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On This Day: In 2015, former Detroit Pistons head coach Flip Saunders passes away

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On October 25, 2015, former Detroit Pistons head coach Flip Saunders passed away at the age of 60. He coached 3 seasons in Detroit and led the Pistons to a regular season record of 176 – 70, a winning percentage of .716.

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From the 2005-2006 season through the 2007-2008 season, Saunders led the Pistons to the Eastern Conference Championship each year. In those three playoff seasons, Saunders’ teams had a 30-21 postseason record but fell in the Conference Finals each year. Following the loss in the 2008 Eastern Conference Championship, he was relieved of his duties with the Pistons.

In his first season as head coach, the Pistons achieved their most regular season wins as a franchise with a 64-18 record, the best in the NBA that season. Saunders was a favorite with the players, as well as the fans while in Detroit.

Flip started his coaching career at Golden Valley Lutheran College where he compiled a 92-13 record. This includes a perfect 56-0 at home. Flip spent five years as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota and two years at the University of Tulsa.  After Tulsa, Flip spent 7 years in the CBA winning two CBA Championships and two Coach of the Year awards.

In 17 seasons coaching in the NBA, Saunders’ teams made it to the playoffs in 11 times. Regardless, Flip sadly never won a championship in the NBA.

On August 11, 2015, Saunders announced he had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and he passed just 2 1/2 months later. Flip left behind a wife and four children who were all accomplished athletes at the University of Minnesota.  Saunders’ legacy will live on in Minnesota, Detroit, and the NBA.


 

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MUST SEE: Detroit Pistons move to 3-0 as Blake Griffin drops 50!

The Detroit Pistons are now 3-0 after a 133-132 overtime victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night at the LCA. Blake Griffin led the charge as he had a career night dropping 50 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and adding 6 assists. Griffin was 20 of 35 from the field including 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. He even scored the game-winner as he drove to the hoop with 1.8 seconds left in OT.

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BREAKING: Pistons’ forward Blake Griffin’s Game 2 status revealed

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In Game 1, the Detroit Pistons were without their best player Blake Griffin and they were blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Well, if the Pistons want to steal a game in Milwaukee before heading back to Detroit, they will have to do so without Griffin as he has been ruled OUT for Wednesday night’s game.

Nation, do the Pistons even stand a chance tonight? What is your score prediction?

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Casey: Griffin trying to convince medical staff he can play

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The report that Detroit Pistons fans were dreading came out this morning – star forward Blake Griffin is likely to miss the entire first round of the playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks. Of course, that comes on the heels of a Game 1 blowout loss to the Bucks in which the team was thoroughly embarrassed in nearly every facet.

Despite this, according to Pistons writer Keith Langlois, Griffin still wants to be out on the floor despite a nagging knee injury.

“If it was my decision, I would’ve played,” Griffin told ESPN after Game 1.

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Things went from bad to worse for the Detroit Pistons.

Already overwhelmed by the relentless attack of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe, center Andre Drummond took out his frustration on Giannis Antetokounmpo, shoving the Greek Freak to the floor as he was going for a layup.

Drummond was hit with a flagrant-2 foul and thrown from the game. Additionally, the inactive Blake Griffin was given a technical for arguing the call.

Pistons beat writer Rod Beard had this observation:

Ouch.

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It was an ugly scene at Little Caesars Arena during the first half of Tuesday night’s game between the Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies. The fact that Memphis was missing eight regulars from their lineup didn’t stop the players on the floor from building a staggering 22 point lead over Detroit, leading to a chorus of boos from the fans in attendance.

However, the Pistons were able to mount a comeback for a dramatic 100-93 victory to inch closer to the Eastern Conference’s playoff spot. Pistons center Andre Drummond had himself a good second half, with a renewed effort on the defensive end.

“I made a decision to start trapping in the second half,” Drummond explained. “I told (assistant) coach Sweeney – ‘I think we need to blitz them and make them speed up the game a little…..we made them play our game, we made them pick the pace up and they weren’t ready for it.”

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LOOK: Pistons’ Andre Drummond gets bent out of shape following tweet by Fox 2 reporter

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The Detroit Pistons were easily handled on Sunday by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. This does not come as much of a surprise as the Pistons were without their best player, Blake Griffin, and they were playing against a Bucks team that led the entire NBA in wins.

Late in the game Pistons’ center Andre Drummond was ejected after shoving Giannis Antetokounmpo and being assessed a Flagrant 2 foul.

When Drummond was asked about how tough it was not to be able to finish the game because of his Flagrant 2, he replied, “I got to shower early.”

As you can see from above Jennifer Hammond of Fox 2 tweeted out Drummond’s comment, which she has every right to do. (In fact, it is part of her job)

Well, when Drummond caught wind of Hammond tweeting out WHAT HE SAID, he was clearly offended.

“See you Wednesday, Jennifer… have the same energy. I’ve been good to you my whole career and you want to turn the knife when we as a team is having a rough night! All good, @DetroitPistons we aren’t dead it’s only game one, let’s turn things around on Wednesday!”

Jennifer Hammond is a class act and she has always been a class act. If Andre Drummond does not want his comments to be reported, then he needs to refrain from saying them. Or at least, choose his words wisely.

 

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