Game Recap/Notes: Game #43. Pistons 101 - Nuggets 104. 23-20.

 

That sucked. I hate Gallo and his stupid hair, and that he had the ability to channel any breath that Marcus Morris happened to breath around him into the refs whistle for a foul call.

Box score.

Reggie Jackson: Was in more of a distributing mode tonight scoring just 11 points but had 8 assists. Those 11 points took 16 equivalents which is pretty bad, and he did have 3 turnovers to go with the 8 assists so it was not a super game distributing. Really what this game was, more than anything else, is to show how lost this team is when Andre sits. Even though Baynes had a nice game, he does not affect the game in anywhere near the same way that Andre does, and it can be seen in Reggie's poor night. (more on this later though.)

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KCP: Ended up chucking his way into a pedestrian 16 points on 17 equivalents. There was not really a good defensive assignment for him to have a big impact on defense but he did give the Pistons a second chance at the end of the game by absolutely packing Mudiay in transition. And I have to admit, when the opposing team gets a fast break, I get a little excited. Because I know that KCP is lurking, ready to destroy some fool. Overall it was a totally fine night for KCP, he scored a few points on decent efficiency, and his defense was good even if there was not a good perimeter scorer to use it on.

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Greater Morris: Super game for Marcus, 20 points on just 12 equivalents, including finding some 3 point shooting for the first time in a while going 3/4 from beyond the arc. His defense on Gallo was actually pretty good, and got called for some absolute crap fouls. And Gallo scored 13 of his points on free throws. Gallo is good though so I really do think Marcus did about as good as you could hope on that end, because Gallo makes a living off of drawing crap fouls and hitting crap shots. Marcus was pretty easily the best of the starters tonight though, picked his spots well, and the Nuggets did not have a good answer for him.

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Ersan Ilyasova: 9 points on 11 equivalents, to go along with 9 boards. Perfectly fine night for Ersan, his defense was never a huge issue (and got robbed of a couple of drawn charges) either so it was a perfectly fine night for Ersan. Nothing special but he did his basic job.

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Andre Drummond: Came out firing, but then picked up 2 fouls in literal seconds to hit the bench, and was not much of a factor beyond that. HOWEVA, something has to be said here. Aron Baynes is no where near as good as Andre Drummond. It does not matter if Baynes has a good game with some good numbers, it is literally not possible for him to do what Andre does. And as such, I am totally dumbfounded by SVG sitting Andre for the end of the game. Unless it was some sort of teaching moment, in which case more power to him because whatever he has shown to be pretty good with that. But other than that, sitting Andre was just plain stupid. On the 2 potential game winning possessions, the Pistons ran a PnR with Reggie and Baynes. And it ended totally predictably, the Nuggets stuck to the shooters, and let the PG trail on Baynes totally unconcerned, and forced Reggie to have no choice but to try and hit a really hard layup. Go back to that link, that is with Steve freaking Blake playing point. Andre bends and contorts defenses in truly insane ways, even if you think he is not playing hard enough, or he is soft, or they can foul him. Simply by jogging half assed towards the hoop, Andre can create more open looks than anyone else on the roster and it is not even close. That was stupid by SVG. But in the end, if Andre had not gotten 2 dumb fouls, and had like, even come close to hitting a free throw, he would have played more and the Pistons would have probably won comfortably.

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Brandon Jennings: 5 points on 6 shots, 4 assists, and lead a excellent run of bench play that gave the Pistons a solid lead. He pushed the ball and looked for any holes he could find and it yielded good results. Really nice game for Brandon. HOWEVA, something has to be nipped in the butt. No, he is not, and should not, be starting. Keep in mind that Jennings is playing with the bench mobs. His matchup at backup PG will probably be comically outmatched every night, and he gets to play while dodging the opponents best players. (So before you start yelling about +/-, remind yourself that Jennings was, I think, never on the floor while Gallo was as well.) He can destroy opposing bench guys because he is a really good player. But he has not really shown anything so far that says he should be starting.

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Aron Baynes: 13 points on 8 equivalents, throw in 10 boards and you've got a real solid night for Baynes. He scored in a variety of ways, bullying inside and showing off his jumper. And while he did still manage to bumble away a couple of rebounds, he fights for every single board and manages to save some. And to be clear, just because he is no where near Andre, he still had a real good game and is looking more and more like a killer backup center.

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Anthony Tolliver: 9 points on 4 equivalents. Came in and hit his shots, and he managed to screw up a few defensive plays but that will happen, I just happened to notice them tonight for whatever reason. When he hits his shots, he's a solid player. Tonight he was a solid player.

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Stanley Johnson: Deserves a lot of credit along with Jennings for the bench surge. 12 points on 10 shots and not all of them were easy. He also finished off a fastbreak with a super cool pass to Baynes. He ended up on Gallo a few times and did really solid on those possessions as well. He was very aggressive in trying to attack the rim and that is what he needs to do. Good stuff just happens when this kid throws himself at the rim.

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Darrun Hilliard: SVG FINALLY did what I have been clamoring for all season. Play Hilliard (or Bullock) for 7 minutes with the bench mob in the first half, and it will keep KCP/Morris from playing damn near 40 minutes per night. It happened tonight, and look at that, the world did not end. Hilliard hit a nice baseline jumper and missed another shot somewhere apparently. He still looks a tad lost on defense but not as laughably so as he was earlier in the season.

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General: Tough loss, Gallo is good and when the refs are blowing the whistle as fast as they were tonight he is damn near unguardable. I don't understand SVG not playing Drummond at the end of the game, and that cost the Pistons the game just as much as Gallo's crazy shot. The Pistons should have had this one, but it slipped away.

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What do you think? Think that you, sitting at home, have caused enough contact to Gallo to be called for a foul? Let me know! We all get smarter!