Pistons vs. Heat

by | Mar 22, 2009 | 51 comments

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The Pistons take on the 36-32 Miami Heat this afternoon at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Detroit will likely have Rodney Stuckey back, but Rip, Sheed and AI still have not solid date of return. Rip and Rasheed are expected back within a week, but there is no timetable for the return of Allen Iverson , who has missed Detroit’s last 12 games with a sore back. Call me a skeptic, but I’m still doubtful of his return to the team at all.

The Heat are now just 1 1/2 games up on sixth-place Philadelphia and two games ahead of seventh place Detroit 34-34.

Tip off is at 1:00 PM and will be broadcast Nationally on ABC. If you can’t catch the broadcast, listen locally on WDFN 1130 AM or trough your computer at NBA.com

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51 Comments

  1. The Fluidics

    Win or lose, I’ll still get to heckle Jermaine O’Neal, so only good will come from this. Lost my voice earlier this season vs Toronto.

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  2. nypistonsfan

    Get well soon Natalie, I’ve also been really doubtful about AI’s return at all. I am hoping I was wrong though, because we really need him to play if we want to beat Boston in a 7 game series. I hope when we get closer to playoff contention, he will see the light, take his roll and help us grab some ice.

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  3. iverson313

    rip sheed n ai r out fo a month they aint coming back in a week their gonna be back around da playoff time n shit lolz
    but ai he aint gonna be bak i think

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  4. piston_fan_from_slovenia

    this game is gonna be aired in my country live, I’ve been pumped up about this game for week now, it’s a big game, we need it…but all of the Pistons games they broadcasted in my country were on sundays and all of them I watched they lost, they need to get outta this sunday funk and get it together

    GO PISTONS!!!

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  5. Rodas_from_Portugal

    I´m gonna watch this one with a lot of hope. A win will definitly make a stand come playoff time. It will show just how good our bench really is. I still believe in the “switch”. And altough I´m not that in to Curry, I´ll bet he knows when it´s time to turn that “switch” on. If we grab that 5th spot, maybe, just maybe there will be a big show of DEE-TROIT BASKETBALL all the way to the finals.

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  6. I

    I MISS RIP!!! He needs to come back ASAP! He is soo fun to watch! and pistons better be ready and healthy for the playoffs…

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  7. european_pistons_fan

    Pistons are ahead by 4, now! I wonder whether they can hold on to the lead. Detroit’s 4th quarters are well-known…

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  8. Cbat

    VanGundy is a douche

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  9. Steve

    Go Pistons but does anyone know what’s up with Flo-Rida. I really came for that otherwise I’d be out golfing. Is he performing at the game? …when?
    It’s half-time here and no mention of his name yet 🙁

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  10. pistonsfan101

    lol yeah Cbat.. He is pretty harsh.. I wanna hear Stuckey respond to this..

    lol.. but Wade is KILLING us in the third right now.. :(.. better pick up the DEFENSE!

    Go DETROIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No Mason again! :'(

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  11. european_pistons_fan

    maxi blocks o’neal, yeah! But another lead squandered…

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  12. augustslady

    My take: they should just sit our best guys and let the chips fall where they may.
    The season is done anyway.
    Let the youngsters learn…
    Sorry antonio you would lose in the first round anyway!

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  13. nypistonsfan

    Outstanding game by both Dyess & Max! Great game by everyone else too, the winner was not as important as the fact that our bench played really well. I feel the ‘need4sheed’ and predict a win on Thursday vs the Lakers!

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  14. Nate

    Hardest thing to watch about the NBA…..superstars control the refs. Knock Wade down after a shot, automatic foul. Wade does the same, no call. On the other hand, Affalo needs to stop getting blocked on 3 point attempts. Cripes.

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  15. Nate

    Clutch shot! Over the washed up O’Neal.

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  16. Nate

    damn…..same ole story of the season. “Almost.”

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  17. Nate

    Curry gets ejected over frustration of his own bad play call. Why drive at Wade who’s been blocking stuckey and afflalo all game and has his way with the refs. Genius.

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  18. pistonsfan101

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! :@ :@ :@

    GOD I AM PISSED OFF!!!!!!!!!

    BULLSHITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!

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  19. Pistonsbaby01

    Dang it. Lol at the guy in the crowd telling Wade that was a foul. 🙂

    What the hell Curry?????

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  20. european_pistons_fan

    omg!!!!!!!! I knew it from the start.

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  21. KG

    YOUR ALL IDIOTS IT WAS A FOUL PLUS WHEN HE GOT THE BALL LOOK AT HIS FEET CLEARLY OUT OF BOUNDS FUCK THE NBA AND THE ASS CLOWNS THEY PUT ON THE FLOOR AND CALL REFS CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF US GETTING SCREWED OVER. IM CALLING THIS A PISTONS WIN IN MY MIND HEAT STOLE ONE AND LITERALLY STOLE IT.

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  22. CHAD

    Assassinate Curry.

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  23. XV

    Pistons got screwed.

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  24. nypistonsfan

    We needed to lose that game, now we’re 3 games behind them…

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  25. Avery Johnson

    lol notice how van gundy sed its nba basketball it wasnt a foul,
    he kind of shut up when wade kicked his legs out on stuckey earlier

    anyone else think dyess should of had the ball for the win

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  26. Nate

    why are you calling everyone idiots KG when nobody has said it wasnt’ a foul?

    It was a dumb play call. Wade always gets the ref advantage so why try to draw a foul on him by driving the smaller stuckey on him?

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  27. MichaeLondon

    Can’t believe Stuckey. That was the best play we could come up with in the end.

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  28. Mark

    The refs gave Miami the win. And I’m glad Curry got fired up about it. VanGundy was almost as annoying as Bill Walton and that’s saying a lot. Curry was trying the whole game to talk the refs into calling it fairly.

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  29. blamu2

    they gave oneal cylinder basket
    then afflalo fouled when shooting three, no free throws
    then wade fouls stuckey like 3 times, no call
    then wade steps out of bounds with the ball, no call

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  30. Nate

    yep, stuperstars control the whistles.

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  31. skip3

    Offensive Interference was undeniable. It can’t be argued like the fouls. But even Mark Jackson and Van Gundy try to make an excuse for it!

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  32. Avery Johnson

    i wake up 3.30 in the morning to watch this game basically conceding i would be screwed today for school, but still do it.
    and what does the nba do to me.
    bends me over and allows dwyane wade to prison rape me.
    how the hell does one dude get that many calls in the second half.
    you look at him thats contact enough for the zebras

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  33. pistonsfan32

    we had this game and the refs gave it away. it would have been nice for walter to have hit the game winning shot. The best part was how vangundy was like”I would not put Hermann in the game” and was bashing on him then suddenly walter hits that three. AHHHHHhhHHhh.. this is so frustrating. hopefully once the wounded come back they play as hard as the rest are now and then we will dominate come playoff time.

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  34. Richie

    Again, I thought the guys played a fantastic basketball. The officials officially took over the game. Touch fouls called for wade when Afflalo tapped his forearm for a fraction of a second and when he kicked Stuckey on his missed jumper. On the opposite end Wade hacks Afflalo on a three point jumper, pushing him into the crowd and it’s called a clean block. Wade hacks Stuckey, then passes the ball in from out of bounds and they call it a clean block and in bounds play. Unbelieveable that the refs would give away a game afainst a team missing 3 starters.

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  35. Franz

    Exaclty KG.

    There was more contact when Stuckey drove the lane as to the foul that was called on Afflalo when he literally touched Wade in the third quarter. Please explain that to me.
    Wade goes with his full body on Stuckey, no foul call, then it gets even better, he steps on the line with the ball in his hands.

    Man, it’s frusturating, I shouldn’t even have to write this.

    We should have beaten these guys by 10 points…

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  36. Mikey1215

    Are you kidding me??? The end of this game was ridiculous. Forget the no call on Afflalo…forget the insane ESPN announcing…forget leading the whole game…forget 3 starters(or 2 legit starters) on the bench…forget a double tech/ejection(finally showing some heart Curry)…Wade’s foot was on the line when he blocked (and fouled) on the shot. I DVR’d it 3 times. How can you miss that???

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  37. Avery Johnson

    why does the nba want dwyane wade to win mvp so much

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  38. altan

    damn,,,,,,

    at least michael curry has the balls to actually get two techs

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  39. piston_fan_from_slovenia

    we played hard, there was A LOT of bad calls, it comforts me that the we lost just because the refs stabed us in the back, but when I was watching the game and seeing with how much heart we played I thought to myself…Wade can’t kill us, but refs can

    GOD I AM PISSED OFF!!!!!!!!!

    BULLSHITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!

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  40. sadfsdfa

    nba is fake…. superstars rule it… i want iverson to come back so we can start gettin some calls.

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  41. Dre

    Quit whinin…. You guys lost to the better team today…. Refs call “touch fouls” ALL the time……… I thought the game was fair. Wade CAPPED THE MESS outta Aairon, and Haslem hit a clutch shot with 6 seconds left in the game…. and Curry CRUSHED yalls final hopes by opening and shutting his TRAP near the end of the game instead of using a time out he wouldve had. Heck, SHEED wouldve shown more composure in that game….. Quit being sore losers…….. HEAT4LIFE!!!!!!!!

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  42. Dre

    (Srry, but the Pistons are only my second team…. that last post was outta sheer fun. Cut me some slack……. Id rather NEITHER team had to lose today…. but that’s just how the game goes…….. Better luck next time.)
    Sincerely, Dre

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  43. pistonsfan32

    ok dre, you just need to stop talking
    you look more like an idiot every time you post

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  44. Rodas_from_Portugal

    Shut up Dre!

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  45. Susan

    I can’t fault Curry for his two techs late in the game. In fact, it kind of endeared him to me a bit. The calls in the second half were undoubtedly questionable and that last no-call Wade on Stuckey clinched the game for the Heat. I dvr-ed the game and replayed that four times; Wade was ALL OVER Stuckey and his foot was on the line. It had to have been frustrating for Curry to watch the refs lose the game for his team that fought hard with three primary players unable to play. It showed he cares if this team wins; something I’ve questioned this season.

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  46. blamu2

    I’m with Curry on this thing too. I mean WHO wouldn’t be pissed off? The game was lost anyway.

    And anyway. I’m happy they are on 7th spot. I want that Boston RIGHT NOW. What’s the point of getting Orlando in 1st round if we still gonna lose it in the ECF? Let’s see what Detroit is made of right away, can’t wait for Playoffs.

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  47. Amer ican Prince

    okay guys refs bite their whistles on last possessions unless it’s unbelievabley blatant. That’s fact. It was a foul but it wasn’t at the same time

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  48. Amer ican Prince

    blamu2 what? was that a joke? Matchups play a big part on who wins championships, and you wanna face boston?

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  49. blamu2

    It’s not a joke. We beat Orlando everytime. I don’t want to watch it again. I want to see us beating Boston. We gonna get Boston or Cleveland ANYWAY so they better learn to win with tough teams.

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