Game Recap/Notes: Game #34. Pistons 82 - Pacers 94.

I am just going to write the recap now. I had to work late and so I had to listen to the first half and the start of the second half on the radio. I watched the whole postgame show so that combined with that I listened ends up with me having a pretty good grasp of that section of the game, just full disclosure here. So anything should go with the asterisk of did not actually watch the first half.

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Welp. Sometimes it just doesn't work out. The Pistons could not score with any amount of effectiveness and then Paul George went OFF, at which point there was little the Pistons could have done.

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Box score.

Reggie Jackson: 12 points and 5 assists (to just 1 turnover) is a little underwhelming but is not so horrible. But once you take into account the 19 shot equivalents it took to get those 12 points it quickly becomes pretty horrible. Reggie was just off, there is no other way to put it. A few of the shots he took were rather ill advised (especially at the end of the game, but they were in desperation mode at that point so it is not as bad as it would have been otherwise.) but mostly he was just missing shots that are not so bad. It was just bad. And while I was not watching for most of his damage, so I don't know for sure how much of the blame for George Hill's excellent night is on Reggie, but I think it would be fair to say Reggie did not play good defense. Also rolled his ankle a bit towards the end of the game, he kept playing but was a little gimpy. Said after the game he just tweaked it, so hopefully nothing serious there. All in all just a pretty poor game.

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KCP: Not a horrible night for KCP, but it was not anything spectacular. His 16 points came on 17 equivalents, and all 10 of his rebounds were defensive. Due to the fact that Monta Ellis is basically dead at this point KCP could not make a big impact on defense either. His best contribution was a couple possessions at the end of the game where he hit jumpers. Other than that, it was rather KCP like in that he just played super hard but was largely a non-factor. Still a decent game for KCP though.

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Greater Morris: This one is hard to gauge. He only managed 11 points on 14 equivalents, and in the end Paul George had single handedly sealed the game for Indiana with 32 points on just 25 equivalents. But on the other hand, Morris had 4 assists to just 1 turnover, his points buckets were high difficulty, and were big at the time for keeping the Pistons in the game. (he had like 3 buckets a very short time to close out the 3rd to keep the Pistons in the game) And he played awesome defense on Paul George for the rest of the night. So how does it come out overall? I would mostly say positive in the end. Morris did manage to not be too horrid on offense with his assist total, and while those three 3 pointers George hit right in a row at the end of the game were largely Morris' fault (died on 2 screens, and then miscommunication with Reggie which was probably actually Reggie's fault.) but the reality is that Paul George just caught fire. And when that happens it does not really matter who is defending him.

But what about the "incident" at the end of the game?

I'll get to that later.

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Ersan Ilyasova: In what is a bit of a theme here, Ersan's 12 points are totally fine, but it took him 16 shots to get there. Which is not good, and unlike other guys here, Ersan has not chance to make up for bad offense with his defense. (Although he did draw a charge.) In general I don't mind Ersan being more aggressive like tonight, but if he is going to be aggressive he has to hit a few more shots.

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Andre Drummond: Andre was actually ok. He got 18 boards and 7 of them were offensive. And his defense was generally very solid. It was a bit bizarre to only manage 11 points on 16 equivalents, and not because he never does that (because his free throws caused that more than anything else) but generally when he gets a healthy number of offensive rebounds they turn into more points than this. I suppose in the end his problem was the same as everyone else in the starting lineup, generally played ok but just could not get enough shots to fall.

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Brandon Jennings: Jennings did not score especially well with 4 points on 6 equivalents, but his 3 assists were nice. I think he is being very smart, easing his way back into the swing of things. He is generally not forcing much of anything, and instead relying on smart passes and shots. And he was a big part of the bench putting up another very solid outing. It was funny when SVG said after the game that "we just can't get both units to play well on the same night." And while that is a little bit funny because it has been an issue, I think it will be less of one going forward. Because with Jennings manning the bench, even in his current state, it is so much better.

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Stanley Johnson: Only managed 6 points on 8 equivalents, and had 2 assists. But the reality is that he was very solid. He and Aron Baynes really have developed a solid PnR chemistry together, and he would have had another assist if Baynes had not been fouled on one of them. I still don't like how often he pulls up for jumpers, and he still has a lot to learn defensively, but he has really settled in. It has been a while since he had a truly poor game, which is really good for a rookie. (I know I've said this a lot before, but it is just the truth. It is impressive to see a rookie contribute in a meaningful way on a team that is not crappy.)

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Anthony Tolliver: Took 1 shot, missed it. You know the drill by now. When he manages to hit some shots, he is a very solid player. Otherwise he is not all that useful. But the Pacers were sticking to him pretty tight and is likely a reason for his 1 shot attempt.

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Aron Baynes: Really nice game for Baynes. 10 points on 7 equivalents, with 3 boards in 12 minutes is just about as good as you can ask from the backup center. As said earlier he really has some nice chemistry with Stanley, and he is generally smart about positioning himself so he can be open for easy looks at the basket. Really good game for Baynes.

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SVG: WOOT WOOT. This has nothing to do with the game, but I love that SVG went off on the ref at the end of the game. He was pissed, knew he had nothing to lose, so he let her (and yes it was at the female ref. Her name is Holtkamp or something like that?) have it. I want a gif of him cussing her out. Idk for sure how poorly the game was called for sure, but there are certainly games where one team gets screwed over. And if SVG felt this time his team was screwed over I like that he just let em have it.

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So about that "Altercation"? Yeah I'm not all that concerned about it. The only reason I am concerned about it is because I think that Marcus actually would have swung some punches if not held back. (He does not strike me as someone who would do the Jalen Rose "HOLD ME BACK") But other than that, I really see nothing here. Him and George went at it all night, (and keep in mind that George does not exactly have a spotless record as far as speaking out/having a temper either) and in the end George went off and killed Marcus. Andre actually went up and (for some reason) caused George Hill to commit a turnover when he was going to dribble out the clock (I'm guessing at least) so then Paul George came up and poked the ball away from Marcus. It was all mostly stupid, and while, given the reputation of the Morri, most people will say this is just Marcus being a punk, it really was not. If anything this was Paul George being a punk. Marcus was going to hold onto the ball and George felt the need to "really stick it to him" after clearly already sticking it to him. And George is the one who got in Marcus' face. So don't take any crap from anyone saying Marcus was being a punk. (Like the Indiana broadcast crew who apparently said "Marcus doing what a Morris twin does.") Because that was not the case, it was just 2 guys going at it all night, and they were both stupid in the end. Also, Andre has received a lot of criticism for his effort as of late, (and I think a lot of it is not really deserved but that is another thing.) but I would just like to throw out there, that it is not all that bad to have your best player not be a borderline socio-path competitor. Because Andre was the first guy into the scuffle and it was as a legit peace keeper, and no one is going to get by Andre lol. He kept a cool head and that was good.

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General: I think SVG said it best after the game. The Pistons played hard and he was really pleased with their effort. (which is not something he says all that often) And in the end, the Pistons really just struggled to hit their shots, and Paul George caught fire. And George is the type of guy who when he catches on like that, there is not really anything to be done about it.

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What do you think? Think the bench will be good now? What did SVG say to "offend" the ref? Let me know! We all get smarter!