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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
11:29 PM - April 18, 2012. Written by lx Shepard xl
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Box Score
Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons
Nov 17, 20111ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Minnesota (1-1)814131752
Detroit (1-0)121216949
Minnesota Timberwolves
Ricky Rubio142-60-10-2230004
Wesley Johnson162-41-20-0120005
Michael Beasley166-81-10-01110013
Kevin Love143-81-20-0300007
Nikola Pekovic163-40-01-1700017
Derrick Williams64-40-00-0100108
Luke Ridnour52-40-02-2000006
J.J. Barea20-00-02-2000002
Darko Milicic30-00-00-0000000
Malcolm Lee50-10-00-0100010
Anthony Randolph40-00-00-0210000
Martell Webster40-00-00-0012010
TEAM TOTALS22/393/65/718831352
Detroit Pistons
Brandon Knight143-42-30-0240008
Rodney Stuckey144-70-00-0130018
Tayshaun Prince163-42-20-0210018
Jason Maxiell154-50-00-0720008
Greg Monroe141-50-01-2210213
Damien Wilkins51-21-10-0110003
Charlie Vilanueva61-20-10-0110002
Will Bynum71-10-00-0010012
Ben Wallace51-20-00-0101002
Austin DayeDNP
Jonas JerebkoDNP
TEAM TOTALS21/386/101.2181712549

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Michael Beasley (13 PTS, 1 STL, 6-8)
"Yo. That game was close man! I honestly thought we were out of it. But you know, our coach pulled us aside and was like "Hey guys, go out there and kick this teams ***. Last thing we need right now is to fall apart before our season even begins." I know that really pumped me up to win it in the 4th like we did. Hell yeah man."

PISTONS KEY PLAYER: Jason Maxiell (8 PTS, 7 REB, 4-5)
"We needed a leader today. Sure, we were all getting good lucks and scoring baskets, but we weren't lead by any one player. Without that leadership, we weren't sure who to go to when things started going south. I think that's a big reason why we gave up a 17 point run. No one stepped up and lead us to recover. A coach can only yell so much."

Lawrance Frank, Pistons Head Coach
"You know, it's always hard to lose close games. It's even harder when you're the better team the entire game. Giving up a 17-3 run in the fourth was completely uncalled for. I know my Pistons are better than that, and I'm going to make sure we practice every day so the rest of the guys know we're better than that."

For the entire game, Detroit looked like they were going to get the W. They were shooting 60% or better, getting all the right rebounds and steals, and really shutting down the Timberwolves. However, the 4th quater had to be played, and that's when Minnesota shined. They went on a huge run (17-3) and put themselves up by 9 points late in the game, a lead that would prove to be fatal for Detroit. Let's take a look at how the game went with some key points

The Stat-Line
  • I don't care how well you played the first 3 quaters. If you give up a 17-3 run in the 4th, you'll probably lose.
  • Pistons managed to shoot a fantastic 60% from deep.
  • 17 assists for Detroit proved to be for nothing.
  • 5 fouls against Detroit. Even at home, the whistle can't stop blowing.
  • Timberwolves really pounded it inside, scoring 30 in the paint.
  • Pistons really dominated from mid-range all game long.
  • Detroit shows they can really run the break. 20 points coming on fast breaks.

The Pistons
  • Everyone did very average today. 4 players scored 8 points. No one stepped up on offense.
  • Maxiell earns his first "key player" of the season, snaggin 7 rebounds and 8 points.
  • Prince shot a lot better from three today, hitting both attempts.
  • Stuckey started slow, but managed to bounce back and ended up with 8 points and 3 assists.
  • Ben Gordon, fumbling so far this season, missed 2 straight three point attempts that could've put Detroit within tying range in the 4th. With a performance like today, I'm not sure how many ending moment looks Gordon will get.
  • Another disapointing game for Greg Monroe. Only scoring 3 points and 2 rebounds in 14 minutes. 1-5 shooting. However, he can hang his hat on 2 blocks.

The Timberwolves
  • Michael Beasley leads his team to a win and gets "Player of the Game" with 13 points, 1 steal, and 6-8 shooting.
  • Another 100% shooter against the Pistons. Williams hit 4-4 and earned 8 points.
  • Pekovic is proving he is a powerful center in the NBA. Scoring 7 pints, 7 rebounds, and 3-4 shooting in the paint.
  • Despite an average performance from Love, the Twolves win. Love with only 7 points, 3 revounds, and 3-8 shooting.
  • Ricky Rubio continues his offensive struggles. Missing both free throws, and only 2-6 shooting for 4 points.


Next Game:

November 21, 2011 at 6:00pm

Immediately following the game, news from BlogABull.com (Chicago Bull Fan Forum) stated that GM Shepard has placed Ben Gordon on the trading block, looking for a solid SG or PF to replace the ex-bull and possibly soon to be ex-Piston

Ben Gordon (SG, 74 OVR) has been placed on the Trading Block

Jon Shepard, Pistons GM
"I won't deny the availability of Ben Gordon in the trading market. However, that doesn't mean I'm willing to let him go without a fight."
Dynasty: lx Shepard xl
10:29 PM - April 18, 2012. Written by kodiak

Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees
Apr 14, 2012123456789RHE
Los Angeles (5-3)0012100015140
New York (4-4)0000003003100
W: Wilson(1-0) L: Hughes(1-1) S: Walden(3)
Scoring Summary
LAA3Callaspo homer-355 ft to right10
LAA4Iannetta grounded into 6-4-3DP(Trumbo scored)20
LAA4Aybar singled to right(Kendrick)30
LAA5Trumbo singled to center(Pujols scored)40
NYY7Nunez singled to center(Granderson scored)41
NYY7Swisher singled to right(Cervelli scored)42
NYY7Cano grounded into fielder's choice(Nunez scored)43
LAA9Hunter homered to left-383 ft53
Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar, SS5011010.185
Alberto Callaspo, 3B5121011.435
Albert Pujols, 1B4110100.240
Kendrys Morales, DH4010100.318
Torii Hunter, RF5131001.310
Mark Trumbo, LF4121110.350
Howie Kendrick, 2B4120000.363
Mike Trout, CF4010020.333
Chris Iannetta, C4010010.115
TEAM TOTALS395144362
2B: Pujols
HR: Callaspo, Hunter
RBI: Aybar, Callaspo, Hunter, Trumbo
GIDP: Iannetta-2
LOB: 10
SB: Iannetta
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, DH5020010.272
Nick Swisher, RF5021000.406
Robinson Cano, 2B4001010.235
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000010.230
Mark Teixeira, 1B4010000.212
Curtis Granderson, CF4120000.181
Andruw Jones, LF4010010.200
Francisco Cervelli, C2100210.000
Eduardo Nunez, SS4121000.333
TEAM TOTALS363103250
3B: Granderson(1)
RBI: Swisher, Cano, Nunez
LOB: 8
CS: Nunez(1)
Los Angeles Angels
C.J. Wilson(W, 1-0)6.17332503.64
Hisanori Takahashi(H, 1)0.21000000.00
Scott Downs(H, 2)1.01000003.00
Jordan Walden(S, 3)1.01000000.00
TEAM TOTALS9.01033250
Pitches-Strikes: Wilson-92(62), Takahashi-7(5), Downs-16(9), Walden-7(5)
New York Yankees
Phil Hughes(L, 1-1)4.110443312.91
David Phelps2.22000204.05
David Robertson0.10000000.00
Cory Wade0.21000005.40
Mariano Rivera1.01110114.50
TEAM TOTALS9.01455362
Pitches-Strikes: Hughes-76(50), Phelps-34(24), Robertson-3(2), Wade-9(7), Rivera-16(12)

Callaspo's homer hits on top of wall before landing in seats

Jones tries to rob Hunter's 9th inning homer to no avail
Dynasty: kodiak
09:44 PM - April 18, 2012. Written by kodiak

Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees
Apr 13, 2012123456789RHE
Los Angeles (4-3)000000220490
New York (4-3)101000000290
W: Haren(2-0) L: Soriano(0-1) S: Walden(2)
Scoring Summary
NYY1Cano doubled to center(Rodriguez scored)01
NYY3Rodriguez grounded out to short 6-3(Jeter scored)02
LAA7Pujols singled to right(Aybar scored)12
LAA7Morales hit sac fly to center(Callaspo scored)22
LAA8Callaspo 2R homer to right-361 ft(Trout and Callaspo scored)42
Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar, SS4110000.181
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4222001.441
Albert Pujols, 1B4011020.238
Kendrys Morales, DH3011000.333
Torii Hunter, RF3000100.250
Mark Trumbo, LF4020000.312
Howie Kendrick, 2B4000020.344
Mike Trout, CF4120000.347
Chris Iannetta, C2000000.090
Bobby Abreu, PH1000000.200
Bobby Wilson, C
HR: Callaspo
RBI: Callaspo-2, Pujols, Morales
SF: Morales
GIDP: Trumbo
LOB: 4
CS: Trout
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS3110110.250
Curtis Granderson, CF4000010.137
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2101200.272
Robinson Cano, 2B4031010.266
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000000.206
Nick Swisher, RF4030010.407
Raul Ibanez, DH4000000.277
Russell Martin, C4010020.347
Brett Gardner, LF4010000.187
2B: Jeter(1), Cano-2(3)
RBI: Rodriguez, Cano
GIDP: Teixeira
LOB: 7
SB: Jeter
CS: Rodriguez(1), Gardner(1)
Los Angeles Angels
Dan Haren(W, 2-0)7.17223502.87
Kevin Jepsen(H, !)0.20000106.00
Jordan Walden(S, 2)1.02000000.00
TEAM TOTALS9.0922360
Pitches-Strikes: Haren-113(73), Jepsen-4(3), Walden-19(13)
New York Yankees
Hiroki Kuroda7.0+5221201.28
Rafael Soriano(L, 0-1)1.02220117.36
David Robertson1.02000100.00
TEAM TOTALS9.0944141
Pitches-Strikes: Kuroda-90(57), Soriano-17(12), Robertson-9(8)

Cano doubles over Trout's head to plate first run of game

Callaspo puts LA in lead with 2R HR
Dynasty: kodiak
09:19 PM - April 18, 2012. Written by EyeAmBaldman
Toronto - The Blue Jays get swept by the Rays as Toronto loses a tough one in the 13th inning. Manager John Farrell left Casey Janssen in one inning too long and it bit the Jays in the end. Janssen pitched well in his first two innings of relief but allowed the first two hitters to reach base in the 13th before giving up a 2-run triple to Scott. Brignac put it out of reach on the next pitch with the only home run of the night over the right field wall.

Blue Jay starter Henderson Alvarez bounced back after two miserable outings to start the season. Alvarez pitched 6 innings of one-run ball before being lifted for Jason Frasor in the 7th. Alvarez lowered his season's ERA to below 9 for the first time in three starts.

The Jays' bats remain cold as they could only garner one extra base hit on Colby Rasmus' double in the bottom of the 3rd. Rajai Davis sacrificed Rasmus to 3rd and then Omar Vizquel hit the sac fly that gave Toronto their only run of the night. The Jays didn't get another runner past 1st base.

The Jays begin a 7-game road trip tomorrow night in Kansas City as Kyle Drabek looks to continue his strong early season performance on the mound. Saturday the Jays will need a fifth starter for only the second time this season. Farrell has yet to name that starter, but several candidates are in the mix including Double-A right-hander Drew Hutchinson and Triple-A righty Jesse Chavez. An announcement is expected either Thursday or Friday.

Despite Joel Carreno breaking camp as the team's fifth starter, he is not expected to be called back up to take the spot.

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays
Apr 19, 2012123456789ExtrasRHE
Tampa Bay (7-4)00010000000045140
Toronto (4-7)0010000000000191
W: Niemann (1-0) L: Janssen (0-1)
Tampa Bay Rays
Upton, CF602001.235
Keppinger, 2B612001.333
Zobrist, RF601001.316
Fuld, PR-RF010000.000
Pena, DH110000.250
Joyce, LF501011.324
Scott, 1B611202.341
Brignac, SS613300.405
Molina, C300000.212
Longoria, PH100001.308
Vogt, C201000.200
Rodriguez, 3B502001.333
3B: Scott (1), Keppinger (1)
HR: Brignac (2)
RBI: Scott 2 (8), Brignac 3 (6)
GIDP: Keppinger
Tampa Bay Rays
Niemann (W, 1-0)5.0400130.71
Toronto Blue Jays
Escobar, SS601000.196
Johnson, 2B503000.213
Bautista, RF401011.239
Encarnacion, 1B500000.319
Lind, DH501001.386
Arencibia, C401002.233
Lawrie, PR-3B100000.128
Rasmus, CF511002.182
Davis, LF100000.125
Thames, PH-LF301000.258
Vizquel, 3B200101.200
Mathis, C200002.333
2B: Rasmus (4)
RBI: Vizquel (2)
SF: Vizquel
SAC: Davis
GIDP: Escobar, Bautista
CS: Johnson (1)
E: Encarnacion (1)
Toronto Blue Jays
Janssen (L, 0-1)3.0544029.95

Dynasty: EyeAmBaldman
08:55 PM - April 18, 2012. Written by kodiak

New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
Apr 11, 2012123456789RHE
New York (4-2)000000000021
Baltimore (2-4)00020100X381
W: Arrieta(1-1) L: Sabathia(1-1)
Scoring Summary
BAL4Markakis 2R HR to right-354 ft(Andino and Markakis scored)02
BAL6Reimold singled to right( Reynolds scored)03
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4000010.240
Curtis Granderson, CF4000020.160
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2000200.300
Robinson Cano, 2B4000000.192
Mark Teixeira, 1B4010000.240
Nick Swisher, RF2000110.347
Raul Ibanez, DH3000000.357
Russell Martin, C3000000.368
Brett Gardner, LF2010100.166
GIDP: Ibanez
LOB: 5
SB: Gardner(1)
E: Rodriguez
Baltimore Orioles
Adam Jones, CF4010000.173
Robert Andino, 2B3110120.285
Nick Markakis, RF4122001.304
Mark Reynolds, 3B3100110.000
J.J. Hardy, SS4020010.250
Nick Johnson, 1B4000030.000
Nolan Reimold, LF4021010.263
Matt Wieters, C3000120.300
Ronny Paulino, DH2000100.000
TEAM TOTALS313834101
HR: Markakis
RBI: Markakis-2, Reimold
GIDP: Reynolds, Johnson
LOB: 8
SB: Andino
E: Johnson
New York Yankees
CC Sabathia(L, 1-1)6.05334812.84
Cory Wade1.02000006.75
Rafael Soriano1.01000203.37
TEAM TOTALS8.08334101
Pitches-Strikes: Sabathia-104(66), Wade-13(9), Soriano-19(13)
Baltimore Orioles
Jake Arrieta(W, 1-1)9.02004601.12
TEAM TOTALS9.0200460
Pitches-Strikes: Arrieta-135(83)

Arrieta delivers to Rodriguez

Markakis robs Martin of a hit
Dynasty: kodiak
08:29 PM - April 18, 2012. Written by kodiak

New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
Apr 10, 2012123456789RHE
New York (4-1)0220000037150
Baltimore (1-4)00002042X8100
W: O"Day(1-0) L: Garcia(0-1) S: Johnson(1)
Scoring Summary
NYY2Jones doubled to right center(Rodriguez scored)10
NYY2Martin singled to left(Jones scored20
NYY3Teixeira singled to left-center(Swisher scored)30
NYY3Granderson doubled to right-center(Teixeira scored)40
BAL5Davis 2R homer to right-376 ft(Jones and Davis scored)42
BAL7Weiters Grand Slam to left-384 ft((Jones, Reimold, Davis, and Weiters scored)46
BAL8Reimold 2R homer to left-397 ft(Jones and Reimold scored)48
NYY9Jeter singled to right(Martin scored58
NYY9Swisher singled to right(Nunez scored)68
NYY9Cano singled to right(Jeter scored)78
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5121020.285
Nick Swisher, RF5121000.380
Robinson Cano, 2B5031000.227
Alex Rodriguez, DH4110110.333
Mark Teixeira, 1B4111100.238
Curtis Granderson, CF5011010.190
Andruw Jones, LF4111000.166
Russell Martin, C4121000.437
Eduardo Nunez, 3B4120000.250
TEAM TOTALS407157240
2B: Swisher(3), Cano(1), Granderson(1), Jones(1)
RBI: Jeter, Swisher, Cano, Teixeira, Granderson, Jones, Martin
GIDP: Rodriguez, Teixeira
LOB: 8
Baltimore Orioles
Endy Chavez, LF0000010.476
Wilson Betemit, 3B4010010.312
Nick Markakis, RF4010010.263
J.J. Hardy, SS4010010.200
Adam Jones, CF4320000.157
Nolan Reimold, DH4222011.200
Chris Davis, 1B3222111.500
Matt Wieters, C4114001.352
Ryan Flaherty, 2B3000020.142
TEAM TOTALS348108183
2B: Betemit, Hardy
HR: Reimold, Davis, Wieters
RBI: Reimold-2, Davis-2, Wieters-4
LOB: 3
New York Yankees
Freddy Garcia(L, 0-1)6.0+6440516.00
Boone Logan(BS, 1)1.112213110.80
Cory Wade0.232200110.80
Pitches-Strikes: Garcia-87(63), Logan-29(18), Wade-16(11)
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Matusz4.09440209.00
Wei-Yin Chen1.00001003.37
Darren O'Day(W, 1-0)2.01000202.07
Matt Lindstrom(H, 1)1.022200036.00
Jim Johnson1.031110019.28
TEAM TOTALS9.01577240
Pitches-Strikes: Matusz-67(45), Chen-13(5), O'Day-23(17), Lindstrom-11(9), Johnson-27(14)

Swisher watches as ball leaves the yard on Davis homer
Dynasty: kodiak
01:45 PM - April 18, 2012. Written by kodiak

New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
Apr 9, 2012123456789RHE
New York (4-0)00040520516180
Baltimore (0-4)13221001111191
W: Phelps(1-0) L: Patton(0-1)
Scoring Summary
BAL1JJ Hardy grounded into 6-4-3DP(Chavez scored)01
BAL2Weiters 3R homer to right center-404 ft(Reimold, Davis, and Weiters scored)04
BAL3Jones 2R homer to left-396 ft(Hardy and Jones scored)06
NYY4Cano grounded out 3-1(Rodriguez scored)16
NYY4Martin singled to right(Teixeira scored)26
NYY4Gardner singled to center(Swisher scored)36
NYY4Jeter singled to left(Martin scored) 46
BAL4Markakis singled to right(Chavez scored)47
BAL4Hardy hit sac fly to center(Betemit scored)48
BAL5Flaherty singled to right(Reimold scored)49
NYY6Swisher homered to left-373 ft59
NYY6Ibanez homered to right-432 ft69
NYY6Martin homered to center-415 ft79
NYY6Rodriguez 2R homer to left center-465 ft(Granderon and Rodriguez scored)99
NYY7Swisher 2R homer to left center-421 ft(Teixeira and Swisher scored)119
BAL8Markakis singled to center(Chavez scored)1110
NYY9Ibanez 2R homer to left center-396 ft(Swisher and Ibanez scored1310
NYY9Granderson 3R homer to right-369 ft(Martin, Jeter, and Granderson scored)1610
BAL9Davis homered to right-393 ft1611
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5121110.250
Curtis Granderson, CF6223001.187
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5222111.357
Robinson Cano, 2B6000000.117
Mark Teixeira, 1B5220020.235
Nick Swisher, RF4433112.375
Raul Ibanez, DH5233002.454
Russell Martin., C3332201.416
Brett Gardner, LF3011010.100
TEAM TOTALS42161816567
2B: Swisher(2)
3B: Rodriguez(1)
HR: Granderson(1), Rodriguez(3), Swisher-2(1,2), Ibanez-2(1,2), Martin(2)
RBI: Jeter, Granderson-3, Rodriguez-2, Cano, Swisher-3, Ibanez-3, Martin-2, Gardner
SAC: Gardner-2
LOB: 6
SB: Martin(2)
CS: Granderson-2(2)
Baltimore Orioles
Endy Chavez, LF6340000.588
Wilson Betemit, 3B6130020.333
Nick Markakis, RF4032100.266
J.J. Hardy, SS4111010.187
Adam Jones, CF4112101.066
Nolan Reimold, DH4210120.090
Chris Davis, 1B3231201.444
Matt Wieters, C4113101.384
Ryan Flaherty, 2B5021020.181
TEAM TOTALS40111910673
2B: Reimold
3B: Chavez
HR: Jones, Davis, Weiters
RBI: Markakis-2, Hardy, Jones-2, Davis, Weiters-3, Flaherty
SF: Hardy
GIDP: Betemit, Hardy, Weiters-2, Flaherty
LOB: 9
E: Johnson
New York Yankees
Ivan Nova2.0+76621227.00
David Phelps(W, 1-0)4.07332206.75
Clay Rapada(H, 1)1.13110206.75
Rafael Soriano(H, 2)0.21112115.40
Cory Wade1.01000100.00
TEAM TOTALS9.0191111673
Pitches-Strikes: Nova-36(21), Phelps-58(38), Rapada-18(13), Soriano-25(13), Wade-8(7)
Baltimore Orioles
Dylan Bundy5.0127704312.60
Luis Ayala(BS, 1)1.022200127.00
Troy Patton(L, 0-1)0.02220016.75
Wei-Yin Chen1.00001104.15
Jim Johnson1.125541227.00
Kevin Gregg0.20000000.00
TEAM TOTALS9.0181616567
Pitches-Strikes: Bundy-74(51), Ayala-15(9), Patton-3(2), Chem-16(9), Johnson-41(20), Gregg-7(4)

Weiters Blasts a 3R HR early in the game

Ibanez Watches his second homer leave the yard
Dynasty: kodiak
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Box Score
Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit (0-0)167112458
Los Angeles (1-0)129151854
Detroit Pistons
Brandon Knight145-81-30-00110111
Rodney Stuckey155-90-14-42601014
Tayshaun Prince183-61-20-0321027
Jason Maxiell174-40-02-27300010
Gren Monroe122-50-00-0700114
Ben Gordon81-21-12-2220015
Will Bynum70-20-13-4011003
Charlie Vilanueva41-20-10-0100002
Ben Wallace71-10-00-0101012
Damien WilkinsDNP
Austin DayeDNP
Jonas JerebkoDNP
TEAM TOTALS22/403/1011/12231542758
Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul157-121-30-01310215
Chauncy Billups175-142-70-00201212
Caron Butler163-40-10-0722006
Blake Griffin183-70-01-3110007
DeAndre Jordan50-00-00-0101020
Nick Young63-62-20-0200008
Kenyon Martin152-30-00-0300204
Mo Williams50-10-02-2230002
Randy Foye30-00-00-0000000
Ryan Gomes40-00-00-0102000
Eric BledsoeDNP
Travis LeslieDNO
TEAM TOTALS23/475/133/5181163654

Player of the Game: Rodney Stuckey (14 PTS, 6 AST, 5-9)
"It feels really good to get a win, especially on the road. After the season we had last year, it's nice to get a road win so early on in the season. You know? Our coach did a good job making sure we all were in the right spots all game long. Beating a team like the Clippers is a huge morale boost."

Clippers Key Player: Chris Paul (15 PTS, 3 AST, 1 STL, 7-12)
"They out played us. Plain and simple. We need to be able to go against these types of teams and produce a win. Honestly any team that gets too confident can lose to anyone. I wish the Pistons good luck, and I have a lot of respect for their team. This game showed us that we need to focus if we want to win against Detroit."

Lawrence Frank, Pistons Head Coach
"I'm happy with how my boys played today. We spread the offense really well, and it seemed like everyone was clicking. Not sure if the new GM has any impact, but we seem to be a different team out there...maybe I'm speaking a bit prematurely. Regardless, we got our first win against a great team."


A good start for the Detroit Pistons today with a win over the strong Los Angeles Clippers. Although this win is only one on the long road that is the NBA season, the Pistons can hang their hats knowing they beat a team that most believe will easily make the playoffs this year. The addition of Chris Paul to the Clippers was a strong off-season move, however it was not enough to put them past the refreshed Detroit Pistons. Let's take a look at some key factors in this game.

The Stat-Line
  • The Clippers needed to finish their chances. Despite having 7 more shots than the Pistons, they only made 1 more.
  • Rebounds played in Detroits favor, grabbing 23 to the Clippers 18
  • GM Shepard has tried to focus Detroit on fast breaks. They got it done tonight with 23 on the break.
  • Detroit made the most of their free throws, snagging 11 points out of 12 shots.
  • Both teams could've done better beyond the arc, 30% for the Pistons and 38% for the Clippers.

  • The Pistons spread the Clippers thin. Every player that saw minutes got at least 2 points.
  • Rodney Stuckey was an all-around player today. Snagging 14 points and 6 assists, even getting a block on Chris Paul on a fast break.
  • The young Brandon Knight played well, shooting just over 50% for 11 points
  • Jason Maxiell, along with a powerful dunk over Jordan, gathered 10 points with 100% shooting, along with 7 rebounds.
  • Although showing signs of age, Tayshaun Prince ran the break well all game and managed 7 points and 3 rebounds.
  • Greg Monroe had a silent game. However, with only 12 minutes played, he put up 7 rebounds and a block.
  • "6th Man" Ben Gordon saw 8 minutes, yet only produced 5 points and 2 steals.

Los Angeles
  • Chris Paul played well, shooting over 60% for 15 points, snagging 3 assist and a steal.
  • Chauncy Billups, although grabbing 12 points, took way too many shots. Only 5-14 on the floor and 2-7 from deep.
  • Blake Griffin's poor performance might have costed the Clippers their game. Only 7 points in 18 minutes (most minutes of any player tonight) and only 1 rebound.
  • Clippers don't seem to be taking DeAndre Jordan seriously. He gets the start at Center, yet only given 5 minutes and was unable to score.
  • Nick Young, who was on fire today, only got 8 points in 6 minutes. More time from him could've been a game changer.


Next Game

November 17th, 2011 - 7:30pm


Immediately following the game, the Lakers offered the Pistons a trade, that was listed as followed:

Ramon Sessions (PG, 76 OVR)
Jordan Hill (C, 66 OVR)


Brandon Knight (PG, 73 OVR)
Tayshaun Prince (SF, 77 OVR)

Jon Shepard, Pistons GM
"Yeah right. This trade almost makes no sense. Ramon Sessions wouldn't be a bad addition to the Pistons, but we'd be giving up one of our two small forwards to gain a third center? That would force Wilkins or Jerebko into a starting spot, and would push a weakness into our 3 spot while only providing a small benefit to our PG."
Dynasty: lx Shepard xl
10:57 AM - April 18, 2012. Written by kodiak

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
Apr 8, 2012123456789RHE
New York (3-0)100000000140
Tampa Bay (0-3)000000000060
W: Hughes(1-0) L: Hellickson(0-1) S: Rivera(3)
Scoring Summary
NYY1Rodriguez homered to left-368 ft10
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4000020.181
Curtis Granderson, CF4000010.100
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2111111.333
Robinson Cano, 2B3000110.181
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000000.166
Nick Swisher, RF4020010.250
Raul Ibanez, DH3010000.333
Russell Martin, C2000100.222
Brett Gardner, LF3000000.000
2B: Ibanez(1)
HR: Rodriguez(2)
RBI: Rodriguez
HBP: Rodriguez(Hellickson)
LOB: 5
SB: Rodriguez-2(2), Martin(1)
Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist, RF3010110.272
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4010000.090
Evan Longoria, 3B4010000.166
Carlos Pena, DH4000020.000
Luke Scott, 1B3000010.090
Matt Joyce, LF3000000.300
Desmond Jennings, CF3010010.200
Jose Molina, C2010100.500
Will Rhymes, PR0000000
Stephen Vogt, C0000000.250
Reid Brignac, SS3010000.333
2B: Keppinger
GIDP: Keppinger, Scott
LOB: 4
CS: Jennings
New York Yankees
Phil Hughes(W, 1-0)8.0+6002500.00
Mariano Rivera,(S, 3)1.00000003.00
TEAM TOTALS9.05002500.67
Pitches-Strikes: Hughes-105(74), Rivera-4(3)
Tampa Bay Rays
Jeremy Hellickson(L, 0-1)7.04113311.28
Jeff Niemann2.00000302.07
Pitches-Strikes: Hellickson-111(68), Niemann-28(20)
HBP: Hellickson

A-Rod Goes Deep For Lone Run of Game in 1st Inning
Dynasty: kodiak
10:36 AM - April 18, 2012. Written by kodiak

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
Apr 7, 2012123456789RHE
New York (2-0)000000021360
Tampa Bay (0-2)000000000051
W: Kuroda(1-0) L: Shields(0-1) S: Rivera(2)
Scoring Summary
NYY8Martin 2-run homer off left field foul pole-341 ft(Ibanez and Martin scored)20
NYY9Jeter scored on throwing error30
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4110000.285
Curtis Granderson, CF4010010.166
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3010100.285
Robinson Cano, 2B4000010.250
Mark Teixeira, 1B4010010.250
Nick Swisher, RF4000020.125
Raul Ibanez, DH3110000.333
Russell Martin, C3112011.285
Brett Gardner, LF3000010.000
HR: Martin(1)
RBI: Martin-2
LOB: 3
SB: Granderson(3)
Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist, RF4000010.250
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4000020.000
Evan Longoria, 3B4000000.125
Carlos Pena, DH4000010.000
Luke Scott, 1B4010020.125
Matt Joyce, LF3020110.428
Desmond Jennings, CF3000020.142
Jose Molina, C2010100.500
Reid Brignac, SS3010000.333
2B: Scott, Joyce
GIDP: Brignac
E: Keppinger
New York Yankees
Hiroki Kuroda(W, 1-0)7.05002700.00
David Robertson(H)1.00000000.00
Mariano Rivera(S, 2)1.00000204.50
TEAM TOTALS9.05002901.00
Pitches-Strikes: Kuroda-109(72), Robertson-12(9), Rivera-12(10)
Tampa Bay Rays
James Shields(L, 0-1)7.23221512.34
JP Howell1.13110206.75
TEAM TOTALS9.06331713.50
Pitches-Strikes: Shields-103(73), Howell-26(18)

Rivera gets the final strikeout to end the 3-0 win

Martin takes the pitch off the left field foul pole for a 2-0 lead in the 8th
Dynasty: kodiak
10:12 AM - April 18, 2012. Written by kodiak

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays
Apr 6, 2012123456789RHE
New York (1-0)011001010470
Tampa Bay (0-1)010000001271
W: Sabathia(1-0) L: Price(0-1) S: Rivera(1)
Scoring Summary
NYY2Martin singled to right(Teixeira scored)10
TAM2Rodriguez homered to left-center-388 ft11
NYY3Jeter homered to right center-404 ft21
NYY6Cano homered to right-366 ft31
NYY8Rodriguez homered to right-409 ft41
TAM9Jennings homered to right-352 ft42
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS3111111.333
Nick Swisher, RF4010010.250
Robinson Cano, 2B4121011.500
Alex Rodriguez, DH4111001.250
Mark Teixeira, 1B4110000.250
Curtis Granderson, CF2000210.000
Andruw Jones, LF2000110.000
Brett Gardner, PH-LF1000000.000
Russell Martin, C4011020.250
Eduardo Nunez, 3B4000000.000
TEAM TOTALS32474473.219
2B: Swisher(1)
HR: Cano(1), Jeter(1), Rodriguez(1)
RBI: Cano. Jeter, Martin, Rodriguez
GIDP: Nunez, Rodriguez
LOB: 5
SB: Granderson-2(2)
CS: Jeter
Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist, RF4020000.500
Jeff Keppinger, 2B3000110.000
Evan Longoria, 3B4010000.250
Carlos Pena, DH4000030.000
Luke Scott, 1B4000010.000
Sean Rodriguez, SS3111101.333
Desmond Jennings, LF4111001.250
Matt Joyce, CF4010000.250
Stephen Vogt, C4010010.250
TEAM TOTALS34272262.206
2B: Zobrist
HR: Jennings, Rodriguez
RBI: Jennings, Rodriguez
LOB: 7
E: Rodriguez
New York Yankees
CC Sabathia(W, 1-0)6.25112411.35
Rafael Soriano(H)1.00000000.00
Boone Logan(H)0.10000100.00
Mariano Rivera(S, 1)1.02110119.00
TEAM TOTALS9.07222622.00
Pitches-Strikes: Sabathia-110(73), Soriano-6(5), Logan-5(3), Rivera-23(14)
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price(L, 0-1)5.26334324.76
Jeff Niemann2.11110413.85
Brandon Gomes1.00000000.00
TEAM TOTALS9.07444734.00
Pitches-Strikes: Price-90(47), Niemann-34(22), Gomes-10(6)
Dynasty: kodiak
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
11:05 PM - April 17, 2012. Written by lx Shepard xl

Jon Shepard, Detroit Pistons GM

The time has finally come. The Detroit Pistons have been bought out by a new GM. This GM's name is "Jon Shepard." Mr. Shepard, having no background in the industry before, bought out the Detroit franchise without much notice. Here are the Palace Papers, we were able to get an exclusive interview with the new owner to get a better idea of what he had in store!

So, Mr. Shepard. Why acquire the Pistons at a time like this?
"The team needs change, and the previous ownership wasn't doing it. I always told my friends and co-workers the changes I would make, and one day it hit me. Why not actually make them? I knew Detroit was for sale, and I knew I would be able to make a positive difference in this struggling team. I intend to do just that.
What are some of the first changes you plan on doing?
"After discussing with Lawrance Frank on the direction our team is going, I found some big changes I'd like to see from him. Changes I don't think were being pushed before. For example, Brandon Knight truly is a bright young kid with a big future ahead of him...however Frank classified him as the "star" of the team. The last thing I want to see is Knight ending up like Stuckey did post-Chauncy. This Detroit team belongs in the hands of it's only star, Rodney Stuckey. But to get back to your question, I plan to move a lot of these big contracts around. If we want to compete for the playoffs, then we need to dump some of these overpaid, mediocre players or develop them into the players that deserve these types of salaries."
What are some players you consider "overpaid mediocre players" on this Detroit team?
"I'm not one to silent my tongue on these issues. Tayshaun Prince has been a huge factor in our past success. However, offering him 4yrs/26mil simply so he can 'retire a piston' was too much of a goodie move. We let go of factors like Chauncy Billups and Rip Hamtilon because we wanted to focus on the future. Prince shouldn't have received any different treatment.

Another player is Ben Gordon. I do not question his overall skill with basketball. However, I have yet to see him play to his past potential in Detroit. In fact, I see him declining. At the age of 28, a decline in numbers is not a good sign. Plus, his contract is bigger than Rodney Stuckey, who is our starting SG. 2ys/24mil is a bit too much.

Both Charlie Villanueva and Jonas Jerebko are overpaid. Both are mediocre PFs compared to the rest of the league, and are not contributing enough to the success of our team. CV hardly plays, yet we're paying him around 8 million a year? And Jerebko has not made the spark into the NBA that we wanted. His 4yr/16mil contract was generous at best.
What are some things you plan on doing to help these contract issues?
"Trades. Those who are important to our success, such as Monroe, Stuckey, and Knight, need a solid team around them. I'll move what pieces I have to in order to build a playoff team."
What are the Detroit roles coming into this season?
"Well our star player is Rodney Stuckey. After him, we have 3 for sure Starters in Brandon Knight, Tayshaun Prince, and Greg Monroe. The power forward position needs some work, so both Jason Maxiell and Charlie Villanueva are both Role Players. The remaining players fit along with Role Players, Prosepcts, and Bench Warmers."

After this interview, Jon Shepard was kind enough to give us his depth chart that he'll be taking in with the season opener against the Clippers

Detroit Pistons Depth Chart - 2011
PGBrandon KnightWill Bynum
SGRodney StuckeyBen Gordon
SFTayshaun PrinceAustin DayeDamien Wilkins
PFJason MaxiellCharlie VillanuevaJonas JerebkoVernon Macklin
CGreg MonroeBen Wallace
Dynasty: lx Shepard xl
10:32 PM - April 17, 2012. Written by lx Shepard xl
Here are the settings I am using.
  • Season Length: 29 Games
  • Team Chemistry: On
  • Player Roles: On
  • Progressive Fatigue: On
  • Preseason: Off
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quaters: 5min
  • Sim Lengths: 6min
  • Difficulty: Pro (Because All-Star is a joke in this game)
Dynasty: lx Shepard xl

In his first at bat since breaking his ankle, Stephen Drew hit a lead-off home run off of Giants ace Tim Lincecum. Although five runs were scored overall by the Diamondbacks, Drew's home run, as well as a second run scored only a few batters later, would be enough to earn the win on Opening Day.

Diamondbacks ace Ian Kennedy threw a complete game to start the season allowing only one run on five hits, with no walks and five strikeouts, to earn his first win of the new campaign.

When asked why he allowed Kennedy throw a full nine innings in his first start of the season, Kirk Gibson replied, "Why not? He didn't show any signs of fatigue at any point in the game and he finished the game still under 100 pitches.

Up Next: Game 2 of the 3-Game Series with the San Francisco Giants as Daniel Hudson (0-0) battles the tough Matt Cain (0-0).

San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks
Apr 6, 2012123456789RHE
San Francisco (0-0)001000000140
Arizona (0-0)20100101X570
W: I. Kennedy (1-0) L: T. Lincecum (0-1)
Scoring Summary
ARI1S. Drew homers to left.01
ARI1J. Kubel singles to left. M. Montero scores, C. Young to 3rd.02
SFO3F. Sanchez hits a sacrifice fly to left. R. Theriot scores.12
ARI3M. Montero singles to center. J. Upton scores.13
ARI6P. Goldschmidt singles to left. C. Young scores.14
ARI8M. Montero homers to right.15
San Francisco Giants
M. Cabrera4020000.500
F. Sanchez3001000.000
P. Sandoval4000000.000
B. Posey3000000.000
B. Belt3000020.000
N. Schierholtz3010000.333
B. Crawford3000000.000
R. Theriot3110010.333
T. Lincecum1000010.000
A. Pagan1000010.000
TEAM TOTALS28141050.143
2B: N. Schierholtz (1)
SF: F. Sanchez (1)
SAC: T. Lincecum (1)
RBI: F. Sanchez (1)
CS: M. Cabrera (1)
Arizona Diamondbacks
S. Drew4111001.250
A. Hill4000020.000
J. Upton4110020.250
M. Montero3222101.667
C. Young2110200.500
J. Kubel4011000.250
P. Goldschmidt4011010.250
R. Roberts3000000.000
I. Kennedy3000010.000
TEAM TOTALS31575362.226
2B: J. Upton (1), C. Young (1)
HR: S. Drew (1), M. Montero (1)
RBI: S. Drew (1), M. Montero 2 (2), J. Kubel (1), P. Goldschmidt (1)
SB: C. Young (1)
San Francisco Giants
T. Lincecum (L, 0-1)7.06443515.14
S. Romo1.01110119.00
TEAM TOTALS8.07553625.63
Arizona Diamondbacks
I. Kennedy (W, 1-0)9.04110501.00
TEAM TOTALS9.04110501.00
Dynasty: Broski 185
05:12 PM - April 17, 2012. Written by Broski 185
Arizona Diamondbacks Depth Chart - 2012
  • Catcher
  • Miguel Montero
  • Henry Blanco
  • First Base
  • Paul Goldschmidt
  • Lyle Overbay
  • Second Base
  • Aaron Hill
  • Ryan Roberts
  • Willie Bloomquist
  • John McDonald
  • Third Base
  • Ryan Roberts
  • Willie Bloomquist
  • John McDonald
  • Shortstop
  • Stephen Drew
  • Willie Bloomquist
  • John McDonald
  • Left Field
  • Jason Kubel
  • Gerardo Parra
  • Willie Bloomquist
  • Ryan Roberts
  • Center Field
  • Chris Young
  • Gerardo Parra
  • Willie Bloomquist
  • Right Field
  • Justin Upton
  • Gerardo Parra
  • Willie Bloomquist
  • Starting Pitcher
  • Ian Kennedy
  • Daniel Hudson
  • Josh Collmenter
  • Trevor Cahill
  • Joe Saunders
  • Relief Pitcher
  • Criag Breslow
  • Bryan Shaw
  • Joe Paterson
  • Brad Ziegler
  • Takashi Saito
  • David Hernandez
  • Closer
  • J.J. Putz
Dynasty: Broski 185