More than just a Knick, that was a deep gash

by | Jan 8, 2012 | 13 comments

The Pistons got pummeled Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 103-80 in what may have been one of the worst showings by a Pistons team that I witnessed since the dreaded teal years.

Key Points:

  • It was actually 25-24 after the first quarter.  I left my seat for five minutes and the Knicks had already started the beat down.  They blew the score wide open in about a three minutes span going on a 16-0 run.
  • New York outscored the Pistons 39 to 18 in the second quarter and 22-to-15 in the third.
  • The dunks and open look shots the Knicks put up on the Pistons were demoralizing.  Every time it happened the Palace crowd gave an awe in unison.
  • At one point this team was shooting about 27% from the floor.  They finished shooting 37%.
  • This little stat was just really a first quarter thing.  The game was tied 7 times with 5 lead changes.
  • I think I saw “angry” Lawrence Frank more time than I wanted to last night.
  • Careless with the ball. A disgusting 20 turnovers.
  • Brandon Knight, who started again in place or Rodney Stuckey,  led the Pistons with 19 points, 6 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals. The kid is good and has a very bright future, but he needs work.  Knight launched 13 3-point shots and didn’t get to the foul line.
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  • Austin Daye in street clothes, though the score might have been worse if he had played.
  • Murdered on the boards, that was one reason the Knicks were able to build their massive lead.
  • Shame on this team for letting Mike Bibby kill them from downtown.  He’s almost as old as Lawrence Frank.
  • Greg Monroe with 15 points and 5 boards.
  • When the team has to count on Jason Maxiell and Damian Wilkins, there is serious trouble. No disrespect to either of them but Tayshaun and others need to start producing.
  • Want to talk about Turrrrable…Ben Gordon committed 9 of Detroit’s turnovers and was 5-for-12 with 12 points. His shot selection is suspect.
  • Jonas and Prince were both 1-for-6.
  • BTW in the official box score Charlie V is a DNP because of a sore right ankle.  Did he catch that from Daye?
  • Highlights of the game via

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  • 50 points in the paint for the Knicks.
  • The game was getting so out of hand that my math skills + a drink wasn’t allowing me to keep up with the deficit.  The Knicks led by as much as 30 in this one.

Lawrence Frank: “This is not representative of who we want to be. We all have to own it. This is going to be a long season, so what we have to do is figure out all the things that are going to be part of the solution.”

  • I can’t really spin any positives on this one, especially since the loudest roar I’ve heard at the Palace in quite some time was when they showed that the Lions had scored their first touchdown.


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  2. Bellllissimo

    theres always a positive, every time we lose its another chance for Joe Dumars to see who wants to be here. AND more lottery balls

    i’m usually one loving defense, but i would at least like to see SOME highlight plays when we delivering them.

  3. pistonsfan101

    Just realized Gordon only had 3 points after the first quarter. WOW

  4. Lori

    Only positive thing I can say is I loved the title of this! ” More than just a Knick…” That was an outrageously pathetic game. Hurt to watch it.

  5. Richard

    Lets just make it to the top spot in the lottery an don’t Darko it up and grab the right person for the team.. Need a serious superstar now..

  6. Leonelreo

    Don’t think about who can be chosen by Dumars. Let’s dream about someone kicking Joe in the ass. That could be the first step in a real rebuilding.

  7. gordbrown

    Proves once again that Rodney Stuckey is the most important player on the team. That wasn’t the case last year, because McGrady was (most nights) more than capable of providing the same thing. But no Stuckey, no chance to win. Of course, that’s the point of the “start-Knight-now” club. To lose and get lottery balls. I will never ever subscribe to that, and frankly I think it is good to have Stuckey to protect Knight. Helps his development more to be in games the team has a chance to win. Anybody can learn to hoist threes in garbage time. Not a skill that helps frankly.

    • Ratski26

      I agree that Stuckey is important to the Pistons.

      But being the most important player on a losing team doesn’t make Stuckey a good player. Stuckey needs the development too, not just Knight. Last time I checked, Stuckey is 25 and the only mentor he ever had was a brief Chauncy Billups.

      Sorry, not a Stuckey fan either.

  8. sunny

    Looked a the schedule… hard to see them winning another game this month.

    • Tycoon

      I was checking for Washington. We need to play them 8 times.

  9. daddy

    well its hard to have d or even get boards when your guards let ppl just walk in the paint. the moose cant help on d and get boards too. hopefully we can get some trades going and acquire some assets and move forward. we still have to time to mix it up. teams will be desperate to dump people or move assests for cheap while trying to chase the ship.

  10. Hawkman42

    The Pistons are struggling, but they are still the team that represents this city, and this state. I am going to stick by them and be a fan, but it is getting hard to watch when they are not only getting outscored but out hustled as well. Ben Wallace is in his upper 30s but he brings a spark every time he is on the court, Greg Monroe is getting a solid 15 and 7 a night, and when Ben Gordon is on, he cannot be stopped. Other players such as Jerebko, Prince, Rodney, and Knight can help Greatly as well.That Game against the magic was sensational. They Played as a true TEAM. Stop the individualism, and start playing Pistons basketball. Start playing Team Basketball.

  11. pistonsfan101

    I think Pistons will be okay. So far, they’ve had one of the toughest schedule in the NBA. The only non-playoff team they’ve played is the Cavs. Pistons schedule is going to be easier in February. They’re playing the Nets 3 times in a 5 game stretch.

    Let’s go Pistons!


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