Oh…no Canada – Pistons lose to the Raptors

by | Feb 22, 2012 | 21 comments

The Raptors snapped a four game skid beating the Pistons 103-93 inToronto.  The Raptors built a 23 point lead early in the fourth quarter before a cheap shot flagrant foul from Toronto’s Jerryd Bayless set off Greg Monroe and got the Pistons within nine with under five mints to go.

Despite the fourth quarter surge the Pistons go into the All Star break losers of two straight.

Key Points:

  • Greg Monroe with a heck of a game.  Greg led the Pistons with 30 points, 14 boards, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots and a steal.  Not only did he get the Pistons back in the game, but he never stopped fighting, even when the game was close to being out of reach with seconds left.
Greg Monroe with 30 points and 15 boards in Toronto
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 Greg Monroe on the flagrant: “I think it was overboard – I don’t think it was borderline at all,” he said of Bayless. “I think it was pretty obvious. They made the right call. … I was already fired up. We just didn’t play well. I don’t know what was going on. I know we can play better than that. They just came out and wanted to win more than us.”

  • Stuckey played just 18 mints going 0-for-2, did he take his “vacation” before this game started?
  • It’s very rare to come back from a 22 point deficit.
  • Toronto shot 53 percent and beat the Pistons on the glass, 47-37.
  • Walker Russell in the game when it counted. Lawrence Frank kept the guys in that got them back there.
  • How do you know that you have done something really bad or nothing at all? When Wilkins is in the game instead of you when he has the stomach flu.
  • Props to Damion for going out there and giving it his all after vomiting all day and right up to tip-off.
  • Austin Daye a DNP.
  • I still have love for Amir Johnson.
  • Six Raptors in double figures.
  • T Prince 6-for-16 for 14 points, a steal, 2 assists and 7 boards.
  • DeRozan…DeDeadly
  • 18th double-double of the season for Moose.
  • Brandon Knight with 16 points, 3 assists and 2 boards in 36 minutes. Did I mention zero turnovers?
  • Ben Gordon, I still don’t know what or who he is.  3-for-6 for 6 points and a -17 in the box.
  • Jonas Jerebko fouled out with 5 minutes left in the game after playing just 18 minutes.  Jonas finished with 8 points and 3 boards.
  • Jason Maxiell started the game hot, but cooled off a bit.  Jason finished with 12 points, 2 blocked shots, 2 assists and 5 boards.
  • Will Bynum stayed in Detroit for personal reasons.
  • Two very winnable games that resulted in losses.  Let’s see what the second half of the season brings.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Don’t forget to watch Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight on Friday night in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.



  1. terry

    I want to see more assist from our point guard,but Overall a good loss for detroit.

  2. Julian

    Another healthy scratch for Austin. Wilkins is now second on the depth chart behind Tay.
    Lawrence has NO confidence in Daye at all nor should he, the way he has performed when he did get minutes. It does not matter when u are drafted only how you can play.

  3. edt

    the most reliable stat for the small forward position is probably hollinger’s player efficiency rating. In the entire nba the worst player is Rasual Butler, Jason Kapono is 2nd, Ryan Gomes 3rd, Outlaw 4th, Shawne Williams 5th, Metta World Peace 6th.

    At 7th is Damien Wilkins. at 9th is Austin Daye and at 27th is Tayshaun Prince.

    We suck at small forward, top to bottom.

    By the way Greg Monroe is now #3 on the Per for centers. Behind only Dwight Howard and Al Jefferson.

    Walker Russell is also terrible, no matter how much people love a good story doesn’t make him a baller.

    Jerebko is servicable at small forward, but can’t start due to the way he plays, he plays as an energy player, and picks up too many fouls to ever start in the NBA.

    Hard to believe that Joe D spent the past 3 or 4 years stacking us at the small forward position and they all suck. What can I say. Joe D went for quantity over quality.

  4. daddy

    bg do something. if you choose not to play d at least do something on offense. that means taking care of the rock and spreading the floor.

  5. Enoc (Mexico)

    How can our Pistons get wins over Boston, Orlando or Portland and not being able to pull one vs. the cavs and the raptors?? Great game 4 Moose and BK… half tank game for Tay but the others seemed to be out of the game since the beginig. What about Stuck? and BG? They never showed up in to the game.

    • Tycoon

      Relax, this is the 2nd game of back-to-back. We normally just collapse on this type of game, you have to like how we showed signs of coming back.

  6. Julian

    I do not see the Pistons involved in any trades this season because Moose and Knght are untouchable and the rest are overpaid for what they bring to the table.
    Russell will probably be gone next year.
    Hopefully Singler can start at SF position next year so that Tay can come off the bench. Both Wilkins and Daye should not be in the NBA.
    They really need a PF starter and a backup C for Moose next year since Big Ben and Maxiell will probably not be back. Who knows about CV and his ankle spurs.
    The only chance of getting better next year is getting lucky in the draft or by free agency after getting rid somebody from their large amount of dead weight by amensty (CV?).
    Joe has his work cut out for him. But it could be worse, Michael Jordan`s team has a winning percentage of 0.125% right now. Ouch. They could end up with the worse percentage ever in the history of the NBA.

    • edt

      Singler is a garbage/bench player for real madrid, in their last blowout where they beat the other team by like 20 or 30 points, Singler scored 4 points in 15 minutes.

      Unless he gets better, he’ll be useless next year in the NBA.

  7. Drew

    Did Stuckey get injured? Somebody put on their reporter’s hat and find out por favor.

    • Natalie Sitto

      No no injury he just decided to take off early for all star break. True Buffoonery

      • Drew

        Just ran out of gas I guess, smh. At least he didn’t chuck up too many missed shots in that case.

      • edt

        Right on there Nat. Taking off early for the all star break is tolerable in my book.

        • Jo-El

          I was wondering what happened to Stuck. Was following the game on espn and saw that he didn’t even reach 20mins. Hope this doesn’t start off another roller-coaster ride of buffoonery.

      • Benix86

        Nat, why would you not bullet a thing on Amir?? Do you not like the guy? Detroit all but gave up on him, he was like 17 years old when we drafted hes really come into a solid NBA power-forward. Just wondering if why you didnt post anything on him??

  8. edt


  9. rai_from_the_philippines

    “Greg Monroe with a heck of a game. Greg led the Pistons with 30 points, 14 boards, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots and a steal. Not only did he get the Pistons back in the game, but he never stopped fighting, even when the game was close to being out of reach with seconds left. ”

    Loved this point in the post. This is how a player truly bleeds Detroit Pistons red, white, and blue. The rest of the team (as well as us fans) should follow suit.

  10. Julian

    Singler stats for Real Madrid: 8 PG 4 RB 23 MPG
    He would be a decent backup to Tay next year and potentially become a starter in a couple of years. At least the guy can shoot compared to Daye and Wilkins who can`t hit the side of a barn with their shot. They need to go.
    Tayshaun is not a bad player when he is healthy and motivated.
    Plus we need one or two big men more we need a backup SF at this point in time.

    • edt

      take what singler is doing in real madrid and cut it in half. He’s not good. Can you imagine Jerebko playing for Real Madrid he would be Kevin Durant over there.

  11. J.G

    I guess we’ll have to ride out bg’s and cv’s contracts unless we can trade up in the draft and sell these guys on their expirable contracts.

  12. N1ck

    I’ll go with Julian on this one. Real Madrid is one of the top European teams and don’t go thinking it’s easy to play in Europe… That mistake has been done so often in recent years… I think the guy can shoot, he desreves a chance.

    No worries, the last two games have downed this euphoria a bit, we still suck, ladies and gentlemen. But Lawrence is doing a good job improving the team. Also, we have put some interesting young pieces together , hope we can put some more… Now finally, this “rebuilding” word is starting to make sense…

  13. N1ck

    Now we need a few good big men and what will be next year when Big Ben is gone an Maxiell starts asking another 5 million a year contract… :O



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