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The 0-0 #Pistons will start the 2012-2013 NBA season at the Palace of Auburn Hills as they host the Houston Rockets.  It’s going to be a different Houston team than last season.  The new look Rockets just acquired 6th man of the year James Harden, from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-rounder.  Don’t forget that they also picked up Jeremy Lin this off season.

Don’t worry, the Pistons have a new dynamic duo to contend with in Andre Drummond and soon to be All Star Greg Monroe.

  • The good: Opening night at the Palace of Auburn Hills
  • The bad: Houston has beaten Detroit in eight of the last 10, six of the last seven and three in a row, including last season’s lone matchup in Houston.
  • The unknown: Who’s going to have a big game for the Pistons? Will Tom Gores be in the house trying to get noticed to be asked to audition  for a Dancing with the Stars?

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.

Don’t forget your November Schedule Wallpaper featuring Greg Monroe!

It’s been a while, but to be honest what did we need to talk about after the season? I’m sure most of you don’t want to chat about the EFC or the Miami Heat…do you?

What we can talk about is the fact that David Stern and the NBA will be announcing the order or the NBA Draft “Lottery” Wednesday night. Our very own Brandon Knight will be the Pistons representative when they find out where they will be drafting in this years lottery.

Here is how what the it looks like percentages wise.

  • 1. Charlotte, 7-59, 25.0 percent
  • 2. Washington, 20-46, 19.9 percent
  • 3. Cleveland, 21-45, 13.8 percent
  • 4. New Orleans, 21-45, 13.7 percent
  • 5. Sacramento, 22-44, 7.6 percent
  • 6. New Jersey, 22-44, 7.5 percent (a)
  • 7. Golden State, 23-43, 3.6 percent (b)
  • 8. Toronto, 23-43, 3.5 percent
  • 9. Detroit, 25-41, 1.7 percent
  • 10. New Orleans, 1.1 percent (c)
  • 11. Portland, 28-38, 0.8 percent
  • 12. Milwaukee, 31-35, 0.7 percent
  • 13. Phoenix, 33-33, 0.6 percent
  • 14. Houston, 34-32, 0.5 percent

Star Wars Night at The Palace May The Gores Be With YouSo barring some kind of “force” that may be with us, the Pistons should pick at the nine spot.

If “The Gores” has anything to do with it, we should start scheduling Anthony Davis for electrolysis appointments in the greater Metro Detroit Area.

 

The Pistons lost their 10 point lead to the Clippers as they struggled to score in fourth quarter leading to the Clippers tying the game late and finally winning 87-83 in overtime in LA.

Key Points:

  • Detroit lost this one in the fourth quarter squandering a lead and scoring just 9 points in the fourth. You can’t give up 17 points and score just nine in the fourth quarter and win.
  • With the ball in his hands, Tayshaun Prince had the chance to win the game with the score tied at 74 an 19 seconds on the clock. Tay didn’t even get a shot off, when Paul clamped down on the D and forced a Prince turnover.
  • Tayshaun finished with 20 points on 9-for-17 shooting with 7 assists and two blocked shots. It’s nice to see solid numbers from Price, especially when Stuckey, Knight and Ben Gordon aren’t really scoring.
  • Tom Gores sitting court side to see is Pistons play.
  • Rodney Stuckey was 1-for-8 with six points, 2 assists and a board in 35 minutes. He wasn’t on the floor in crunch tine down the wire.  Apparently he tweaked his foot in Sacramento as Frank alluded to him playing in pain all game long in his post game interview.
  • Jonas Jerebko scrapped and fought for everything all game long and don’t think his baby hook didn’t fall a couple of times on Sunday.
Jonas Jerebko Pistons vs Clippers

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  • Jonas finished with 14 points with 8 boards an assist, a steal and a blocked shot in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • Despite the fourth quarter collapse you have to be proud of this team for fighting hard the entire game. It’s games like this that make you realize that this is a team that wants to win, tries hard doing it and eventually will make it happen.
  • Yes, we also think he’s the steal of last year’s draft.

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  • Monroe was a beast, leading the Pistons with 23 points, 15 boards and a blocked shot.  He was clutch and did a fine job on Griffin, who didn’t make the game his personal highlight reel.
  • Ben Gordon…still turrable. 3-for-11 shooting for 7 points, 5 assists and 5 turnovers. He looks like he doesn’t even care out there.
  • It’s clear that this team needs Rodney to play well to win. At least that’s what we have seen this season.
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  • Plenty of Pistons fans in the house in LA.
  • Gordon and Jonas Jerebko, Damien Wilkins and Ben Wallace helped the Pistons in the first quarter as they led the Detroit to a  14-2 run that erased a 10-point Clippers lead.
  • Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight combined to shoot 7 of 33.
  • Two key jump balls that the Pistons didn’t get their hands on could let to a different outcome for Detroit.
  • Knight 3-for-14 for 6 points and 0 for 7 from downtown.
  • Chris Paul just missed a triple-double with 9 boards, 15 assists and 19 points.

Greg Monroe: “Everyone feels like we should have won this game, because we came out and played hard for four quarters. A couple loose balls, a couple missed assignments, a missed block-out and that’s the difference in this game.”

  • Yes…yes they should have.
  • Next up Denver on Wednesday.

The 16-28 #Pistons are in LA to take on the 25-18 Clippers.  Los Angeles had dropped three of the first four on its six-game home stretch before beating the Rockets on Saturday.

  • The good: Rodney Stuckey is still red-hot.
    The bad: Clippers have won three of four verses Detroit, but the Pistons won the last on against the Clippers at Staples center in November of 2010.
  • Who to watch: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the newly acquired Nick Young.  Remember Nick, he was draft right after Rodney Stuckey.  And don’t forget all the Pistons fans in LA.
  • The unknown: How many jaw dropping dunks will Mr. Griffin rack up on the Pistons?

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.

Any thoughts on the Pistons tanking this season for a better chance at the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft were squashed last night as the Pistons turned back the clock a bit, and beat the Lakers 88-85 in overtime at The Palace.  Games like this are the reason why I believe Lawrence Frank was the right hire for the job.  This game was a guaranteed loser on the schedule under former Coaches John Kuester and Michael Curry, because of the negative response from the veterans to coaches they didn’t respect.

Rodney Stuckey was by far the star of the night, and the main reason why the Pistons were in it to win it at the end.  Stuckey hit a big 3 pointer with 9.8 seconds left in the game to put the Pistons up 2, before Kobe came back to hit a clutch jumper to tie it up and send it to overtime.  In overtime, Tayshaun Prince nailed a key 20 footer to put the Pistons up 1 before Stuckey stepped to the charity stripe to knock down the final 2 free throws which put the Pistons ahead for good.

Rodney Stuckey over the Lakers

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  • Rodney SssssssssssssssssssssssssTUCKey finished the night with 34 points on an efficient 13-20 from the floor.  He also finished 1-1 from the long line, and not only was it a key 3 pointer that I referenced earlier but if you’ll notice, Rodney has improved from the 3 point line this season.  He still doesn’t take a lot of 3s, but when he does he’s making them at a 35% clip – his career average is 28%.
  • Ben Gordon showed some flashes off the bench, and while he had a solid night off the bench, he was mostly playing off of Stuckey’s hot hand, as he finished 7-15 from the floor with a team high +24 +/- off the bench.
  • Jonas Jerebko finished a healthy 3-8 from the field with 2 key 3s – and a +10 on the night.
  • As usual, skilled low post scoring big men gave the Pistons front court trouble – Andrew Bynum finished with video game numbers (34 points/15 rebounds) and Pau Gasol finished with 20 and 10. 
  • Greg Monroe held his own on the glass – he finished with 15 rebounds (8 defensive and 7 offensive).  The Lakers’ size gave him fits on the block – he had a tough night offensively.
  • Super Rookie Brandon Knight wasn’t so good in this game – 0 points, -14 +/-.  The good news is he only turned the ball over 1 time.
  • What happened to Ron Artest? Metta World Peace?  He looks like a totally different player these days.  He and Tayshaun Prince have not aged well in their roles as starting SF on their respective teams.
  • Kobe, lose the black mask bro.  Rip Hamilton wears a clear mask every game to protect his nose.  It’s not about fashion, it’s about function.
  • Former Michigan Wolverine standout guard Darius Morris received a DNP-Coaches’ Decision for the Lakers as he remains buried in the rotation.
  • The Laker big men could not do anything to stop Stuckey from finishing in the lane.  Stuckey, who has had his issues in the past finishing at the rack, settled in a nice groove by attacking both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
  • Way to go Lakers Pistons fans!  Last night was the 3rd sellout of the season.
  • The Lakers are now 6-13 on the road.  The Pistons are 10-11 at home.

And let’s not forget this highlight of the night – Stuckey taking old man Kobe to school.

Rodney Stuckey breaks Kobe’s ankles

MAY THE GORES BE WITH YOU!!! (seriously, I didn’t think anyone wore shimmery shirts anymore?).  Gores should be a happy man – not only did the Pistons win a thrilling game against a team they’ve competed against 3 times in the Finals, but they did it in front of a sellout crowd that was reportedly 60% Lakers fans.  Way to go Pistons!

Tom Gores Pistos over the Lakers in OT

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 Next up for the Pistons is Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at 7:30 at the Palace.  The Hawks are 7-8 in their last 15 games as they’ve fallen a bit on hard times as the injury to Al Horford has finally caught up with them.  Meanwhile on the other side of the court, the Pistons are on a bit of roll having pulled together wins in 9 of their last 15 games.  The Hawks are currently sitting in the 6th seed spot in the East, while the Pistons are 5 games back of the 8th spot.  The Hawks aren’t looking up too high though, as their playoff opponent (if the season ended today) the Orlando Magic are the 3 seed and they’re only up 1 game.

The Hawks have a lot to play for, whereas the Pistons are scraping together win after win and building confidence in their young core for the future.  With the way this rotation has settled in a bit lately, and the roll they’ve been on, I don’t see where Charlie Villanueva fits in when he comes back unless he takes Jason Maxiell’s minutes.  Maxiell has been providing solid numbers as the starting power forward since taking over for Ben Wallace.

The 7-20 Pistons are back home to host the 8-19 Nets. What Piston fan doesn’t want to get another chance to see New Jersey?

The starts are in the Pistons favor being that the Nets have dropped nine straight at The Palace since a 79-74 victory March 26, 2006. The Pistons have won 28 of the last 31 regular-season match-ups at home against New Jersey.

  • The good:  Going for a four game winning streak,  and Star Wars night.
  • The bad: Is the fact that Charlie V is still MIA a bad thing?
  • Who to watch: Deron Williams, and the 34 points he dropped on the Pistons Wednesday night. Greg Monroe and Jason Maxiell taking it to Kris Humphries again.
  • The unknown: Can they really make this four in a row?  Will Greg Monroe prove  why he should have been an All Star reserve, even though he’s proven it all season long?

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports PLUS. If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

May the Gores be with you

Fresh off of 3 straight wins, the #Pistons return to The Palace of Auburn Hills to host the New Jersey Nets.  If three consecutive victories and another chance to see the Pistons take on the Nets  isn’t enough to get you to Auburn Hills, than I’m pretty sure you’re going because it’s Star Wars Night.

The fist 10 thousand fans to walk in the door get a limited edition, individually numbered Pistons/Star Wars poster.  Over 25 Star Wars characters from the movie will be at the Palace to greet fans prior to and during the game. If that weren’t enough a never before seen video by Lucas Films will be shown at halftime.

I’m going all out and have decided to dress up as Princess Leia.  So if you see someone with two Cinnabuns over their ears say hello!

I don’t know about you, but forget the Storm Trooper…this is the guy who I want to greet me at the Palace doors.

Star Wars Night at The Palace May The Gores Be With You

May The Gores Be With You

I have been doing the whole “May the Gores be with you” bit since Tom bought the team, because I happen to think it’s funny and fitting.  So I just want to thank Mike Antonich for coining the phrase and for tweeting it to me one night after talking about our favorite basketball team and their new owner.

If you want to head out tho the game you can get a great deal on tickets directly from the Palace with no ticket fees.

Via Crain’s Detroit

“Auburn Hills-based Palace Sports and Entertainment LCC may slash the number of suites of The Palace of Auburn Hills to 80 skyboxes from the current 178, according to a new report.

The plan would be to convert suite space on the penthouse level of the Detroit Pistons’ home into a restaurant, social media gathering sites and a sports hall of fame, the Sports Business Journal reported. Read More

Tom Gores toonIf you’re like me and you have watched a game in one of those suites in the rafters, you know if can be rough. You couldn’t even see Sheed’s bald spot from up there. I’m all for it, but the only thing that concerns me is the wait at the elevators getting up there.

Gores keeps the changes coming.

The 4-14 Pistons are at home to host the 12-5 Miami Heat at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Dwyane Wade traveled to Detroit with his team, but it’s still unknown whether he’ll take the court for the Heat. The Heat look to avoid a fourth straight road loss as they try for a sixth consecutive road victory over the Pistons.

  • The good: Um…T-Pain if you’re a fan?
  • The bad: Um…getting throttled by the Thunder in convincing fashion Monday night. No Ben Gordon, no Will Bynum and again no Charlie V.
  • The unknown: Um…how bad will it be?

Kidding aside, it’s going to be a rough one for The Pistons. The Heat have held the Pistons to 85.6 points per contest during a five-game winning streak at The Palace and have won four in a row and nine of 10 overall versus Detroit.

If you’re going…enjoy the show. The T-Pain show at the half, because it’s highly doubtful that your Pistons will have much success tonight. And I assume if you’re one of probably the biggest crowds at the Palace this year, it’s because you’re there to see LeBron and the Heat.

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.

At the last minute someone handed me two tickets to see the Dallas Mavericks take on the Pistons at the Palace. I wasn’t planning on going to Tuesday night’s game, especially after witnessing the beat down on Saturday night. But when someone hands you tickets to see your favorite team, no matter what you already have planned, you go. Or at least I do.

Big mistake on my part.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate how lucky I am to get to see the Pistons play in person, but right now it just plain hurts to watch them.

Could this team be worse than the teams of the dreaded “teal” era? They can’t be right?

This team has great young talent like Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko, Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey. On paper they have a team that looks like they can compete better than six game blowout steak.

Greg Monroe vs The Heat

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We watch Greg Monroe progress with each game, with absolutely no help down low. We are watch Brandon Knight’s baptism by fire trying to lead this team at the point with limited practices and no training camp. We watch whatever kind of funk that Austin Daye is in. We watch Tayshaun Prince getting old in front of our eyes. We watch Ben Gordon be the player that took his Bulls uniform off and then forgot how to shoot. We watch Ben Wallace give it his all in limited minutes.

We watch fewer and fewer people at the Palace. In fact the crowd last night looked more like a Shock game than it did a Pistons team against the World Champions. Sadly about the only time you’re going to see a decent crowd in the place will be when Miami and the Lakers come to town.

Is it fair to say that last night (or pick a night for that matter) this team looked like a JV team playing in the NBA? By the time I could blink they had already turned the ball over 10 times.

Does anyone remember the good times when the Pistons would go a consecutive games with 3 turnovers or less?

I haven’t seen a coach this vocal with the players in quite some time. By the end of the season Lawrence Frank is going to have way less hair than he already does.

What we are really doing is watching the madness unfold right before our eyes.

If something doesn’t change, this team will be right were a lot of people wanted them to be last season. At the head of the pack for lottery balls. Trouble with that…this draft class doesn’t have a true superstar and knowing the Pistons luck this would be the year they got the #1 pick.

On any given night, you can search this site or twitter for the #FireJoeDumars chant, and that I can understand, but I don’t agree with.

Bless the Pistons employees for trying to make the best of what they are watching, especially Blaha, Kelser and Matt Dery, who have to put a positive spin on what they know is a horrible product.

I’ve just resigned this season to be one of pain, and hopefully growth. If you can make it though with me than you’ll be a bigger fan years down the road. It happens to every team at one time or another, be strong.

And sorry Mr. Gores…no returns, exchanges or refunds on this one.

Tom Gores toon