The 17-32 Pistons will host the 15-35 New Jersey Nets Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Nets have lost 11 straight on the road and seven in a row at The Palace. The Pistons are on their own 5 game skid with the last lost against the Bobcats Wednesday night being extra brutal for Detroit.
The good: The Pistons have not lost at home to the Nets since March 26, 2006.
The bad: Brooke Lopez
The drama: Tayshaun says this is a wasted season…but Kuester disagrees.
The “flu” drama: Nobody knows if Rip will ever recover from this devastating illness….our prayers go out to him.
- Jason Maxiell (sore back) is out.
- Rodney Stuckey (right shoulder contusion) doubtful.
The Scouting Report via Pistons.com
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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.
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NAT i saw you on the social media vid on the pistons site! Looking good with Jonas! A little Need4Swede!
The Bynum crossover and that Tmac dunk.
Nice article on the wasted season… it hurts but its true. I loved what Bynumite said: “Detroit is used to win, and to be 15 or 16 games above .500 not below”
Congrats to Monroe!
sadly, his awesome effort is going to be overshadowed by Rip’s ‘deactivation’. This suggests to me that there are MUCH deeper things in play. Ben Wallace was interviewed and said that he has a good idea why this is going on, and that it is personal.
I don’t doubt that Kuester originally removed him from the rotation in an attempt to find a winning combination, but something appears to have gone sour fast and it is now irreparable. Sad. Its hard to give an opinion on something that is obviously being played out behind closed doors.
Just want it to go away…
pistons played like crap but we showed when the pistons have a bad night they can still beat one of the worst teams in the nba. avery johnson is only now starting to understand it doesn’t matter how many diagrams you draw, if your players are soft as cupcakes, you aren’t gonna win despite the fact that coach is a genuine defensive genius. You can’t polish a turd how matter how much you try. Seeing avery go down with the ship the same way that brook lopezes rebounding is plummeting makes me smile, never liked that pompous little napoleon.
I’m glad rip hamilton is gone from the D, inactive and won’t be seen again until he gets a buyout, because honestly we can’t afford to give him minutes when we are clearly in full on rebuild mode and he is NOT providing the veteran leadership we desparately need. Thanks to t-mac we do have a leader who shows the youngsters what it means to play. None of this passive aggressive crap, just play hard, play with confidence, and even on the darkest day, hope and believe.
“these are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. ”
thomas paine, 1776
Q is in a holding pattern, he’s gonna get fired, Rip is in a holding pattern, he’s gonna get a buyout, Prince is in a holding pattern, he’s gonna get traded for his expiring contract, but there is one player who is not holding pat, and that’s the moose, he is on the loose galloping over the over rookies.
Joe D you done made a good pick with this Greg Monroe. I remember how he looked awful in the summer, looked awful the first 2 or 3 games, but he has learned the pro game like no other rookie. Remember how he could never finish at the basket, how he had difficulty defending with the fast nba pace, how he didn’t understand the low post, he fixed all these problems in just 4 months, and is still getting better.