Category: NBA

My Detroit Sports: #MyPistons Weekly #1

The Pistons are still searching for their first win in December. Since their last win at home against the Suns on November 29th, the Pistons have lost 7 straight games. All 7 games have been tough ones, with road losses in Washington, Philadelphia, and San Antonio heading into this week. The Pistons have had great effort and close games, but the shots simply haven’t fallen. Stan Van Gundy has also tried some lineup changes by moving Reggie Bullock to the starting lineup and giving meaningful minutes to fan favorite Boban Marjanovic for the first time this season.

Last Wednesday the Pistons went into Milwaukee to face the Bucks for the first time since their trade for Eric Bledsoe. The Pistons shot poorly, 41.4% from the field, but were kept in the game by Andre Drummond’s monster 27 point/20 rebound effort. The game was tied after 3 quarters, but a 14-1 run by Milwaukee to start the 4th and 4 free throws in the final minute by former Piston Khris Middleton provided the Bucks with a 104-100 victory.

The Pistons headed home to face the defending world champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors were without 2 time MVP Steph Curry, but still had plenty of star power with Kevin Durant plus Saginaw native and Michigan State product Draymond Green. The story on the evening was blocked shots, with Durant and Green combining for 11 of the 15 Warriors rejections. And again, poor shooting doomed the Pistons. A valiant effort to rally from a double digit deficit in the 4th quarter came up short in the final seconds. Avery Bradley’s 3 pointer and 2 missed free throws by Shaun Livingston cut the Warriors lead to 2 points heading into the final possession. Reggie Jackson was unable to convert and the ball landed in Klay Thompson’s hands. Thompson made both of his free throws and the Warriors escaped with a 102-98 victory.

In the middle of their homestand, the Pistons made sure they gave back during the holidays.

It didn’t get much easier on Sunday against the Eastern Conference leading Boston Celtics. The Pistons poor shooting hit a low point with a 28-84 (33.3%) effort from the field. Former Piston Aaron Baynes was able to match the production of Andre Drummond with both players scoring a half dozen points and Drummond grabbing only 2 more rebounds in 4 more minutes of action. Anthony Tolliver and Ish Smith did their part providing quality production off the bench, but the balanced scoring of the Celtics starters was too much on this off shooting night. The Pistons fell 91-81.

More Pistons in the community, as Andre Drummond visited U of D Jesuit and Stanley Johnson was at Say Play Detroit.

 

The homestand ended with a match against the shorthanded Denver Nuggets. 35.4% shooting from the field prevented the Pistons from taking advantage of Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap’s absence. The Nuggets took a 10 point halftime lead and turned into a blowout behind a 3rd quarter surge from Jamal Murray and his outside shooting. Langston Galloway and Boban Marjanovic had season highs with 18 points and 14 points/5 rebounds respectively. But the Nuggets shot over 50% from the field behind Jamal Murray (11-19 for 28 points) and Trey Lyles (7-7 for 20 points) as the Pistons fell 103-84 and the losing streak extended to 7.

The Pistons will try to reverse their fortunes on the road Thursday night in Atlanta against the Hawks in the first night of a back to back. The road trip continues Friday night in Indiana in an important game between Central Division rivals.

Pistons fall in Washington 109-91

The Pistons faced the Washington Wizards in D.C. tonight. The Wizards were without All-Star John Wall.

The two teams were evenly matched for most of the first half. Neither team could build more than a single possession lead in the 1st quarter. The Wizards started pulling ahead early in the 2nd quarter, but a 16-2 Pistons run turned a 7 point deficit into a 7 point lead. The Pistons led by 6 going into the half.

Everything that could go wrong did in the third quarter. The Pistons were outscored 35-15 as the Wizards pulled away and were able to maintain a double digit lead. Dominance on the boards by Washington was the story tonight, as the Wizards outrebounded the Pistons 49-32 and 16-4 on the offensive glass. Midway through the 4th quarter, Stan Van Gundy emptied his bench and conceded the game. For the second straight night Boban Marjanovic was able to get minutes.

Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 14 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Tobias Harris had 15 points and 2 rebounds. Avery Bradley added 13 points and 4 steals. Luke Kennard’s 10 points led the scoring off the bench. Washington was led by Markieff Morris’ 23 points and 7 rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. had 17 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Tomas Satoransky had 17 points off the Wizards bench.

Notes: The Pistons fell to 14-7 on the season, and 6-5 on the road. Detroit continues the road trip tomorrow night in Philadelphia.