Woohoo! The Pistons get a convincing win, albeit against a really bad team. I guess it was bound to happen eventually.
|Greg Monroe, PF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +2Monroe rebounded well, particularly offensively, but he could never make anything happen on those offensive boards. And the shots he did make were not really attempts he should be going for, including a long jumper (which at least he took without hesitation) and a shot down low that he put up after about 500 head fakes.|
|Josh Smith, SF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +17Smith was taking terrible, terrible, typical Josh Smith shots. But he was making them, so credit where it’s due. And he had one of his best perimeter defensive performances of the season. Also, his fast break block was sick.Funniest moment of the night: when Smith tried to be the Piston to take a technical free throw. Jennings saw him going there and sprinted to get to the line first.|
|Andre Drummond, C Shot Chart 33 MIN | 5-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 17 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +19Drummond was a beast. You see his 17 boards and 2 blocks. What you don’t see are how many attempts he altered. Nor the fact that every time he didn’t crash the offensive glass, he was hustling back on defense hard. He was almost back to the paint by the time Monroe corralled an offensive board for Detroit.|
|Brandon Jennings, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 7-19 FG | 4-7 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +22Jennings was a tale of two halves. He was brutal in the first, but hit some really big buckets in the second. I average that out to a mediocre game.The most damning part of his performance wasn’t the inefficient scoring. It was the noteworthy drop off in defense when he played as opposed to Bynum. I don’t expect strong D from Jennings, but you don’t want to be the guy who looks way worse on that end than Will.|
|Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Shot Chart 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +4Why did KCP play so few minutes? He wasn’t incredible, but he was better than 19 minutes. Not much to analyze here.|
|Tony Mitchell, PF Shot Chart 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -9Mitchell made the most of his minimal floor time.|
|Josh Harrellson, PF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 3 PTS | -1Harrellson contributed to the Pistons domination of the glass (dropping Orlando to 0-23 when outrebounded), but apart from that, he was awful. He spent too much time near the basket (when he’s on the floor presumably to space it), he missed shots, he turned the ball over 3 times in spite of the fact that he hardly ever touched it, and he got repeatedly burned on D, forcing him to foul.|
|Jonas Jerebko, PF Shot Chart 6 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -8Jerebko was lackluster. I can’t blame him as the game was over when he entered, but that’s not how you get more minutes.|
|Kyle Singler, SF Shot Chart 23 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +20It is so much fun to watch Singler crash the offensive glass. He picks his spots, but makes the most of them. Other than that, it was pretty much a typical game for Kyle, but he hit his shots at a slightly better rate than normal.|
|Luigi Datome, SF 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -7Ok, I’m drawing the line here. There just wasn’t enough to analyze.|
|Will Bynum, PG Shot Chart 15 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +5Bynum’s stat line doesn’t look very good, but he came in and changed the tempo of the game. He got Detroit’s lead started and then it continued to balloon after he sat (is that a plus or a minus for him?). Mostly, I was really impressed by his defense, forcing Nelson into a 24 second violation and then blocking a layup after it looked like Nelson had everyone beat.|
|Rodney Stuckey, SG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +16Typical numbers, typical game from Stuckey. It was hilarious to hear the commentator talking about the right corner being Stuckey’s sweet spot after he hit a shot from there. “He’s now 7-12 from there on the season”. Really, he shoots from there once every four games and that’s his spot?|
I’m not quite sure what was up with Cheeks. He was in the stands, not on the bench. I don’t know if he showed up late or just decided to try deferring responsibility to his assistants, but it worked. Clearly, less Cheeks, is Mo. Let’s hope he continues to take himself out of the picture moving forward.
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