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Almost. For most of the game, the script looked to be playing out as expected. The Spurs were methodically beating the Pistons and imposing their veteran prowess on them. The Palace was quiet. But then, on a night where Ben Wallace broke the record for most games played by an undrafted player, he hit just his 7th career 3-pointer to spark a 20-5 Detroit run. In the end, the savvy Spurs executed better in crunch time and emerged victorious 99-95. But make no mistake; this was Ben Wallace’s night.

Key Points:

  • In addition to the big 3-pointer, Ben played great defense and had a couple big offensive rebounds in the last few minutes.
  • Rodney Stuckey finished with 23 points on 8-12 shooting. Greg Kelser made a great point that Stuckey’s points came within the flow of the offense tonight. He didn’t force things and was efficient because of it.
Rodney Stuckey against the Spurs

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  • Tayshaun shot the ball well, especially in the 1st half. Maxiell set some nice screens to free up Prince and Tay knocked down the open shots.
  • Speaking of Maxiell, his box score doesn’t show much, but he did a nice job starting at power forward. He had 2 highlight worthy blocks and is definitely still capable of “baby-eating” when given the chance.
  • Greg Monroe was off tonight. 4 points, (2 for 11 shooting), and 6 rebounds is not going to cut it for the Pistons best player. But he has taken a huge leap this year and one off night is certainly forgivable for the young forward.
  • Manu Ginobili had just one point in 25 minutes. That one point came when he was intentionally fouled with less than 20 seconds left. In fact, he didn’t do much of anything all night except flop and flail when presented with any contact.
  • Matt Bonner made his first three shots (all 3’s). I don’t understand why teams ever leave him open. I also don’t understand how Bonner is able to be such a great jump shooter with a jump shot uglier than mine.
  • The Pistons had 22 assists and more importantly, just 13 turnovers, a low number for them.

For the fans that continue to stick with this team and invest free time and/or entertainment dollars, nights like tonight are rewarding. Sure, the final few minutes were a reminder of the long and difficult road ahead. But Ben Wallace had a few tricks up his sleeve and provided fans a reason to get off their seats and couches and cheer. And on this night, where he was honored for his consistency and longevity, Ben gave us all a reminder of why we love the Pistons, and why we love him. I’ll never forget watching Ben Wallace in a Pistons uniform this past decade. Tonight, he gave us all one more memory to enjoy.

Fresh off of 3 straight wins, the #Pistons return to The Palace of Auburn Hills to host the New Jersey Nets.  If three consecutive victories and another chance to see the Pistons take on the Nets  isn’t enough to get you to Auburn Hills, than I’m pretty sure you’re going because it’s Star Wars Night.

The fist 10 thousand fans to walk in the door get a limited edition, individually numbered Pistons/Star Wars poster.  Over 25 Star Wars characters from the movie will be at the Palace to greet fans prior to and during the game. If that weren’t enough a never before seen video by Lucas Films will be shown at halftime.

I’m going all out and have decided to dress up as Princess Leia.  So if you see someone with two Cinnabuns over their ears say hello!

I don’t know about you, but forget the Storm Trooper…this is the guy who I want to greet me at the Palace doors.

Star Wars Night at The Palace May The Gores Be With You

May The Gores Be With You

I have been doing the whole “May the Gores be with you” bit since Tom bought the team, because I happen to think it’s funny and fitting.  So I just want to thank Mike Antonich for coining the phrase and for tweeting it to me one night after talking about our favorite basketball team and their new owner.

If you want to head out tho the game you can get a great deal on tickets directly from the Palace with no ticket fees.

The 2-6 Pistons are in Chicago to take on the 7-2 Bulls. The Pistons will again be without Rodney Stuckey as well as Charlie Villanueva, both out with injuries.

With players out for Detroit, guys like Tayshaun Prince really need to step up their games to contend with a very good Bulls team.  This will be the last time I’m going to call out Ben Gordon…if he doesn’t have a big game against his former team tonight, chances are he never will.

  • The good: More playing time for rookie Brandon Knight that will be starting at PG in place of Rodney Stuckey.
  • The bad: MVP Derrick Rose. This Bulls team has yet to lose a game at home and their good.
  • The unknown: Rip Hamilton is a game time decision, as well as is Austin Daye.

The Game Day Report via Pistons.com

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Head out to the Palace of Auburn Hills tomorrow night to see the World Champion Dallas Mavericks  and ROB BASE.  Get in the door for just $5!

And for those of you who don’t know who Rob Base is…here you go.

Tip off is at 8:00 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.

Don’t forget to play some Free Fantasy Basketball with Me!

The 2-4 Pistons are in Philadelphia to take on the on the 3-2 Sixers in their long awaited home opener. What Pistons fans need to be concerned about is the fact that Rookie Brandon Knight will get his first NBA start.

Knight will be starting in place of  Rodney Stuckey, who’s out for tonight’s game with a groin injury. Austin Daye will also get the starting nod with Ben Gordon out for personal reasons.

  • The good: Brandon Knight! And if Austin Daye gets his game back it will be the Knight and Daye show. The Sixers have lost the last three of four home openers.
  • The bad: If you watched the Bulls game you would say just about everything.
  • The unknown: Will Knight have the night of his life? Will Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko continue to play lights out?

The Game Day Report via Pistons.com

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If you’re looking for a great deal on Pistons Tickets look no further. The Pistons are working with Need4Sheed to give you special exclusive rates on Tickets, whether you want to spend $19 dollars or $90!

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.

We have all heard the saying “All good things must come to an end” sometimes it’s for the good and sometimes not.  Just ask Lions fans.

Today I got a glimpse into what Pistons fans (as well as anyone who attends an event at The Palace) have in store for them now that Tom Gores and his team have remade The Palace.

Today the media was formally introduced to Dennis Mannion, President of The Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment. My first impression of Dennis is that he is a man that knows what he’s doing.  Mannion has spent 29 years working in the four major professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL), including two years managing business operations for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche from 1998 to 1999.  Mannion most recently served as President of the Los Angeles Dodgers where he worked from 2007 to 2010.  He also previously worked for the Baltimore Ravens from 1999 to 2007, and for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1982 to 1997.  If you question his effectiveness as a Front Office Executive, I would direct you to look at the 1996 MLB All Star Game in Philadelphia and the 2000 NHL All Star Game in Denver (Colorado Avalanche), both events he was instrumental in bringing to the cities.

Dennis Mannion

Not only does Mannion have a vision, he has brought in a team of new people and a new philosophy to the Company and organization.

  • LUCINDA TREAT – Executive Vice President of Business Operations & Strategy Insideout Sports & Entertainment – Madison Square Garden- New England Sports Ventures – Boston Red Sox – Florida Marlins
  • CHARLIE METZGER – Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
  • KEN CATANELLA – Director of Basketball Operations
  • HARLAN HENDRICKSON – Vice President of Lifestyle Marketing Denver Nuggets & Colorado Avalanche
  • LAUREN MILLER – Director of Fan Lifestyles
  • IGGY RODRIGUEZ -Director of Promotions
  • DANIELLE WILLIAMS – Community Partnerships Manager
  • HEATHER COLLART – Community Relations Manager

They really did stress Tom Gores vision of Coming Together.

At first glance, things looked different walking into the West Atrium of The Palace.  Instead of the standard wall of photos, you’re now greeted with 3 large screen LED video displays of Pistons Players.

As Dennis spoke he explained that his team wanted to take The Palace to new levels.  They are working on a new cohesive color scheme fitting for The Palace, which seems to have landed on silver and blue.

The Palace Floor

This whole revamp wasn’t just about the Pistons, it was about about everything that has to do with The Palace Sports and Entertainment.

The whole idea of this revamp was to help the fans enjoy their experience at The Palace, if they were going to a Pistons game or coming to the Palace for a concert.

This, of course, meant making the Pistons players happy.  The more comfortable the team is, the greater chance you have of a cohesive, winning team. It starts with the door they walk into on game day. The new locker room door encased in silver with a blue neon glow is a very good start.

The entire locker room was revamped with each players personal space a little more personal.

Locker Room Door Pistons

  • Pistons Players LoungeA new media wall to watch clips and videos game day along with one of the best in the biz Charles Klask to bring the team the stats they need to win.
  • A few steps away…a new players lounge with a big screen TV for players to relax and unwind.
  • Less of a drive, as the Pistons team plane now lands just a short drive from The Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • A revamped training area right next to the locker room doesn’t hurt either.
  • As for Pistons Fans….Come out to see the Pistons Opening Night and you’ll see things you’ve never seen before.
  • A new court.
  • New banners in the rafters.
  • A new video presentation.
  • New lighting.
  • New giveaways, one for almost every home game.
  • New theme nights (yes, there is a Star Wars Night FEB 10th).
  • Tons of new Video Features.
  • A new intro!
  • A new (and I won’t spoil it) kick off to the season for the Season Opener.
  • A new way of doing things.
  • New Twitter video boards in The Palace come Feb 14th to interact via Twitter with fans at The Palace.
  • A New Beginning.

We may not always want change, but it’s inevitable.  With Tom Gores and Co. changing things for the better, and giving Pistons fans a push towards a social media, digitally friendly, fan based environment ….we all win.

Jonas Jerebko's Locker

I haven’t been this excited to go the the season opener since we won the championship in 2004.

To a new and prosperous beginning….that remembers the past.

Good things don’t always come to an end, sometimes they just move into a different direction.

I’ll see you Opening Night!

Brandon Knight Need4Sheed CartoonThe Pistons rookie Brandon Knight Tooned.

Knight, a future Pistons fan favorite just celebrated his 20th Birthday on December 2nd and Pistons fans are clamoring to see what he can do on  court.  I know he’s Knightling fast and can play both the 1 and the 2 guard position.

I’ll coin it now just to get a head start….BranTastic!

Follow Knight on twitter at @BrandonKnight12

I posted this question on Twitter and got so many responses my computer started smoking.

Excluding Darko…Biggest disappointment in the Pistons Organization the past 10 years?

I’m not going to tell you mine, but you might be able to guess.  I would like to hear what your biggest disappointment was in the comments.

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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.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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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.

I’m not going anywhere, but I am branching out with a brand new weekly show on CLNS Radio!  The show is called Sitto and That Sports Babe with myself and Jackie Taylor a.k.a. “That Sports Babe.”  And who better to be our first guest on the show but former Bad Boy and 4 time NBA Champion John “Spider” Salley.

Sitto and That Sports Babe

It’s official:

The “Take No Prisoner Twins” team up for new podcast on CLNS Radio!

After a brief hiatus from the broadcasting industry, Jackie Taylor a.k.a. “That Sports Babe” is back with a new attitude…and a new co-host! Natalie Sitto, best known for her work on Need4Sheed.com, has signed on with Jackie for the show entitled, “Sitto and That Sports Babe”.

Every Thursday evening LIVE at 8 PM EST, “The Take No Prisoners Twins” will bring their strong personalities to the airwaves to discuss an array of topics. The two will put their primary focus on the NBA but it will not stop there!

Due to their strong opinions on EVERYTHING ranging from Tim Donaghy’s claim to fame (Jackie) to Brian Scalabrine’s pre game routine (Natalie) they will be taking their talents to discussing the latest in sports headlines as well as pop culture.

Where can you catch the show?

How about North Station Media’s new platform, CLNSRadio.com? Sitto and That Sports Babe will air exclusively on CLNSRadio and their weekly broadcast will offer a live chat, as well as a host blog to stay connected with the hosts! You can also tweet them with questions or comments at @SittoTSB on Twitter.

The first episode of Sitto and That Sports Babe will air on Thursday March 3rd at 8 PM EST with special guest 4-time NBA champion, JOHN SALLEY! Listen to the show live on www.CLNSRadio.com.

We hope to see you there!

You may have noticed the logo on the right side of the site that takes you straight our radio page on CLNSRadio. I’m counting on my fellow Pistons fans to listen in and call in if you wish when we kick it off with Salley on our first episode this Thursday at 8PM.

It’s guaranteed to be SHEEDtastic!