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The 20-29 #Pistons will host the 24-24 Denver Nuggets Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Nuggets have won two straight, while Detroit will try to go for their fourth straight win on their home floor.

The good: The Pistons put up one of their best performances of the season Friday night against the Nets on great games from Brandon Jennings, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith. Despite the Pistons record at home, they’ve played much better of late in Auburn Hills.
The Nuggets will be without Javale McGee, who seems to put up great games against Detroit.  Denver is allowing an average of 114.7 points while going 3-7 over its last 10 on the road.
The bad: Josh Smith left the Nets game late in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. He said he’s good to go for Saturday’s contest, Detroit just hope he’s as effective as he was Friday night.
The Nuggets swept the series from the Pistons last season.
The unknown: Can the Pistons put two stellar game together on back-to-back nights? Will we see Will?

Injuries:
Pistons: Josh Harrellson (knee) out.
Nuggets: Danilo Gallinari, Javale McGee and Nate Robinson – Out. Ty Lawson – Probable.

Stat: Andre Drummond has an Eastern Conference leading 37 double-doubles.
Fact: Ex Pistons Scott Hastings will be calling the action for the Denver broadcast.

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 #Pistons did what they were supposed to do on a snowy Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills against a lesser opponent, dominate them. Detroit treated their fans to a 113 – 96 blowout against the Philadelphia 76ers, making it just the second time this season that they have strung together two consecutive home game victories.

Key Points:

  • Five Pistons in double figures and three with double-doubles. The usual suspects being Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, but Kyle Singler added another tying his career high in rebounds with 10.
  • The last time Detroit had three players with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds was Dec. 3, 1997 when Grant Hill, Bison Dele and Lindsey Hunter all reached those numbers in a 108-103 win over Phoenix.
  • Andre Drummond started the game off on a mission and really showed the league that they make a mistake no selecting him as an All-Star reserve. Drummond finished the game with 22 points on 10-if-11 shooting, with 14 boards and a ridiculous five blocked shots. Did I mention this steal for a Dummified dunk to start the second half?


  • Don’t forget Greg Monroe who also posted big number going 8-for-10 for 21 points, with 12 boards, three assists and four steals in 28 minutes.  If he ends up going at the trade deadline there will be a ton of unhappy Pistons fans out there.
  • Drummond and Monroe were a combined 18-for-21.
  • Great night for Singler to put up a good game.  Stuckey with just eight minutes on the floor scoring just one point.  Stuckey was complaining of dizziness.
  • I so want to root for Gigi Datome, but the limited minutes he does get never seem to amount to anything.  He was 0-of-4 in seven minutes on the floor.
  • Caldwell-Pope with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting.  Looks like it’s going to take at least a full season to get his shot consistent.  I do however like what he does on the defensive end.
  • Smith, 4-of-10 for nine points and nine boards. I don’t think I’ve come across one Piston fan that can say they like him.  If you’re that fan please let me know.
  • Brandon Jennings is always looking for his shot.  He was 6-of-17 for 20 points and just four assists.
  • Highlights via NBA.com


  • Bynum, who is notorious for looking for his own, had six assists in just 22 minutes.  Brandon was on the floor for 37.
  • Kid Rock and Pistons owner Tom Gores in the house.  I’m pretty sure Gores does not own a long sleeve shirt. Despite Gores Always Sunny attire, he claims he understands this team needs time.
  • Nice to see Detroit hold a team to under 100.
  • I’m really getting to like the other Josh more and more.
  • It’s fun to watch when they play like this, isn’t it?
  • Monday in Miami should be different.

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?
Injuries:
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 17-27 #Pistons will host the 12-33 Orlando Magic Tuesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Magic have won seven of the last ten matchups at home, but have dropped 13 of the last 17 at Detroit. Detroit on the other hand is an abysmal 7-15 at home.

The good: Ex Piston Arron Afflalo, who having a career year. Afflalo led the Magic with 23 points against the Pistons on 12/27.
Andre Drummond won’t have to deal with Vučević, who had an outstanding game against Dre the last time these two teams met.
The bad: The four game losing streak is getting old fast.  Detroit’s defense has been terrible as well as their outside shooting.  The Pistons are still the NBA’s worst 3-point shooting team at 30.7 percent, and 52.9 percent of Detroit’s baskets come off assists for one of the NBA’s lowest marks.

cheeksMaurice Cheeks “We can get a lot better guarding the ball and that’s one thing we have to do because it puts so much pressure on our big guys,”

Brandon Jennings likes the ball in his hands. He is among the NBA leaders with an average of 7.3 minutes of possession.

Josh Smith’s is terrible at shooting.
The unknown: Can Detroit finally win one at home?  Will I brave the cold and head out to a game that may put me in a turrrrable mood?
Injuries: Pistons: None
Ronnie Price – Out
Nikola Vučević – 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: Orlando is 39-51 all-time vs. Detroit (26-19 at home, 13-32 on the road).
Stat: Detroit has won 13 of the last 17 home games against Orlando.

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 17-25 #Pistons will host the 16-25 New Orleans Pelicans Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The struggling Pistons will try to make things right on their home court against the Pelican’s team that’s won the last three against Detroit.

The good: It’s getting even more difficult to pick out the positives for this Pistons team. Besides the budding All-Star the team has in Andre Drummond, the only real thing to look forward to is a Pistons deal before the trade deadline. And even that we can have concerns with.
The bad: Detroit continually loses games they should win, they can’t seem to hold on to late game leads, and they are utterly awful on their home court. Detroit has given up 110.8 points per game on 49.1 percent shooting, including 40.2 from beyond the arc while dropping 9 of 11.
To top it off, I personally don’t trust Joe Dumars to make a legitimately sound deal. We may want to see things change, but are truly scared to be in a worse position after a deal is done.
The unknown: Can Detroit win this one against a short handed Pelicans team with Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday out? Anderson was a big reason why the Pistons lost the last one to New Orleans.
Injuries: Pistons: None
Pelicans: Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Jason Smith are out.

Stat: Greg Monroe scored a season-high 28 points at New Orleans (12/11).
Stat: New Orleans won the opener and swept the season series last season and has won three straight as well as five straight games
at New Orleans Arena against Detroit.
Sad Fact: The Pistons are 7-of-14 a
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 17-23 #Pistons are hosting the 28-14 Los Angeles Clippers Monday afternoon at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit, who doesn’t seem to play well on their home court, has lost four straight against the Clippers. The Pistons 129-97 loss last season was the largest losing margin in franchise history to the Clippers.

The good: This game should be fun to watch. The NBA is billing it as a high flying affair with the three of the top dunkers going at it. The Clippers DeAndre Jordan has an NBA-high 109 dunks, while Detroit’s own  Andre Drummond is second with 99 and Blake Griffin fourth with 85. Good for Detroit is that they don’t have to deal with Chris Paul who’s is out with a seperated right shoulder.
The bad: Detroit is the league’s worst when it comes to three point shooting. The Pistons are shooting 31.0 percent on 3-pointers and 27.2 percent while losing seven of its last 10.
The unknown: Will Detroit surprise the home crowd and start winning at home?  Can Detroit’s Bigs dominate a solid Clipper front line?  Will Josh Smith continue to play the game he’s suited for instead of trying to shoot from behind the line?
Injuries: Pistons – None
Clippers: Chris Paul – Out

Stat: DeAndre Jordan leads the NBA with 13.5 rebounds per game and is second in field goal percentage at 63.5, with Drummond third at 60.1.
Stat: Blake Griffin averaged 18.5 points against the Pistons last season.
Stat: Brandon Jennings tied franchise records previously held by Isiah Thomas for most assists in a quarter (11) and most assists in a half (16) vs. Phoenix (1/11)

Tip off is at 1:00 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 16-22 #Pistons will host the 13-27 Utah Jazz Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit takes the floor holding a two game winning streak, while the Jazz have lost their last four games on the road.

The good: Though it took a two last second makes from Josh Smith to beat the Suns, it seems like the momentum is going Detroit’s way.
The bad: The Pistons have lost 14 of the last 15 games against Utah. Detroit hasn’t won a regular-season series against the Jazz since the 2002-03 season. Utah is just one of those teams that no matter what the Pistons do just can’t seem to beat. This however is Detroit best chance in a while for a victory against Utah, who’s just not the same team it used to be.
The unknown: Will Trey Burke (the Detroit fan favorite in the 2013 Draft) show the Pistons why they should have picked him over Caldwell-Pope?  Burke’s 13.6 points per game would rank third among rookies if he had played enough games to qualify, while his 5.6 assists would be the second-highest average. He may have started slow, but Burke sure looks like a player in this league.
Injuries: Pistons – None
Jazz: Gordon Hayward – Game Time Decision

Stat: The Jazz is 54-32 all-time against the Pistons with a 33-10 record at home and 21-22 on the road.
Stat: Greg Monroe averaged 13.5 points and 12.0 rebounds against the Jazz last season.
Stat: Brandon Jennings tied franchise records previously held by Isiah Thomas for most assists in a quarter (11) and most assists in a half (16) vs. Phoenix (1/11)

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 have been a Pistons fan for more than a few seasons, are a fan of basketball or have just lived in the state of Michigan, you know that The Detroit Pistons set the bar for pre-game introductions. To most fans it was the show before the show that got you so pumped up you were ready to go to battle.

If you were lucky enough to attend a Pistons game during that time, you know that while they always looked great on television, nothing beat being there. The music thumped in sync to a video on-screen that played an amazing mix of highlights from what was the best of Detroit Basketball at the moment. Then right before Mason started to introduce the players live, one of the current players on the video would sledge-hammer the opponents logo until it shattered to the loudest indoor explosion you’d ever hear go off inside the building. The explosion coincided with the fire at both ends of the floor that could be felt from the upper deck of the Palace.

It was magical.

So magical that more teams than I can count started doing the same thing.


I’ve done a pretty good job of capturing the intro’s along the way from as far back as 2005, so when I went to the Palace on Saturday night to watch Detroit take on the Suns I revisited the archive of videos only to be saddened by what I saw.

Look, I understand that this Pistons team isn’t that interesting to the average fan in Detroit. I understand that the team isn’t making the money they once were.  I can see that the Palace isn’t packing it in every time I’m at the game, but if the team can’t get the fans excited, nobody will.

The fire is gone, figuratively and literally at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Here you have them, the most depressing Pistons introductions you’ll probably ever see.


Quite different aren’t they.

Just look at Brandon Jennings, who looks so pumped for the game that he saunters out on the court after his name was announced. He looked more like he’d been called at dentist’s waiting room awaiting root canal rather than to starting a NBA game.

Give it to Charlie V who looks the most excited and he’s played about 45 seconds all season long.

It may change in the future, but for now I miss the good old days. Especially the last part of the introductions when Sheed would get his groove on.

Rasheed Wallace Carlton Dance

 

The 15-22 #Pistons are back from their three game road trip to take on the 21-14 Phoenix Suns at The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night. The Pistons, who went 1-1 against the Suns last season, have lost seven of their last nine games against Phoenix.

The good: The Pistons finally snapped their longest losing streak of the season with solid games from all of their starters as well as Bynum and Singler off the bench. Detroit have won the last two games at home against the Suns.
The bad: This isn’t a familiar Suns team that has struggled the past few seasons. Phoenix is somewhat of a surprise playing great basketball, despite a lineup that isn’t riddled with household names. It’s a little disappointing as a Pistons fan to see the success of the Suns considering how much talent is on this Detroit team.
The unknown: Can the Pistons recreate the energy and solid play they displayed against the Sixers in the second half of their win Friday night? Will Goran Dragic who is averaging 23.2 points on 50.0 percent shooting, including 11 of 22 from beyond the arc, over the past five games sustain he great play in Detroit?
Injuries: Rodney Stuckey is not on the injury list, but played just three minutes in Friday night’s win against the Sixers.
Suns:  Eric Bledsoe, the Suns second leading scores and Emeka Okafor are both out.

Fact: Josh Smith became only the third player in NBA history (Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Hakeem Olajuwon) to post at least 22 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and four steals in a game when he posted those numbers at Philadelphia (1/10).
Fact: The Pistons haven’t won a regular-season series against the Suns since the 2007-08 season.

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 14-19 #Pistons are back from a long holiday break to take on the 14-18 Memphis Grizzles Sunday afternoon at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit, who have had limited success on their home court (6-11), will have their work cut our for them against a Memphis team they haven’t beaten since 2009.

The good: Despite the issues Detroit has has with the Grizzles in the past they are also struggling this season. They are without center Marc Gasol, who’s out with a MCL sprain.
The bad: Detroit has struggled all season closing out games late in the fourth quarter. Detroit has let their lead slip in the fourth quarter three out of their last four games.
The unknown: Will the Pistons benefit from their long layoff? Will you see a different Detroit team on the floor? Has Maurice Cheeks dealt with whatever it truly is that’s going on with his team?
Injuries: Rodney Stuckey is listed as day-to-day with his shoulder injury.

Fact: Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey each scored 19 points to lead the Pistons the last time they played the Grizzlies.
Fact: Detroit has lost seven in a row and five straight at home against Memphis.
Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.3%.

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Tip off is at 1:00 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.