Game Recap: Games #28. Pistons 147 - Bulls 144. 16-12. Holy piss.

So, I did not see the overtimes as they happened. I ended up having to leave to go to see Star Wars (which I enjoyed very much. 5/5 would smash again.) figuring I could listen to the very end of the game on the radio on the way. I got out of the car when the 1st overtime finished, I then followed on my Brother's phone until the movie started, which got me to almost the end of the 2nd OT. I came out of the theatre, and I saw that the game had gone 4 overtimes, and there was a new Reggie Super Saiyan flair. I decided not to look at the stats, or what exactly happened. I then checked the TV guide, and went to bed. I woke up around 3:30 (2 hours or so of sleep) and watched the re-run of the game. And it was absolutely worth it. This was a Viking Epic of a basketball game. Wow. (also thank goodness the Pistons do not play again till tuesday.)

Box Score.

REGGIE-"ANEURYSM-OF-LEADERSHIP"-JACKSON: On a night which was ultimately not all that remarkable for Reggie, he still showed everyone exactly why SVG believed in him enough to trade for, and then give a max contract. 31 points on 32 equivalents, 13 assists to just 2 turnovers, he allowed Derrick Rose to go wild, and although those numbers are very good, it took 50 minutes to get them so it is not that crazy. But if you watched, this was literally the sort of performance that gives birth to legends. In the 4th overtime, after so long playing, and after struggling with his shot the whole game, Jackson flipped it into another gear. 13 points in a single overtime is insane, and they were hard buckets as well. Those of you who are fans of University of Michigan may be familiar with Zak Novak's Aneurysm of Leadership.Reggie is cold as ice on the floor, but he performed an on-floor Aneurysm of Leadership with his play. That is the sort of thing that sets a dude apart. That when the going gets REALLY tough, he just looks around and says "Fuck you, Fuck that, and Fuck this. I'm going to do this." And he did it. Reggie Jackson had an aneurysm of leadership. And boy was it awesome to see. Reggie Jackson knows the secret.

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KC3: In the end it was not that great a game for KCP. He struggled to score efficiently with 17 points on 20 equivalents. Had some foul trouble, and generally struggled to guard Jimmy Butler all game. But then again, HE HIT A HUGE FREAKING 3 THAT WAS AWESOME, and also played some very good defense down the stretch. Ironically, in a game that went to 4 overtimes and was a Viking Epic. KCP ended up being the only Pistons starter to not crack 50 minutes. (it was 49 but still) KCP has a relentless motor and he showed that tonight. Even to the bitter end of this game he was flying around at high speeds, which even though he did not score very well, it is worth something.

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Greater Morris: Had a very solid game, and also played 57 freaking minutes. 20 points on 20 equivalents, 7 boards, 2 assists. And even though he ended up fouling out, he was one of the only Pistons players to avoid foul trouble for most of the game. (which is why he played so freaking many minutes.) His defense had a few lapses, but he also had some very nice plays, including straight up blocking a shot by Jimmy Butler down the stretch. Very good game from Morris, and he, like Reggie, is the sort of ice cold dude that should scare teams in crunch time. He is not afraid of the moment and can hit hard shots.

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Ersan Ilyasova: Actually not a very good game for Ersan. 18 points on 21 equivalents (and just 1/8 from deep) and he also had several rather suspect defensive plays. He did manage to draw another charge. Which just, why would you ever drive when Ersan is there anymore, dude draws so many charges. But regardless, he managed to survive playing for 54 minutes and still have energy at the end of the game. So that is worth a lot. Not a great game from Ersan, but he was alright.

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ANDRE-MOTHER-FUCKIN-DRUMMOND: 33 points on 30 equivalents (including 5/10 from the line) and 22 rebounds in 55 minutes. And what is even more impressive is that (by my unofficial count) he played like 25 minutes with 5 fouls. He was generally too big for Gasol and hit a lot of hooks over him, and was the absolute anchor for the defense. He had several of his buckets in real clutch moments even. Andre Drummond is a beast, plain and simple. Also I think he officially succeeded at conditioning enough that he can play until the end of games.

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Stanley Johnson: Had some foul trouble and ended up fouling out in 30 minutes, but 16 points on 13 equivalents is nice. And he played quite a few crunch time minutes as well which was nice to see. But what made this game especially impressive for Stanley is that he scored most of his points on his own. His previous good scoring games would be either he had gotten a lot of fastbreaks, or open 3s that he happened to can. This game he hit some pull up jumpers, some floaters, got to the rim. Just a very nice game from Johnson.

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Steve Blake: After having to play quite a bit in the 1st quarter due to foul trouble for Reggie, I thought that Blake had the best quarter of the year, in that he was actually clearly a net positive on the floor. He kept up his not being horrible ways all game. He still can't guard anybody, but if he can manage to score a wee bit he shows a little bit of use. Also was forced to play a wee bit at the very end of the game and did not do anything horrible. So a decent game for Blake.

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Anthony Tolliver: Only played 13 minutes, hit a shot. Gave some effort. Didn't do a whole lot really. But was just fine. Unless he shoots a lot he does not have a huge impact either way.

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Joel Anthony: Playing for Aron Baynes tonight (officially Baynes was a DNP CD but he supposedly had some back spasms or something) and he was ok. Only played 14 minutes, but was fine in those minutes. His springy defense managed to keep from opening up too many holes, and on offense he hit 2 free throws. Yay.

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General: That was awesome. Reggie Jackson has the "other gear" that people love to talk about the great players having, and Andre Drummond was awesome as well. I would just assume not have had to play the starters quite so much, but SVG surely was aware of the long rest before the next game, so I am not actually worried. That was super fun, if it was not for the awful reffing (both ways) this would have been the most fun game to watch of the year so far, even so, this will probably end up being one of the best games of the year.

P.S. I am now going to take a nap before the Drive game. But for anyone going to the Drive game, keep an eye out for me or hit me up and let me know where you will be so I can keep an eye out for you. I will be rocking my "Form A Fucking Wall" shirt and I have hipster glasses. And if anyone is worried about going to the game because the seats available now (not a lot left) are not that good. 1. The delta plex is small enough that even the "bad" seats are pretty good. 2. Even if your seat sucks, or if you can't get more than one seat in the same spot, you can just go stand on either end of the court, and basically watch the game from damn near courtside. Seriously, just go to the game. Hope to see some of you there!