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The 24-50 #Pistons are back in action for the second game of a back-to-back, and a second game in four days against the 27-46 Raptors in Toronto.

  • The good:Jose Calderon is sure to get a nice homecoming from Raptor fans on his first trip back to Toronto after playing in a Raptors uniform for his entire NBA career before getting traded to the Pistons.
  • The bad: Though the Raptors aren’t a playoff contending team, they’re still playing better basketball than Detroit. It won’t be easy for Detroit, who is abysmal on the road and has lost 13 of their last 14 games.
  • The unknown: The status of both Jason Maxiell and Will Bynum.

Tip off is at 7:00 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.

If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

The Pistons 76-73 victory Sunday night at the Palace wasn’t pretty, but it showed that the Pistons believe in winning more than anything. As Detroit’s lottery dreams fade with every W on the schedule, it seem the most important thing on Lawrence Frank’s mind is teaching this team how to win.

Key Points:

  • It took till the final second of this one to decide which team was going to get better lottery positions.
  • Ben Gordon scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.  Gordon put the Pistons ahead to stay, 71-68, on a 3-pointer with 2:44 remaining.
  • It was so bad that Detroit had just 29 points at the half.
  • Brandon Knight with 19 points, 2 assists, 3 boards and a steal in 31 minutes on the floor. If not for Brandon and Ben this one wouldn’t have gone the Pistons way.

  • I think Austin Day may have got his last chance last week, he was a DNP coaches decision.
  • 27% shooting in the first half and 36% shooting on the night for Pistons. The Raptors didn’t do much better themselves shooting 37% on the night.
  • The Pistons have shot below 37 percent in three straight games.
  • This game was tied 16 times with 21 league changes.
  • Despite the Hammer in the building at the half, the Raptors on a Sunday evening didn’t draw a big crowd at the Palace.
  • Stuckey 1-for-7 for 7 points on the night.
  • Ben and Brandon were the only Pistons in double figures.
  • Greg Monroe with 17 rebounds.
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  • Pacers Monday night and then just one more on Thursday at the Palace against the Sixers.

 

 

The Raptors snapped a four game skid beating the Pistons 103-93 inToronto.  The Raptors built a 23 point lead early in the fourth quarter before a cheap shot flagrant foul from Toronto’s Jerryd Bayless set off Greg Monroe and got the Pistons within nine with under five mints to go.

Despite the fourth quarter surge the Pistons go into the All Star break losers of two straight.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe with a heck of a game.  Greg led the Pistons with 30 points, 14 boards, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots and a steal.  Not only did he get the Pistons back in the game, but he never stopped fighting, even when the game was close to being out of reach with seconds left.
Greg Monroe with 30 points and 15 boards in Toronto

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 Greg Monroe on the flagrant: “I think it was overboard – I don’t think it was borderline at all,” he said of Bayless. “I think it was pretty obvious. They made the right call. … I was already fired up. We just didn’t play well. I don’t know what was going on. I know we can play better than that. They just came out and wanted to win more than us.”

  • Stuckey played just 18 mints going 0-for-2, did he take his “vacation” before this game started?
  • It’s very rare to come back from a 22 point deficit.
  • Toronto shot 53 percent and beat the Pistons on the glass, 47-37.
  • Walker Russell in the game when it counted. Lawrence Frank kept the guys in that got them back there.
  • How do you know that you have done something really bad or nothing at all? When Wilkins is in the game instead of you when he has the stomach flu.
  • Props to Damion for going out there and giving it his all after vomiting all day and right up to tip-off.
  • Austin Daye a DNP.
  • I still have love for Amir Johnson.
  • Six Raptors in double figures.
  • T Prince 6-for-16 for 14 points, a steal, 2 assists and 7 boards.
  • DeRozan…DeDeadly
  • 18th double-double of the season for Moose.
  • Brandon Knight with 16 points, 3 assists and 2 boards in 36 minutes. Did I mention zero turnovers?
  • Ben Gordon, I still don’t know what or who he is.  3-for-6 for 6 points and a -17 in the box.
  • Jonas Jerebko fouled out with 5 minutes left in the game after playing just 18 minutes.  Jonas finished with 8 points and 3 boards.
  • Jason Maxiell started the game hot, but cooled off a bit.  Jason finished with 12 points, 2 blocked shots, 2 assists and 5 boards.
  • Will Bynum stayed in Detroit for personal reasons.
  • Two very winnable games that resulted in losses.  Let’s see what the second half of the season brings.
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  • Don’t forget to watch Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight on Friday night in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

 

The Pistons put their five game road losing streak to a halt with a victory over the Toronto Raptors Friday night. John Kuester again showcased his “new’ starting lineup of Prince, McGrady, Stuckey, Monroe and Wilcox in their 101-95 victory.

Key Points:

  • Apparently the Air Canada Center is just about the only place the Pistons can win on the road.
  • The elephant in the arena, Rip Hamilton. Another DNP coaches decision for Rip who is sitting pending the possible trade. The longer this drags on, the worse it’s going to get. The look on his face sitting on the bench was upsetting. He really does deserve better, he did this team right until the Chauncey trade when everything went wrong. For all parties concerned, lets hope this deal goes through soon.
  • A Will Bynum sighting! Will scored 6 in 12 minutes and his one assist was a great dish to Gordon for a three.
  • Both teams shot the lights out if the first half, trading baskets until the Pistons started to pull away.
  • The Pistons narrowly avoided another third quarter collapse. They let the Raptors go on an 11-2 lead in the third but thankfully had a nine point lead going into the fourth after leading by six at the half.
  • Unfortunately our favorite rookie Greg Monroe didn’t get his 5th straight double-double, but he did come close with 12 points and 7 points while logging the most minutes for the Pistons with 37.47. Hustle heart and good hands…Monroe is a keeper.
  • The Pistons were led by a red hot Tracy McGrady with a season high 22 points. With T-mac running the offense, the Pistons have a much different look that seems to be working.

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Tracy McGrady: “I feel that I am a great decision-maker and I feel the ball should be in my hands, making plays for teammates,”

  • Huge first half for Charlie V with a season high 16 points in the first half, finishing the game with 19, 8 points and 2 steals.
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 15 points while the Raptors led by as much as 5.
  • The only trouble the Pistons had with Toronto was Andrea Bargnani who put up 31 points.
  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • Nice game from Stuckey, who logged 24 minutes and scored 19 points on 5-for-9 shooting.
  • Wallace sat again, resting his ankle.
  • I would like to see the Pistons free throw shooting percentage get better. They were at 65% Friday night, which usually doesn’t cut it in close games.
  • Solid night again for the Pistons current center Chris Wilcox. Four points and 12 boards and a ton of dirty work. I like it.
  • A fun game to watch if you are a Pistons fan…especially if you like a lot of offense and no defense. It seemed like the Pistons couldn’t miss in the first half.
  • A back to back game with the Kings Saturday night. Lets see if Detroit can make it two in a row.

Tracy McGradyAfter being booed in Wednesday night’s game in Toronto, he was asked the question how he felt about the boos.

T-Mac’s response…

“Keep booing me I love it, it really doesn’t bother me at all…It’s not like I was like Chris Bosh and selling out the city like the city was horrible or something or making crazy comments like the city was horrible.”

See for yourself.

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The 9-19 Pistons are in Toronto to take on the 10-18 Raptors Wednesday night. Will Detroit seek revenge on the Raptors after their last meeting, when Detroit squandered a 25 point lead and lost the game in the final minute of regulation? Or will the Rip drama distract the team from taking care of business?

Congrats to Big Ben Wallace who will be playing his 1000th NBA game tonight.

Injury Update:
Stuckey, Daye and T-Mac all probable.

Ben Gordon and Charlie V likely to start.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on FS Detroit . 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.

The Associated Press:

The Toronto Star is reporting that Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva faces a charge of domestic assault after a May 19 incident in Burlington, Ontario.

The newspaper reported that the 25-year-old Villanueva was released by Halton Regional Police on a promise to appear in court on July 9. The name of complainant and other details about the incident weren’t available Tuesday.

Despite having their team at full strength for the first time all season, the Pistons suffered a 95-102 loss to the Raptors Sunday afternoon in the Toronto.  Rip Hamilton and Ben Gordon each scored 15 points as the losing streak goes to seven games.

Key Points:

  • Losing aside, it was nice to get Ben, Rip and Tayshaun back.  Because of the suspensions to Daye and Jerebko on opening night, this was actually the first game all season long at full strength.
  • Pistons started this one strong in the first few minutes of the game, but Toronto slowly pulled away leading by as much as 20.
  • Fantastic third quarter where the Pistons outscored the Raps 28-13 to give them a chance in the second half.
  • The Pistons still winning the board wars (40-36), and still not winning games.
  • Huge game from Chris Bosh a 16 rebound 25 point double-double in 38 minutes.
  • Chucky Atkins deactivated and the box score listed DaJuan Summers with a strained left knee.
  • The thing that the Pistons have been hanging their hat on has seemed to disappeared in the past few games. It’s not just the pick and roll defense that’s suffering either.
  • After being out 8 weeks with a back injury, Tayshaun Prince looked pretty good.  Prince scored 9 on 4-for-8 shooting with 3 boards and  3 assists in 26 minutes.

Tayshaun Prince

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  • Gordon looked a bit rusty to start, but caught his groove in the second half finishing with 15 on 4-for-15 shooting with 5 boards.  I’m guessing he’s back to his usual self by Tuesday.
  • “We had our chances tonight,” Gordon said. “With all the injuries and guys coming back, I still thought we had a chance to win the game. We just didn’t convert on plays that we needed to.” Via The Detroit News
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • A decent 40% shooting percentage compared to the twenty something they put up last time against Toronto. However the thing that may have done the Pistons in was it’s 33% shooting in the third quarter while allowing the Raps to shoot 62%.
  • With BG, Tay and Rip back and “The Swede” starting at PF I was surprised the Pistons didn’t rest Charlie Villanueva.   Charlie scored 8 on 2-for-7 shooting with 2 boards, a blocked shot and 4 turnovers.
  • The Raptors really have the Pistons number this season.  This may be one of the best Raptors teams I can remember in quite some time.
  • The Pistons seem to have trouble getting to the line lately they were 23-for-33, while Toronto was 32-for44.
  • Rodney Stuckey’s high…..high glasser had to be the shot of the night, this thing bounced off the top of the backboard and fell right in.
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  • Rodney scored 13 on 5-for14 shooting with 8 boards, 5 assists and a steal. Solid all around game for Rodney.
  • Detroit trailed 74-69 after three thanks to a (as Blaha said) a “man sized third quarter” from Jonas Jerebko. Prince got the Pistons to within 85-84 on a turnaround jumper with 5:47 left in the fourth, but that’s as close as it got.
  • Just 9 turnovers for Detroit.
  • A Bynumite ankle breaker.
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  • Will Bynum finished with just 4 points, 2 boards and an assist in just 14 minutes on the floor.
  • Clearly Jonas Jerebko was the player of the game, enormous hustle all game long and dunks and consecutive three pointers in the third to get the Pistons back in the game.

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  • Need4Swede, despite the return of Prince in the starting lineup, started the game at PF. Jonas finished the game with 14 points with 7 boards, 2 steals and a block shot before fouling out on a bogus call in the fourth quarter. I hate to say it, but had Jonas not been called for that last shot, thing may have ended just a bit different.
  • Rip, Ben and Tay back but Jonas was the difference maker.
  • Happy to see Chris Wilcox being the guy I thought he was going to be when he got to Detroit. Six quick points in 12 minutes with 2 boards and a blocked shot. That’s nice production in short minutes.
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  • Can they get things together for their next game at home against the Knicks? My guess it that the losing streak ends Tuesday.
  • Apologizing it was a long time coming, but Mr. Atkins is not tooned.  I also have a bit of a surprise with a couple new additions to the header of the site.

Bounce back quickly from last night’s victory is what the Pistons plan to do tonight in Toronto as the e 2-2 Pistons are set to take on the 1-2 Raptors at the Air Canada center.  The Pistons will again be without Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton for tonight’s game against the Raps.

Who to look out for?

  • Andrea Bargnani who’s putting up career numbers.
  • Chris Bosh who’s always a weapon.
  • Hedo Turkoglu who can shoot the lights out on a given night.

Me…. I’m hoping for a some playing time for our old friend Amir Johnson, especially after I found out he shouted me out on RaptorsTV.

Tip off is at 7:00 PM and will be locally broadcast on FSN.  You can also listen to the game on 97.1 The Ticket or follow the game on NBA.com.

After last night’s battle, I’m hoping for an easier time from our shorthanded and injured (Will) squad.