.

  • Back to Back Lakers style doesn’t look promising for the Pistons who have lost 14 of 17 road games.
  • And in case you were wondering, Stucky’s Official Twitter account removed all the suspect tweets. Mission accomplished.

With our need to find out the most up to date and “confidential” information on our favorite teams, many of us Follow our favorite teams and players on Twitter to see what’s new, how they are feeling or if they are going to call out another player.  Seriously, who wouldn’t want to know what movie Austin Daye is going to or what Greg Monroe had for breakfast.

And that’s why you have this post, and probably more like it in the very near future.

If you follow our local Pistons or any other of your favorite athletes on Twitter, you hope to get some sort of insight or information or possibly a personal message from your favorite star.  So when it became painfully and comically clear that Rodney Stuckey’s “official” twitter account was nothing more than a RSS feed that someone set up.

Our first hint of the account really not being used by Rodney was when we got tweets that came while Rodney was on court playing.  Then it was Stuckey selling smartphones.

Rodney Stuckey's Official Twitter Account

But the best (I’m hoping until now) has to be this one…

Rodney Stuckey's Official Twitter

So…just to prove a point, and to make you laugh  I though it would be funny to make up ridiculous headlines just so @stuckeyofficial will tweet them.

Evil, I know, but you all should know me by now.  And to make it even more fun…I’m taking suggestions in the comments.

UPDATE:  It has Officialy been Tweeted by “Rodney Stuckey”

Rodney Stuckey speaks after the Detroit Pistons practice today.

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