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Pistons vs. Heat, NBA Preseason 2013: Detroit falls to Miami, 112-107

After downing an overmatched Maccabi Haifa team Tuesday, the Pistons fell just short against the defending champs, losing 112-107 to the Miami Heat.

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Gores pledges to be visible, plans weekly team meetings

"You will see a lot more of me," Gores said at halftime. He also revealed that he is planning weekly meetings with the front office, the coaching staff and the players for the upcoming season.

From Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. More: "Pistons owner Tom Gores was in town Thursday night to watch his team face the Miami Heat. He sat courtside at the Palace — right in the middle of the floor across from press row — with his wife Holly and their three children."

Heat beat Pistons, Beasley beats himself

From Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald:

Upset with himself over missing a shot, Beasley started punching himself in the head while running back on defense. He punched himself so hard that he needed treatment after the game from the Heat's trainer. Steel compresses (like the ones cut doctors use in boxing) were applied to Beasley's brow in the locker room.

It's funny, of course, but it's also a little sad. Beasley has all the physical talent in the world -- folks had actual arguments about whether he deserved to go No. 1  over Derrick Rose back in 2008 -- but he never managed to pull it all together. It's obviously mental, right?

Oddly enough, Beasley actually had a solid game: nine points in nine minutes on 3-5 shooting, adding a couple of boards, an assist and a block. He failed as a franchise cornerstone and seemed like he tried to do too much the last few years on some bad teams. If he can rein in the emotions, perhaps he can reinvent himself as a role player on a contender.

Update: If this is actually the video, I'm kind of shocked it required treatment after the game -- it doesn't look that hard to me:


Pistons fall just short against Heat

Dominance rebounding and Will Bynum kept the Pistons in the game, but they fell just short against the Heat, 112-107


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Jonas Jerebko will play Thursday

"I knew I was going to hold (out) Jonas," Cheeks said. "He'll play Thursday night and Charlie (Villanueva) probably won't play. You can't play everybody. It would be better to give him more minutes."

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