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The 22-35 Detroit #Pistons are back home to try to forget (just like the rest of us) the 114-82 thrashing the Pacers gave them Friday night. Detroit will try to get some dignity back Saturday night when they face the 34-21 Pacers again on their second game of a home and home with Indiana.

  • The good: The future looks bright when it comes to big men in Detroit. With Andre out, Slava Kravtsov keeps contributing. He put up his first double-double of his young career in the NBA in Friday night’s loss.
  • The bad: What the Pacers did to Detroit.
  • The unknown: Will Lawrence Frank figure out a game plan and make sure the Pistons don’t dig themselves deep in a whole early again./li>

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.

If you’re thinking of going to the game Saturday Night, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

The #Pistons are going in to the All Star break on a good note. After losing a miserable game on Monday night against the Hornets, Detroit took on a hot Wizards team and got the job done with a 96-85 win at the Palace.
Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe with his eight consecutive double-double for Detroit. The last Piston to do that was Grant Hill. Monroe who’s doing whatever he can to make up for the absence of Andre Drummond finished with 16 points and 18 boards!

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  • Isn’t it nice to have a great PG? And isn’t it nice to have two PG’s playing well? Jose Calderon and Will Bynum combined for 44 points.

singlerKyle Singler “Jose is a solid player for us. He’s been a great addition. Just things outside the court; his enthusiasm is great for the team. But his ability to come in and make threes, spread the court, and give us another ball-handler on the court is very valuable to our team, and it’s nice to have him out there toward the end of the game.” Via Pistons.com

  • Jose in fact was hitting so many three’s (6-of-9) that almost everyone in the crowd at the Palace got a free t-shirt. He led the Pistons with 24 points, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Be thankful for Jose, who was the only one in the early going that could score for Detroit.
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  • Bynumite!

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  • Will finished the game with 20 points in just 21 minutes, 12 of which came in the critical fourth quarter when the Pistons were battling for the win. Bynum played a great game and led the Pistons in assists with eight on the night.
  • Rodney Stuckey once again took his All Star break early (check the stats). Rodney with 2 points on 0-for-7 shooting. I’m so over him like four seasons ago.
  • Give it up for Slava Kravtsov who was great help on the defensive end for Detroit, especially in the fourth when the Pistons went on a run and pulled away.
  • Nice Oop for Slava

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  • By just looking at the score you’d never get the story of this game. Detroit took over the fourth quarter by dropping 31 on the Wizards and locking them down defensively.
  • Another very solid game for Kyle Singler who is doing a lot of the Pistons scrappy work.  Singler finished with 12 points, seven boards and a steal in 37 minutes.
  • I was hoping to see Brandon Knight turn the quarter with the acquisition of Jose, but I think we may have to wait a while for that. Brandon with six points on 3-of-8 shooting in 28 minutes.
  • Brandon Knight will be the only Piston represented in the All Star Game festivities.  You can catch Knight in the Skill Challenge.
  • On break until Tuesday when the Pistons welcome back Tayshaun Prince when they host the Memphis Grizzlies at The Palace.

It was somewhat of a surreal night at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday. Just before tip off we learned that Andre Drummond would be out 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his back. Then #Pistons fans had to realize that their three game losing streak was going to be very difficult to overcome with the NBA leading Spurs in town. Well Detroit didn’t seem to care about any of those things when they took the floor, in fact it was somewhat of a Freaky Friday at the Palace a the Pistons dominated the Spurs pretty much from start to finish leading by as much as 21 points. The Spurs go back into the game late, but Detroit held them off and took down the Spurs 119-109.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe was fantastic, putting up 26 points and 16 boards for Detroit and making sure the void of not having Andre Drummond wasn’t noticed. Greg played a whopping 40 minutes and added five assist, two steals and a blocked shot. He’s still however turning the ball over way too much (5) for a big man, but maybe that’s because he tries to do it all.

monroeGreg Monroe: “Andre is out for a while now, so I expect I’ll play a lot more minutes, but tonight was a good team win. We had four or five guys in double-digits. We beat a very good team tonight and we need to keep it rolling.” Via Pistons.com

  • Surprisingly, we didn’t see a minute for Kravtsov, but honestly that didn’t surprise too much since all the players on the floor for Detroit were paying well. Why mess with that?
  • Say hello to Charlie Villanueva who seemed like he couldn’t miss a shot, helping the Pistons pull away from the Spurs on multiple occasions by knocking down some critical three-pointers. Charlie played on of the best games as a Piston finishing with 21 points, 5-of-9 from downtown, with 8 boards and two blocked shots. Well rounded for Charlie.
  • We have us a point guard!
  • Calderon a +13 on the night with eight assists, seven points, a steal and ZERO turnovers. ME LIKE!
  • Singler played with great hustle and determination. He finished with 14 points, two assists, seven boards in 35 minutes. Check out this bucket thanks to an awesome assist by Jose.

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  • The Spurs were without Duncan and Ginobili. Tony Parker did his best to win the ball game for the Spurs putting up a game high 31 points.
  • Detroit put up a 21 points lead in the second quarter, but the Spurs cut it back to 13 by the half. The Spurs however got as close as seven in the fourth, but the Pistons did something that come difficult most nights and that was making shots.
  • If you’re like me you had a sinking feeling that Brandon Knight would thrive once he was moved to the two spot. Knight put up 24 points on 10-of-21 shooting with five boards, two assists and one turnover in 36 minutes.  Add his clutch three-pointers in the final minutes of the game and the move to the two looks better and better every game.

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  • Stuckey 4-of-7 shooting for 11 points, six boards adding 4 turnovers in 24 minutes.
  • Detroit with another Saturday night in Milwaukee against the Bucks.

edt here. Detroit wins by (looks at score) 117 Detroit, 99 Cleveland.

Nat is taking a vacation.  Sitting on the beach.  Sipping Mai-Tai’s watching the sunset.  Cell phone turned off.  A big floppy hat — you get so pale in Detroit in the winter, need to protect the complexion.  She picked a good time.  Right now the airplane disaster which has been the Detroit Pistons for the past four years is in a holding pattern, as we wait for a new captain to get helicoptered on board.  Jose Calderon promises to be the first point guard we have had since Billups.  But apparently USA is worried this Canadian is here to steal our jobs so we have to wait for his work visa.  By the time it arrives Nat will be back, tanned and refreshed and ready to give us her take on the new look Pistons.

  • But for tonight we played the Cavs.  Starting lineup we had Stuck in for Prince, moved Singler over to the SF and for the first quarter we ran and ran.  We ran like we have never been able to run with Prince on the team, who no matter how good he is, Prince is an I’m sorry an extra-large serving of molasses.  Efficient molasses but still.   Watching an uptempo game like this is fun.  Of course this lineup is normally bad for Stuckey he doesn’t have the ball in his hands, reduces his effectiveness but the good thing is his efficiency seems to be a better with this setup, 14 points in greater than 50% shooting.  Or it could be the Cavs are awful.
  • There was certainly a battle, man to man, Kyrie against Knight, both going straight to the rim against each other. The difference is this Cav’s team is terrible.  So Irving got no help.  And this pistons team is gearing up for that 8th playoff slot.  There is just no way the Cavs could win this game with attitudes like that.  And Brandon took him to the cleaners too.  Brandon had 20 points Irving a mere 14.  Knight had 10 assists TWICE as many as Irving. Really outplayed him tonight.

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  • Recently the big penguin Andre Drummond is hearing comparisons about his game and the greatest center of our generation, Shaq.   Love to see how humble he still is.  Everyone loves the big penguin.  Bynum and Drummond are awesome together, they trust each other.  And the usual assortment of Bynum Drummond dunks.  However, Drummond with reduced minutes here, but I’m happy with this decision by Frank, because Drummond is our Death Star, we didn’t need to play him huge minutes tonight.  I think if the Cavs had challenged us we would have played him more than 18 minutes.  The Big Penguin had 4-4 shooting with a mere 5 rebounds.
  • With less Prince, we got to see a bit of Jerebko and some more of English.  English is really just not ready for the NBA, needs more D-league, more summer league, 15 minutes for English.  Jerebko needs his shot to go in, simple as that, until it does, or until he stops doing to Frank (come on Jerebko quit eating Frank’s donuts) it looks like he will be limited from here on out.  6 minutes for Jerebko.
  • I do have to be honest I didn’t keep track of this cavs team other than to watch Kyrie because without “Sideshow Bob” Verajao this team has Kyrie and . . . are looking at a #1 draft pick that’s about it.
  • It was kind of nice watching the cavs with this 2013 Piston’s team.  Not much to worry about, we are just too much better right now.  Relaxing even.  Certainly if you felt thirsty no need to wait for a time out.
  • Charlie is a funny guy he’s great at the three-point but 30 something percent at the free throw line.  Forget hack a penguin, hack Charlie V,  it’s way better.
  • There was a Middleton and Kravtsov sighting in garbage time.
  • Singler had an absolutely terrific game.  His shot went in and because it went in he just kept shooting all night, 9 for 17, that’s Prince efficiency.

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  • Bynum was super efficient tonight.  Bynum tends to play “hero ball” when we are behind (one thing I hate about his game) but when we are ahead Bynum is happy to create and only take good shots, 4-5 shooting, and 8 assists in only 15 minutes of play.
  • Did you see the BYNUMITE February Schedule Wallpaper?
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  • It’s nice to be on vacation.  But even nicer to be able to relax when you watch the Piston’s cruise to victory against the worst team in the NBA.

The #Pistons were taken down 117-90 by the Bucks Tuesday Night. If you look at the end score you probably wouldn’t realize that the Pistons actually were up by 15 points in the fourth quarter. Add this one to the list of game that the Pistons had double-digit leads and then lost the game.

Key Points:

  • The box score pretty much says it all. Everyone but rookie Andre Drummond was awful in this one.
  • The other Brandon was extremely hot for the Bucks. Jennings led all scorers with 30 points.
  • Monore scored 14 with eight boards and four assist, and if it wasn’t for his early foul trouble, Andre may not have gotten off the great first quarter start.
  • Andre Drummond was spectacular, finishing the game with 18 points and a career high 18 board in what seemed like a few minutes. My goodness he put up a double-double in just eleven minutes on the floor. He’s picking pockets, blocking shots, boxing out and getting putbacks and having one hell of a rookie season.

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  • Milwaukee at times made the Pistons look like a high school team scoring on them at will and going on runs like it was a marathon.
  • Rodney Stuckey returned after his issue with the coach and put up seven.
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  • No reason to go over more of the mess or look at the highlights unless you want to see some of Drummond’s awesomeness.
  • Second game of a back-to-back against the Pacers Wednesday night in Indiana.

The 17-27 #Pistons are hosting the 23-17 Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Brandon Jennings hasn’t had much success against the Pistons. Detroit has won three of the last four against the Bucks.
  • The bad: You can decide if this is good or bad, but I’m putting it in the bad category. Rodney Stuckey will be back with Detroit in his “normal” roll. L Frank did not comment on his deactivation, but Stuckey said he had no issue with the coach but he didn’t see eye to eye with him the other day and he understands him no playing. How many more coaches is Rodney going to have beef with? Remember his “flu-like symptoms” earlier in the season? I personally think he’s got issues. You got to play like an all-star to act like one.
  • The unknown: Which Brandon will have a better night?

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 took down the Orlando Magic Tuesday night in commanding fashion 90-105. It looked like this would be a battle to the end, with the game close up until the half, but Detroit’s defense held the Magic to just 14 third quarter points allowing the Pistons to build a sizable lead and never look back.

Key Points:

  • The tandem of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond put on the gas to help Detroit dominate the second half.
  • Brandon Knight stepped up his game leading Detroit with 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting with four boards, five assists, three steals and four turnovers. He may not be the Pistons best point guard, but at least his defensive game is getting better.
  • Only the pesky JJ Redick gave the Pistons problems leading all scorers with 26.
  • Jameer Nelson make 2 of this 10 three point attempts. If he was on the Pistons and jacked up 10 three’s he’d probably be sitting where Jonas is.
  • The Pistons were dunking away Tuesday night. Brandon Night put up another decisive dunk, as well as did Andre, but it was the Will Bynum alley-oop to Rodney Stuckey that really was amazing.
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  • Andre Drummond hands are amazing, he finishes at the rim with power and touch. He put up another double-double with 11 points, 11 boards, two blocks, and two steals. I think he deserves an A.
  • Again…why isn’t Dre starting? “Andre Drummond came into the game with 3:22 left in the first quarter and the Pistons trailing 22-11. They immediately went on a 12-0 run and finished the quarter leading 26-25.” Via Pistons.com
  • Maxiell also put up an 11 point, 11 board double-double adding one assist and a block in 22 minutes.
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  • Will Bynum is the best PG on this team plain and simple. He knows how to get the ball to his teammates and he knows where they want it. Will finished with 15 points, four boards and six assists with just one turnover in 25 minutes on the floor. The Will Bynum to Andre Drummond alley-oop combo is getting to be a staple. Throw it up and Andre will get it…he’s like the Calvin Johnson of the Pistons.
  • His first half wasn’t much to talk about, but Greg Monroe got the Pistons going by scoring 10 quick points in the third quarter on his way to 16 on the night. Monroe added six boards in 2 assists and looked determined after the half.

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  • Old friend and the Magic’s leading scorer Aaron Afflalo was held scoreless.
  • The defense is stepping up. Detroit with eight steals, five blocks and winning the board was 41-54.
  • Kim English with 2 points in his 3:36 cleanup minutes.
  • Wednesday night on the road against a surging Bulls team will not be easy.

The 15-25 #Pistons are hosting the 14-26 Orlando Magic Tuesday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons are winners of 10 of their last 12 games.
  • The bad: Regardless of how the Magic are playing, the Pistons always seem to find a way to lose.
  • The unknown: How much better will Andre Drummond get? He’s currently ranked 9th in the league in rebounding (per 48 min) according to hoopsstats.com. And look at what Greg and Andre have done per 48. Detroit is currently #3 in the league at efficiently at the Center position.

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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.

If you’re thinking of going to the Saturday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES

The #Pistons got off to a great start Sunday night against the Celtics, leading by as much as 18 points. The Celtics however came right back and were down just four at the half. The Pistons didn’t let this one go, by playing solid after the half and amassing a 16 point lead to beat Boston 88-103 to snap their two game losing streak.

Key Points:

  • The Twin Towers are really making this Pistons team fun to watch. Greg and Andre combined for 31 points.
  • Nice try Doc, fouling Drummond and sending him to the line didn’t work out for you. Drummond made six of his eight free throw attempts.
  • I know I keep looking at Brandon Knight with a fine tooth comb every day, but if you look at his stat line against Will Bynum’s for Sunday night they look pretty similar until you get to turnover and minutes. Brandon and Will each scored 15 points, each has a steal, and 5 assists. Knight grabbed more boards, but had seven turnovers to Will’s one. Is Knight regressing…or is it just me?

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  • It was a nice win, and nice to see the Pistons bounce back after giving up most of their lead before the half. Also nice to see a big crowd at the Palace, but I can attest that to the many Celtics fans in the building Sunday night.
  • Lawrence Frank needs to fix the Pistons turnover problems. Thankfully the Celtics turned the ball over a lot themselves. The two teams combined for 39 givebacks in the game.
  • How great is a nice Drummond Dunk? Andre finished the game with 16 points, ten of them by way of slam, with seven boards, a steal and a blocked shot in 20:19 minutes. So, when are we going to see the big guy in the starting lineup?
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  • Another double-double for Greg Monroe who scored 15 points and 11 boards, not to mention that his five assists matched that of the Pistons two point guards. He’s been so solid, while keeping himself almost under the radar.
  • Has Singler shaken he woes? He put up a solid game scoring 15 with eight boards, three steals a blocked shot and five assists. That’s got to be one of his best games since being inserted into the starting lineup.
  • Jason Maxiell with 4 ridiculous blocked shots.
  • Tayshuan added 14 points.
  • Who thought, “here we go again” when Boston fought back and got the game to 55-54?
  • Stuckey with just three points.
  • Nothing like beating the Celtics. Well unless it’s the Lakers.
  • Four straight over the Celtics.
  • You can say it if you’d like. The Pistons are getting closer and closer to that last playoff spot in the East.
  • Tuesday at home against Orlando should be a good one.

The 14-25 #Pistons are hosting the 20-19 Boston Celtics Sunday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Detroit has won the last three against the Celtics at the Palace. The Celtics have been streaky all season long and are coming off back-to-back losses at home, none worse than the OT loss to Chicago on a Belinelli off-balance shot to win.
  • The bad: The Pistons, like the Celtics run hot and cold, hopefully the loss in London doesn’t start a trend.
  • The unknown: Will…”The Thrill” play more minutes than Brandon Knight, who’s been in a huge funk of late?

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.

If you’re thinking of going to the Saturday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES