Houston…Rockets past Detroit

by | Feb 23, 2011 | 6 comments

Will Bynum Scores 21

With 24 games left in the season the Pistons  have to sense some urgency, especially after Tuesday night’s 108-100 loss to the Rockets.  Detroit, who started the game right, led by eight points after the first quarter, but made it an uphill battle the rest of the way.

Key Points:

  • Can someone, anyone, tell me WHY Greg Monroe didn’t play a minute in the fourth quarter? Monore had a solid double-double with 12 points and 12 boards but he sat the entire fourth quarter when the Pistons were fighting to get a much needed win.
Greg Monroe 12 points and 12 boards
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  • I’m not one to question coaching, but this year my head has been spinning with doubt.  ( I thought MC made me nuts!)
  • When you have the other teams best scorers (Scola and Martin) struggling to do much of anything and you’re hoping to make a push for a playoff spot, this is one game that becomes a must win.
  • The Rockets led most of the second half, thanks to a 14-3 run at the start of the third.
  • Tayshaun with just one point on the night didn’t help Detroit, but as solid as he’s been all season long I’m OK with a bad game here and there.  Battier was on him all night long.
  • I was lucky enough to sit courtside at the end of the Pistons bench (thanks to someone who’s a bigger deal than I am) and seeing Rip sitting behind the bench next to Terrico White in street clothes is just sad.  The look on his face says it all…someone do something.
  • Will Bynum was again a Pistons spark-plug.  He led the team with 21 points on 9-14 shooting with 6 assists in just 22 minutes.
  • Austin Daye missed a couple of wide open threes late in the fourth that could have gotten the Pistons right back in the game. Daye scored 9 on the night with 3 steals and 5 boards.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Houston got to the line and made them.  The Rockets were 26-for-28 from the line, while Detroit only made it there 15 times.
  • A five point and one board for Charlie Villanueva.
  • I talked to Jonas before the game…yes he is on Twitter! @JonasJerebko
  • Stuckey with 19, 2 assists and 3 boars but his +/- was -14. You can thank him for getting Detroit points in the paint. Stuck attacked the basket helping the Pistons outscored the Rockets 58-42 in the paint.
  • I was questioning the fourth quarter lineup four hours after the game.

Bynum:(On guard line-up in the fourth) “Nah, I don’t think it hurt defensively, they made shots, they made shots down the stretch when it counts. I don’t think it hurt defensively, if anything it helped.”

Kuester:(On small lineup in fourth quarter) “We felt we could attack, we could defend with that lineup still and it ended up that wasn’t the issue. The issue was we had gotten looks but we just couldn’t finish it. I had no problems with the adjustments and again we have to be smart going down into the stretch.”

  • Patrick Patterson with 20 points for Houston…come on!
  • The Pistons have got to win Wednesday night against the Pacers to gain some ground.
  • Trade deadline looming.
  • Every game counts starting yesterday.


  1. Gregory

    4th quater small line up? No rebounds (second change points), No block shots, No defense! Enough said. Bad move coach K.

  2. Erges

    Hey Nat, don’t you think that these ugly losses can help the Pistons more than wins? Even if they make the Playoffs, they will be on line for a first round sweep. They currently have the 7th worst record. Should they remain at that spot after the lottery they will have a shot at guys like Kanter, Valanciunas, Henson, and if God is a Pistons fan Williams and Sullinger too. Rebuilding on a hurry didn’t work. Let Tay walk away, have another so so season in 2011-12 while trying to move Rip’s and Maxiell’s (expiring) contracts. Big Ben could find a spot in the Front Office or even better, he can replace Kuester.

  3. Marcell

    I wish this ownership thing was settled. Don’t think much will change until it does

  4. Enoc (Mexico)

    Kuester making bad moves
    Rip (The best scorer on your team) sitting with a “groin injury”
    Your best big man is having a nice game and does not play a minute in the 4th

  5. Amer-ican Prince

    yeah this hurt, really wish we could of got this win. Houston just seems to have a good overall team from what i seen. Small ball doesnt work we know this from MC’s days. I personally never seen a difference between these two coaches, but then again blame joe d for putting a bad and incomplete roster together

    On another note new jersey just traded for deron williams. I wished joe d could of got him, but i guess hes too high on tracy and stuckey. I’d take deron over stuckey. We cant move rip or do anything but all these other teams always seem to get the players i want to play here while joe d is just sitting there twittling his thumbs.

  6. MrRockinWTB

    Kuester has to go!! Point Blank! We don’t improve til he’s gone!


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