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Pistons finally notch first win of season November 7, 2010

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The wait is finally over.

After a frustrating 0-5 start, the Pistons earned their first win of the season Friday night by defeating the Charlotte Bobcats, 97-90.

Guard Ben Gordon led the way with 20 points for the Pistons, and guard Tracy McGrady did a nice job filling in for guard Rodney Stuckey. Stuckey was benched for disciplinary reasons after ignoring coach John Kuester during Wednesday night’s game against Atlanta.

The Pistons play Golden State tonight at 6 p.m. EST.

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Pistons’ 0-3 record tough to swallow November 1, 2010

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First, the Pistons blew a seven-point lead with 1:40 left in their season opener to lose to the New Jersey Nets last Wednesday. They followed that up by surrendering a game-winning layup in the final seconds to the Oklahoma City Thunder at home on Friday night. The following night the Chicago Bulls, led by Derrick Rose’s 39 points, came back to win by 10 points after being down 21 in the third quarter.

Check out the highlights of Rose’s show, via NBA.com:

Derrick Rose

Click on the image to watch highlights of the game.

There seems to be a troublesome pattern here.

You would be hard-pressed to find a more “deflating manner” to lose the first three games of the season, Chris Iott of MLive.com wrote.

The Pistons haven’t struggled this much at the beginning of the season since going 0-4 to open the 1999-2000 season.

Monroe sits in opening game loss October 29, 2010

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Rookie forward Greg Monroe didn’t see the floor in the regular season opener. / Photo via the Detroit Free Press, Kirthmon F. Dozier

Fans cried foul when Pistons coach John Kuester sat rookie forward Greg Monroe in the season-opening loss against the New Jersey Nets Wednesday night, 101-98.

Why would coach keep the seventh pick in the NBA draft — a 6-foot-10-inch player — on the bench the entire game, especially for a somewhat vertically challenged Pistons team playing the bottom feeder Nets? It’s a fair question the Detroit Free Press asked afterward.

Kuester explained that part of it was 6-foot-7-inch forward Jason Maxiell’s energy level, and that Monroe will definitely get his shot this year.

Chris Iott of MLive.com was not surprised by the move. He pointed to Monroe’s lack of defense in the preseason, which may have spelled a monster game from 7-foot center Brook Lopez of the Nets. Lopez was held to 25 points, but Iott believes he could have scored more with Monroe guarding him.

The Pistons play their home opener against Oklahoma City tonight, 8 p.m. EST.

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