My Detroit Sports: #MyPistons Weekly #2

Our second #MyPistons Weekly finds Detroit on a 3 game winning streak. The Pistons rebounded from a 7 game losing streak in a big way by winning both halves of a back to back on the road, followed by a narrow win at Little Caesars Arena a little over 36 hours later. The only loss this week was a groin injury to starting guard Avery Bradley. He will remain out until at least the next #MyPistons Weekly report. Luke Kennard has taken his place in the starting lineup.

The best way to end a cold streak, either with shooting or in terms of wins and losses, in this case both, is to reverse the trend with an easy score. That’s why the Pistons were happy to see the Atlanta Hawks after a tough week marked by poor shooting performances. The Hawks are in a rebuilding mode and currently hold the worst record in the NBA. The Pistons took full advantage with a dominant 2nd and 3rd quarter on their way to an easy 105-91 victory. Andre Drummond was 2 assists away from a triple double with a 12 point/19 rebound/8 assist performance. Eric Moreland added another 10 boards helping the Pistons gain 14 to 7 edge on the offensive glass and 46-34 overall. More importantly, bench contributions allowed the starters to play rest in anticipation of the next night’s game in Indiana.

Pistons continued their Season of Giving and stopped by Detroit’s Nike Store.

The Pacers have outperformed expectations this season behind breakout star Victor Oladipo. Coming into this game both teams had successfully defended their home court. However, the Pistons bench proved the difference in this critical central division game. A two possession game late in the 3rd quarter became a 16 point 4th quarter lead through the sharp shooting of Anthony Tolliver and Langston Galloway. The Pistons bench outscored their Indiana counterparts 43-22, which was enough to overcome a late scoring burst by Oladipo and a poor shooting night from Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson (a combined 5-25 from the field). The Pacers were able to cut the lead to 2 with a 1:34 left in the game, but the Pistons defense prevented Indiana from scoring another point. Free throws from Reggie Jackson and Stanley Johnson in the final minute secured the 104-98 victory. The win was Coach Stan Van Gundy’s 500th for his career.

The force was strong with the Pistons as they came home for a Sunday “Star Wars” themed matinee matchup against the Orlando Magic.

The Magic were without dunk contest favorite Aaron Gordon, but made up for it with strong performances from Nikola Vucevic, Jonathan Simmons, and a career night from Mario Hezonja. The story should be about the Pistons tying a franchise record with 17 three pointers on 34 attempts. That hot shooting helped Detroit build a 24 point 4th quarter lead. But Orlando went on a 19-0 run in a little under 4 minutes to turn a 105-81 blowout into a close 105-100 game. Tobias Harris stopped the bleeding with a layup, and the Pistons were able to recover at the foul line to escape with a 114-110 victory. Superior depth was the difference as the Pistons bench dominated by a 45-18 margin. Reggie Bullock also had a career high with 20 points. This allowed the Detroit to overcome Mario Hezonja’s career high of 28 points (8-12 from behind the arc) and Nikola Vucevic’s 24 point/14 rebound/7 point performance. Andre Drummond was held to a single digit rebound total for only the third time this season with a season low 6 boards.

The Pistons will need to keep getting solid contributions from every man on the roster to continue the winning streak tonight in Dallas. They come home to play the Knicks on Friday and the Pacers again the day after Christmas.

Take a look at some of our #MyPistons Fans of the Week! These fans showed their #DetroitBasketball spirit at LCA and on the road at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis!

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