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The 25-39 #Pistons are in Toronto to take on the 35-27 Raptors Wednesday night. The Raptors who are closing in on a division title will take a Pistons team that is on their second game of a back-to-back and have trouble on the road.

The good: It was nice to see the Pistons pull it together after a slow start against the Kings and get a win.
The bad: The Raptors have won 14 of their last 18 on their home court and the last time these two teams met they crushed the Pistons 112-91.
The unknown: Who’s going to stand out, the surprising good center for the Raptors Jonas Valanciunas or Andre Drummond?

Pistons: Chauncey Billups (left knee surgery) is out. Peyton Siva is day-to-day.
Kings:Patrick Peterson out.
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Tip off is at 7:00 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 14-21 #Pistons are in Toronto to take on the 16-17 Atlantic Division leading Raptors Wednesday night. Detroit, who have played awful basketball of late have won seven of the last 11 games against the Raptors.

The good: Candy, 70 degree weather and puppies. Oh…you wanted to know what was good on the Pistons end. Sadly it’s been difficult for me again to list what’s good in Detroit Basketball world. Maybe the possibility of Rodney Stuckey returning to help the Pistons off the bench.
The bad: The Pistons three-point shooting, shot selection, play-making, effort at times, should I go on? Detroit is on a season-worst five game losing streak and seven of their last eight. The Pistons have shown almost no signs of getting out of it besides the fact that they came back from a 17 point deficit against the Knicks. But a comeback doesn’t equal a win.
Keep an eye out for DeMar DeRozan who always seems to step up his game when he goes up against Detroit.
The unknown: Will Brandon Jennings wash away whatever has plagued him the last two games? Jennings has scored nine points in the last while missing 22 of 26 attempts, including 11 of 12 from 3-point range.
Injuries: Rodney Stuckey is listed as day-to-day with his shoulder injury.
Raptors: Tyler Hansbrough – doubtful

Fact: Greg Monroe averaged 22.3 points and 9.5 rebounds against the Raptors last season.
Stat: Andre Drummond now ranks second in the NBA in field goal percentage with 61.0%.

Tip off is at 7:00 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.

Looks like Toronto isn’t buying what Dumars is selling (ie trying to dump dead weight that nobody wants).

Looks like the Raptors didn’t like the offer at all.

Looks like Joe Dumars is really trying to right the ship as far as dead weight is concerned.  Reports have it that he’s in talks with the Raptors that could bring Rudy Gay to Detroit for Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva.

“The Pistons have offered the Raptors the expiring contracts of Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva in an attempt to acquire Gay, league sources told ESPN.com.”

If this actually pans out this could be like 15 Christmases come early.  Set aside the fact that Detroit lands Rudy Gay, who  in my opinion is a better option than Josh Smith, they get to dump Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey.

As little as I think of the contributions that Charlie V brought to the team I think a lot worse of Stuckey who clearly has personality issues and was forced upon Pistons fans as the next Chauncey Billups when he was no more than erratic 2 guard with a diva attitude.

ISanta Dumars know you’re saying to yourself why would Toronto want to give up Gay for the two stooges?  Because both Charlie V and Rodney Stuckey’s contracts are on their last year which means that they come off the cap for Toronto next season.  Also Rudy Gay has two years and $37 million left on his contract.

If Dumars gets this  done, he’ll get some faith back from many who doubt him.

The #Pistons took down the Raptors Monday night 108-98 in Jose Calderon’s first visit back to Toronto after playing his entire NBA career there before getting traded to Detroit. Despite the ten point difference in the final score, this game came right down to the last-minute of play.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons started the game on a 14-3 run and it looked like they were going to cruse to victory , but the Raptors had other thoughts. Detroit roared back and came back after the Raptors took an 11 points lead in the second half.
  • Great fourth quarter for Detroit who scored 33 points, none bigger than the Jose Calderon missed three pointer followed by a Jonas Jerebko put-back with 33 seconds to give the Pistons and 105-98 lead that sealed the win.
  • What’s up with Rodney Stuckey who again put together a great game. Stuckey with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 28 minutes off the bench for Detroit. Add the six assist and four boards and you wonder where he’s been for the last three or so seasons. Maybe he’s finally upping his trade value for the Pistons.
  • It was an emotional homecoming for Jose who, like a lot of NBA players after being traded, almost walked to the wrong locker room at the half. The Toronto crowd gave Calderon the respect and admiration he deserved and he went out and put numbers for his new team. Jose finished with 19 points, 9 assists, a steal and a board with just one turnover in 43 minutes on the floor. Can we keep this guy please?
  • It’s a shame for whatever reason Jonas wasn’t playing most of the year. Not sure what it was, but the heart and effort he’s show since he’s gotten back in the rotation is the Jerebko I remember. He was great on Monday finishing with 15 points, six boards, three assists and a +19 in the box. Now that’s a Need4Swede.
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  • Rudy Gay with a monster game for the Raptors putting up a game high 34.
  • Charlie V with a quick seven points in 10 minutes.
  • Andre played 19:43 minutes grabbing 4 boards with 4 points. Not the kind of night we are used to from the youngster, but it’s good to have him back on the floor.
  • Greg Monroe led with e Pistons with 24 points, 4 assists, 4 boards and zero turnovers in 38 minutes on the floor. It may be premature, but I can’t wait to see what he plays like when Andre is the full time center. Not that I’m complaining about him now.

Greg Monroe Pistons-vs-Raptors
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  • Jason Maxiell out for the season with a detached retina. Being that he’s a free agent after the season we may have seen Jason for the last time in a Pistons uniform without even knowing it.
  • Khris Middleton is doing more than expected this season and taking advantage of his minutes. He finished with 11 points, and 4 boards in 24 minutes on the floor.
  • Detroit shot 62% at the half but still trailed the ball game. One word…Defense!
  • Bless those fans in Toronto who fill the building when the team is just as bad as the Pistons are.
  • Next up the Celtics in Boston Wednesday night.

The #Pistons lost to the Raptors Wednesday night 91-97 on a night that Toronto was without their two best players and a career high 35 points from Greg Monroe.

Key Points:

  • It’s hard to win a game no matter who you’re playing when only one of player on your team scores in double figures.
  • Letting Toronto shoot more than 60% from the floor until the mid fourth quarter when Frank decided to go zone is just miserable.
  • Again, the Pistons hung right in there, but let the game slip away late in the fourth quarter allowing the Raptors their biggest lead (11) with less than five minutes to go.
  • The crusher, however was when Rodney Stuckey had a costly turnover with 31 seconds left in the game at 91-87.  He practically passed the ball to Amir Johnson, who was guarding Greg Monroe.
  • Is it me, or does DeMar DeRozan always put up a good game against Detroit?
  • Clearly what we always wanted to see from Greg Monroe.  Nothing or nobody could stop him Wednesday night as she was scoring at will, especially in the paint.  He scored 24 points in the second half alone on his way to a 35 point career high.  He added 10 boards, two steals and two assist.

Greg-Monroe Career High 35-points
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  • Calderon with 17 assists for the Raptors.
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  • Austin Daye with three points on the night on 1-for-6 shooting in 15 minutes on the floor. Are they trying to shop him? That’s the only explanation I can think of for his sudden appearance in the rotation.

Free JEREBKO

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  • Looks like they’re not happy in Sweden – Thanks to Mathias in the comments for this link.
    “Swedens biggest news paper are getting angry and mad at L. Frank to the like never write about NBA, but now on the first page in the sport page” http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/basket/nba/article15960016.ab
  • Gross stat – the Pistons are 0-17 when going into the fourth quarter trailing.
  • Singler and Prince with nine points each.
  • Mr Drummond looked good again. Andre finished with six points, eight boards, a blocked shot and a steal in 20 minutes. He looks so uncomfortable at the line. If he can get his free throw percentage respectable, he’ll be unstoppable.

monroeGreg Monroe: “We’re trying to find what we need to do to get back on track, I don’t think we’ve fallen totally off track. The way we’ve been losing, it hasn’t been horrible games. We’re right there. Just a little bit more we have to do to finish games and pay attention to detail coming down the stretch.”

  • Can we start point the finger at Frank or have we already?
  • It may just turn out to be the end of he world on Friday night if I head out to the Palace and watch this team lose to the Wizards.

The 7-20 #Pistons are in Toronto to take on the 7-19 Raptors Wednesday night.

  • The good:The Pistons have won six of last seven matchups with Toronto.
  • The bad: Detroit is an abysmal 2-12 on the road. The Raptors who have won three in a row are the brink of their longest winning streak in more than two years.
  • The unknown: Will the Pistons be able to break their five game skid in Toronto and set the stage for two games against the Wizards?  That may just make some very depressed Pistons fans happy this holiday season.

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 the Pistons vs. Wizards Friday night at the Palace you can get in the door for as little as $3

#Pistons fans haven’t seen a Knight of basketball like they did on Friday in quit some time. It was the Pistons youth core of Knight, Drummond and Monroe that helped power Detroit in their 91-90 win over the Raptors. With the Pistons down one, it was Brandon Knight’s dribble drive with 7 seconds on the clock that gave Detroit their third win on year.

Key Points:

  • I’m back on the Tayshaun Prince bandwagon for right now. It’s not that I don’t think he’d fit better off the bench on a contender, but he’s doing his part this season to keep the Pistons in games. As important as Brandon Knight was down the stretch of this one, so was Prince who got the Pistons right back in the game when they handed the lead to the Raptors. Prince finished with 16 points, seven boards, and three assists in 38:19 minutes on the floor.
  • Another solid game for Greg Monroe who led the Pistons with 19 points, 11 boards, a steal and a turnover in 38:24 minutes. He’s not only playing well, you can see him in every play and being a leader to this young team.
  • Monroe has grabbed five or more rebounds in 104 consecutive games, the league’s longest current streak. Are you voting for him?
  • I suggest you watch the highlights of this one just to see the last couple of plays unfold.
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  • Andrea Bargnani with 17 of the Raptors first 20 points, had one of the best games I’ve seen him play. He finished with a season high 34 on the night.
  • I also didn’t know how good Toronto’s Kyle Lowry was.
  • Very nice to see the Twin Towers on the court together for Detroit. You can see how productive that they can be. Drummond finished with 13 points and career highs of 13 rebounds in his first double-double of his career in 25 minutes on the floor. He had some nice highlights in this one, none better to me than when he hustled back on the defensive end to take a charge and as he lay on the floor he gave a nice fist pump when the call was made. He even was put back in the game with 16.1 seconds left in the game to help Detroit make a stop when the Pistons were down one.

Andre Drummond: “One of the knocks on me is that I don’t have a motor, that I don’t play hard every day.” “(Frank) just tells me every day, effort, that’s all you need to do. Give effort every single day, play hard and keep yourself going. So that’s what I do.”

Tayshaun Prince: “I saw a lot from him, the most important thing is when he made mistakes and he missed free throws, he just stayed the course, put his head down. Obviously it was tough for them to keep him off the offensive glass and he had key blocked shots and things like that, but I think his energy kept the crowd in the game. That’s what we need from him.”

  • Detroit started the second half strong, going on an 11-0 run after Toronto scored on its first possession of the half and expanding their lead to 10.
  • Brandon Knight comes out the hero in this one and rightly so. His layup to get the win wasn’t easy, but don’t forget the clutch shots late in the fourth either.
    This was just the kind of game that Knight needed to kick start his confidence in his shot. Brandon finished with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting with three assists and just 2 turnovers.

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  • Let’s not forget about Jason Maxiell who continues to make play and bring the energy. I don’t have the clip, but did you see the sweet bounce pass from Monroe to Maxiell for the dunk?
  • Stuckey with 8 points on 2-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes.
  • Kyle Singler with 6 points on 2-of-5 shooting in 28 minutes.
  • Just 26 points in the paint for Toronto to the Pistons 52.
  • This game was tied 10 times with seven lead changes.
  • After losing double-digit leads and dropping their first three home games of the season, the Pistons have now won two straight at The Palace and the crowd truly did appreciate it.
  • A Sunday afternoon SHEEDtastic matinee against the Knicks. I’m all for it!

The 2-10 #Pistons will be hosting the 3-9 Toronto Raptors Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons hope to rebound after the atrocious outing Wednesday night against Orlando, while the Raptors desperately need a win too.

  • The good: The Raptors have dropped five of the last six matchups against the Pistons.
  • The bad: Both the Pistons and the Raptors.
  • The unknown: Will Brandon Knight ever wake up and start playing basketball like we know he can?

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.

The 23-40 #Pistons will be hosting the 22-41 Raptors Sunday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Both teams are looking to break out of slumps when they meet for the last time this season.

  • The good: Mc Hammer will be performing at halftime. Detroit has won 13 of the last 16 home matchups with Toronto.
  • The bad: The Pistons knack of letting teams that they should beat, beat them.
  • The unknown: Who’s going to throw down the Hammer better, MC Hammer or LF Hammer?

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Tip off is at 6:00 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.