Game Recap/Notes: Game #27. Pistons 119 - Celtics 116. 15-12.

Wow. That was a very impressive win. There is now way around it. The Pistons went up against another very solid team, and won. Also KCP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Box Score.

  • Reggie Jackson: KCP gets a lot of the fanfare (and rightfully so) but Reggie played an decent offensive game as well. 23 points on 20 equivalents. Only 3 assists and 4 turnovers is obviously not good but it is not the sort of colossal failure that single handedly kills the team. And as usual, all of his points were big ones and were not easy shots either. And quite frankly, before too long, I am going to stop worrying about Reggie's 3 point shooting. He will never be an awesome shooter, but his % from deep is sitting at 35.7% and it has hovered in that area all season. Once again, I will probably not have total faith in it until it is the end of the season, but that is a nice sign. HOWEVA, got to talk about his defense tonight, because it was not very good. He was a main perpetrator of the Isaiah Thomas outburst, (though not the only one) and while obviously, Thomas is a excellent scorer, and Reggie is not the first (nor will he be the last) guy who Thomas has made look foolish. But that does not excuse the fact that Thomas got way to many easy buckets. All in all a decent game from Reggie, not awesome by any stretch, but it is a testament to how good he has been most of the year that this was a bit of an off night.

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  • KC-MUTHER-HOLY-FUCKING-SHIT-P: I have often been critical of KCP's offense, and his offensive potential. And I have been especially hard on him this year, and while no, this game does not change that he has been pretty miserable on offense this year. Wow, that was nice to see. 31 points on 20 equivalents, 3 assists. That is an awesome night. And he had his biggest outburst while being guarded by Avery Bradley who is an excellent defender. While it should be noted that he is not far behind Reggie in the "Got owned by Isaiah Thomas" line, but he was better, and did make several really nice plays down the stretch. He scored in a variety of ways, from deep, (including a mean step back on Amir Johnson) a pullup jumpers, and drives to the hoop. And he got fouled quite a bit as well. Even though it does not happen with enough regularity that I really believe in KCP as the next great shooting guard, this is the sort of game that makes you think it could happen. And FWIW, even though his 3 point % is still in the tank, he has been shooting better overall the last few games. And I've mentioned this a few times now, but 3 assists and 1 turnover. KCP is starting to pass a little bit more, and better. And even though 3 assists does not seem like a big deal, it is a pretty big deal. Awesome game from KCP, if he could do this sort of thing a little more often then I would jump on the "KCP for next great SG" bandwagon. Awesome to see, hopefully this will at very least be the jumpstart his 3 point shooting needed to get back on track. (also, ugh, 44 minutes. He did fine tonight obviously but geez. I hate that.)

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  • Greater Morris: 11 points on 10 equivalents is a bit of a quiet night for Morris, but it is still fairly efficient, and those shots came on his usual very difficult diet of shots. His defense was generally totally acceptable. (although I distinctly remember him losing Crowder on a couple screens) Tonight was a good example of the flexibility of Morris, and the more he learns to balance himself between "role player" like tonight, and "3rd option" like he is many nights, the better he will be in the long run. Perfectly good game for Morris, even if he did not do anything that was too incredible. He did his job by playing some defense, hit a 3, and took advantage of a few mismatches.

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  • Ersan Ilyasova: Similar to Morris, a perfectly acceptable night. 11 points on 11 equivalents, and was able to avoid doing any damage on defense. (even making a couple of very nice plays) It would have been nice if he had picked up a bit more of the rebounding slack with Andre struggling to deal with Sullinger, but 5 boards is ok still. Once again, all in all it was a perfectly good night for Ersan, spread the floor, hustle.

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  • Andre Drummond: Honestly it is a little bit funny, Andre did clearly struggle in this game. He had trouble dealing with the girth of Jared Sullinger (which was a daring but smart move by Stevens to have Sully box out Drummond every trip.) and yet at the end of the game, Andre still has 16 points on 15 equivalents, and 12 boards. Not the sort of monster night we have come to expect from him, but there are a lot of teams who would kill to have their centers do that. He also managed to get 2 steals to keep his streak of games with a steal going (which is hella impressive btw) and generally played his usual solid defense. Oh yeah he HIT A HALF COURT SHOT THAT I AM TOTALLY GOING TO SAY WAS THE DIFFERENCE IN THE GAME WOOOOOOT. Seriously, that was cool. And as a side note, even though it often ends poorly (offensive fouls usually) I love when Andre starts to really dribble, I want him to do it more. He has the handles, let him do it. He might become more powerful than you could ever imagine.

  • Stanley Johnson: Very solid game from the Stanimal. 8 points on 6 equivalents, Played fine defense (on admittedly not vey hard matchups so whatever there.) He was aggressive in attacking the hoop which is what I want to see from him, and it yielded good results. He's had a couple rough games, but he is starting to really settle into his role on the team I think. He is making consistently better decisions.

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  • Steve Blake: Meh. He literally did almost nothing, Other people handled the ball for the most part, and his +/- was greatly assisted by the KCP explosion. But I suppose he was part of the second unit, and the second unit managed to not just survive, but actually win the battle of the benches. Against a very solid bench.

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  • Anthony Tolliver: Awesome game for Tolly, 3/4 from deep was huge in the bench winning it's time on the floor. Also managed 2 assists in his limited time on the floor. Tolly is still very simple, when his shot falls, he's super useful, when it does not fall, he is not very useful. Tonight it fell, and a couple of them were big time shots. Great game for Tolly.

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  • Aron Baynes: Another really nice game for Baynes. 9 points on 6 equivalents is very solid for a backup center, and a couple of them were hard buckets. Also got freaking clobbered on his recently broken nose, and still came back in. Like wow, this dude is one tough man. I would have been on the ground crying for an ambulance, and he just looked angry that he had to come out. Really though, nice game. He is capable of being a really useful offensive player off the bench, he is big and strong enough that he can generally get good position inside for a shot/get fouled. Even if his hands are made of freaking stone.

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  • Joel Anthony: Made a cameo while Baynes was dealing with his nose, Stevens fouled him, he hit 1/2 free throws. Good job Joel.

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  • General: The refs were pretty miserable all game, although the Boston people were fairly sure who they favored, but I have said before and will say again. An NBA game has so many possessions that the refs don't decide any game. As such, baring Jonas Jerebko becoming possessed briefly in the 4th quarter, the Pistons would have won fairly handily. KCP was brilliant, and a few of the bench guys had small, but efficient games to give the needed boost the team needed. Great win.

P.S. Sorry about this going up so late and that the posts have come at odd times the past couple weeks, I take my last final later today, so everything should be back to normal then.