Detroit Pistons 2014 News and Updates
3/7/14 - Even though they are just outside the top eight in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons are still struggling to keep up, having lost four of their last five and eight of their last 10. The Pistons have not been able to string together more than a pair of wins since a three game streak in early February. Most recently, they found themselves on the receiving end of a 105-94 blitz by division mates Chicago, in which Joakim Noah recorded a triple-double. Even so, Greg Monroe had a strong game for Detroit, scoring 27 points, pulling down seven rebounds, dishing out five assists, and getting a pair of steals as well.
2/28/14 - Detroit continues to struggle to keep pace with the Eastern Conference playoff contenders. Losers of four out of their last five, they most recently dropped a contest to Western contenders San Antonio, 120-110, despite having six players score in double figures. Forward Josh Smith led the Pistons’ offense with 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals; while center Andre Drummond did his best on defense to keep the Pistons in the game, recording 17 rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocked shots to go along with his 16 point offensive contribution.
2/21/14 - Despite having six players score in double figures, the Detroit Pistons were unable to subdue Charlotte on the road, falling 116-98 in Charlotte. Guard Brandon Jennings led the Pistons scoring with 20 points, including four of eight from beyond the three point arc. Greg Monroe led Detroit’s rebounding effort with seven, and contributed a pair of blocked shots as well on the defensive end. Off the court, it was reported that veteran guard Chauncey Billups would have meniscus surgery and is expected to return before the end of the season.
2/10/14 - Despite defeating Denver over the weekend, the Detroit Pistons made news by firing head coach Maurice Cheeks after just 50 games. Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said in an official release, “This was a difficult decision for the (team) to make but we needed to make a change.” The Pistons are currently 21-29 but just a half game behind Charlotte for the last Eastern Conference playoff slot. A number of names have emerged as possible replacements, including current assistant John Loyer; and Lionel Hollins, who interviewed for the Pistons head position in the summer of 2013.
2/3/14 - Could “Dee-troit Basketball” be active at the trade deadline later this month? The Pistons, currently a half game out of the eighth seed behind Charlotte in the East despite being eight games under .500, are considering their options. Team president Joe Dumars is in the last year of his contract and is feeling some heat, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press. And while the loudest whispers concern Pistons forward Greg Monroe, other speculation is that Monroe will stay put. Probably the biggest need the Pistons have to fill is long range shooting, as they stand last in the league in three-pointers.
3/8/2013 - If the Detroit Pistons can keep their young core intact there may be big things in the future. Second year guard Brandon Knight continues to develop and third year big man Greg Monroe looks like an All Star caliber player already. Adding Jose Calderon from the Toronto Raptors helps with depth, and there have been positive contributions of first year players Kyle Singler and Andre Drummond. Now the Pistons have a young group of players to build on and some solid role players in the mix. Combined with relatively new ownership, Detroit's future appears bright and they look to be heading in the right direction.
Searches for Detroit Pistons tickets have slowly declined since the teams 2004 NBA Finals win against the Los Angeles Lakers. 2013 was the first year that searches were higher than year prior. If the Pistons can develop their young roster into a Championship team, interest in the team should continue to increase.
Pistons basketball tickets have dropped significantly in price following the start of the NHL season after the lockout. In fact, among NBA teams that share a City with an NHL team, the Detroit Pistons saw the greatest decrease in ticket price following the January 6 end to the NHL lockout, declining 41%. If you're wondering, Detroit Red Wings tickets are more expensive than Detroit Pistons tickets.
The most expensive Division matchup at The Palace of Auburn Hills this season will be against the Chicago Bulls. The cheapest Divisional game at home will be played against the Cleveland Cavs. Cheap Pistons tickets are available the entire season with prices starting at $10 a seat or less for every game except the one against the New York Knicks.
Detroit Pistons 2013-2014 Season
As a result of some major moves this off-season, the Detroit Pistons were picked to be the most improved team in the league. The new look of the Pistons roster, has fans intrigued. Prices for Detroit Pistons tickets
are up 158% since last year, an average ticket price increase of $95. However, Pistons tickets are still under the league average of $168 and for Detroit sports fans that's a great deal. Last season, Detroit had the sixth cheapest ticket in the NBA averaging $60.
Under new coach Maurice Cheeks, the Pistons may be poised to challenge for their first playoff berth since 2008-09. This offseason, the team improved with the additions of athletic forward Josh Smith, scoring point guard Brandon Jennings, and former Pistons’ NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups. Detroit should also benefit from the maturation of young, promising frontcourt players Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. The two most expensive games at The Palace of Auburn Hills this season come on 12/8 and 3/28 against the defending champion Heat.