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Take the Cavaliers game played 24 hours earlier, but reverse the outcome and you have the Pistons/Hawks match up in a nutshell. The 116-84 loss to the Hawks was the Pistons 39th of the year.

Key Points:

  • Lawrence Frank rested Ben Wallace and Tayshaun Prince.
  • Austin Daye a chance to start to I’m sure see what his future holds in the Motor City. Daye did less than impress going just 1-for-11 with 4 points on the night in 29 minutes on the floor for the Pistons. He’s not doing much to make his case here, or in the league for that matter. He’s got to work through whatever it is that has him in this funk. I know we have been down on him this season, but he looked turrrable last night.
  • Ex Pistons (for a season) Tracy McGrady had a season high 17 against his former team.
  • Pistons starters just 30 points.
  • It was as bad as this…the Hawks led 40-20 after the first.
  • At this point it’s about the lottery and finding out who’s going to be here next season.
  • Stuckey scoreless.
  • Greg Monroe scored 17 points and was the only Detroit starter in double figures.
  • Macklin time! Vernon Macklin got his first minutes since returning from his D-League stint, when he averaged 14 points and 14 rebounds in 10 games. Macklin showed promise scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds in 23 minutes.
  • Vernon Macklin: “I’m glad Coach gave me the opportunity to go out and play significant minutes,” he said. “It felt great. I’m just disappointed we lost. We’re going to regroup and just keep on working harder. I can say I gained a lot of confidence by getting an opportunity to play and getting some touches down in the D-League. I think I did OK. That’s about it.”
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  • Walker D wants to stay in the “D”, not the D-League. The Walkman scored 15 on 5-for-8 shooting with an assist, a steal and 2 boards in 12 minutes.
  • Charlie V with 14 on 5-for-11 shooting.
  • Another game tonight against the Kevin Loveless Timberwolves at the Palace should be interesting.

Rodney Stuckey was benched in today’s game against the Boston Celtics for refusing to re-enter the game Friday night against the Chicago Bulls.  What else does Stuckey have to do to lose the respect of Pistons fans?  Here he is, in his 4th year in the NBA and still acting like an immature young player in a season where leadership and respect is there for the taking.

I just hope the Pistons can get something for him this offseason when he leaves.  I apologize in advance for not shedding the same virtual tears when Rodney leaves as I did when Chauncey and Stuckey’s draft mate Arron Afflalo left the team. Now Kuester doen’t get a pass either, each one of us has a better chance at winning a million dollars playing blackjack online than John Kuester has of returning to Detroit next season.  Now on to the rest of the team, who are now playing out the string and earning time for next season:

  • The Pistons won the 1st and 4th quarters – but they lost the game in the 3rd by giving up 33 points to the (currently) 2nd seeded Boston Celtics
  • Shaquille O’Neal may have to hang it up this season after limping off badly in today’s game after only 5 minutes on the floor
  • Charlie Villanueva’s numbers are deceiving – sure he had a solid offensive game, but his points were canceled out as he scored 15 and was a team worst -15 on the night
  • Need4Sheed favorite Will Bynum started in place of Tracy McGrady, and ended up with 20 points and only 1 assist.

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  • Detroit got “Rondo’d” – Rajon Rondo finished with 14 assists and 5 turnovers.
  • I hate to admit it – Boston is pretty deep.  I know it’s hoping a lot that Jermaine O’Neal or Shaquille O’Neal stay healthy enough to give minutes but Baby Davis gives Boston a solid 6th man off the bench.  Delonte West is a solid guard off the bench.  This team can guard just about everyone on the perimeter, except maybe LeBron James – but we’ll see what Pierce and Jeff Green can do this postseason
  • Austin Daye must be in the dog house somewhat – either that, or he’s not worth giving much time on the floor at this point.  There’s really no excuse for him to play only 15 minutes when Prince and Rip play 30+
  • Super rookie Rodney White Greg Monroe had a down night – 11 points and 5 rebounds to go with a tough matchup all night – KG and Baby Davis
  • Hell, with all the turmoil going on on the Pistons sideline even Jason Maxiell saw some decent run in today’s game.  My how far this team has fallen in his time on the roster.
  • Pistons coach JKIAFI John Kuester referred to Stuckey’s benching as a “setback” in his “growth process” – aka “Stuckey is still immature, even in his 4th year in the league.  On a team dying for a leader to step up.”

Stuckey: “Mentally, mentally, I’m mentally drained. Hopefully I can get through these six games and we’ll see what happens next year.”  Via The Detroit News

Up next on “As The World Turns” the Pistons schedule are the young and peppy Wizards lead by newcomers Jordan Crawford and John Wall.  Detroit will have their hands full if Ben Wallace does not play again because of the size the Wizards have on their front line with Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee.

I usually attend the Wizards game when the Pistons are town but this year, I’m going to save my money and watch it on TV.  Stay tuned this week as rumor has it Natalie and I are going to pump out another podcast – I will be there ready to apologize to you all for saying the Pistons would go 9-3 to close out the season and they would make the playoffs.  I’m sure we’ll also continue to talk about Rodney Stuckey, Coach Kuester, how Natalie’s dog saved her life, and more!

Was Saturday’s win against the Pacers too little too late? Probably, but it doesn’t take away the enjoyment for Pistons fans to watch what this team can do when things are working right. The Pistons, in front of a packed crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills, came back after a sluggish first half to roll over a team that they have needed to beat all season long.

The Pistons 88-100 win now leaves them technically still alive in the playoff race with nine games remaining. Detroit is now five games behind the Pacers in the loss column, with another game against Indiana on Wednesday to make up more ground.

Key Points:

  • After having “technical difficulties” with Kuester and not playing in the last game, Charlie Villnuava looked like he wasn’t going to touch the court either in Saturday night. Kue surprised us all by calling on Charlie late in the game. He responded with 13 points by making all five of his shots, three of them from the 3-point line. The biggest came with three minutes left after a Danny Granger triple put Indiana within seven.
  • Chris Wilcox, who started the game, didn’t play after the half with a knee issue. Chris’s only two came in great fashion, with this reverse put back.

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  • One has to think that if Wilcox wasn’t shutdown at half and Ben Wallace could play, does Charlie V get another DNP.
Charlie Villanueva for Three

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Villanueva: “Fresh legsI was well rested. (Kuester) called my name and I was ready to go and my teammates helped. They gave me the ball in position to score. (Assistant coach) Brian Hill talked to me in the third quarter. He said, ‘We might get you in, so just be ready.’ So I was ready to go.”

  • Question – Does Monroe get a Rebound Row at the Palace? Greg with 9 points and 13 points, with 3 steals and a blocked shot. Did I mention he was also a +20?
  • The Pistons were again led by that guy Rip Hamilton, who’s looked like “Rip City” lately. Hamilton put up 23 with 6 assists in 37 minutes starting for Detroit.
  • One of the better games to watch the action live in person. Trust me, it’s not been very fun this year at the Palace, so when you get an entertaining game you leave smiling, no matter what else is going on in the win-loss column or the front office.
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  • 21 to 3 run to help close the gap in the third quarter.
  • Give it up to Jason Maxiell who plays solid when he finally gets playing time.
  • Detroit shot 51.3% for the night an 57.1% from downtown.
  • T-mac out with back spasms.
  • Every Pistons that played scored the basketball.
  • Nice job by Tay holding Danny Granger to just 14 points.
  • A solid 42 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • With Indiana having to take on Boston Monday, and the Pistons off until their next game in Indiana Wednesday…this could just be the perfect storm for Detroit. The question always is…will they take advantage of it?

The 25-47 Pistons are back home for their second of a back to back against the 32-41 Pacers, who currently hold the last playoff spot in the east. Detroit, who’s next two game are against the Pacers have a chance to move from 6 1/2 games back to 4 1/2 games if they take the next two from Indiana.

  • The good: The Palace has been much better to Detroit than the road. Look for Greg Monroe to have a good game, he’s averaging a team best 20 points against the Pacers this season.
  • The bad:After the loss to the worst team in the league, it all looks bad, the next two really are must wins for Detroit if they have any chance to take that last playoff spot.
  • The unknown: Again…who is going to play?

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I refuse to us a cheesy title like “The Pistons can’t stand the Heat” or “Detroit gets burned by the Heat.”  The truth is, the Pistons team that took the floor Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills was not the one we have seen this season.

With the Detroit in control, and with the lead most of the game the Pistons allowed the Heat to go on a 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter. The Pistons saw their 8 point lead turn into a 7 point deficit as Kuester scrambled to take a time out after defensive mishaps so he could put his started back in the game.  Though as hard as they fought, they just couldn’t get over the momentum change and the advantage the Heat gained to start the fourth quarter.

Not even Rodney Stuckey’s POSTERIZATION of Chris Bosh could bring them back in their 100-94 loss to Miami.

Key Points

  • Once the Heat took over in the fourth the best the Pistons could do was get with 4 points of the lead.
  • Sad that this one had to come down to a bad fourth quarter of defensive blunders and substitution issues.  Detroit really could have pulled it out.
  • I don’t care if we lost, they played hard and it was nice to see the Heat shocked by this team that they took for pushovers.   And the Stuckey dunk helped.
  • In the fourth when Charlie Villanueva was quickly pulled for Tayshaun, it seems as though he wasn’t too happy with the change as reported by Vince Ellis of the Free Press.

Kuester: “The matchups – that’s exactly what happened, they went small and we went with our normal second group. It was tough for AD and Charlie to match up with their shooters, so you have to make a decision.”

  • After shooting 60% for most of the  first half and 59.6 % through three quarters, the Pistons slumped to a  21%– 4 of 19 in the fourth quarter.
  • Leading by eight points to start the fourth quarter the bench unit of Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey, Austin Daye, Charlie Villanueva and Jason Maxiell on the floor went 0-for- 6 with two turnovers on their first eight possessions.
  • What vitamins has Chris Wilcox been taking and why didn’t he start taking them like two seasons ago?
  • Yes, and then there is Greg Monroe with another double-double (his 17th of the season) with 14 points and 12 boards in 35 minutes on the floor. Do you really still want DeMarcus Cousins? Like we need more drama on this team.
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  • I still hate everything about the Heat and will root for any other team that they go up against.
  • Rip Hamilton led Detroit with 27 points om 9-for-16 shooting with 4 assists and 2 boards. Even Blaha was wondering was this the Hamilton of old. It sure looked like it.
  • Four Pistons in double figures.
  • Sometimes I actually forget that Jason Maxiell is on this team.
  • Ben Gordon 11 minutes and just one shot. This is truly not what he signed up for.
  • Detroit won the battle of the boards 37-34.
  • Detroit had 38 points in the paint while giving up 40 and their biggest lead was 9.
  • Sometimes a loss can be enjoyable to watch, especially when your team is fighting to win and giving it their all.
  • Seriously though, the Stucktacular Dunk (link to the video below) brought the house down!
  • Now we get back to the games on the schedule that they should really win. Take a look they really could get almost all of them, we did beat Boston this season remember.

The 25-44 Pistons are in Atlanta for a 2 pm matinee against the 39-30 Hawks Sunday afternoon. The Hawks currently sit at the 5th playoff spot in the east, but with their play of late really need to start winning again to assure that they make their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.

Since Feb. 8 Atlanta has lost 12 of 18 while averaging 89.3 points, a league low over that span.

  • The good: The Pistons are coming off two impressive wins, and the Hawks have lost 6 of their last 8 game, although that usually works in the wrong way for Detroit..
  • The bad: Can Detroit get up for an early Sunday game?
  • The unknown: The juggling lineups continue.

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Tip off is at 2:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The 23-44 Pistons are back in action Wednesday night to host the 18-48 Toronto Raptors.

The Pistons are coming off a 0-3 road trip while the Raptors are currently on the longest road losing streak in franchise history, have only beaten five teams away from home this season.

Guess what Pistons fans, Detroit is one of those teams.

The Raptors are looking for their first road win in more than two months and a fourth consecutive victory at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  The Pistons are just looking for stop the bleeding from what has been one of the worst seasons on and off the court many of us can remember.

  • The good: The Pistons have taken 2 out of 3 in the series this season.  And not necessarily about this game, but it’s nice that Terrico White had a chance to practice with the team for the first time since the pre-season.
  • The bad: The Pistons and the Raptors.
  • The unknown: Another lineup change?

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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, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

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Just in case you happened to be watching this one and you may have stepped away from the television set to fix yourself a snack when Detroit was ties with Denver 72 all in the third quarter, you probably thought something odd had happened once your microwave popcorn finished popping.  The Pistons fell apart letting the Nuggets score 21 point to their 2 to finish the third quarter 93-74.

With the 101-131 loss to Denver that make the Pistons dead last in the NBA in field-goal percentage defense.

There truly is no D in Detroit.

Key Points:

  • Another variation of the Pistons starting lineup Saturday night when Kuester started Stuckey at point with Rip, T-Mac, Tayshaun and Greg Monroe.  That make 17 different variations of the starting lineup this season, despite major injuries and I’m not counting that nasty “flu” bug that Rip had.
  • Rodney Stuckey with zero points and 4 assists in 23 minutes.
  • Bynum, who finally got to see time on the floor because of the lineup shakeup scored 8 with 10 assists.
Will Bynum and the Birdman

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  • When Chris Wilcox leads the team with 21 points usually that means doom.
  • I say this every recap, you can’t win in you can’t stop anybody.  Really how do  you give up 131 points?

Tayshaun Prince “It is about pride, but when you go out and play like that at the end of the game that is not pride at all. JR Smith is one of my good friends, but when a guy is on fire like that and you continue to let him shoot. One is enough, but our guys out there on the floor just continue to let him shoot. It was our fault because at the end of the third we didn’t finish that quarter off and put them in a bad position for the fourth. You go out there and play like that and let them just pretty much put the quotations around embarrassing. When are you going to step up and do something about it.”

  • 50 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • 13 off the bench for Ben Gordon.
  • Rip’s fist start since December 17th.
  • Detroit shot 56% from the floor in the first half and 32% in that miserable third quarter.  Do you know why?  Denver played defense.
  • Another solid game for Greg Monroe who really is turning out to be the only bright spot of this entire season.  He may not put up a double-double but he’s doing the little things.  He finished the game with 8 points, 6 boards, 3 steals and an assist.

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  • Not one Detroit player was a + in the +/-box score ….every player that took the court was.

What else can I say that I haven’t already this entire season.  The team is a mess, the ownership issue is holding them back and they are stuck between a rock and a hard place roster wise.  Don’t get too excited about the Draft this year either, this rebuilding plan looks like it’s going to take a lot longer than we hoped for.

Would a win at home against Toronto Wednesday be asking for too much?  Probably.

The Pistons have now lost 10 of their last 13 points after falling to Oklahoma City Friday night. Though the Pistons played well at times, they were overpowered the Thunder’s ability to knock down clutch shots especially in the third quarter.

The Thunder finished at exactly 50 percent from both behind and in front of it in their 94-104 victory over Detroit.

Key Points:

  • Defensive troubles! You could see it in San Antonio and Friday night in OKC. You have to at least stop a team from shooting lights out from downtown to take an 18 point lead when you’re within striking distance.
  • You can play well on the offensive all night, but if you can’t stop the other team you’re not going to win.
  • Give it up to Austin Daye for getting the defensive assignment of Durant and then blocking his shot.
  • Detroit held both Westbrook and Durant under their season averages, though Durant scored 24 and Westbrook added 13. But James Harden came off the bench with 22 points torching Detroit right when they were getting close.
  • Rodney Stuckey who has been playing well the last few games had a great one against the Thunder. Stuckey scored 16 points on just 8 shots in 32 minutes with 6 assists.

Stuckey: “They were hitting shots, James Harden came in and played a very good game. Durant does his usual, Westbrook does his usual – they played a very good game and got stops at the end.”

  • The Thunder erased a seven point Pistons lead by closing the second quarter on a 25-13 run. Runs like that seem the norm against the Pistons all season long.
  • Add another double-double to Greg Monroe’s season totals. Greg scored 12 with 10 boards and 6 assists! Yes six.
  • Rip Hamilton led Detroit with 20 points playing well as soon as he hit the court. With play like this, he just might sooth some of the hurt he’s caused Pistons fans lately.

Richard Hamilton

  • No Will, no Ben.
  • Alarming year for Ben Gordon. Ben shot just once in his 13 minutes on the floor. I’m sure this is not what Gordon had in mind when coming to Detroit.
  • 21 points for the Thunder off Pistons turnovers.
  • Highlight of the game…a Rip to Tay old school alley-oop.

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  • They do it again Saturday night in Denver!

The 23-41 Pistons are back in action to take on the 51-12 Spurs Wednesday night in San Antonio. The NBA leading Spurs will look to bounce back from their first home loss in more than three months when they take on Detroit. A win for the Spurs will make it the first season sweep for San Antonio in 4 years against the Pistons.

  • The good: Ice4Dyess! The Pistons have no chance for a championship that’s why I’m putting all my energy into rooting for Antonio McDyess to get the ring he deserves.

Ice4Dyess

  • The bad: Detroit…
  • The unknown: Will Tracey McGrady ever play?

What does McDyess have to say about the Pistons situation with Rip: “It’s Bad times up there”

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