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Just when the tired, road weary Pistons looked like they were going to lose another game, a burst of Bynum energy propelled the team to their 16th win of the season over the hot Phoenix Suns. With Phoenix up by 14 points to start the fourth quarter it was the Pistons bench of Bynum, Daye and Wallace who added the spark and chipped away at the Suns lead and 74-75 win Saturday night at The Palace.

Key Points:

  • Yes Will Bynum scored all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, but it was his defense along with Wallace’s that help the Pistons take this one.
  • This shows you the heart of Ben Wallace, knowing that Charlie Villanueva couldn’t go Saturday he volunteered to be put on the active list to help his team out.
  • Villanueva did not play, but Ben Wallace got back on court since spraining his ankle against the Bulls last week. Wallace played 25 minutes off the Pistons bench with 7 boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • Tayshaun Prince, as solid as ever, led the Pistons with a 17 points, 13 boards, 5 assists and a steal in 40 minutes on the floor. As great as Prince has been all year for the Pistons I still think he doesn’t get the praise he deserves because for the most part his game is so quite.
  • Let’s not forget the huge bucket from Austin Day who really doesn’t mind taking (and making) the big shot.
  • Bynum with 12 points and four rebounds and two big steals in the fourth quarter. The biggest play may have been when he picked Steve Nash’s pocket and went the length of the court for a layup to cut the Pistons’ deficit to six with just under five minutes left.
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Bynum: “I just felt like we were lacking energy. I just tried to go out there and let my effort do the talking. Hopefully everybody else would follow.” “Defensively, I thought we played with a little more energy, a little more aggressive. We did a great job on Steve Nash and we did a great job of scrambling for everybody else after that and we came out with the win.”

  • Greg Monroe with 6 boards and 6 points and solid defense in 23 minutes.
  • I just love it how superstars get calls. Late in the fourth when the Suns needed to foul to keep in the game, the ball was in-bounded to Bynum and he broke free of Nash to take more time off the clock. Nash had to lightly touch Will on the arm and he got the foul call to stop the clock for Phoenix. And at the end of the game the Suns were in-bounded the ball and Stuckey got called for a foul before the ball was even in play for pulling Vince Carter’s jersey…if you looked at it again Nash was doing the same thing.
  • Bynumite highlight reel.

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  • I don’t say it often here on the site, but if you follow me on Twitter you know how I feel about The Call Sam Studios.  You can see (and hear) it in the clip above…some people really aren’t suited for an on air speaking job.  It really is hard to watch Mateen Cleaves stumble through the show night in and night out.
  • This may not have come down to the last shot if Bynum and Prince would have sank both of their free throws.
  • Lucky to get this one, for the second consecutive game the Pistons shot poorly.  Detroit shot 35% from the floor and 30% from downtown.
  • Another game with Rip sitting. Kuester did admit on Saturday that he did talk to the Pistons shooting guard.
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  • Rodney Stuckey with 11 points on the night on 3-for-15 shooting.
  • Detroit scored just 11 points in the third quarter and did not reach 50 points until a Ben Gordon basket with 9:33 in the game.
  • Quite night for T-Mac.
  • This will not be a fun week for Detroit.  They travel to Orlando for a Monday game with the Magic.  They then fly home to play Denver on Wednesday only to fly back to Florida for a game against the Heat Friday and a Sunday game in New York.  Thanks NBA scheduling gods.

The 15-28 Pistons are back home to take on Steve Nash and the 20-21 Suns.  Phoenix is currently unbeaten on their 5 game road trip and am sure they would like to stay that way with a win over the Pistons Saturday night.  Maybe the thought of their last contest against the Suns will motivate the Pistons into a victory.

If history tells us anything let’s look for Ben Gordon to do well. He is  averaging 25.6 points in his last nine games against Phoenix

Ben Wallace and Charlie Villanueva are both listed as questionable for Saturday night’s game.

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If you’re looking to catch a game you can get some get tickets for as low as $10 to see Detroit take on Phoenix.

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 97.1 The Ticket.

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The Pistons dropped their second straight in New Jersey losing to the Nets 74-89. Any loss is disappointing, but to the team and its fans is the fact that they went down to the wire on Wednesday night against the Celtics and then put up a dud against the struggling Nets is just another sign of the issues the Pistons have.

Key Points:

  • Really…what are they going to do with Rip Hamilton? Another game goes by that he’s glued to the bench even when the trade deal is off the table. Are there other reasons why Rip isn’t playing? I’m tempted to put up a poll on the site on how many more games it’s going to take until Rip explodes to the media. It’s an bad situation that’s only getting worse as the days go on.
  • Are they blaming energy on this one?

Ben Gordon: “We were definitely flat. I don’t know why but for whatever reason we were definitely flat. Whether you’re tired for one game or just can’t get into it you just have to dig down and try to find whatever we can. Guys came in the 4th quarter and we really didn’t have a rhythm. That’s pretty much the game right there, they just came in they had the momentum and we didn’t and that’s the difference.”

  • The most exciting thing about this game was the Will Bynum lob pass that when it.

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  • Greg Monroe struggled to score going 2-for-6 and 1-4 from the line for 5 points. Shooting issues aside he still grabbed 10 boards and playing solid defense on Lopez and Favors.
  • T-Mac with 10 points, 6 boards and 6 assists.
  • Shooting woes – Detroit struggled in the first half on the offensive, shooting under 30 percent and finishing at 33 percent for the game.
  • Tayshuan Prince led the Pistons with 16 points on 6-for-17 shooting with 3 assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 33 minutes.
  • Charlie Villanueva went down awkwardly late in the first quarter. He left the game and returned to start the second quarter, but only played nine minutes leaving with a sprained ankle and didn’t return. It looks like he’s going to be sidelined for a game or two…or more.
  • Stuckey struggled with his shot going 3-for-12 but thankfully was perfect from the line. Stuckey, who in the first six minutes shot 0 for 5 with two shots blocked, another layup missed and two turnovers. He finished the game with 14 points and an assist in 28 minutes.
  • The Pistons waived the red flag in the fourth quarter. Rare sighting of DaJuan Summers.
  • The Nets shot 50% from the floor.
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  • When is Ben Gordon going to shake this shooting slump?
  • Not much more to add, this one was just hard to watch considering they really could have pulled this one out. With no Charlie and no Ben it’s going to be tough for the Pistons. Will Saturday’s game with Phoenix add to the mess or get them back on track?
  • You do remember what happened the last time these two teams met?

The 15-27 Pistons are in New Jersey to take on the 11-31 Nets Friday night. While it may be awkward for Rip Hamilton, who’s been sitting since the possible deal was on the table to send him to the Nets with ‘Melo and Chauncey, to be in New Jersey. He may find it even more troublesome if he sits on the bench any longer than he already has knowing the deal is dead.

Meanwhile, hours after New Jersey owner Mikhail Prokhorov announced the club halted its attempt to trade for the Denver Nuggets’ star, the Nets snapped a six game skid with a 103-95 home win over Utah on Wednesday.

Ben Wallace is still listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Nets.

Keep a close eye out for Greg Monroe, and Chris Wilcoxs’ ability to contain Brook Lopez, who’s pretty much had the Pistons number since he donned a NBA uniform.

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If you’re looking to catch a game, the Pistons will be back home Saturday the 22nd. Get tickets for as low as $6 to see Detroit take on Phoenix.

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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The latest incarnation of the Detroit Pistons’ rotation can be viewed as a bit of a “success” because of the success the team has had since the benching of former starting shooting guard, Richard Hamilton. Despite rumors saying he was benched to avoid injury for a trade, or for being benched for being a poor influence to a young group of players, it’s hard for one to argue that the team has not been better off without Hamilton in the lineup.

Tonight, however, the new lineup could not contain the defending Eastern Conference Champs in Boston. Detroit took a small lead at half after shooting 58% from the field in the 2nd quarter. It was an odd game all around for both teams: Tracy McGrady played 37 minutes for Detroit, Shaquille O’Neal was diving on the floor for loose balls, etc. At the end though, all the strange things that we saw resulted in a familiar sight for Pistons’ fans as Detroit lost to the Celtics in Boston, 86-82. Get to the highlights you’re saying? Sure thing:

  • Sometime during the 2nd quarter, Richard Hamilton got up off the bench and started stretching.  It was the most game action he’s seen in the last 4 games.
  • Stuckey has played well at the 2 since Hamilton’s benching – tonight he didn’t shoot well (5-14 from the field) in 28 minutes.
  • Mr. McGrady played 37 minutes and started at the point again for the Pistons.  Although he didn’t shoot too well from the field, he did provide 7 assists and has proven to be the most consistent backcourt player on the roster so far this season.
  • Ben Wallace was out with an ankle tonight which meant that Shaquille O’Neal basically had an open lane to the basket all night.  Shaq finished the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Boston outrebounded Detroit 47-32. … lol
  • Rajon Rondo played a game high 40 minutes and did not register double digits in points, rebounds, or assists but he nearly had a triple double.  Rondo also picked up a technical foul in the game.
  • Charlie V played 30 minutes off the bench for Detroit – it seems as if my wishes of Charlie becoming a starter for this team are fading by the game.
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  • How about Chris Wilcox?  He’s getting close to 10 and 10 a night per 36, which isn’t bad for a $3m per year power forward.  Wilcox added 9 points with 7 rebounds to go with 1 blocked shot.
  • It looked like Detroit was going to pull out the win until they were unable to score a point in the final 2 minutes 43 seconds of the game.
  • This loss ended the longest winning streak of the season for the Pistons.  Think about that… 3 wins in a row
  • My how far we’ve fallen
  • Bynumite with 2 points in 10 minutes off the bench.
  • Nothing came of the KG – @CV31 battle.  I was sure KG would get one or two cheap shots in.
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  • No playing time for Hamilton, Maxiell or DaJuan Summers tonight while Luke Harangody was the only Celtic healthy enough to play, but did not see action.
  • I really dislike the Boston Celtics and Tommy Heinsohn.

How fitting that the next game for the Pistons after the New Jersey Nets owner said “No deal” for Carmelo Anthony, is against the New Jersey Nets in New Jersey?

Hopefully Avery Johnson and Rip can share a good laugh during pre-game and maybe even a few pleasantries.  Detroit travels to New Jersey for a Friday night game against Kris Humphries and the New Jersey Nets.

The Pistons celebrated Martin Luther King day at home with their third straight victory. A feat that unfortunately the Pistons hadn’t accomplished since April of 2009. Despite 32 from Dirk Nowitzki, the Pistons, who shot a season high 57.5% for the game, took the matinee at the Palace 89-103.

Key Points:

  • Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting, with 6 assists, a blocked shot and just one turnover, with a +14 rating. Raise your hands if you think Stuckey is flourishing at the two.
  • Another DNP for Rip Hamilton, who sits while the Pistons wait to see if the trade goes through. I wonder what Rip was thinking when he heard the Palace crowd chant “we want Rip”
  • Got to love Pistons fans…after the Rip chant. @Chris_Iott heard a fan chant “We want Troy Murphy.”
  • Good to see T-mac bounce right back after his slight injury against the Kings. Tracy with 8 points and 3 assists in 25 minutes

McGrady: “That foundation has finally been set. Guys know their role in the starting group and guys (know) their role coming off the bench, and you can see it’s just clicking right now. That’s something we’ve been searching for for quite some time and I think we finally found it.

  • OMG how is Brian Cardinal still getting a paycheck in the NBA. If you didn’t know he was drafted by the Pistons. I wonder if anyone out there has a Pistons/Cardinal jersey?
    After giving up a ridiculous 71 points at the half against the Kings Saturday night, the Pistons held the Mavs to 37.
  • Ben Wallace rested his ankle.
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  • Dare I say that this game was surprisingly easy?
  • So is this starting five a winner?  When you win three in a row using it, especially the way the Pistons have you have to say yes.
  • Want more Stucktacular statistics on Rodney as the two guard? Stuckey is averaging 19.3 points on 17-for-28 shooting 60.7% since moving to the starting shooting guard position the last three games.
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  • Another solid game from Charlie V, who I have to say has really played well all season long, but it’s particularly nice to get his shooting off the bench.  Charlie V finished with 15 points in the victory.
  • Tay with 19 on 9-for-12 shooting with 5 assists and a blocked shot.  This really is the best Tay has played in quite some time. Tay recorded one block but really got robbed on a very clean block on Jason Terry that they called a foul.
  • Will Bynum contributing again.  He’s ready when called upon.
  • Reports surfaced out of Dallas over the weekend that the Mavs have targeted Tayshaun Prince, among a handful of NBA players, as a possible fill-in for Caron Butler.
  • He plays defense and he dunks, Greg Monroe with the steal and the drive.

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  • Monroe solid, solid and solid.  The kid put up 16 with 9 boards and 4 steals!  He will be playing in the all star rookie game right?  With every game you see his confidence rise and his shots fall.
  • Ben Gordon put up 11, but still really doesn’t have his shot back yet.  When he does…you’ll know it.
  • Really….what have they been feeding Chris Wilcox?

Something odd happened at the Palace Saturday night. The Pistons not only won two in a row, but they outscored their opponent 51-36 thanks to a dominant third quarter to narrowly escape with a 106-110 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons with almost not defense in the first half. To extra defense in the second half that led to the Kings shooting just 31%.
  • Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 21 points on 9-for13 shooting with 6 boards, a steal and 3 assists.
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  • Tracy McGrady left in early in the first quarter with a shin injury and didn’t return.
  • No matter, Will Bynum stepped in with 18 points and some key plays in the Pistons victory. This was one of them
  • Bynumite block by will in crunch time.

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Kuester on the Block: “I had to ask somebody, ‘Was that Will?’ He had one of those games where he changed the complexion of the game.”

  • Detroit out-rebounded 45-30.
  • As is we didn’t know, Rip with another DNP while all teams involved try to get the trade done.
  • Charlie Villanueva was stellar off the bench for Detroit. CV31 with 16 points , 2 assists and 2 boards.

Villanueva: “We just buckled down in the second half, they were making everything.” “It was more of a mental thing. It was intensity, we got the stops we needed.”

  • Thank the Pistons bench for this one, who combined for 52 points.
  • Ben Gordon looking better after returning to the bench putting up 16 Saturday night.
  • Yes that was Detroit who held the Kings to just 10 points in the third quarter.
  • I’m liking what Chris Wilcox is doing every game. And boy can he throw one down with authority when he has the chance.
  • Stucktacular game from stuck who put up 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting and did a heck of a job defensively on Evans in the second half. Stuckey at the two…is number one in my book.
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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.
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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.

The 12-26 Pistons will be in Toronto to take on the 13-25 Raptors Friday night. It’s certain Detroit would like to get a win and snap their 5 game road skid.

The big story however is not the game, but the drama surrounding the proposed trade of Rip.  When Hamilton was a DNP Coaches decision in Wednesday night’s home game against Memphis he didn’t seem that happy.

Rip Hamilton “They didn’t tell me anything, I was definitely surprised.” “Do I think it was a level of disrespect or unfair or anything? I’ll leave that to you all.”

The longer this goes on the worse the whole situation is going to become. And while it looks like the whole ‘Melo deal and it’s drama and agenda’s probably won’t get done, it’s even less likely that another team will trade for Rip. Which could cause serious issues for the team and management.

As for the game, Ben Wallace is listed as doubtful. Who knows who is going to play or what the starting lineup will be.  This should be fun.

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The Pistons will be playing a back-to-back with a game at home against the Kings.  If you need something to do Saturday night, what better plan than to go see the Pistons for as little as $10 dollars.

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 WWJ 950 AM

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New starting lineup tonight y’all:

PG: McGrady
SG: Stuckey
SF: Tayshaun
PF: Won’tcox Wilcox
C: Monroe

Same great results!

Ben Wallace was out with an ankle so rookie Greg Monroe stepped in.  Chris Wilcox stepped into the lineup for Villanueva after putting together some pretty solid performances lately (I think it was to showcase him for a trade).  Ben Gordon was placed back on the bench and Rodney Stuckey started at the 2 guard spot.  There is a name you won’t see on the box score tonight and that is Richard Hamilton.  Hamilton earned the dreaded “DNP-CD” or Did Not Play – Coaches Decision tag tonight.

It doesn’t matter who plays when you lose, you still lost.  The Pistons played well early on, mainly due to the Grizzlies’ poor start offensively.  In typical fashion, the Pistons allowed the Grizzlies to build a big lead in the 3rd quarter and even though the Pistons were able to make the games close, the Grizzlies were able to hold on until the end with a 107-99 win at the Palace.  Let’s get to the highlights:

  • Former Michigan State Spartan, Zach Randolph, put up 34 points and nabbed 17 rebounds for the Grizzlies.
  • Tonight’s game is a perfect example of Tayshaun’s offensive output will be determined by the person he is guarding.  Prince scored 8 points on 3 of 13 shooting while Rudy Gay scored 26 points on 10 of 13 shooting.
  • Ben Gordon lead all Pistons’ scorers with 25 points off the bench, having scored 0 points in the first half.
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  • Not 1 Grizzlies player had a negative +/- while only 1 Piston player had a positive +/- (Wilcox).
  • Jason Maxiell sighting!  The baby eater saw 10 minutes of action and provided 3 points and 4 rebounds but was a team worst -15 during that time.
  • The Pistons’ starting 5 had a combined 6 turnovers, which is not bad considering there is not a natural Point Guard in the bunch.
  • I wonder what DaJuan Summers and Richard Hamilton talked about during their time together on the bench.
  • No Will Bynum either :( – Bynumite has had an off-year due to injuries and slumps.  I think I speak for Natalie when I say we hope he gets back to playing how we all know he can.
  • Why is OJ Mayo not starting in Memphis? lol
  • Greg Monroe with 4 straight double doubles – I think as he continues to grow as an NBA player, this will become the norm for The Moose.  Over his last 5 games Monroe has averaged 11.2 points and 10 rebounds per game.

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Chris Wilcox circus shot.
Greg Monroe multiple double-double highlights.

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