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What a night!  The Palace was rocking from the opening introductions to the final tip as the Pistons beat the Washington Wizards 113-102.  Much was said about the Pistons this offseason – the expectations are high from everyone after the signing of Josh Smith, the surprise play of Andre Drummond last year, and Greg Monroe’s continuing maturation into one of the game’s best big men, and last night all 3 showed flashes of what people have been so excited about all offseason.

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  • Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope showed flashes of why the Pistons thought so highly of him in the draft – he finished with 9 points in 27 minutes, but he showed that he’s going to do what it takes to make Piston fans accept him with his hard nosed perimeter D (2 steals), and his aggressive cuts to the basket for easy dunks and layups.
  • Josh Smith is a box score filler, and last night didn’t disappoint: 19 points (3-7 from 3), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block.
  • Chauncey Billups received the largest ovation of the night during pre-game introductions, and Natalie was there to capture it.
  • The Wizards and their fans are as excited about their young backcourt, as we are about Monroe and Drummond.  Bradley Beal and John Wall combined for 39 points on 14-49 shooting, with Wall finishing with 11 assists.
  • Trevor Ariza was hot from 3 in the first half and ended up leading all scorers with 28 points (6-11 from 3)
  • Did anyone else notice the emotion from Greg Monroe last night?  Monroe dominated on the offensive end which lead to several trips to the foul line (15 attempts) to go along with dunks and layups finished with mean mugging and primal screams.
  • The movement on the offensive end was impressive – all of the Pistons that played came out with high energy and they played well as a team.
  • Coach Cheeks did what Lawrence Frank couldn’t do, he won his first game as Coach of the Pistons.
  • With Stuckey out for the foreseeable future until likely Friday’s game against Memphis (thanks pistonsfan101), and Brandon Jennings out another week or two with a fractured jaw, the backcourt rotation of Bynum, KCP, Billups, and Kyle Singler stepped up with big numbers and solid defense on the young Wizards backcourt.
  • Who else heard the MVP chants by the crowd when Billups was announced with the starters?
  • Andre Drummond is going to earn the mantle of “Putback King” from Natalie after several emphatic dunks off of teammate misses.

You watch these guys all preseason and you think to yourself, “well, they’re only playing preseason.  Let’s see what they do in the regular season”, and you expect them to come out a little flat with Coach Cheeks’ new rotation.  With Siva, Mitchell and Datome all relegated to “new guy” minutes, Coach Cheeks leaned heavily on Monroe and Smith to play extended minutes, and he counted on Chauncey to get 31 minutes out of his weary legs.

Aside from the 18 turnovers, the Pistons looked great on both ends of the floor.  With both teams being teams that love to run in the open court, the score was not surprising.  The score was as close as it was thanks to solid 3 point shooting by the Wizards, which counted for approximately 30% of their points for the night.

Next up the Pistons travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies and familiar face, Tayshaun Prince.  The Grizzlies have a new coach as well, but still retain many of the pieces that lead them to deep playoff runs the last 2 seasons.  They will need to count on big games from Josh Smith, Billups and Bynum as reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will match up well with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.  Should be a good early test for the young Pistons squad.

Will BynumFree agent Will Bynum has agreed to a two-year, $5.75 million deal to return to the Detroit Pistons. You may or not think this is Bunumite, but this team is thin on PG’s and Will knows the system.

The #Pistons won their 28th game of the season Friday night after taking down the Charlotte Bobcats 113-93. Detroit, led by Jonas Jerebko, who matched his season high 21 points, put on show for the hometown crowd with a bevy of three-pointers and pretty plays.

Key Points:

  • Andre Drummond twisted his ankle with five minutes left in the game and had to be walked into the tunnel by Greg Monroe and Arnie Kandor at the end of the game. Andre however is hopeful he’ll be able to play in the last two games of the season.
  • Detroit fans had a ton of t-shirts when they left the game on Friday night (myself being one of them). The T’s for Threes program at the Palace had a ton of action with the Pistons hitting 12-of-18 shot from downtown.
  • Word on the street is that Tom Gores is coming to town on Monday. I wonder if some jobs are on the line in Aubrun Hills?
  • Fun game to watch, but I assumed it would have been easier to beat this Bobcats team. They do have Ben Gordon remember.
  • Bynumite with a double-double on the night off the bench for Detroit. Will had 10 assists and 15 points for the Pistons in 26:48 on the floor.
  • Solid nine points for rookie Khris Middleton.
  • A ton of great Pistons Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Brandon Knight with 19 on 6-of-9 shooting with seven boards.
  • Andre and Knight each turned the ball over five times. Detroit had 22 turnover on the night compared to just five the last game.
  • Drummond is just fun to watch, he truly is the future of this team. Andre finished with 15 points, nine boards and one blocked shot on the night.

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Andre Drummond Cartoon Quote“We’re starting to play with some poise, that’s a good sign for next year. We’re just using this as a stepping stone. We’re not going to play in the playoffs, so we’re just going to continue to get better and work as a team to get better for next season.” Via Pistons.com

  • Jerebko was fantastic again, leading the Pistons with 21 points of pure hustle. It’s a shame that for whatever reason he lost his spot in the rotation most of the season because he’s been contributing big time since he got his floor time back.
  • No Calderon.
  • Stuckey just 1-of-7 on the night.
  • Greg Monroe with 12 points, 4 assists and six boards for Detroit.
  • Fun game to watch and the team truly looked like they were enjoying playing this one.  The game truly meant nothing but this young team gave it 100 percent for 48 minutes.
  • Last home game on Monday against the Sixers.

The 24-50 #Pistons are back in action for the second game of a back-to-back, and a second game in four days against the 27-46 Raptors in Toronto.

  • The good:Jose Calderon is sure to get a nice homecoming from Raptor fans on his first trip back to Toronto after playing in a Raptors uniform for his entire NBA career before getting traded to the Pistons.
  • The bad: Though the Raptors aren’t a playoff contending team, they’re still playing better basketball than Detroit. It won’t be easy for Detroit, who is abysmal on the road and has lost 13 of their last 14 games.
  • The unknown: The status of both Jason Maxiell and Will Bynum.

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.

If you’re thinking of going to one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

The 24-47 #Pistons will be hosting the 24-44 Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good:The Tibmberwolves are just 8-27 on the road. Detroit could actually win two in a row tonight after dropping 10 of their last 11 games.
  • The bad: Will Bynum is out with a hand injury and despite practicing with the team, Andre Drummond will still be cheering on his team from the bench. The Pistons have lost four straight games to the Timberwolves.
  • The unknown: Can Detroit sign Jose Calderon this off-season?

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 one of the few remaining games at The Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.

The #Pistons probably would like a do-over after the thrashing they took Monday night on their home court. The 119-82 loss made it nine losses in a row, a season worst.

Key Points:

  • Sometimes we make good decisions and sometimes we make bad ones. I consider myself on the good side of that after deciding not to head out to the Palace Monday night. When you’re no actually there…you can turn off the madness.
  • This quote has applied for the Pistons as well as their fans for a little too long.

Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank: “The thing that we have to restore is pride in being a Piston.”

  • Deron Williams with a game high 31.
  • I know one of the contributing facts to the reason that Detroit can’t play defense is Andre Drummond’s absence, but if you have to rely on one person, a rookie at that, you’re in big trouble.
  • Jose Calderon played just eight minutes due to “flue like symptoms.” That diagnosis scares me when it comes to Pistons athletes. Poor Rip suffered from those same symptoms for almost an entire season. And doesn’t Rodney Stuckey get hit by that “bug” often?
  • This had to be one of the ugliest games I’ve seen in quite some time.
  • Lowlights via NBA.com

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  • Andre Drummond was at shootaround, but there is still no timetable on his return.
  • The Nets largest lead was 43.
  • Kim English with 10 points and Middletion with six.
  • Greg Monroe made all of his first half shots, but just one free throw in the second half. He finished with 17 points, seven boards and two blocked shots in 32 minutes on the floor. He also had another big turnover night with six.

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  • It’s sad because they don’t look like their tanking for a better lottery position, they’re just that bad.
  • Bynum led Detroit with 18 points off the bench with six assist in 29 minutes.
  • No need to relive this anymore, especially when Detroit faces Miami on Friday. If this one gave you nightmares, I’m almost afraid of what’s going to happen come Saturday morning.

Despite the 87-77 final score of the #Pistons loss to the Knicks Wednesday night they may have put up one of the biggest fights all season long. Detroit shorthanded with Greg Monroe, Charlie Villanueva, and of course Andre Drummond where without their head coach and playing a Knicks team that’s had their number for two straight seasons. A fantastic third quarter when they went on an 18-4 run to turn a 23-40 half time deficit into a 62-52 lead with just a few minutes left in the third. The Knicks fought back, and regained the lead in the fourth on a flurry of three’s and Detroit just couldn’t keep up in the last few minutes of the game.

Key Points:

  • Lawrence Frank out for the game tending to personal reasons. Jonas Jerebko gets his first start of the season. Coincidence?
  • Jerebko looked like the Jonas of old, playing scrappy, helping out on the defense and scoring 12 in 26 minutes on the floor.
  • Kyle Singler had a flurry of baskets to start the third quarter to help Detroit take the lead. He finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
  • If Jose Calderon resigns with Detroit he may fight Greg Monroe for the title of King of the Double-Doubles. Jose with 10 points and 16 assists on the night adding two steals on the night.
  • Give it up to Jason Maxiell who really had to do all the heavy lifting for Detroit will all their big men out. Jason did the best he could trying to corral Stoudemire, who scored 20 off the bench for the Knicks in limited minutes. Jason scored 14 points with nine boards and two blocked shots on the night in 37 minutes on the floor.

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  • Brandon Knight couldn’t hit a thing in the first half, but started dropping three’s after halftime. Knight led the Pistons with 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting going 4-of-8 from downtown.
  • The Knicks were without Carmelo Anthony.
  • JR Smith hit three killer three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help propel the Knicks.

knightBrandon Knight: “That’s kind of been the thing with New York. All the times that we’ve played them they’ve relied on 3-pointers. It got them back in the game tonight and it eventually pushed them over the hump.” Via Pistons.com

  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • A combined 44 points of the bench for the Stoudemire and Smith.
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  • Stuckey 0-of-5 shooting for 3 points in 26 minutes.
  • Nothing Bynumite about Will’s performance against the Knicks.
  • The Knicks had two 16-0 runs.
  • The Knicks haven’t lost a season series to Detroit since 2006-07.
  • 20 turnovers on the night for each team.
  • This was the first time Greg Monroe missed a game due to injury since he’s been in the NBA.
  • Dallas at the Palace Friday Night.

The #Pistons lost their third game in a row to the Hawks 114-109. Detroit, who were without Brandon Knight and Will Bynum didn’t have enough to take down the Hawks who were light’s out from downtown outscoring the Pistons from three-point range 42-9 and getting a career night out of Al Horford who put up 23 points and 22 boards.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons are now six and a half games back of The Bucks for the final playoff spot in the East.
  • Being down three key players in this one, the rest of the Pistons squad didn’t do enough to keep themselves in this game.
  • Rodney Stuckey, who needed to step up did. He led the Pistons with 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting with two assists, and five boards in 35 minutes on the floor.
  • I would love to have Al Horford in Detroit, he’s got to be one of the best kept secrets in the NBA. He quietly puts up numbers game in and game out. Horford became only the sixth player in the past decade to put up 20 points and 20 boards in a game.
  • Their fifth game in seven nights is no excuse, especially with the pathetic efforts against Indiana.
  • Jose with nine assists on the night for the Pistons, but just 3-of-11 from the floor with seven points and four turnovers.
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  • The rookies Khris Middleton and Kim English have been getting meaningful minutes of late and taking advantage of them. They’re not setting things a blaze, but they look good in spurts. English finished with a career high 10 points, while Middleton scored four.
  • Jonas Jerebko wants his job back as do so many Pistons fans do. Best night of the season for the little used Jerebko, who scored 21 on 9-of-12 shooting with six boards, three assists and a steal. I doubt this will change Frank’s mind, but he’s been doing some serious rotation juggling to try to figure out what works so who knows.

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  • Mr. Frank please teach this team how to guard the three-point line. Sincerely Pistons Fans
  • Monroe looked like he was going to have a huge night after finishing the first quarter with seven points, four boards a handful of assists and steals and a blocked shot. Greg didn’t have the game that Horford did, but no one can complain about 15 points, eight boards, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
  • A steal and finish with a dunk.

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jerebkoJonas Jerebko: “I feel like we’re a better defensive than we’ve been showing and we’ve got play harder,” Jerebko said. “We’ve got to come out and play harder in the first quarter and we’ve got to finish the game strong.” Via Pistons.com

  • Lets hope they can take down the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday.

The 22-36 #Pistons will try to get back on track after two disappointing losses at the hands of the Pacers when they host the 31-23 Atlanta Hawks Monday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The popcorn at the Palace, that’s about it.
  • The bad: The Pistons will be without Bynum who’s serving his one game suspension for the Tyler Hansbrough incident. The Hawks have won four of their last five games and are playing very well.
  • The unknown: Brandon Knight was in uniform Saturday night but did not play, no word yet on whether or not he’ll play.  If he doesn’t can Rodney Stuckey step up with both Will and Brandon out?

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 game Monday night, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES.