Pistons Lose a Heartbreaker in Chicago

by | Jan 24, 2013 | 8 comments


The #Pistons lost in heartbreaking fashion Wednesday night at the United Center. After domination most of the game, things got sticky in the fourth quarter. Detroit lost a 17 point lead, then came back after the Bulls took a six point lead.

You can say it came down to this play, but had the Pistons not buckled in the fourth quarter they could have finally beat the Bulls. You be the judge on whether Noah stepped out of bound when he saved it.
Via NBA.com
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Greg Monroe: “We had control of the game and it’s another one of those games where we lost control in the fourth quarter, but still, there were a lot of plays I could have made before that. We wouldn’t have been in the predicament we were. It’s definitely a tough loss. We were in position to win, but I think this game, the opportunities we had earlier in the game to make the deficit even bigger for them kind of came back to haunt us.” via Pistons.com

  • That’s 17 in a row that the Bulls have beaten the Pistons.
  • Before the fourth quarter started and the Pistons amassed their lead, the Bulls had to call a timeout to stop the bleeding after a Brandon Knight layup. The joy on the Pistons faces was something I haven’t seen from this team. They looked like they were having a blast taking it to the Bulls. Now they just need to remember that feeling and strive for it for 48 minutes.
  • It was a tough game to watch and I’m sure a tougher one if you’re a Piston. The United Center was packed, the Pistons had the Bulls where they wanted them. I know it’s the players on the court, but Frank needs do something when they start sliding. It was clear that they had everything they needed for a decisive win and that’s the coaches job to get them there.
  • Give credit to the Bulls for coming back on the back of Nate Robinson who played great, but to be quite honest I’m pretty tired of his antics. Call me when you win a Championship Nate, not a dunk contest.
    Rodney Stuckey had one of those nights, he finished with 11 on 5-of-16 shooting with three turnovers.

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  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 13 points and two boards and a really sweet blocked shot on Kirk Hinrich. Just two turnover on the night for Brandon, which is a good sign.
  • Greg Monroe 4-of-13 shooting for nine points and six assists. Greg I love ya but you’re almost seven feet tall…dunk the basketball.
  • Speaking of dunking, Andre Drummond is currently 6th in the league with 68, adding three against the Bulls. He finished the game with eight points, seven boards, a steal and a blocked shot. To me it’s quite clear he’s been the best player on this team, per minute in the last few months.
  • Another great game from Kyle Singler who scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
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  • Friday night against the Heat in Miami.


  1. edt

    that was an amazing play by Noah I dont know if he was out or not but he deserved the call for the hustle . . .

    Which reminds me is Jerebko in Sweden ? Haven’t seen him.

  2. greg

    I actually thought Noah was not quite out. But after Belinelli’s heroics against Boston a few days ago, I woulda thought someone whould have been watching him. as much as Bynum is a Thrill, his ill advised wild drive into four defenders at the start of 4Q was what started it downhill I think. and yes Robinson’s antics are kinda annoying sometimes


    LOL Nat. Greg looks like he doesn’t like to jump. Either hes trying to save is knees or He is afraid of heights.

    In Orlando and I will be attending the game on Suday. Do you know where I could get some good seats for Cheap. (smile)

    • Natalie Sitto

      Tiffany, not sure what ticket are going for in Orlando but I always check stub-hub for last minute seats in Detroit.

      Also try this link!

      Have fun let us know how the game goes.

      • jon

        I am going to the game sunday as well. Can’t wait to see the pistons again. Haven’t been able to see them in 3 years. I got seats cheap at stub hub, got 9th row in 109 for $40

  4. Corey

    Frustrating! The Pistons have been fun to watch lately, but that was heartbreaking last night. The Pistons are typically in every game, but either side tends to have a double-digit lead at some point. It’s a dangerous yo-yo tendency and they got caught with it last night.

    My frustration was with Greg Monroe. Someone has stepped up lately in all their wins and Monroe has been “consistent”. Last night we couldn’t find the spark plug (a la Nate Robinson for the Bulls) and I think Greg needed to exert himself more. He officially took 4 shots in the 2nd half, making 1. He attempted his last shot at 8:17 of the 4th quarter. At that point, we still had the lead.

    What we needed was some composure, easy shots or free throws. That could have settled things down to get us back in a rhythm and withstand the Robinson storm.

  5. Tycoon

    We didnt have either CV, Daye or Singler on the last play. Did Frank gave up after Noah’s last effort?

  6. DeboToledo

    This game, as well as the entire Pistons downfall came down to Rodney Stuckey. He is poison to this team. The on-ball, and off-ball movement stops immediately with him. Tucking the ball like a running back and barreling to the basket, hoping for a call, is his ONLY move. Frank leaving him in the game while that entire slide happened is the sole reason this game was lost. Investing in Stuckey like he was a main piece of this team going forward after we traded Billups was THE BIGGEST MISTAKE JOE DUMARS HAS EVER MADE. Frank is the only one who can reduce his role on the team, and until we do, don’t expect much. What has been our biggest asset lately? Our second unit perfecting the pick and roll. Spread the floor with shooters, take the open option (Drummond dunk, Daye/Villanueva 3pt, Bynum finish). Frank gave this game up and it’s inexcusable.



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