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Brooklyn avoids season sweep by Detroit

Detroit Pistons 104 FinalRecap | Box Score 116 Brooklyn Nets
Greg Monroe, PF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -13Monroe was the worst possible version of himself, getting torched by both Pierce and Teletovic while failing to exploit their lack of size.

Josh Smith, SF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -15Josh Smith took stupid shots… more of them went in than normal. Good job, I guess?

Kyle Singler, SF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -13Singler did a good job on Joe Johnson, producing a comparable line to the all-star.

Andre Drummond, C Shot Chart 42 MIN | 10-14 FG | 3-7 FT | 18 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +1As predicted, Drummond feasted on a pathetic rotation of bigs that had no business being assigned to deal with him.

Brandon Jennings, PG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -5Jennings was just flat out awful. he perpetually looked a step slow, he was sloppy with the ball, and he made Shaun Livingston look like a star.

Jonas Jerebko, PF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +2Jerebko has really made the most of the second half of this season. He legitimately looks like a rotation-caliber player. But the Pistons still have guys who need the minutes more.

Peyton Siva, PG Shot Chart 21 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -7I am okay with Siva getting big minutes, but his only real asset is that he can help a team lose. Better to evaluate players who are still question marks.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Shot Chart 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +5KCP plays a very minor role on the team, even while on the floor. So he needs more court time than most to really evaluate. seven minutes doesn’t cut it.

Rodney Stuckey, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -15Stuckey’s game couldn’t possibly get any more mediocre than this.

John Loyer
Teams usually tighten up their rotations when getting a couple more wins is significantly more important than player evaluation and health. Why is Loyer playing so few guys?Does this man have any plan at all?


  • Apr 5, 20141:24 am
    by Guest


    It’s kind of funny that whenever Monroe makes more jumpers than normal you read about how he “confidently took some jump shots” and how good that was. 
    But then if Smith makes them he gets blamed for taking bad shots and getting lucky.
    Not saying that I want to see either of them taking jumpers.  But I think the grades should be based on what they actually do on the court.  Not on whether or not you think that they’d be able to repeat that same performance going forward.  And even if you disagree with that, at the very least the method of grading should be consistent from player to player.

    • Apr 5, 201412:47 pm
      by oats


      They are at pretty different points in their careers though. Monroe still has some chance of developing a jump shot, although it’s looking increasingly unlikely. I guess Smith technically could do it, but the odds are too slight to think it’s at all realistic. So that shot means something different for each player. For Monroe it’s a sign that he still knows he needs to work on that area of his game because it could turn him into a very different player, and for Smith it’s him not being willing to embrace the fact that it’s not part of his game and his path to improvement involves just taking fewer jump shots.

  • Apr 5, 20141:32 am
    by Guest


    And regarding Loyer, I firmly believe he’s been doing his very best to win every game since taking over. At least until this one, with Siva playing so much.
    There’s zero chance of him being our head coach next year.  He may never get a shot at being a head coach again.
    Therefore I think he’s doing his best to win as many games as he can, since the record he accumulates will stick with him forever.  He’s just failing miserably at that.  (luckily for us)

    • Apr 5, 20145:12 pm
      by Huddy


      Siva played because Bynum was hurt.
      The record will stick with him, but if any organization that was considering him look simply at win/loss and threw him out that would be a rather basic analysis for a professional sports program.  A half competent organization would understand the situation of this season IMO.  

  • Apr 5, 20142:50 am
    by MoATL


    Well if you wanted us to lose this was the perfect game to root for as usual. Absolutely no adjustments made throughout the game. Nets kept picking on our small PGs all game long. There was no help hence Livingston looked like Superstar w/ his 7inch height advantage.  HELLO!  If you planned on moving Stuckey at point why not put our best perimeter defender in the game in KCP. He’s not all defense but he’s pesky at least. 
    I actually agree with the grade of Monroe. He was horrible. Let his man torch him yet know aggression on the offensive end to exploit. Maybe it wasn’t in the game plan

  • Apr 5, 20143:44 am
    by @GPMasters


    Monroe is still trying to improve his jumper. You could say it’s the key to him becoming a star or just a good player. Therefore if he is displaying confidence in his jumper it could be sign of development.
    Smith, on the other hand is the finished article. Therefore he has no business EVER shooting outside the restricted zone.

    • Apr 5, 20141:03 pm
      by Guest


      Okay, fair point.  But still, right now Smith is actually a better outside shooter than Monroe.  He just has much much much worse shot selection.
      I cringe every time Monroe takes a jumper, and I very much doubt that he’ll ever develop one.

      • Apr 5, 20145:19 pm
        by Huddy


        Neither one is good enough to warrant taking outside shots, one is young enough to have a chance at improving its as simple as that.  It matters very little that Smith is better but still very bad at taking outside shots.  all that tells me is that Smith Has a low IQ.

  • Apr 5, 20144:01 am
    by James


    For a guy who is about to get his first taste at free agency, albeit restricted, you would think Monroe would be playing his ass off this year. Funny thing, I don’t think he can, what you see now is as good(mouth vomit) as he will ever be.  Same for Jennings,  the only thing that could salvage either one or come close to an all-star game reserve would be lucking up and getting in the right system on the right team.  I have ZERO DESIRE to see ANYONE on this team next year not named Drummond, Pope and I think Mitchell’s athleticism can be harnessed into a good rotation player.

  • Apr 5, 20145:33 am
    by Mr Woods


    @James: I agree 100%!!!

  • Apr 5, 20147:03 am
    by Eric


    What a waste drafting Siva was. This guy has no future in the NBA based on what I’ve seen. Keep giving him 20+ minutes a game and we should get the 6th-7th pick for sure. Also I would like to see Jerebko getting even more opportunities to prove himself.

    • Apr 5, 201410:49 am
      by zdh


      i think jerebko has established what he is. those minutes should go to datome or mitchell at this point. see if datome can translate his shooting to the NBA, see if mitchell was the steal we all think he is. jerebko is going to be an energy guy that occasionally hits some shots.

    • Apr 5, 20145:14 pm
      by Huddy


      What percentage of guys taken at the end of the draft are you under the impression make it in the nba.  It’s not a waste, more like a predictable result based on his draft position.

    • Apr 5, 20146:23 pm
      by Tim Thielke


      It’s pretty much impossible to waste a pick in the 50s. It’s like wasting a penny. Perhaps technically possible but who cares?

  • Apr 5, 20148:01 am
    by Gus


    Thank you finally someone who sees how Sivas game doesn’t translate to the Nba.  I don’t understand so many people calling for him to play.  at least we didn’t waste a higher pick on him!  As a die hard this seasons been hard to watch.   No heart on this team.   No leaders!  equals no wins.  

  • Apr 5, 20149:55 am
    by hoophabit


    There’s no point in angst over drafting Siva.  It was a second round pick where you take a look.  Yeah, I was having a laugh this morning over the Siva articles in the papers.  Sorry, but this kid isn’t long for the league.  When you’re both too slow and too small the NBA isn’t kind.  That said, I’m all for playing him now.  We have nothing left to win, other than an improved chance in the lottery.  Players won’t play to lose, so it’s up to team management to maximize the opportunities.

    • Apr 5, 201411:16 am
      by hirobeats


      … you think he is too slow? I’m mean he certainly NBA caliber as far as akill level. but his athleticism is the only thing that gives him a shot.. 

    • Apr 5, 20145:44 pm
      by Jon


      yeah he’s not too slow. just short and can’t shoot

  • Apr 5, 201410:24 am
    by MrHappyMushroom


    I actually thought Siva looked better than that.  He is far quicker and more dogged on defense than Jennings (though the size difference made him pretty hopeless in guarding Livingston).  And he’s probably not a good enough shooter to stay in the league.  But he handled the ball well and made a few nice passes.  I understand that he looked less good in the first half (which I didn’t see). But he was possibly an upgrade over the fourth quarter PGing we’ve seen this year.
    Shut Bynum down for the year.  Also time for Rodney to bruise something again, and give his minutes to KCP and Datome.  And let Mitchell play a couple of complete quarters. All of this should have happened a month ago, of course…

  • Apr 7, 20145:08 pm
    by hoophabit


    I have to give Siva credit for looking pretty good in this game.  He did play more decisively.  Now that we’re officially eliminated from playoff contention perhaps we’ll see more of him and Mitchell?

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