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    Game 16: Phoenix Suns @ Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, 11/28/2012 5:30 PM MST / 7:30 EST

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    Location:The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
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    Brandon Knight - Rodney Stuckey - Tayshaun Prince - Jason Maxiell - Greg Monroe








    Goran Dragic - Shannon Brown - Michael Beasley - Markieff Morris - Marcin Gortat


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    The Detroit Pistons dug themselves an early hole this season as they struggled on the road.

    Detroit still has a ways to go to reach the break-even point, but it's heading in the right direction by taking care of business at Auburn Hills.

    The Pistons look to push their home winning streak to four -- and post their first set of back-to-back victories this season -- on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.

    Starting with a 92-89 loss to the Suns (7-8) on Nov. 2, Detroit (4-11) dropped six straight on the road during its franchise-worst 0-8 start.

    The Pistons, though, are one game above .500 since then after snapping a 12-game skid to Western Conference teams with Monday's 108-101 victory over Portland.

    Detroit last won four straight at home from Feb. 29-March 10.

    "When teams come here, they have to know that they're going to be in for a fight and know they're going to have to play close to a perfect game to get out of here with a win," point guard Brandon Knight told the Pistons' official website Monday after scoring a season-high 26 points with six assists.

    The Suns had their five-game winning streak in this series snapped in their last visit to Auburn Hills, a 75-74 loss on Jan. 22, 2011. Prior to that contest, Phoenix was 62-0 all-time when it had allowed fewer than 80 points.

    Led by point guard Goran Dragic's 19 points and seven assists, the Suns improved their record to 70-1 in such contests on Tuesday, defeating Cleveland 91-78 to improve to 1-1 on a season-high six-game trip.

    It was the fewest points allowed this season by Phoenix, which entered the contest giving up league-high 103.3 per game.

    "We're not the best team in the West, but we can play better and we can come home above .500," swingman Jared Dudley said after the Suns scored the final 14 points of the third quarter en route to its third win in four games.

    A win would move the Suns back to .500 for the first time in more than two weeks, but slowing down the Pistons could be a challenge if Detroit spreads the ball around like it did on Monday. Seven players scored in double figures and eight had at least two assists in the team's highest scoring game of 2012-13.

    "We had four possessions that resulted in a score where all five guys touched the ball," coach Lawrence Frank said. "To have seven guys in double figures and to have a bunch of guys with multiple assists, that's great."

    Frank couldn't be more pleased with the play of rookie guard Kyle Singler, who is averaging 12.0 points and 3.7 rebounds while starting each game since the 0-8 start. The former Duke star recorded his first double-double on Monday, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block.

    "Kyle, I thought, was outstanding, playing a very, very complete game," Frank said. "Defensively, he was very, very solid -- ran the floor extremely well, passed the ball well, rebounding."

    Pistons center Greg Monroe, who is averaging 19.7 points and 11.3 boards during the home surge, had 10 points and six rebounds on Nov. 2.

    Suns center Marcin Gortat scored 16 points and grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds in that contest, and Dragic added 15 points and 10 assists to help Phoenix win for the seventh time in eight matchups with Detroit.

    Source: ESPN

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    I have a feeling Drummond is going to go off on us in this one. Luckily, for some reason, he's not getting a lot of minutes but he'll kill us when he's on the court.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntey View Post
    I have a feeling Drummond is going to go off on us in this one. Luckily, for some reason, he's not getting a lot of minutes but he'll kill us when he's on the court.

    Oh ye of lil faith! 8-)

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    I know it wasn't really his fault but Gortat has been slow with his decision making tonight.

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    The 3 ball has been keeping us in the game.

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    [QUOTE=king4day;24497667]I know it wasn't really his fault but Gortat has been slow with his decision making tonight.

    very true. i even prefer oneal's play over gortat at this point, did you notice how intimidating he is inside? if he can't block it, he can alter a player's shot -- he used to be a shotblocking demon in his heyday. i actually called it one of the few fans here who didn't raise an uproar when we signed him, remember there even was a whole thread created condemning his signing? now he's outplaying gortat.

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    Dudley just got wrecked. How was there no foul call?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky4104 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by king4day View Post
    I know it wasn't really his fault but Gortat has been slow with his decision making tonight.
    very true. i even prefer oneal's play over gortat at this point, did you notice how intimidating he is inside? if he can't block it, he can alter a player's shot -- he used to be a shotblocking demon in his heyday. i actually called it one of the few fans here who didn't raise an uproar when we signed him, remember there even was a whole thread created condemning his signing? now he's outplaying gortat.
    That's partially why I would be OK dealing Gortat. But I could see us trading O'Neal if we fall out of it. He could bring us something valuable.
    Last edited by king4day; 11-28-2012 at 09:14 PM.

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    Gortat is trash. I was one of his biggest fans when we first signed him but he has proven that he's nothing without Nash.

    Its funny that he decline the contract extension. Because I'm pretty sure the next offer he's gonna get is going to be much lower than the one he declined.

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    I hope our bench is cleared to start the 4th. Let's get a good dose of Marshall and Wes

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    This is why I would like to see Gentry fired. Too many times the Suns come out flat. We come out unprepared and that is the HC's fault.

    And please don't try to give me some BS about how the Pistons are way more talented that the Suns. Their not.

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    Your notion about how its the HC's fault is incorrect.
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    Marshall for 3!
    Ugly shot but he finally made a basket

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsfan88 View Post
    This is why I would like to see Gentry fired. Too many times the Suns come out flat. We come out unprepared and that is the HC's fault.

    And please don't try to give me some BS about how the Pistons are way more talented that the Suns. Their not.
    We're not a very good team. We're also on the second night of a back to back on the road. The pattern is there. We stayed with them through the half, now we're tired and they are blowing us out of the water. We did the same thing last night to the Cavs

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    Idk if its just me but i feel like our team chemistry is off.

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