Memphis over Detroit – It’s Colder in the Palace than Outside

by | Jan 21, 2012 | 8 comments

So much for 70’s night at the Palace as Memphis got the best of Detroit with a 98-81 win. On a night where Brandon Knight looked like the future of the team, no player did much else especially when the team turns the ball over a whopping 25 times.

Key Points:

  • They are Turrrrable.
  • Lawrence Frank with some very inspiring words to the ref had just about enough and picked up his first technical foul of the season.
  • Great third quarter from Detroit when it looked like they were going to claw back and make it a game when they got the deficit to just 7.
  • At one point the Grizz where shooting about 67% from the floor.  They finished at 57% by making some easy shots over all the Detroit turnovers.
  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 22 points on 6-for-18 shooting with 4 assists and 4 turnovers.  Extended learning minutes for Brandon with both Stuckey and Bynum in street clothes.
  • What is Jason Maxiell?  Flashes of great with a lot of mediocre  thrown in.  Got to give Max one thing though, the dude tries, and we usually get a nice highlight to talk about at least every three games.
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  • Walker Russell the 29 year old call up from the Mad Ants in his first ever NBA game did a nice job filling in for the Pistons despite the 3 turnovers. When he was at the line and made his first NBA point I whistled as loud as I could, and if you know me that’s piercing loud, and everyone looked at me like I was crazy. Got to give it up to him for sticking to his dream and finally getting there no matter how long it lasts.

Walker Russell Jr. woke up at 4:30 Friday morning in Sioux Falls, S.D., caught a flight to Chicago and another one to Detroit, spent the afternoon getting a crash course in the offense from Pistons coaches and then pulled on the uniform his father once wore for the team he grew up cheering. Via

  • To be quite honest, I barley payed attention to what was happening on court after about the third quarter, it was just that bad.
  • Prince with 14 on 5-for-13 shooting.
  • Why is Ben Wallace starting? To help Jonas not get deep in the hole with foul trouble.
  • Jonas with 9 points, 7 boards a steal and an assist.
  • Austin Daye with extend minutes (for him) and maybe the start to getting his mojo back. Daye finished with 9 points on 4-for-7 shooting with 2 assists, 3 boards, and 2 blocked shots.
  • The turnover situation is like watching a bad injury on court. Very cringe worthy.

Lawrence Frank on Turnovers: “(Definite problem) especially early on you see 11 turnovers for 18 points, only a third of their points were off turnovers. They had 32 points off of our 25 turnovers, those are back breaking because that’s the first pass of their fast break, those are really crippling.”

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  • A very quite double-double for Greg Monroe with 10 points, 13 boards and an assist.
  • Detroit scored 30 points at the half and if sure looked like they wouldn’t even hit the 70 mark on 70’s night.

Brandon Knight: “It’s still a very big learning process as to when to attack and when not to, how to position yourself when you’re driving,” he said. “As a rookie, it’s tough to get calls at certain times of the games. You’ve got to get completely killed to get a call sometimes. I’m just trying to be aggressive and stay positive no matter what the situation is – continue to attack, continue to try to life your teammates, continue to provide intensity, provide positive spirit for everybody.”


  1. Julian

    It is sad when a D league call up or the head coach getting his first technical is major news for an NBA team
    Maxiell is too short for his position and although he does have his good moments he will never be more than a bench player.
    Pistons need Stuck to win but the benefit of him being out is more playing time for our future star, Brandon Knight.
    I think Moose will get more double teams now when he gets the ball which means he will be less productive but will lead to more assists for him. He should still get his double doubles.
    Next game/ loss against Portland.
    Better luck next time.

  2. Julian

    Don`t look now but the latest Hollinger NBA power ranking on ESPN has our Pistons ranked dead last in the league this week.
    OMG, even worse the pathetic Wizards.
    Is it possible?
    Anthony Davis will look real good in a Pistons jersey at PF.

    • junior

      Davis is too skinny for the pros, we have daye already

    • Benjamin

      I dunno if we want a rookie big next year – huge learning curve (see Monroe last season).

      How about we shift Stuckey over to the 2 spot and see what we can get for Gordon – a tough rebounder w/an NBA body would do the trick. Maybe look at Utah – they need shooters and have too many capable bigs. And see if we can throw in Charlie V or Daye (although I like his length/shooting/potential).

      That’d open up our pick for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who plays classic Piston ball with great defense and hustle.

  3. Lori

    Cringe worthy is right. Glad this is a short season.

  4. Drew

    There’s a thing called talent; we don’t have it.

  5. Julian

    Anthony Davis is the consensus first or second pick in the draft.
    He is thin but he is 6` 10 with a great motor.
    His stats are impressive 14 PPG 10 RPG and he leads the nation in blocked shots at almost 5 BPG during his average 30 minutes per game.
    You bulk him up a bit and put him next to Moose and you instantly have better rebounding and defensive team.
    But this year almost any lottery pick can land you a quality big man so we don`t need the number 1 pick to hit the jackpot.


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