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20-10 games for everyone! (at least Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Kyle Singler)

Philadelphia 76ers 96 Final
Recap | Box Score
113 Detroit Pistons
Greg Monroe, PF 29 MIN | 8-10 FG | 5-9 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +26

Monroe was the offensive hub tonight he could be many nights. The ball went through him, and he either got a good shot or found a teammate for one. Why don’t the Pistons put Monroe in this role more often? Perhaps fueled by his expand offensive responsibility, he had a little extra pep in his step defensively. The results on that end weren’t perfect, but when Monroe is using his quick hands to get steals, his fundamental defensive issues matter a heck of a lot less.

Josh Smith, SF 30 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-5 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 9 PTS | +25

Late in the second half, Smith got a steal and then tried to bring the ball upcourt himself. Against only mild defensive pressure, he lost control of his dribble out of bounds. This is a player who does not know his limits. But his talents are so diverse, he can still positively impact the game.

Andre Drummond, C 23 MIN | 10-11 FG | 2-5 FT | 14 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 5 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +15

Offensively and defensively, Drummond was a beast – and he makes it look so easy. It’s not reasonable to expect him ever to produce like this every night, but watching him actually do it, somehow it seems possible.

Brandon Jennings, PG 37 MIN | 6-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +27

Jennings – as he does from time to time – found trouble. (Or, if you prefer, trouble found him.) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope fouled Evan Turner on a drive late in the first half. As Turner continued past the baseline under the basket, he blindly threw the ball back toward the court. At best, he was trying to keep the ball in bounds in case the foul wasn’t called. At worst, he was carelessly tossing the ball into a crowd. Either way, the ball hit Caldwell-Pope in the face. Jennings ran to scoop up the ball and chucked it at Turner’s legs. Jennings got a technical foul, but he was lucky not to be ejected. Expect the NBA office to look at that one again. I like that Jennings stuck up for his teammate, but he could have done that verbally rather than physically. As for Jennings’ play, he got as easy of a 20 points as someone shooting 35 percent can get. Thanks to the effectiveness and increased role for Detroit’s frontline, Jennings could just hang back, attempt way more shots than anyone else on the team and pad his scoring numbers.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG 21 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +14

Caldwell-Pope was aggressive early, probably even a little too shot-happy. But he got going midway through the third quarter, scoring and defending at an elite level for a short stretch.

Josh Harrellson, PF 13 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1

Harrellson was much more ineffective than helpful, even if he had a couple OK moments.

Jonas Jerebko, PF 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -11

Any interest in using your limited minutes to make a rotation case? No? OK, whatever.

Charlie Villanueva, PF 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -10

What about you? No? Alright. No skin off my back.

Luigi Datome, SF 7 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

I understand that it’s not easy to come in cold as a shooter, but Datome played seven minutes – his most action in more than a month – and he still couldn’t get warm enough to make a single shot? Maybe Datome would perform better in regular role, but there’s just no way to give him one.

Kyle Singler, SF 35 MIN | 6-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +5

Singler gave the Pistons three players with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game for the first time since 1997, when Grant Hill, Bison Dele and Lindsey Hunter (!) did it in a win over the Suns. Obviously, Monroe and Drummond were too impactful inside for the 76ers. But I really think the Pistons could have started Singler as a stretch center in place of either of those two and still won. Philadelphia is awful inside, and the absence of Michael Carter-Williams removed some of their best counters for offsetting that.

Will Bynum, PG 23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -3

Bynum was moderately helpful off the bench, focusing on passing until garbage time. Then, he looked for his own shot a bit more.

Rodney Stuckey, SG 9 MIN | 0-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | +7

Stuckey left the game during the second quarter with dizziness and didn’t return. He had a scary incident a few years ago due to something similar, but he turned out fine. Hopefully, that’s the case again. Encouragingly, the concern level tonight never even approach the previous case. Before leaving the game, Stuckey was off.

Maurice Cheeks

Sometimes, less is more. The Pistons didn’t do anything fancy. They just gave the biggest responsibilities to their best players against a bad team, and it worked beautifully.

11 Comments

  • Feb 2, 20145:40 am
    by gmehl

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    Hey I’m not a fan of Jennings but I think your being a bit hard on him Dan. Turner in my eyes clearly threw that ball directly back at KCPs head. To Jennings defence there was a lot of jawing going on before that which led to Turner’s frustration to which he lost his cool followed in turn by Jennings losing his cool. What he did wouldn’t have been smart if it was a close game but I actually saw it that he had KCPs back which could actually have a good effect. Wasn’t it only last month where no one lept to Nick Young’s defence when he got hammered on a fast break making it look like his teammates didn’t give a sh*t about him. He situation was a little different but it would’ve been nice for Young to know that his boys had his back. Jennings has a long rap sheet of these indiscretions but this time I am cool with what he did. I am pretty sure Monroe was involved in the play too but I wasn’t sure if he was having words with Turner or Jennings…pretty sure he it was Turner who showed he is an immature a-hole.

  • Feb 2, 20145:42 am
    by Derek

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    Philly is awful.  Philly was without their gem of a pg, MCW.  Still the Pistons have been awful and clueless.  So to see them win like this is very encouraging.  If the recipe for success is playing to your strengths (bigs), let’s keep that going.
     
    I’ve liked and lobbied for running the offense through Monroe for awhile now.  It’s great to see things work out well with Monroe being a big reason for it.  Now we’ve got to minimize the mental lapses and the reckless play of our big ticket item free agents.  C’mon J-Smoove.  C’mon B-Jennings.  We need more for you guys.  More intelligence.  More discipline.
     
    Shout out to KCP for his continually intense defense.  Use the Rising Stars weekend snub as a motivator.

  • Feb 2, 20146:34 am
    by NotSoBigZ

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    Just look at the free throw shooting, 24/40!… That’s so awful.

  • Feb 2, 201410:20 am
    by Marvin Madison

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    Good win everything went well as planned hopefully they can keep it up!

  • Feb 2, 201410:55 am
    by I HATE LOSING (Predicting A Strong Finish)

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    We have to stay committed to one style of play..we also have to get Drummond involved in the offense..abd make open 3… but over the 6-7 games Miami and the SPURS will be the biggest challenge….
    Like I said earlier win 5 out of 7 and we are a 5 seed

  • Feb 2, 201411:41 am
    by Jay wiz

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    And the scary thing is Drum only played 23 minutes

  • Feb 2, 201411:53 am
    by I HATE LOSING (Predicting A Strong Finish)

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    Plays actually being run for Drummond! Rather than lobs

  • Feb 2, 201412:03 pm
    by I HATE LOSING (Predicting A Strong Finish)

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    More fun Drummond stuff and maybe one of our experts can do a deeper report in it….
    November – 28.6% FT shooting
    December – 39.7% FT shooting
    January – 48.4% FT shooting
    Very promising

    • Feb 3, 20149:09 am
      by DG

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      Also:
      Free Throw Attempts: 2.3, 4.6, 5.3
      Blocked shots: 1.3, 2.0 and 2.3
      Rebounds: 12.0, 13.0, 13,7
      for November, December and January. Admittedly small samples, but headed the right direction.

  • Feb 2, 20143:54 pm
    by jamesjones_det

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    KCP and Singler on the floor together sure seems to do wonders for spreading the floor (I’ve brought this up before), but I’m sure Cheeks will “pay attention to the stats” and keep only using that line up on rare occasions.

  • Feb 2, 20146:11 pm
    by pablum

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    Impressive game from our big 3–Have to gve it to them. Gores today quoted at length and unles I’m still high from  1974  told the Piston world that he is going to be “Patient”(!) and stay with the team as is. He burped and said it was a “fact” we are “better than our record.” (full disclosure: I don’t know if Gores burped. “Gores burped.” Weirdly lyrical.)
    So if Josh Smith is forced to be 3rd/4th option because of the new nucleus of the team, namely Jennings/Drum/Moose, and KCP starts hitting his wide open 3′s, and we get Steady Stuckey/Singler play then in the Reggie Watts Shit-Fuck-Stack East we should compete, according to Gores. And Old Equity may be right.
    There was a strange and unexpected note of morbidity in this game. Per David Mayo, we hadn’t had a 20/10 trio since G. Hill/ Hunter/ and Bison Dele…

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