|Jason Maxiell, PF 23 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -14
The Pistons grabbed 55 percent of available defensive rebounds when Maxiell was on the court tonight, the lowest mark on the team during a game nearly everyone rebounded poorly, according to NBA.com/stats. He had five defensive rebounds himself, but he didn’t help the Pistons rebound better.
|Greg Monroe, C 32 MIN | 8-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 17 PTS | -28
Monroe established great inside positioning to create many easy looks for himself, and he made some whizzing passes to create sure-fire baskets for his teammates. He even defended his position OK. But six turnovers, even not all of them were his fault, is still much too high. Monroe was in perfect control when taking shots, but those moments between gave him some problems.
|Jose Calderon, PG 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -11
Calderon left the game with flu-like symptoms. His hair must have been wet when Deron Williams (14 of his 31 points in the first quarter) breezed by him all those times.
|Rodney Stuckey, PG 34 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -21
Stuckey raises expectations and then underwhelms? I am shocked.
|Kyle Singler, SG 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -25
Didn’t guard well, didn’t shoot well,
|Jonas Jerebko, PF 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -19
Lawrence Frank must be itching to pull him from the rotation.
|Charlie Villanueva, PF 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -17
Villanueva hasn’t scored or rebounded more than this in a game in the last 10 days.
|Khris Middleton, SF 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -12
It wasn’t that long ago Middleton raised his 3-point percentage above league average, but he’s sub 30 percent again. Let’s no overreact, in either direction, to fluctuations for someone with such a small total of shots. I stand by my previous opinion: Middleton has not proven he’s a good outsider shooter.
|Viacheslav Kravtsov, C 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5
Didn’t play until garbage time, but he dunked in transition, which is the perfect garbage-time move. He’s getting it.
|Will Bynum, PG 30 MIN | 8-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -28
Because he led the team in scoring, Bynum will be the first Piston mentioned in any old-school, non-nuanced article about this game, but that doesn’t mean he actually played well. Bynum should not have taken nine more shots than anyone else on the team. I’m certainly not opposed to Bynum shooting, but many of these were forced looks, especially early, when the game wasn’t totally over.
|Kim English, SG 18 MIN | 3-7 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -5
English has played 99 minutes and appeared in each of the last seven games – that Frank coached. In the six games with Brian Hill at the helm, English played just six minutes and collected five DNP-CDs. If that isn’t evidence the two coaches disagree on English, I don’t know what is. English rewarded Frank’s faith with a not-terrible performance, which put him a step above most his teammates.
|Brandon Knight, PG DNP SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE
Knight had a fantastic night. This happened, and Jason Terry is now the victim of the latest, greatest dunk (and new hero of the anti-fun crowd).
In a moment that symbolizes Frank’s night, Brook Lopez, whom Frank coached with the Nets, ran over to wish Frank well in his return to coaching after dealing with his wife’s illness. However, 5:44 remained on the clock when Lopez approached Detroit’s bench. At that point, though, the game was long over.
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