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The 11-25 #Pistons are hosting the 4-28 Bobcats for their second game of a back to back at they Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit is looking to stop a three game skid, while the Bobcats would like to take any victory they could get.

With the leagues worst record, Charlotte is on pace to for one of the worst winning percentages in NBA history.

  • The good: Greg Monroe and…..Hooper. After having to sit through last night’s game at the Palace it’s hard to come up with the good things.
  • The bad: Both of these teams.
  • Who to watch:Greg Monroe, who no matter what the score is, plays 100%.
  • The unknown: Can Detroit get a win over a struggling team to kick-start something good?

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This is what happens when I grade our Pistons.

Greg Monroe

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Moose continues to get better before out eyes.  In his second season he’s just about averaging a double-double .  He was arguebly  on the fence for an All Star nod, and he’s making his team better.  He’s growing defensively and mid-range game is developing.  It’s also nice to have a big man who makes his free throws.

Happy Sheed
Grade – Sheedtastic and getting better.

 

Brandon Knight

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The Pistons have a future at the point guard spot. Brandon Knight is learning as he goes, but you can see how bright even the darkest of Knights can be with Brandon on the team. With no camp under his belt and just a year in college, Brandon is in school on the Palace court for all to see.

And he’s getting it done.

He makes his mistakes, but you can see the talent and the chemistry he has with his teammates. He’s got heart, talent and isn’t afraid to take the game winning (or losing) shot.

Happy SheedGrade: Sheedtastic every Knight.

Tayshaun Prince

Tayshaun Prince

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As much as Pistons fans love Tayshaun Prince, he’s been fading for the past couple of seasons.  Most of you, including myself really didn’t understand the resigning of Prince.   You can blame some of this seasons shortcomings on injury, but he’s truly on the downside of his career. This Pistons team needs the 2004 Tay not the one we have today.

Angry SheedGrade -  UN-Sheedtastic Signing and Play


Rodney Stuckey

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You can’t deny it, when Stuckey is on his game, the Pistons win ball games. Stuckey started the season without a bang, but has seemed to get into the flow of things. I’m sure the fact that he doesn’t have to play the PG position much with Brandon Knight on the squad, Stuckey is doing what he loves to do best. Take the shot.

The thing I’d like to see most in Stuckey is more of an attitude change, especially after last season. I though things had changed for the better, but after his early vacation for the All Star break, I’m keeping my eyes open.

Happy Sheed
Grade – Potential to be a solid Stucktacular with a chance of Buffoonery.

Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace

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When Ben Wallace doesn’t have to play more than about 15 minutes per game he shows flashes of the Defensive Player of the years he was.  When we get that from the Ben of the past, it usually means this team is in the ball game.

Though we don’t see if often, when we do it’s great.

We’ll miss  him for who he was, but the team could use an upgrade. veteran presence or not.

Happy SheedAngry SheedGrade: ½ Sheedtastic when he’s had excessive amounts of Arnie’s fountain of youth drink.

Ben Gordon

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This Ben Gordon deal just hasn’t panned out for the Pistons. In his third year with Detroit, he’s still not the Ben Gordon that we thought we were signing. He’s getting a boat load of money for playing like 8th man off the bench.

Though he’s doing some things a little better than seasons past, how can you count on a guy like this…you know the one that’s getting paid the most on the roster for doing the most dissapointing job.
Angry SheedGrade: Negative Sheedtastic with a chance of Amnesty

Jason Maxiell


Since he’s been put in the starting lineup in place of the Swede, Jason has been contributing.  He may not fill up the stat sheets day in and day out, but he’s doing his job.  He’ll always be undersize, and right now overpaid, but he’ll give us one of those moments every now and then that just make us smile.

Happy SheedGrade – Sometimes Baby Eating Sheedtastic

 

Will Bynum


Bynumite is not his name, but Will has no game.  Not this season anyway.  He’s been injured much of the season and when he returned he couldn’t crack the rotation again.  Will we see the  explosiveness to fly by just about anyone facing him and then dunk on a 7 footer again?

Time WILL tell.

Angry SheedGrade – Bynumiteless

 

Jonas Jerebko

Jonas Jerebko

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If you wanted a bang from Jonas after not seeing him play all of last season, you really didn’t get it. What you did get was The Swede playing solid ball as soon as Lawrence Frank make him their sixth man. He gets into foul trouble quite frequently, but he’s never out there giving it less than 100%.

He’s not making us wow as much as he did as a rookie, but he’s getting the job done. You have to love a guy who has heart and is willing to do the dirty things to get it done.

Happy SheedAngry SheedGrade: 1/2 Swedetastic

Austin Daye

Austin Daye

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When it takes you half the season to get one good game in and you can’t get playing time over a guy who’s got the stomach flu and was signed to play defense, something turrrable is going on.

Austin is going thorough something way worse than a slump.  If you have no confidence in your game and neither does your coach it’s going take a miracle or a trade to ressurect your career.

I’m especially upset with him for the simple fact that he’s ruined our Daye and Knight/Knight and Day tag.

Angry SheedGrade– Turrrably Un-Sheedtastic 

 

Damion Wilkins

Damien wasn’t signed to light this team on fire. He was supposed to help on the defensive end and he’s done that. He wasn’t expected to score much, but he’s won Austin’s job, being more solid that Daye on both end of the floor. He plays are and you an count on him. That’s solid for this team.

Happy SheedGrade: Sheedtastic with no Human Highlight abilities.

Walker Russell Jr.

When “The Walkman” was called up from the D-League to help the team through the injuries, he made a splash. The 29 year old made his first NBA appearance for Detroit and show the Pistons that he could play the PG position. He’s not going to score 20, but he sure knows how to get the ball to the guys that does.

Happy SheedGrade: Sheedtastic story with a spark.

 

 

Lawrence Frank

They started out terrible, but Lawrence Frank has gotten this group of guys to play like a team. That’s something that this organization hasn’t seen since about 2007. Whether this team is winning or not you can see he’s making his players better, and getting the most out of his guys. They seem to respect Frank, which is something they haven’t done in quite some time.

Anyone that brings back the “D” to Detroit, and gets this team to play together gets a better than average grade considering pervious coaches track record.

Happy SheedGrade: Frankly Sheedtastic

The Raptors snapped a four game skid beating the Pistons 103-93 inToronto.  The Raptors built a 23 point lead early in the fourth quarter before a cheap shot flagrant foul from Toronto’s Jerryd Bayless set off Greg Monroe and got the Pistons within nine with under five mints to go.

Despite the fourth quarter surge the Pistons go into the All Star break losers of two straight.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe with a heck of a game.  Greg led the Pistons with 30 points, 14 boards, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots and a steal.  Not only did he get the Pistons back in the game, but he never stopped fighting, even when the game was close to being out of reach with seconds left.
Greg Monroe with 30 points and 15 boards in Toronto

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 Greg Monroe on the flagrant: “I think it was overboard – I don’t think it was borderline at all,” he said of Bayless. “I think it was pretty obvious. They made the right call. … I was already fired up. We just didn’t play well. I don’t know what was going on. I know we can play better than that. They just came out and wanted to win more than us.”

  • Stuckey played just 18 mints going 0-for-2, did he take his “vacation” before this game started?
  • It’s very rare to come back from a 22 point deficit.
  • Toronto shot 53 percent and beat the Pistons on the glass, 47-37.
  • Walker Russell in the game when it counted. Lawrence Frank kept the guys in that got them back there.
  • How do you know that you have done something really bad or nothing at all? When Wilkins is in the game instead of you when he has the stomach flu.
  • Props to Damion for going out there and giving it his all after vomiting all day and right up to tip-off.
  • Austin Daye a DNP.
  • I still have love for Amir Johnson.
  • Six Raptors in double figures.
  • T Prince 6-for-16 for 14 points, a steal, 2 assists and 7 boards.
  • DeRozan…DeDeadly
  • 18th double-double of the season for Moose.
  • Brandon Knight with 16 points, 3 assists and 2 boards in 36 minutes. Did I mention zero turnovers?
  • Ben Gordon, I still don’t know what or who he is.  3-for-6 for 6 points and a -17 in the box.
  • Jonas Jerebko fouled out with 5 minutes left in the game after playing just 18 minutes.  Jonas finished with 8 points and 3 boards.
  • Jason Maxiell started the game hot, but cooled off a bit.  Jason finished with 12 points, 2 blocked shots, 2 assists and 5 boards.
  • Will Bynum stayed in Detroit for personal reasons.
  • Two very winnable games that resulted in losses.  Let’s see what the second half of the season brings.
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  • Don’t forget to watch Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight on Friday night in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

 

The Pistons snapped a two game losing streak beating the Celtics on the road 98-88.  This is only the second time the Pistons beat the Celtics in their last eight meetings. Detroit competed with the Celtics the entire game, but it wasn’t until the Pistons started to come back late in the third quarter that by outscoring the Celtics 8 to 2 in the final minutes of the third and finally taking a one point lead headed into the fourth quarter.

Key Points:

  • No Garnett for the Celtics.
  • The Celtics have won 11 of their last 14 against the Pistons
  • The Pistons have now won 5 of their last 7 games.
  • The Chicago Bulls Ben Gordon showed up at the Garden. Ben terrorized the Celtics all night hitting big shot after big shot.  None bigger than the 3 he hit to put the Pistons up 10 with a minutes left in the game.  Ben finished with 22 off the bench for the Pistons, going  4 -for-6 from downtown.   Congrats Ben….does this mean you’re back?
Ben Gordon vs Celtics

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Ben Gordon: “We just played with some heart tonight,”

  • This was a one point with eleven minutesPistons go on a 12 to 2 run in the fourth quarter to put this one away. Three Ben Gordon triples in that run, that really tells the story.
  • 13 turnovers for Detroit.
  • The Pistons trailed by just 2 at the half.
  • Rajon Rondo with a season high 35 points.

Lawrence Frank: “We’re looking for little steps. We’re showing fight.”

  • Ben Wallace a season high 11 boards.  After the Spurs game and the Celtics outing it looks like Ben is drinking that fountain of youth juice again.  Good to see both Bens making it happen.
  • Jonas Jerebko sat out the second half and had ice on his leg.  No official word, it just looks like he’s a little beat up. Jonas played 8 minutes and had just one board.
  • Austin Daye did not play.
  • Greg Monroe with 22 points and 9 boards.  Monroe started slow, but became aggressive in the second half.   Monroe gave Detroit its first lead of the second half on a tip-in with 23  seconds left in the third quarter that made it 73-72 heading to the fourth.
Greg Monroe vs The Celtics

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  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 25 points with 4 assists, and 3 boards in 36 minutes on the floor.  Rodney really kept the Pistons in the game, especially in the first half.  Nice to see him with a handful of solid performances.
  • Chris Wilcox former Pistons had a heck of a game for the Celtics with 17 points.
  • Will Bynum appearance.
  • Brandon Knight got into foul trouble early and really didn’t get into the flow of the game with Ben and Stuckey doing well.  Knight seems to be having issues with his mask.  He starts the game with it, but it’s usually off by half.
  • Damion Wilkins had a couple of great defensive plays helping the Pistons down the stretch.
  • Tayshaun 3-for-12 from the floor with 10 points.
  • Detroit out rebounded the Celtics 44-33.
  • The Celtics biggest lead with 7, the Pistons 13.
  • Fun game to watch, and nice to see this team get a road win, especially when it comes against the Celtics.

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  • It’s very noticeable that this team is getting better and better on the defensive end.
  • Keep in mind that these two teams play again Sunday at the Palace.

 

The 8-22 Pistons are in Boston for the second game of a back to back to take on the 15-12 Celtics. The Celtics could be without Kevin Garnett, who’s suffering from pain from an injured hip flexor.

  • The good: It may help the Pistons if Garnett doesn’t play for the Celtics, who are already short handing with Brandon Bass out and Jermaine O’Neal and Mickael Pietrus both doubtful.
  • The bad: The way the Pistons are starting games.  Sure they bounced back against the Spurs, but they don’t have the kind of team that can do that day in and day out.
  • Who to watch: Rajon Rondo, who put up his night career triple-double on Sunday against Chicago.
  • The unknown: Will Greg Monroe offensive game bounce back  from his game against the Spurs and play like he has been all season.

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The #Pistons beat the Nets for the second time in 3 days in a 109-92 rout at the Palace.  The Pistons hit the century mark for the first time in regulation all season long.  This current Pistons 4 game winning streak it the first for Detroit since December of 2009.

Key Points:

  • I know we talk about Jason Maxiell as a baby eater, but that guy seem to eat Kardashians too.  Jason scored 8 with 5 boards, a steal and 4 blocked shots. It seemed like all of them were on Kris Humphries. Like I said a million times before, Jason loves a good put-back.
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  • Brandon Knight got into foul trouble early and didn’t get to play a ton of minutes. He still scored 13 points with 7 boards and 5 assists in just 16 minutes on the floor. I don’t know how bad it was but at one point he hit the floor and one of the Nets fell right on top of him and his (masked) face bounced off the ground. It was one of those “I know that hurt” moment, but he got right out there and kept playing.
  • No All-Star nod for Moose, no big deal. He’s still putting up double-doubles every night. Greg with 18 points, 11 boards, 2 steals and a blocked shot in 29 minutes on the floor.
  • Tayhaun with 8 points and a plus 26 in the box.

Tayshaun Prince “I see improvement as far as when teams make a run on us we’ve been able to respond. We’ve played some solid defense and pushed it. We haven’t run plays a lot, we’ve tried to attack early and that’s opened up a lot of things for us the past few games.”

  • Austin Daye still struggling going 1-for-7 in 19 minutes on the floor.
  • A big 25 assists from Detroit, who for one of the few times all season long looked like they were having fun on the court.
  • Vernon Macklin and Will Bynum saw garbage time…yes the Pistons blew out a team.  It wasn’t they just lost garbage time it was “Darko Human Victory Cigar” garbage time and it felt great.
  • Rodney Stuckey had a great game, really stepping up with Brandon on the bench in foul trouble. Rodney was 7-for-10 for 19 points with 5 assists and 3 boards in 26 minutes on the floor. He had a couple of highlights, but none better than the breaking of the ankles.
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  • A season high 56 points in the paint.
  • Brandon Knight isn’t afraid to take the big shot.
  • This game started with the Nets scoring the first 7 points and it looked like it was going to be one of “those” games, but the Pistons went on a 24-4 run and never looked back.
  • The Need4Sweed was a bundle of hustle all night long. JJ was all over the court doing all the dirty work and it was paying off. Jonas led the Pistons off the bench with 20 points, 2 assists, and four boards in 25 minutes. Jonas seems to be getting a ton of dunks lately, but his “OMG” he just did that moment had to have been his 360 touch pass to Ben Wallace. I didn’t get to see the replay, but it looked really awesome in person.
Need4Swede Jonas Jerebko

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Jonas Jerebko :I just try to go in and play my game. The only change is who you’re playing with. I just try to go out there and bring energy and play as a team.”

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  • Ben Gordon with 14 points off the bench in 22 minutes. Maybe this is all he’ll ever be, above average bench player. He’s getting paid a lot to play that part but it’s better than his production in the past for Detroit.
  • Star Wars night was fun, but it was even more fun to be at a game that was packed with Piston HL’s and I didn’t have to sit at the edge of my seat hoping they would hold on to the game.
  • Wizards on Sunday could make it, wait for it…a five game winning streak.

The Pistons lost their 7th game in a row to New Jersey 99-96. Detroit kept the game close, but looked just like the Pistons of late by digging themselves in a big hole after the half. This time on the play of Brandon Knight, Tayshaun Prince and some clutch makes from Walker D Russell, the Pistons tied it up at 88 with five minutes left in the ball game.

Detroit with the ball after a Jerebko got the game within two points with 41.9 seconds left, had a chance to to tie or take the lead, but Tayshaun missed 3 seconds left leaving him to foul Williams to make the score 99-96 with 1.8 left on the clock. Brandon Knight with one last chance to tie it just missed a three pointer at the buzzer with some contact from Deron Williams, making this the…that almost just happened recap.

Key Points:

  • Jason Maxiell started in place of Ben Wallace. Jason seems to play better off the bench he finished with 4 points and 4 boards in 22 minutes.
  • If that was just about any other team or a superstar, that last play would have sent Brandon Knight to the line for three foul shots. A lot of body contact from Williams.
  • This team showed heart.
  • Rodney Stuckey turned his ankle before the half and didn’t play much after that. I he wanted to go but didn’t play much after he did it.  It  could have been them wanting to rest his ankle or it could have been the fact the The Walkman was running things the right way. Stuckey finished with 7 points and 3 assists in 25 minutes.
  • Walker D Russell with a career high 12 points. This guy is staying, he knows how to run this team and is unselfish. Russell was on the court when the game was on the line and played very will. I for one am hoping he stays.
  • Mrs. Kardashian 18 points and 18 boards.
  • 48 points in the paint for Detroit.  34 for the Nets.
  • Pistons are getting torched from downtown.
  • Moose Monroe with 21 points, 8 boards and a blocked shot in 36 minutes. Close your eyes and image him with a solid big man down low to give him help.
Greg Monroe against the Nets

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  • Brandon Knight was schooling Deron Williams at times. Brandon is logging the most minutes of any rookie in the league. He logged 43 in New Jersey after playing the previous two nights. Brandon with 15 points, 4 assists and 5 boards on the night. Have I mentioned I love his floater?
  • Did you get your Brandon Knight Schedule Wallpaper yet?
  • Are the Nets hording Williams’? They have Deron Williams, Shawne Williams, Sheldon Williams and Jordan Williams.
  • Nets dressed just 8 for the game.
  • Deron led all players with 26.
  • As every game goes by the more balls they have…lottery balls that is.
  • Tayshaun Prince was burning hot with 21 on a really hot 4th quarter that got the team right back in it. The last play to take the game or tie it…was kind of a mess though. Tay added 6 boards and 4 assists in 39 minutes.
  • A Daye 11 minutes and 0 points.
  • Out rebounded 44 to 31.
  • The Nets biggest lead was 12, the Pistons was just 2.
  • Yes they are bad, and yes they keep losing, but Greg, Brandon and JJ are learning on the job. Baby steps to bigger things.
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  • A much needed day off for Detroit and then Vanilla Ice and the Bucks at the Palace.

The Thunder rolled over the Pistons in convincing fashion Monday night in 79-99.

Key Points:

  • Detroit was down by 17 in the first quarter.
  • You knew it was going to be bad when Westbrook gave the Pistons an IN YOUR FACE dunk within the first few minutes of the ball game.
  • Despite the 20 point differential, the Pistons this game was sadly further out of reach than just 20 points. Detroit was light years away.
  • Rodney Stuckey tried to take this one on himself from the tip. Stuckey finished with 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting.
  • Brandon Knight started once again alongside Rodney but had some trouble handling the ball against a very fast Thunder team. Brandon led the Pistons with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting with 2 turnovers in 32 minutes on the floor. Brandon’s +/- was -23.
  • Russell Westbook and James Harden could have taken down the Pistons themselves.
  • The Pistons shot 17% in the first quarter. Worst in a quarter all season…I’m hoping in history.
  • Too bad Barry Sanders was in the house and had to see this game.
  • The Thunder are a fun team to watch, the Pistons…not so much.
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  • Greg Monroe know about hard work. Despite being down more than 20 in the third quarter Greg was diving for balls like it was a one point game. These are the things you like to see coming from the future of your ball team. Monroe finished with 12 points on just 3-for-14 shooting with 7 boards and 2 assists.
  • Yes, I watched the whole thing even if it was garbage time for almost all of the fourth quarter. Why you ask? To see the Vernon Macklin and Walker Russell show.
  • Austin Daye 19 minutes with 9 points on 3-for-10 shooting. Austin recorded his first three point of the season.
  • Anyone notice that Knight’s three point shot is getting better each game?

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  • Outrebounded 51-38.
  • The Pistons need to capitalize, the Thunder turned the ball over 19 times. Detroit with 9 of them on the night.
  • You know things aren’t going well when you have Ben Wallace backing down trying to get his shot in the paint and then throwing up a baby hook.

Jonas Jerebko: “When we go on the road, especially against a good team like OKC, we’ve got to come out with more energy than them. They hit us first and we just went down. We’ve got to get back up. We’ve got no excuse for not coming in with energy. We didn’t play yesterday and so we’ve just got to be better than this. We’ve got to learn to play together. OKC is a good team, so you can never let them come out like they did in the beginning.”

  • Talk about not starting things right, the Pistons made just two of their first 14 shots.

Lawrence Frank: “Look we had shots at the rim, in the first quarter we had I think nine shots within three feet and we missed them all, they were either blocked or led to their fast breaks. It’s very disappointing to put forth that type of performance.”

  • Wednesday night at the Palace against the Heat…that should be fun.

Pistons 94 Trail Blazers 91, it’s not a typo. Detroit took down the Blazers in a gritty win Saturday night at the Palace. If had a chance to see this one, you wouldn’t recognize the Pistons team that took the floor. That’s a good thing.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons went from 25 turnovers on Friday night to 11 on Saturday. It’s really simple, when they protect what’s there’s they give themselves a chance to win.
  • If Walker D. Russell isn’t the feel good story of season I don’t know what is. Russell in his second NBA game showed poise and leadership on court in his limited time. He put up 3 points with 2 steals in 12 minutes on the floor. I’m wondering when they are going to start printing “The Walkman” t-shirts up at The Palace.
  • We saw defense from Detroit (that worked) all night. Example in the second Frank when with Walker Russell, Wilkins, Jason Maxiell and Jonas Jerebko and Prince. Down 27-26 after one, that bunch played suffocating defense as the Pistons went on a 12-2 run.
  • Don’t think this one was simple either if you check the score and saw that the Pistons were up by 16. After a Rodney Stuckey 3-pointer with 7:13 left in the third quarter gave them a 16-point lead, Detroit scored only two points over the next six minutes, during which time Portland outscored them 16-2 to cut its deficit to two points. They let that lead slip but kept at it by never folding and making defensive stops.
  • That was what you call a Basketball game.
  • No Ben Gordon (sore shoulder) or Will Bynum. Austin Daye recorded another DNP and let me remind you again that I’m not going to mention CV31 until whatever is wrong with him is gone and we find him on the court.
  • Jonas Jerebko, who got clocked with an elbow late in the game, scored 11 points, with 5 boards and 2 blocked shots. The bloody mess that was Jonas face didn’t send him to the line, it got him the foul call which everyone on the Pistons bench wasn’t happy about. It looked bad, but Arnie fixed him right up.
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  • Rodney Stuckey was the star of the night leading the Pistons with 28 points, 5 assists, 4 boards in 37 minutes on the floor. By far the best Rodney showing in quite some time. If Stuck can put up games similar to this when the Pistons need him, he will silence all the critics, including this one. And don’t forget the sinister dunk!
  • And how about another solid game from Rookie Brandon Knight who started right along with Rodney Stuckey, a combination that really looks good in my opinion. Knight with 14 points, a blocked shot, 3 assists and 3 boards.

Brandon Knight: “I can play off the ball and he can play off the ball. We can play off of each other. It’s a great way to play and something I’m sure we’ll look to exploit later on. It’s definitely good having two ball handlers that can both attack and create for the team.”

  • Jason Maxiell is just a hard worker, sometimes his match-up works and sometimes it doesn’t. One thing is he’ll always be out there scrapping. Jason grabbed 7 board and helped significantly on D. And then there was this.
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  • Tayshaun Prince with 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting with 3 blocked shots on the night. With the way Tay has been playing of late it really looks like he’s getting his legs back.
  • It’s really is hard to believe that they won this game, in fact if you asked me before the game I would have said they had no chance.  And if I bet on sports you can be sure that I would have taken Portland in this one.  Kudos for making me wrong, we appreciate it.
  • Out-rebounded 38-34.
  • Tight till the buzzer with the Pistons leading by three and neither team having a timeout left, Frank ordered Knight to foul Raymond Felton. Felton made both free throws, but Portland was forced to foul again and Stuckey made both free throws. Felton lost the ball on the Trail Blazers’ final possession and Greg Monroe’s expression on his face was priceless.
  • I’ll just revel in in this victory, it was a long time coming.  Or it just really seemed like it.

The 3-12 are back home to host the 7-6 Memphis Grizzles. The Grizzlies will try to take Friday night’s game at the Palace to make it back-to-back road games for the first time in nearly a year. Meanwhile Detroit would like to avoid their first five game home losing streak since 2009-10.

  • The good: More time on the floor for Brandon Knight.  The Pistons help Michigan Come Together.
  • The bad: Stuckey out as well as Bynum, Mad Ants call up and new Piston Walker Russell may just see some time.  The Pistons have lost their last three games against Memphis.
  • Who to watch: Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol.
  • The unknown: Will Greg Monroe look as good on court as his 70′s giveaway poster tonight?  Will and can Tayshuan Prince carry Detroit again?  Will Charlie V play anytime soon?

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