Indiana reaches a milestone…and so does Detroit

by | Mar 24, 2010 | 30 comments

The Pacers did a little more than just win a game last night at the Palace, they swept the season series from Detroit for the first time since their inception in the NBA.  It’s not like the Pacers are an eastern conference powerhouse, they are fighting for more lottery balls right along with the Pistons.  While the Pacers reached a milestone in team history,  Detroit has been breaking records of their own all season long.  It’s just too bad that the Pistons accomplishments aren’t ones to be proud of.

Final Score 98-83

  • Tayshaun Prince led the Piston with 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting with 9 boards, and 6 assists in 40 minutes on the floor.  When Prince has to play 40 minutes in a game that means relatively nothing, you know it’s been a long season.

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  • Serioulsy, what’s up with Rip Hamilton? Is he upset, or just playing that bad?  Rip was 3-for-12 for 9 points, playing just 20 minutes.
  • Someone tell my why Austin Daye got a DNP!  This is the time to develop him.
  • Kuester had enough of the refs in the third quarter, so much so he got tossed.
  • Will Bynum looked like he was going to have a great game, scoring 11 points, with 4 assists in the first half.  He didn’t return after the half, it seems as though a tumble into the stanchion took a little more out of them than anticipated.  Let’s hope he doing ok today.
  • Sadly to me Ben Gordon has been more of a disappointment than Charlie V.  I’m hoping it was just a fluke for both and that Pistons fans will see a turnaround as soon as the 2010-2011 season starts.
  • Highlights of the Game via

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  • I too am hoping the Pistons find their very own Danny Granger.
  • It’s been quite a season, one that we aren’t quite used to here in the D.  It’s sometimes hard to pinpoint the problems or get right down to the root of things.  That’s why I have some surprises in store for you coming soon.  Tonight I am interviewing long time Detroit Pistons beat writer Dana Gauruder.  Dana is a staple at the Palace, and  now doing the post game write ups over at  Dana and I are doing this one Podcast style, so if you have any questions you would like me to ask him about part, present or the future Pistons, leave them in the comment section of this post.


  1. The Fluidics

    Plus side, the lockerroom now sells some sweet Jonas gear.

  2. Jesse

    This was a really good loss, we jumped ahead of Philly and Sacramento in the lotto standings.

  3. Rashit Flawless (Russia)

    Great loss, let’s celebrate…

  4. The Fan

    One more step closer to Cousins.

  5. Drew

    Why would we want Cousins that badly?

  6. Drew

    No mention of Kwame’s 15 boards? Obviously, nobody is Kwame’s biggest fan, but credit should go where it’s due.

    • Natalie Sitto

      To be quite honest, I missed that entirely (got sick last night). I would have said something, in fact I like to give props to Kwame, because he actually tries.

  7. Jesse

    Kwame’s agent is his biggest fan. What can you say? This is the first time he’s broken double digits in rebounding all season….thats what he’s supposed to be here for.

  8. Jesse

    @ Drew, I can’t speak for everyone else, but I’ll tell you what I like about Cousins… His size, his frame and wingspan. He’s got good hands and isn’t a bad passer. He actually plays like a center and does his work down low. Good post moves, good not great rebounder. While I’ll admit that his attitude is a concern, he has gotten better at controling his temper over the course of the season. Don’t forget too he’s 19, some players just don’t get it until a little later in their career, who would have thought that Zach Randolph would turn it around? In Memphis no less?

  9. terry

    If not Cousins then Derrick Favors.

  10. Pistonsbaby01

    I’m starting to think the Pistons are purposely losing just so they get a better pick in the draft. And if that’s true, props to them!

  11. Keith

    I think Joe has a vision of a long athletic team which can cause matchup problems all over the court, and that’s why i would lean towards him taking Favours over Cousins if he was given the choice. I think that is why he brought in Charlie V and drafted Austin Daye but unfortunately it hasn’t worked exactly as planned yet.

  12. junior

    hasnt worked yet becuase we need that big guy down low that demands double teams (think orlando with howard and all the shooters surrounding him) once we have that there will always be 1 guy wide open. guess we can only wait and see. GO PISTONS

  13. The Fan

    Why would we not want a legitimate center? If we got cousins. Ben Wallace could show him the ropes next year. Think about that!

  14. Ahmed

    I think Al-Aminu as great size and im 80 percent sure the pistons are gonna pick him up in the draft

  15. edt

    Farouq Al-Aminu will be the second coming of kwame brown. When he gets the ball it looks like someone must have greased it, he drops it so much

  16. Tycoon

    If we lost it on purpose, why play Tay for 40mins and sit Daye? I think the entire team are not on the same page.

  17. Jesse

    We need to draft a big man that brings a skill we are lacking in, I don’t think Al-Aminu does that, seems like Maxiell all over again. I’d be ecstatic with either Favors or Cousins, satisfied with Aldrich or Monroe, upset with Patterson or Al-Aminu, haven’t seen enough of Whiteside to form an opinion, and I will abandon the franchise if they take Donatas Montiejuanas.


    The seasons over..they might as well throw all the rookies in the starting line up

  19. junior

    we cant trade rip right now deadline is up

  20. edt

    junior we arent looking back at february, we are looking at the first off season trade, which is sometime in early july, I think we agreed verbally to sign ben gordon on July 1st last year, the first day you are allowed to start talking to free agents and , and then officially signed a week or two later. The draft itself is in the last week of june, so basically it’s we draft cousins in june, and 1 week later, on July 1st Lebron makes his announcement that he’s moving to chicago (i bet that’s where he goes) or where-ever (the nicks still live in fantasy land and think they’ll get him) then on July 2nd, or even on July 1st afternoon, we agree to trade away rip & tayshaun to teams that lost the lebron sweepstakes.

    Now after all this happens we will still have problems

    to make Ben Gordon better, we could use Tayshaun’s contract to trade for a true point guard, maybe we could get Andre Miller from the 6-er’s, but that would still mean Ben Gordon would be playing from the bench as we would have a nice combo with Miller + Stuckey in the backourt with Maxiell, Jerebko and Cousins, and then our bench would be Ben Gordon, Bynum, and Charlie V.

    actually I think it’s unlikely that we will be able to keep Will the thrill. Too many teams will have too much money and Bynum has been great off the bench, able to fill in as starter and doesn’t have his feelings hurt when he has to go back on the bench. Bynum is gonna get a multi-million dollar offer and we just wont be able to match it. Can we match it if someone offers will $3 million a year?

    It’s a mess. We have a dozen shooting guards and small forwards, so every move we make needs to be in 3 positions, point guard, center and power foward. The problem is, when we make these moves, we are gonna put players now playing out of position on a regular basis with less minutes. They aren’t gonna like that.

    I haven’t mentioned ben wallace, because I see Ben Wallace getting 10 minutes or less next year. His function will be to teach the youngsters and then ramp up his minutes if we make the playoffs. He will be easy to retain because he never had success in chicago or cleveland.

  21. JJ

    @edt Andre Miller from the 6ers?

    Rip and Gordon most likely won’t be moved. Even if they are packaged with Prince, their contracts just aren’t worth it. Prince and Stuck are basically the best trade pieces available, and the best shot to land a quality big.

    At this point, why isn’t Ben Gordon starting? I know he’s playing really bad, but he’s gonna be on the team next season so why not force feed him minutes and see if he can find his early season form.

    Next season there should be a 3 guard rotation of Gordon, Rip, Stuck all playing around 30mins, unless we land Turner or Wall, then Stuck is most likely going to be traded. I’d prefer Turner over Wall, Turner just looks like he’d be a better face for the franchise. Plus I don’t like guys who wear sleeves unless they’re AI or Melo (that’s right Rip take yours off!!)

    Is there chance Charlie V can be traded for Gortat?

  22. dcavs

    I think the pistons are a great team – it’s just bad referees that are to blamed for the dismal 23-48 season.

  23. DCAVS

    The pistons are losing a lot of games this year but I think it’s just due to bad NBA referees that favor all the teams that detroit plays.

  24. edt

    jj the only reason i mentioned Andre Miller is that I know his contract expires this year and you can sign him to a 1 year contract. So Joe D could bring in another vet to help Ben Wallace teach our young team and be rid of him after Stuckey learns a bit more about how to run the point.

    Chauncey should never have been traded, because if Stuckey were able to play with billups he would be a lot further along now as a player. Every game we watch Stuckey have to learn by trial and error stuff he should be mentored in. So we can help stuckey by bringing in a true veteran point guard for 1 year, especially if Joe’s master plan is for Stuckey to be at point and Ben Gordon to be our shooting guard.

    As for why BG doesnt get more minutes it’s all about respect. An NBA coach needs to retain the respect of his players. If coach Q is fair, the players will respect him and play hard.

    One way for the players to quit on a coach is if they think he is playing favorites. So coach q puts Rip on the bench and plays Ben Gordon, even though Rip is playing great and Ben Gordon is playing terrible and the coach has a crisis of confidence. The way Q is playing this team right now is simple: Earn your minutes. Jerebko earned his starting position. It doesn’t matter how much you get paid, earn your minutes.

    Because of this, even though this is a horrible horrible season, Q is getting more respect from his players than curry did. Curry seemed to run his rotations at random.

    You can disagree with how Q is running the team, but there is more to an NBA team than running a player until he gets hot. A coach has to be able to sit down a player and have him respect the decision.

    Look, we all know Ben Gordon can shoot the lights out. He’s got a huge resume. But if Ben Gordon is half the player he is on his resume, he doesn’t need to be jump started like a rusted out truck. He should be able to play no matter how many minutes we give him.

  25. adam b

    Andre Miller plays for the Trailblazers and is signed until 2011-12 season, with the last year being a team option.

  26. The Fan

    The best thing to do would be to try and trade off Rip and Gordon, then sign Bynum. Let him run PG and Stuckey SG then pick up a guard in the draft and sign another guard FA for back ups to will and Stuckey.

    Draft Cousins hopefully if not get Favors. Let Wallace show him a thing or two next year about the center position and rebounding.

    And kick some ass.

  27. edt

    my bad, lol

  28. max

    Would anyone agree that we should draft with our pick in the 2nd round either Tyler Smith or Omar Samhan (if he is avalaible)? We should use our first round pick for either Cousins,Favors or Wes Johnson.


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