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The 7-20 Pistons are back home to host the 8-19 Nets. What Piston fan doesn’t want to get another chance to see New Jersey?

The starts are in the Pistons favor being that the Nets have dropped nine straight at The Palace since a 79-74 victory March 26, 2006. The Pistons have won 28 of the last 31 regular-season match-ups at home against New Jersey.

  • The good:  Going for a four game winning streak,  and Star Wars night.
  • The bad: Is the fact that Charlie V is still MIA a bad thing?
  • Who to watch: Deron Williams, and the 34 points he dropped on the Pistons Wednesday night. Greg Monroe and Jason Maxiell taking it to Kris Humphries again.
  • The unknown: Can they really make this four in a row?  Will Greg Monroe prove  why he should have been an All Star reserve, even though he’s proven it all season long?

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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, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

May the Gores be with you

The 5-20 Pistons are playing their second game of a back to back as they host the 4-19 Hornets. New Orleans would like a win in Auburn Hills to avoid losing 14 of their last 15 games. Detroit would like to make this two win in a row after stomping out their losing streak Friday night against the Bucks.

  • The good: The Pistons one game winning streak. That’s the best we can do people so we are counting it. Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight just keep going strong. Eric Gordon and Jarrett Jack are out for NO.
  • The bad: Charlie V (injury update) and Ben Gordon still out for Detroit, no word on Bynum who’s status seems to change depending on who you ask.
  • Who to watch:Brandon Knight, Moose Monroe for Detroit and Greivis Vasquez for the Hornets, who has the daunting job of replacing Chris Paul.
  • The unknown: Will Brandon do it again? After excusing Chris Kaman from team activities last week while trying to trade him, New Orleans reactivated him Friday. Kaman isn’t expected to be available in this game but could return Monday versus Sacramento.

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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.

So much for 70′s night at the Palace as Memphis got the best of Detroit with a 98-81 win. On a night where Brandon Knight looked like the future of the team, no player did much else especially when the team turns the ball over a whopping 25 times.

Key Points:

  • They are Turrrrable.
  • Lawrence Frank with some very inspiring words to the ref had just about enough and picked up his first technical foul of the season.
  • Great third quarter from Detroit when it looked like they were going to claw back and make it a game when they got the deficit to just 7.
  • At one point the Grizz where shooting about 67% from the floor.  They finished at 57% by making some easy shots over all the Detroit turnovers.
  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 22 points on 6-for-18 shooting with 4 assists and 4 turnovers.  Extended learning minutes for Brandon with both Stuckey and Bynum in street clothes.
  • What is Jason Maxiell?  Flashes of great with a lot of mediocre  thrown in.  Got to give Max one thing though, the dude tries, and we usually get a nice highlight to talk about at least every three games.
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  • Walker Russell the 29 year old call up from the Mad Ants in his first ever NBA game did a nice job filling in for the Pistons despite the 3 turnovers. When he was at the line and made his first NBA point I whistled as loud as I could, and if you know me that’s piercing loud, and everyone looked at me like I was crazy. Got to give it up to him for sticking to his dream and finally getting there no matter how long it lasts.

Walker Russell Jr. woke up at 4:30 Friday morning in Sioux Falls, S.D., caught a flight to Chicago and another one to Detroit, spent the afternoon getting a crash course in the offense from Pistons coaches and then pulled on the uniform his father once wore for the team he grew up cheering. Via

  • To be quite honest, I barley payed attention to what was happening on court after about the third quarter, it was just that bad.
  • Prince with 14 on 5-for-13 shooting.
  • Why is Ben Wallace starting? To help Jonas not get deep in the hole with foul trouble.
  • Jonas with 9 points, 7 boards a steal and an assist.
  • Austin Daye with extend minutes (for him) and maybe the start to getting his mojo back. Daye finished with 9 points on 4-for-7 shooting with 2 assists, 3 boards, and 2 blocked shots.
  • The turnover situation is like watching a bad injury on court. Very cringe worthy.

Lawrence Frank on Turnovers: “(Definite problem) especially early on you see 11 turnovers for 18 points, only a third of their points were off turnovers. They had 32 points off of our 25 turnovers, those are back breaking because that’s the first pass of their fast break, those are really crippling.”

Greg Monroe Pistons vs Memphis

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  • A very quite double-double for Greg Monroe with 10 points, 13 boards and an assist.
  • Detroit scored 30 points at the half and if sure looked like they wouldn’t even hit the 70 mark on 70′s night.

Brandon Knight: “It’s still a very big learning process as to when to attack and when not to, how to position yourself when you’re driving,” he said. “As a rookie, it’s tough to get calls at certain times of the games. You’ve got to get completely killed to get a call sometimes. I’m just trying to be aggressive and stay positive no matter what the situation is – continue to attack, continue to try to life your teammates, continue to provide intensity, provide positive spirit for everybody.”