Pistons still arent’ jazzed about playing in Utah

by | Mar 13, 2012 | 10 comments

Whatever voodoo that the Jazz have over the Pistons hasn’t worn off. Utah beat the Pistons 105-90 Monday night to make it nine in a row at home over Detroit.

Key Points:

  • Utah’s Al Jefferson, who missed the morning shoot around after the news of his Grandmothers death, led the Jazz with 33 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 14-for-18, and made six of his last seven shots. He also did a number on Greg Monroe, limiting his effectiveness.
  • The score doesn’t really tell the tale of this one, in fact the Pistons had a good chance to pick this game up. The lead changes hands nine times and was tied 15. And with 5 minutes left in the fourth the game was tied at 87.
  • Utah closed the game on a 16-2 run.
  • The Jazz, who are last in the league in three point shooting, made seven in the second half alone.

Ben Wallace: “Just one of those places. It’s just tough to play here. No matter who they put on the floor, once they step in this building they become gritty and grimy. Whoever puts that Utah uniform on, it doesn’t matter what they did before.”

  • Rodney was well…Stucktacular again. He put up 29 and he’s scored at least 20 points in five of his last six games. He also padded his stat sheet with seven assists and four rebounds against the Jazz, both of which were better than his season averages. He shot 10-for-17.
  • From solid defense Saturday night to minimal on Monday.  The Pistons allowed Utah to shoot 60 percent in the first half and 54 for the game.
  • Brandon Knight shot 4-for-12 and scored 11 points in 31 minutes. He missed six of seven shots during a stretch in the first half. Not a stellar night for Knight, who also had 4 turnovers.
  • The Pistons are now 3-16 away from the Palace and haven’t won at Utah since Nov. 6, 2002.
  • Four Pistons in double figures.
  • The Pistons +/- was all minus for Detroit.

Highlights via NBA.com
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  • Detroit lost the board war 29-3.
  • Wouldn’t Paul Millsap look good in a Pistons uniform?
  • Jason Maxiell with three blocks on the night.
  • Back to work Wednesday night in Sacramento.


  1. edt

    only 3 games out of the 8th place playoff slot

    • Pistons4ever (Germany)

      And I believe they can make it if they keep on playing like they’re playing lately!

      • edt

        first team to make the playoffs and draft the #1 pick in the same year?


        • edt

          of course if you make the playoffs you dont get a #1 draft pick. . . but I would choose playoffs any day over a longshot at the #1

  2. daddy

    just to add insult big al hits a 3 at the end

    • edt

      let big al go, his grandmum died the day before. I’m glad he had a big game.

  3. J'Quez Powell

    Al Jefferson would be a perfect fit in Detroit, we could do a three-team trade with the Cavaliers, giving up Ben Gordon, since Cleveland desperately needs a good shooting guard, we give up an extra player, and a draft pick (I really wouldn’t want to do that), we could have a good quality trade.

    • Tycoon

      I like the idea but I’m afraid other teams would demand for Knight or Moose.

  4. Drew

    We only got 3 rebounds? Ouch. Also, “padding stats” implies that one added points and stuff during garbage time, which wasn’t the case with Stuckey. Al Jefferson, if anything, padded his stats with that 3.

  5. Julian

    Bynum, CV31 and Daye did not play in Utah but watched from the doghouse instead since it was a close game.
    That is over $12 million/yr of salary watching from the bench.
    Gore has to be pulling his hair out that he is paying so much for little or no contribution. If I were him I would do whatever I could to get ride of these guys after the season is completed.


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