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Jonas Jerebko will play Thursday

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"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."

Brendan Savage at MLive.com

Zach Lowe beats a dead moose

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Joe Dumars won't call this a playoffs-or-bust season, so I will: It's a playoffs-or-bust season for Detroit, especially given the ripple effects of Okafor's injury and the general unpredictability of the rest of the morass. The challenge: Detroit cannot afford to fall behind after starting 4-20 in 2011-12 and 0-8 last season, and that means Maurice Cheeks has to work out a lot of dicey rotation questions quickly. Detroit will start the fascinating Josh Smith–Greg Monroe–Andre Drummond ultra-big trio, with an often inefficient point guard in Brandon Jennings orchestrating on what will be a very, very cramped floor. The last starting spot is up for grabs, and if Cheeks gives it to Rodney Stuckey, a non-shooter, Detroit's offense could crater. All three of Chauncey Billups, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Kyle Singler would be better options, and though Gigi Datome lacks the foot speed to play the position, Cheeks has to find minutes for him. Datome is a deadeye shooter on the wing who should also be able to play some small-ball power forward — perhaps rendering Jonas Jerebko expendable. Cheeks has to learn a lot of stuff, and quickly — the right balance between lineup types; the best wing combinations; whether the league will let him implant an electric shock device he can activate whenever Smith rises for a 20-footer; and how well the Monroe-Drummond frontcourt can work defensively. Detroit is another candidate for a "win now" trade, though it's tough to find any appealing bait if it doesn't dangle Monroe — perhaps expendable now, with Smith aboard and Monroe's agent, David Falk, almost certainly demanding a max contract.

Grantland

Another View of the Open Practice

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One of the writers for the SI affiliated Life On Dumars, Christos Pappas, gives another review of the Pistons Open Practice. Article definitely gets a plus for showing the increase in attendance from last year, 800-5000! Good sign.

Pistons in the Paint

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The Detroit Pistons and their prowess in the paint are at issue in John Schumann's article.

Do you agree, that it is unlikely Brandon Jennings can change his game?

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Local radio sports personality Jamie Sammuelson; wrote this piece for the Freep about why it unlikely BJ7 will change his game with the Pistons. Do you agree or disagree?

Your first look at the 2013-2014 Pistons

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For those of you that can't be at the Palace today it is streaming online right now. The future is now, people. And, it is Mo Cheeks yelling on a microphone to highlight reel dunks and dropping F-bombs.

Floor spacing?

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I agree with Cousins (don't hold that against me), I think we should sign Mullins to a 10 day contract. Yo, CV, hit the showers.

I'll squint as hard as you want

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I normally don't like their stuff, and this kind of seems like a reach, but it would be TOTALLY WICKED!!!!

The Basketball Jones comes to NBA TV #TheStarters

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Having listened to The Basketball Jones since before their 10th episode, seeing this is absolutely unreal. JE Skeets, Tas Melas, Trey Kerby and crew are no longer The Basketball Jones, but "The Starters" on NBA TV.