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The 25-44 #Pistons are Utah to finish up their West road trip against the 23-47 Jazz Monday night. Detroit would love to pull out a win to break a streak they don’t want to be on. This Pistons team is on a 13 game road losing streak, their longest since the 1980-81 season.

The good: This team may just keep their lottery pick in the upcoming draft, but knowing the Pistons luck they won’t. It was nice to see Jerebko come up strong with a season high 22 points in the Pistons loss against the Clippers.
The bad:If the Pistons lose to the Jazz they will have match their worst losing streak of the season at six.
The unknown: The unknown tonight isn’t about the game in general it’s about Pistons fans. How do you actually feel about this season, are you actually rooting for them to lose because you want them to save their pick?

Injuries
Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Josh Harrellson are out.
Jazz:: Alec Burks and Andris Biedrins are out.

Fact:The Pistons rank first in the NBA in points in the paint per game with 52.6.

Tip off is at 9:00 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 16-22 #Pistons will host the 13-27 Utah Jazz Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit takes the floor holding a two game winning streak, while the Jazz have lost their last four games on the road.

The good: Though it took a two last second makes from Josh Smith to beat the Suns, it seems like the momentum is going Detroit’s way.
The bad: The Pistons have lost 14 of the last 15 games against Utah. Detroit hasn’t won a regular-season series against the Jazz since the 2002-03 season. Utah is just one of those teams that no matter what the Pistons do just can’t seem to beat. This however is Detroit best chance in a while for a victory against Utah, who’s just not the same team it used to be.
The unknown: Will Trey Burke (the Detroit fan favorite in the 2013 Draft) show the Pistons why they should have picked him over Caldwell-Pope?  Burke’s 13.6 points per game would rank third among rookies if he had played enough games to qualify, while his 5.6 assists would be the second-highest average. He may have started slow, but Burke sure looks like a player in this league.
Injuries: Pistons – None
Jazz: Gordon Hayward – Game Time Decision

Stat: The Jazz is 54-32 all-time against the Pistons with a 33-10 record at home and 21-22 on the road.
Stat: Greg Monroe averaged 13.5 points and 12.0 rebounds against the Jazz last season.
Stat: Brandon Jennings tied franchise records previously held by Isiah Thomas for most assists in a quarter (11) and most assists in a half (16) vs. Phoenix (1/11)

Tip off is at 7:30 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 #Pistons lost their sixth consecutive game losing to the Jazz 90-103 Monday night in Utah. To make things a little bit worse for Detroit, Brandon Knight went down early in the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and never returned.

Key Points:

  • You have to feel for Knight, who was all over sports media when he got posterized by DeAndre Jordan just the day before. When he went down it looked extremely bad as he had to be helped off the court. Knight thought it was much worse than just a sprained ankle initially.

knight“To be honest with you, I wasn’t sure, normally, when I sprain my ankle, I have the power to at least walk off the court. I turn ’em and I can walk it off. But this one, the pain wasn’t going away and I couldn’t put any pressure on it.” Via Pistons.com

  • No word on how long Knight will be out.
  • It looked like Greg Monroe’s comments about his team not playing hard or caring after Sunday nights lost to the Clippers seemed to work. Though they didn’t get the win they sure didn’t give up. They trailed by 18 in the second but rallied back to get within five points with just a few minutes left in the ball game.
  • Greg added another double-double to his totals for the year finishing with 15 points, 13 boards, three assists and a locked shot in 41 minutes on the floor.
  • Jerebko and Stuckey each had 15 for Detroit.
  • Speaking of Stuckey, he finally hit a shot. Rodney was 6-of-10 for 15 with four boards, two assists, and two steals in 35 minutes on the floor. Too bad he’s been the invisible man most of the past two seasons.

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  • Mo Williams led all scorers with 20 points. Quite honestly, I didn’t even know he was still in the league.
  • Khris Middleton with 12 points in 24 minutes on the floor all from behind the three-point line. He’s been quite a surprise this season, doing everything asked of him when he gets minutes.
  • Detroit has now lost 15 straight road games.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • I’m really hoping that Detroit can keep Jose, unless some miracle happens in the Draft Lottery. Calderon with another solid game finishing with 14 points, seven assists and two steals.
  • Detroit shot 60.9 percent in the third quarter and scored 33 points.
  • Jerebko making a solid case for a rotation spot.
  • Will Bynum with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting in 19 minutes.
  • Charlie V 1-of-7 shooting for two points.
  • Golden State on Wednesday night.

The Utah Jazz continue to have success against the Detroit #Pistons adding another victory in their match-up Saturday night. The Jazz rallied back from a 15 point deficit to beat the Pistons 90-87 at the Palace.

Key Points:

  • Detroit was executing and dominating the Jazz in the first half. The Jazz came out on a mission after the half and the Pistons seemed to start their London trip early, pretty much laying down and taking it. They did however fight back and have a chance to tie with a three pointer, but a non call on a Brandon Knight three sealed the victory for the Jazz.
  • You can be bitter about the non call on Knight, but the way the Jazz played in the second half they deserved this one.
  • Brandon Knight scored 16 on 7-of-16 shooting with just one assist on the night. The criticism will keep coming until Brandon plays his position better or he gets moved to playing the two. He’s hot and cold, but this season he seems more on the cold side.
  • Good turn out at the Palace, seems as though the Pistons recent winning ways are getting more fans in the building.
  • Al Jefferson is so underrated.
  • Greg Monroe was shut down in the second half. He still finished the night with his 14th double-double of the season scoring 12 with 11 boards, but his seven turnovers overshadowed just about anything he did.
  • Quiet couple of games for Tayshaun. He put up eight with three boards and three assists in 33 minutes on the floor.
  • It’s really starting to look like the Pistons need a true point guard on this team, something they haven’t had since Dumars traded Chauncey Billups. They do have Bynum, but I doubt he’ll ever get the starting job.
  • Speaking of Will, he played great scoring 13 on 6-of-6 shooting with 4 assist and three steals. It was a Bynumite steal by Will at the end of the game that gave the Pistons a chance as the clock wound down.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Daye scored five on 1-of-3 shooting and Villanueva scored four on 1-of-5 shooting.
  • Stuckey with nine points on 2-of-6 shooting and two assists.
  • 17 turnover for Detroit.
  • Andre Drummond was solid again scoring nine on 4-of-5 shooing with five boards and a blocked shot. I knew he was going to be good, but honestly I didn’t know he’d be this good this quickly. We will soon be sending holiday cards to the eight teams that passed on him.

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  • Gotta love the Bynum/Drummond chemistry lately.
  • Will Greg Monroe adjust defensively when Andre starts?
  • Singler didn’t stuff the stats putting up just two shots and making them both in his 19 minutes.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 15, Utah’s 13.
  • Besides Singler’s +2, Jason Maxiell was the only Pistons with a + in the box (+10). Jason finished with seven points, three assists, six boards and three blocked shots.
  • Off to London for the Pistons, so we have to set our DVR’s for the 3pm start.

The 14-23 #Pistons are hosting the 19-19 Utah Jazz Saturday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: Drummond and Monroe are playing extremely well.
  • The bad: The Jazz have won 14 of 16 against the Pistons.
  • The unknown: Can Detroit break the Jazz jinx?

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.

If you’re thinking of going to the Saturday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES

Whatever voodoo that the Jazz have over the Pistons hasn’t worn off. Utah beat the Pistons 105-90 Monday night to make it nine in a row at home over Detroit.

Key Points:

  • Utah’s Al Jefferson, who missed the morning shoot around after the news of his Grandmothers death, led the Jazz with 33 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 14-for-18, and made six of his last seven shots. He also did a number on Greg Monroe, limiting his effectiveness.
  • The score doesn’t really tell the tale of this one, in fact the Pistons had a good chance to pick this game up. The lead changes hands nine times and was tied 15. And with 5 minutes left in the fourth the game was tied at 87.
  • Utah closed the game on a 16-2 run.
  • The Jazz, who are last in the league in three point shooting, made seven in the second half alone.

Ben Wallace: “Just one of those places. It’s just tough to play here. No matter who they put on the floor, once they step in this building they become gritty and grimy. Whoever puts that Utah uniform on, it doesn’t matter what they did before.”

Stucktacular

  • Rodney was well…Stucktacular again. He put up 29 and he’s scored at least 20 points in five of his last six games. He also padded his stat sheet with seven assists and four rebounds against the Jazz, both of which were better than his season averages. He shot 10-for-17.
  • From solid defense Saturday night to minimal on Monday.  The Pistons allowed Utah to shoot 60 percent in the first half and 54 for the game.
  • Brandon Knight shot 4-for-12 and scored 11 points in 31 minutes. He missed six of seven shots during a stretch in the first half. Not a stellar night for Knight, who also had 4 turnovers.
  • The Pistons are now 3-16 away from the Palace and haven’t won at Utah since Nov. 6, 2002.
  • Four Pistons in double figures.
  • The Pistons +/- was all minus for Detroit.

Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Detroit lost the board war 29-3.
  • Wouldn’t Paul Millsap look good in a Pistons uniform?
  • Jason Maxiell with three blocks on the night.
  • Back to work Wednesday night in Sacramento.

The 15-26 #Pistons are in Utah to take on the 19-21 Jazz. It’s not going to be easy for the Pistons who will play the next 10 games in 10 different cities beginning in Salt Lake.

  • The good: The Pistons are on a roll and are very close to a playoff spot. However the next two weeks and the grueling road schedule may be too much for Detroit to keep them in contention for a playoff berth.
  • The bad: The Jazz have not lost to the Pistons at home in nearly 10 years.
  • Who to watch: Paul Millsap, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight.
  • The unknown: Starting guard Devin Harris missed Saturday’s game with a stomach virus and Bell was away for undisclosed reasons. No word on whether either of them will be on the floor for the Jazz.

Does anyone remember this classic Rock Financial commercial featuring Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups. Utah?

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Thanks to @joannepistonsfan for reminding me about this one.
Tip off is at 9:00 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.

It wasn’t pretty all the time.  It took a hot shooting 1st half and high scoring 4th quarter, too.  At the end of the night, all that matters is the Detroit Pistons beat the Utah Jazz 120-116, in front of 18,000 home fans.

A night after the team experienced a “protest”, and after an afternoon where a lot of the rumors of a protest were squashed by the local media and reports of a Team President Joe Dumars statement before the game, it was hard to tell how this team would respond.  You never know how players will respond, and while the individual players’ shortcomings were clearly evident (Monroe still needs to work on post D, CV needs to play defense period, Stuckey needs to work on mid-range game, etc), the team fought through and came out with a victory against the new look Utah Jazz.

Detroit took advantage of a Jazz team that was without All Star Point Guard Deron Williams and Hall of Fame Head Coach Jerry Sloan.  Detroit suited up 9 players for last night’s game, as compared to Friday’s game they suited up only 6.

  • The Pistons still need help in the post on defense – Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap combined for 43 points and 20 rebounds.
  • Andrei Kirilenko, and his awful hairstyle, had a big game for the Jazz with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
  • Utah shot 59.5% from the field – Detroit shot an even 50%
  • Super rookie Greg Monroe – 12 points and 16 rebounds
  • Austin Daye had a great 4th quarter and helped seal the victory with 4 three pointers on 5 attempts
  • Rodney Stuckey finished with a team high 28 points and 8 assists BUT was a team worst -13 +/-
  • Piston killer Devin Harris finished with 17 and 12 assists
  • Will Bynum was the sparkplug off the bench with 11 points and 8 assists in 23 minutes

Yesterday’s game was a solid victory and the post game quotes said more about Friday’s #RoundballRevolution than we heard after the Philadelphia game:

Austin Daye

“I have no problems with Coach — he plays me a lot,” Daye said. “I should have been on time, and I got punished. It was embarrassing for me to do that. There’s no excuse for a second-year player to miss a bus because of a miscommunication. I don’t hold any grudge for sitting out last night. I apologized to Coach and told him it was the right decision.”

John Kuester

“There was cohesiveness that we haven’t had,” he said. “There was energy that we haven’t had on a consistent basis. I tip my hat off to these guys.”

Last night’s Detroit win was the first win without Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton or Ben Wallace in the lineup since 2002.  It’s time for this team to move on, and close out this season with a little momentum going toward the offseason and next season.

The 21-38 Pistons bring the drama back home as they take on 32-27 Utah Jazz Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  Turmoil aside, the Pistons have not beaten Utah since March 13, 2005.

As stunned coaches and teammates watched, Hamilton bellowed at Kuester that he had been a failure in his two seasons in Detroit, blown the opportunity the franchise afforded him and was nothing more than a career assistant coach, sources said. Despite Hamilton yelling within inches of him, Kuester didn’t respond.
Pistons coach John Kuester has played Richard Hamilton in one game since Jan. 10.

Several of the team’s younger players were mortified watching it and privately told agents and associates they wished they had the courage to stand up, confront Hamilton and try to take control back from the disgruntled veteran. Nevertheless, Hamilton influences a powerful lobby in the Pistons’ locker room, including veteran leaders Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace.

The early January incident was the second time Hamilton had initiated a confrontation with Kuester this season, sources said, and it ultimately spurred the benching that led to such public acrimony. Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

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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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The Pistons always play the Jazz hard, and always seem to come up short. Nothing changed Monday night when the two teams met in Utah, where the Pistons have only won 2 games in the last 20 years there. Just like games in the past, this one came down to the wire with the Jazz pulling it out 97-102.

Key Points:

  • A valiant effort for the Pistons who played hard all night and saw 11 lead changes and 15 ties.
  • Huge night for T-mac who started again in place of Rodney Stuckey. McGrady was one rebound away from a triple-double. Impressive again for Tracy who’s running the offense as good as it has been in quite some time for Detroit. He finished the game with 11 points, 11 assists, 9 boards and just one turnover in 34 minutes on the floor for Detroit.
  • Stuckey played limited minutes (13) in his first game back from the stomach flu. You could tell he didn’t quite have his legs under him after just starting to eat solid food on Sunday. He finished with 3 points, 3 assists and 2 boards.
  • I’ll say it again, I like Stuckey…just not as the Pistons starting PG.

Kuester on T-mac “I thought he was outstanding. Thought he did a good job at controlling the pace of the game, making good decisions with the basketball. You know 11 assists with one turnover is very impressive.”

  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • Sad that a Raja Bell three sank this for Detroit. Was his foot on the line, looked like it to me, but for some reason the officials chose not to look at the replay.
  • Detroit trailed by three 101-97 and Tracy McGrady’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 6 second left was off mark.  Williams was fouled and hit his free throws to end the game.
Tracy McGrady 3-point miss against the Jazz

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  • A little better free throw shooting and this game could have changed things when

Tracy McGrady: “I think we kind of just lose sight of what we really want to accomplish as far as our execution offensively. We haven’t really put together consistently four quarters. We play well for a half or three quarters but then we always have that quarter that lets us down. That really hurts us at the end. For the most part we played pretty well for all four quarters. I think we kind of lost attention to detail at the end. We gave up a big three to Raja Bell. And execution defensively kind of hurt us a little bit.”

  • Tayshaun Prince was on fire, leading Detroit with 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting. It can easily be said that Tay has been one of the best Pistons on floor all season long.
  • 5 Pistons in double figures, including Rip and Ben Gordon who changed places in the starting lineup. Rip with 15 and Gordon had 14.
  • Chris Wilcox, the Pistons current spark plug, was out due to a groin pull.
  • Ben Gordon, who made three of six from downtown, was on the bench, as he was for the entire fourth quarter.   Shouldn’t he have at least been on court in the final seconds of the game for a possible 3 point make?
  • Monroe is working through the ins and outs of the league. Though his stat line wasn’t huge, he did a nice job on the defensive end.  He also threw down a huge dunk to keep Detroit alive in the fourth to make 97-98.
  • Charlie V with foul trouble, but still managed to hit some big shots.
  • It’s surprising to say this night in and night out, but who is this team?
  • Special insight from GordBrown in the comments of the game thread.

One of the nice things about league pass is you can back up and watch stuff really closely. Ironically, on the feed on the three that shouldn’t have been, there was a player between the camera and Bell’s feet. He did step forward however and on replay it was clear that at least half his right foot, maybe more was on the line. I’m sure if you check the special Stern addendum to the rule book (the one where he changes the rules to screw the Pistons) there is a line about it’s still a three if the left foot is completely behind the line if its the home team in Utah only.

  • Back to Back Lakers style doesn’t look promising for the Pistons who have lost 14 of 17 road games.
  • And in case you were wondering, Stucky’s Official Twitter account removed all the suspect tweets. Mission accomplished.