|Greg Monroe, PF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 8-17 FG | 3-5 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -8Monroe played a good game, even doing a solid job on defense in the first half. In the second half, well, no Piston did.|
|Josh Smith, SF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 6-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -18On offense, Smith took lots of stupid shots. On defense, he got burned outside the paint. Inside the paint, he’d do a decent job until failing to ever box anyone out and got beat for tons of second chances.|
|Andre Drummond, C Shot Chart 36 MIN | 6-10 FG | 3-8 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -2Memphis played Drummond smart. They tied him up whenever he tried to make a post move. Meanwhile, Drummond did not play smart, getting into foul trouble (again), resulting in Cheeks stupidly yanking him early (again).
Drummond was pretty much the only good thing Detroit had going, he can’t lose it like that, especially with the technical he picked up on his way off the court.
|Brandon Jennings, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 2-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 11 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -14All those assists look nice, but shooting 14% is unacceptable.|
|Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -9KCP isn’t good enough for his performance to usually swing a game either way, but he gave Detroit all they could ask for in this one.|
|Josh Harrellson, PF Shot Chart 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -17Harrelson can’t seem to get many minutes of late. If that were because of smart big man staggering by Cheeks, I’d be pleased. Unfortunately, it’s probably because his D has been pretty weak since November.|
|Jonas Jerebko, PF Shot Chart 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -13Jerabko probably only saw the floor because of Singler’s foul trouble. He did what he was supposed to. No more, no less.|
|Kyle Singler, SF Shot Chart 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -18Singler was somehow on pace for more than 17 PFs per 48 minutes in this one. Normally, I don’t care how much bench players foul, but that was kinda crazy.|
|Will Bynum, PG Shot Chart 21 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -17Bynum was the best Pistons PG in this game. He set an astonishingly low bar that nobody could beat.|
|Luigi Datome, SF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3Datome only played meaningless garbage miutes.|
|Chauncey Billups, SG Shot Chart 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -21“Mr. Big Turnover” is washed up. The Pistons need Stuckey back.|
The Pistons got off to a good start as the Grizzlies tried to bring the ball inside and the Detroit bigs shut them down.
But it couldn’t last and switching to a zone certainly didn’t help. Neither did pulling Drummond (or Singler). Why are coaches so worried about their players fouling out. The worst that can happen is that they come out of the game. And that’s what happens when you pull them out preemptively, anyway.
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