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The 24-40 Pistons along with RIP Hamilton are back home for their second game of a back to back against the 14-47 Timberwolves. Minnesota has lost eight of nine games, and Detroit has their own drama to deal with as you know.

  • The good: Happy Birthday Jonas Jerebko
  • The bad: Kevin Love and his 47 game streak double-double madness.
  • The unknown: The lineup and rotation

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Tip off is at 7:30 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 WWJ AM 950.

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The 22-39 Pistons are Milwaukee to take on the 22-36 Bucks Tuesday night. Detroit may have T-mac and Ben Wallace back in the lineup, but who knows if Kuester and Hamilton’s new found “friendship” will land him some time on the floor.

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Tip off is at 8:00 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.

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Looking pretty awful form most of the game and the Pacers leading by as much as 16 points, the Pistons got to within two early in the fourth period, but didn’t lead until Austin Daye’s 17 foot jump shot that put them one up with 11.1 remaining. Then Brandon Rush spoiled it and Rodney Stuckey’s turnover did Detroit in. The 101-102 loss stings more than most.

Key Points:

  • Career high and one heck of a game for Rookie Greg Monroe, who led all scorers with 27 points, 12 boards and a steal and an assist in 32 minutes on the floor. The loss hurts but I was feeling it a little more for spoiling the great game for Monroe. He’s a Stud Pistons fans.
  • Speaking of Greg, I was worried Kuester was going to sit him in the fourth again, he sat the first half on the fourth quarter when he already had put up 20 and 12. I’m in coach criticize mode more than ever now.
  • 14 of Greg’s 27 came in the third quarter.
  • Game changer – Tyler Hansbrough led the Pacers with 21 points and 12 boards and he scraped and scrapped his way to a win for his team. He’s the kind of player that fans like in Detroit because he’s 100% hustle and heart.
  • Prince, who started where he left off Tuesday night (cold), left the game with what was described as a sore sacroiliac joint – extreme lower back.  He didn’t return and no new yet whether he’ll be in the lineup on Friday.
  • T-Mac with a season high 12 assists, 16 points and one blocked shot. He saw more action because Tayshaun didn’t return.

Tracy McGrady: “It’s very disappointing, especially when you give yourselves a chance to win the ballgame. The second half we came out with a lot more energy. Had we played that way for two halves, we probably would have won the game. We were one play away from winning the game.”

  • How do you let Brandon Rush in for that dunk when the game is on the line? That shot was crushing, especially after the high that came from Austin Daye’s jumper to take the lead.
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  • It was Monroe who brought the team back from their 16 point hole.

Greg Monroe: “It felt good to be in a game like that, but I’d rather come out with a win…We have to play the whole game like we did in the fourth quarter and we might have a different outcome. (On his performance in general) I missed about six or seven easy lay-ups early in the game and some open jump shots. We still found a way to stay in the game, but if I make those easy buckets we win the game.”

  • You know I like to make up words..this one came to me while watching Greg’s game last night.  He was MONROEgeous, GREGstonishing, GREGsational, GREGxtraordinary, GREGxtravagant…I could go on and on.Cartoon Greg Monroe
  • Two winnable games in a row, and two losses. When you’re trying to make the playoffs this spells doom.
  • Maxiell with some time, I’m sure to try to stop Hansbrough.
  • Just 5 minutes for Charlie V who didn’t look that happy sitting most of the game.
  • Stuckey with 21 on 8-14 shooting and (ouch) 6 turnovers.
  • Ben Wallace looked much more engaged in this one, grabbing 10 boards and scoring 6.
  • The other Ben continued to shoot well with 12 on 5-for-10 shooting.
  • Austin Daye hits a big shot that almost wins the game. He played 14 minutes with 2 blocks, 3 boards an assist and 4 points.
  • Trade deadline hours away…don’t bet on a thing people.
  • Dumars hard-pressed to make a deal at the deadline. Via @Vee_Ellis4Freep

With 24 games left in the season the Pistons  have to sense some urgency, especially after Tuesday night’s 108-100 loss to the Rockets.  Detroit, who started the game right, led by eight points after the first quarter, but made it an uphill battle the rest of the way.

Key Points:

  • Can someone, anyone, tell me WHY Greg Monroe didn’t play a minute in the fourth quarter? Monore had a solid double-double with 12 points and 12 boards but he sat the entire fourth quarter when the Pistons were fighting to get a much needed win.
Greg Monroe 12 points and 12 boards

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  • I’m not one to question coaching, but this year my head has been spinning with doubt.  ( I thought MC made me nuts!)
  • When you have the other teams best scorers (Scola and Martin) struggling to do much of anything and you’re hoping to make a push for a playoff spot, this is one game that becomes a must win.
  • The Rockets led most of the second half, thanks to a 14-3 run at the start of the third.
  • Tayshaun with just one point on the night didn’t help Detroit, but as solid as he’s been all season long I’m OK with a bad game here and there.  Battier was on him all night long.
  • I was lucky enough to sit courtside at the end of the Pistons bench (thanks to someone who’s a bigger deal than I am) and seeing Rip sitting behind the bench next to Terrico White in street clothes is just sad.  The look on his face says it all…someone do something.
  • Will Bynum was again a Pistons spark-plug.  He led the team with 21 points on 9-14 shooting with 6 assists in just 22 minutes.
  • Austin Daye missed a couple of wide open threes late in the fourth that could have gotten the Pistons right back in the game. Daye scored 9 on the night with 3 steals and 5 boards.
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  • Houston got to the line and made them.  The Rockets were 26-for-28 from the line, while Detroit only made it there 15 times.
  • A five point and one board for Charlie Villanueva.
  • I talked to Jonas before the game…yes he is on Twitter! @JonasJerebko
  • Stuckey with 19, 2 assists and 3 boars but his +/- was -14. You can thank him for getting Detroit points in the paint. Stuck attacked the basket helping the Pistons outscored the Rockets 58-42 in the paint.
  • I was questioning the fourth quarter lineup four hours after the game.

Bynum:(On guard line-up in the fourth) “Nah, I don’t think it hurt defensively, they made shots, they made shots down the stretch when it counts. I don’t think it hurt defensively, if anything it helped.”

Kuester:(On small lineup in fourth quarter) “We felt we could attack, we could defend with that lineup still and it ended up that wasn’t the issue. The issue was we had gotten looks but we just couldn’t finish it. I had no problems with the adjustments and again we have to be smart going down into the stretch.”

  • Patrick Patterson with 20 points for Houston…come on!
  • The Pistons have got to win Wednesday night against the Pacers to gain some ground.
  • Trade deadline looming.
  • Every game counts starting yesterday.

The 21-36 Pistons will host the 26-31 Houston Rockets in their first game back from the All-Star break. Detroit needs to get off to a strong start to the second half of the season if they plan on making the playoffs. A win against the Rockets could be just what Detroit (who are 4 1/2 games back) needs to make a push for that last spot in the East.

  • The good: The Pistons are coming off a win.

The bad: Tayshaun Prince:”I’m not going anywhere”. Q: So you are not being traded? Prince: “No”. Q: How do you know? Prince: “Cuz I know”. via @deryNBA

  • The unknown: Luis Scola and his hair, will he or won’t he torch Detroit.

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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 AM 950.

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What could have been one of those games that the Pistons would regret all season, turned into a nice 103-94 victory.  With a great showing the night before against the league best Spurs Detroit could have been the team to finally lose to the Cavs.  Cleveland, who have now lost 26th straight games were even favored by two points against Detroit, but a Rodney Stuckey and the rest of the Pistons didn’t want to be that team.

Stuckey: “We actually showed the clip that ESPN put on, talking about how they were going to beat us. We tried to use that as motivation. We weren’t going to let that happen. We didn’t want to be a trivia question. We just came out tonight and got the victory.”

Key Points

  • The Pistons were led by Rodney Stuckey’s 22 points off the bench. He’s looking healthy as every. He led the team in assists (4) and was a +18 in his 30 minutes on the floor, with 17 of his points coming in the first half.
  • The Pistons started off sluggish and in look like it was going to be that kind of game. Cleveland actually led 14-12 late in the first quarter when the bench added the much needed spark.
  • There were some scary surges from the Cavs after the half that made me a bit nervous. They got within three twice.

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  • Thank Ben Wallace for the added D against his former team. Wallace finished with 8 points, 9 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block in 22 minutes.
  • I heart Greg Monroe. The hard working Monroe scored 9 with 8 boards in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • It was a nice win, but it really took everything the Pistons had to win it.
  • Ok….has this Rip thing gotten worse again? Has Rip’s groin got the flu? This situation needs some serious mending. Can someone please call Dr. Phil!
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  • What’s up with Ben Gordon…seriously. Ben went 4-for-11 with 8 points and he seems to be declining with every game.
  • Another Bynumite game, Will scored 17  and with 7 assists and one turnover.  Great dribble penetration from Bynum who knew just wen to distribute the ball to his teammates.
Will Bynum with 17 against the Cavs

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  • Charlie V with 13 points off the bench.
  • 48 points in the paint for Detroit who won the board war 44-38.
  • Tay with 10 points, 2 blocked shots, 2 steals, 5 boards and 3 assists. Solid all around game from Prince who doesn’t need to score 20 to contribute.

T-Mac: “We played together as a team. The unselfish basketball that we played tonight is what makes us a really good team. Rodney played well. Charlie had a big second quarter for us and the guy that’s really been playing well is Will. Will has been giving us great energy, providing that spark for us off the bench. If we continue to have everybody playing well like that, we’ll give ourselves a chance, night in and night out.”

  • BENCHtacular – The Pistons bench with 61 points.
  • Great offensive rebounding from Monroe, Wallace and Chris Wilcox.

Miami at the Palace on Friday – Get your tickets now for as low as $6! I smell an upset.

Kwame Brown with 14 points and 10 boards against DetroitDespite playing their last game of a six day trip in Detroit while after blizzard like conditions, the (if they have it their way) Charlotte Bobcats took an important game Wednesday night at the Palace. Despite going blow for blow with the Bobcats through three quarter, everything seemed to collapse in the fourth for Detroit who lost their fourth straight (97-87) to a team that is fighting for the same playoff sport they are.

Key Points

  • Stephen Jackson scores 26 points through three quarters and then decides to add a little more in the fourth for a season high 39 points.
  • This game just looked messy.
  • 40 points in the paint for Charlotte…come on.
  • You know what kind of game your watching when….. Kwame Brown could be the player of the game with 14 points and 10 boards. It almost looked like he got a hand transplant. Good for you Kwame!
  • Detroit shot below 40% in the first half and were outrebound by 12…and it looked that way.
  • Despite having to give free upper level tickets away the fans that did brave the roads should have been treated to a better game.
  • Multiple “We want Rip” chants at the Palace, who was on the bench and dressed, but apparently told Kuester (through Arnie Kandor) he couldn’t go. Don’t the fans know he’s got a horrible case of the flu that even the Center for Disease Control cant cure?

Charlie Villanueva: “They made a run and we didn’t have an answer for it,” Villanueva said. “We dug ourselves into a hole late into the fourth and they took advantage of it.”

  • Highlights of the game via Pistons.com

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  • Ben Wallace played 17 minutes and was a -16, with 4 boards and 2 blocked shots. Despite not playing in days, he looked exhausted.
  • Charlotte’s biggest lead was 18 and the Pistons was 8.
  • Detroit’s bench (the highest scoring in the league) was outscored 24-22.
  • Chris Wilcox starts and puts up 7 points, with 5 boards in 18 minutes…and one dunk that was about the only thing that rocked the Palace.

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  • The Pistons were led by Ben Gordon, who scored 20 on 8-for-18 shooting.
  • Non existent defense from Detroit. When you let Kwame Brown go in for an uncontested dunk and punk you all night long you know you have work to do.
  • Eight boards and 10 points from Greg Monroe, who will be representing the Pistons All-Star weekend. Monroe will be laying in the Rookie/Sophomore game. Nice to see him getting recognized for all the hard work he’s putting in on the floor.
  • Not much from Charlie V in his 15 minutes. He scored 3 points and with 3 boards and a steal. I’m sure he he’d like to forget everything about that game except this ally oop pass from T-Mac.

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  • Tay with 16 and Daye with 11.
  • Tracy McGrady seemed to fade after the half. He finished with 12 points and 8 assists but did most all his damage in the first half of the game.
  • With this loss the Pistons are 4 1/2 games back from Charlotte for the last playoff spot in the East.
  • A whopping 8 blocks on the night for Detroit. The Tayshaun Prince one stood out most for me.
  • This one was rough, regardless of the blizzard.

If you didn’t already know, I attended the game as part of The Pistons Social Media Night.  I had a Need4Swede, was interviewed by Heather Zara for Pistons.com, got to ask Charlie Villanueva about coming off the bench and took video along the way.  Look out for the SWEDEtastic recap of the night very soon.

Cant wait to tell you what Jonas said to me.

The Pistons, despite holding their own with the Knicks thorough three quarters, just couldn’t keep up with the high scoring pace as Detroit dropped their third in a row to New York 106-124.

Key Points:

  • No Ben Wallace (personal reasons), no Stuckey and Rip was out with the “flu”. If Rip’s “flu” keeps lingering like this the Pistons had better call in Dr. House to get to the bottom of whatever it is that’s ailing him.
  • 91-91 at the end of the third quarter. The Pistons couldn’t go blow for blow against the high scoring Knicks. No D and a 10-2 run for New York in the fourth did the Pistons in.
  • The Pistons shot 50% for the night and 54.5% from behind the arch. And they lost!
  • Defense anyone?
  • Fifth double-double of the season for Greg Monroe who scored 15 points and grabbed 17 boards (career high). The most rebounds from a Pistons rookie since Grant Hill had 16 in his rookie season. Monroe had 14 and 16 before the third quarter but had to sit with foul trouble. It’s not just the rebounds or the points for Monroe…it’s everything he does. From the hustle to the assists (2) to the steals (2) to the tips, he’s doing it all.
  • Greg Monroe Highlights

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  • Add Russian rookie Tim Mozgov to one of those no name guys that the Pistons make look like an all-start. Mozgov averages 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10 minutes a game had a career night with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
  • The Pistons were led by the extremely hot hand of Ben Gordon, who scored 35 points and went 7-for-11 from downtown. Gordon scored 16 points in the third quarter in 42 minutes. Nice to see that shot go in like that, especially since we really haven’t seen it with Gordon in a Pistons uniform.
Ben Gordon scores 35 against the Knicks

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  • Ben Gordon Highlights

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  • Give it up to Chris Wilcox who really is becoming a sold backup for this team (though he did start in place of Ben Wallace). Chris scored 5 points with 6 boards and 4 assists in 31 minutes and did his best to help defend the beast the is Amare Stoudemire.
  • Stoudemire with 33, Gallinari with 29 and Mozgov with 23 for New York.
  • Was it me or did T-Mac look like he was exhausted by mid third quarter? He finished with 12 points, 3 boards and 3 assists.
  • Charlie Villanueva hit some timely 3′s finished with 11 points in 19 minutes.
  • Limited time for Austin Daye who was 0-for-3 in 10 minutes.
  • Maxiell fell way out of the rotation. Jason logged a whopping 26 seconds while DaJuan Summers played 12 minutes and scored 4.
  • As solid as they come, it seems like the Pistons can always count on Tayshaun Prince this season. He put up 16 points, but struggled doing it. His posterizing dunk over Gallinari…a TP classic.

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  • Despite all the drama and the Pistons record, they really seem like they are finding their way. Dare I say they have finally meshed?
  • Don’t forget that Wednesday is Pistons Social Media Night…so brave the massive blizzard that the Metro Area is bracing for and head out to the game to meet Jonas Jerebko!

The Pistons handled the Orlando Magic Monday night thanks to some great performance by Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady and a career high for Austin Daye.  Each put up 20 points, but it was Daye’s clutch shots that really propelled the Pistons their 103-96 over the Magic

Key Points:

  • 20 x 3
  • T-mac with 14 points in the first quarter alone. Feb 08
  • Great defense from the Pistons, who recorded 9 steals on the night.
  • Can someone tell Dwight Howard that he doesn’t have to manhandle pleaple when he’s trying to put a foul on someone.
  • Career high 20 for Austin Daye with 9 of those coming in the fourth quarter when the Magic were closing in.  Daye added 7 boards and 2 steals in 34 minutes on the floor.
Career High 20 for Austin Daye

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  • The Pistons led by 10 at the half and again by 10 at the start of the fourth.  No third quarter collapse.
  • Ben Wallace stepped in off the bench to help contain Dwight Howard and help the Pistons on the boards.  Wallace with 11 boards and a ton of tips in 19 minutes on the floor.
  • This was posed by many people on Twitter during the game.  How many third quarter collapses have the Pistons had since Rip has been on the bench?
  • Austin ankle breaker.

  • Great win for Detroit and a fun game to watch.  So fun that I really though George Blaha was going to have an aneurism.  He was on fire with his calls all night long.  I saved the game and have to pull some audio for those who didn’t get to see or hear his broadcast.
  • Outrebounded 39-46.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 14, Orlando’s 6.
  • Tay – Austin – T-Mac Highlights

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  • Shocked Jason Maxiell logged less than a minute with Charlie V out and Monroe and Wilcox in foul trouble.
  • Ben Gordon finally with a glimpse of his shot back.  Gordon with 15 on 6-for-13 shooting in 22 minutes on the floor with 2 board and 2 assists.
  • From game saver to awful…Will Bynun 0-for-7 with a board and an assist in 15 minutes.
  • Stuckey with 16 and a cool 7-for-7 from the line.
  • T-Mac loves to shine against his former teams.  He finished with 20 points on 8-for-19 shooting with 7 boards and 5 assists.
  • Anderson leads the Magic with 21 and 5 boards.  Dwight with 20 and 16.
  • This just in…I still can’t stand ReDICK
  • The Magic wouldn’t go away, pulling within 91-86 with an 8-1 run.  It was nice to see them close this one out.
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  • Wednesday at the Palace…Chauncey

The 16-28 Pistons are in Orlando to take on the 29-15 Magic Monday night. Let’s try to forget the last time these two teams met when Orlando pummeled Detroit on Dec. 3 despite missing Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick, who were all held out with flu-like symptoms.

Charlie Villanueva (right ankle sprain) is listed as questionable.

Game drama aside, there is more of that brewing with between Kuester and Rip.

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Guess who’s coming back to town Wednesday night.  I’m sure you know already that it’s Chauncey Billups. Get tickets for as low as $6 to see Detroit take on Denver.

Tip off is at 7:00 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.

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