Game Recap/Notes: Game #46. Pistons 110 - Sixers 97. 25-21

Wow, that was kinda horrible for a while but it ended up being ok. The Pistons came out and played like a literal actual piece of crap. But pulled it together in the end for a fine win.

Box score.

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Reggie Jackson: Was just as responsible as everyone else on the team for the HORRIBLE play to open up the game. But after that he pulled it together for a really solid 2 way game. He scored 27 points on just 20 equivalents. And while he only had 3 assists, with Reggie it is generally best to look at the combination of scoring and passing. He is a better scorer than a lot of PGs and so he should take what the defense gives him. Tonight the Sixers gave him shots, and he took them and took full advantage. Plus, for the second straight game Reggie played really solid defense, and this time it was against a better PG in Ish Smith. SVG praised and also called out Reggie for his defense after the last game and he played really well again. Excellent game for Reggie.

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KCP: In the end, KCP had a perfectly good night. 14 points on 14 equivalents, and played lockdown defense on Nik Stauskas, and then Ish Smith to close out the game. Once again this was a super encouraging game. He did very little early in the game and then started to look for his shot a little bit and he knocked some down. This was encouraging because once again, even though he was not on fire from the field, he managed to be a little bit more choosy with his shots and just score fewer points on good efficiency.

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Greater Morris: Not such a great game for Morris. 10 points on 13 equivalents. And even though he played his pretty solid defense, there was nothing all that impactful. He did throw several very nice passes even if he only ended up with 3 assists. It was not all that good a game, it was certainly not a bad one. He just missed some more shots than usual.

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Ersan Ilyasova: 3 points on 7 equivalents, and some fairly poor defense as well. He did manage 4 offensive rebounds and so that was pretty cool. But it was an off night for Ersan for sure.

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ANDRE-MOTHER-FUCKING-DRUMMOND: WOOOOOOOOOT WOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!!!! Andre said that he had gotten up in the middle of the night to shoot free throws the other night because he felt sick. And then he hit 7/12 free throws tonight!!! I know that is kind of sad to be so excited about shooting just over 50% but it is progress. He also hit 2/2 when the Sixers hacked him and he hit them so they had to stop. Throw in 25 points on 22 equivalents, 18 boards, generally being too big and too strong for the Sixers, especially late in the game as he just pretty much took over. He did most of his damage old school as well, not in the post, but in the PnR as well as on 9(!) offensive rebounds. Excellent bounce back game for Andre.

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Stanley Johnson: 18 points on 17 equivalents, 3 assists, and really just a really excellent game for Stanley. He attacked the basket, and hit some jumpers and floaters. He hit some really nice passes in the PnR, and he really has a good chemistry with Baynes. He just played really solid ball tonight, it just comes down to that. He showed the full arsenal and his potential for the future.

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Anthony Tolliver: 0/3 from the field. When he hits his shots, he is good. And when he does not hit his shots he is not all that good. He did not hit his shots tonight, and so he was not all that good. Tolly is not all that complicated.

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Brandon Jennings: Just 1 point on 5 equivalents, and 3 assists. He took a bit of a back seat to Stanley on the second unit which is part of the reason why he had lower numbers, and even so, his ball handling and general passing was a boon for the bench mob. So not a bad game for Jennings, but not all that great either.

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Aron Baynes: 12 points on 8 equivalents, 4 boards, 3 assists. He scored rolling to the hoop, from the post, and with his jumper. And all in just 12 minutes of playing time. He has a super well rounded game and he makes a killer spark plug in limited minutes, and since Jennings has come back to create some more space, Baynes has started to really shine in the role as finisher of plays created by others. He has been playing as well as you could possibly expect a backup center to play the past few games. And if this is what he is, and some of his early season struggles were just due to having a potatoe playing PG with him then he may well be worth his contract. Plus him and Johnson really do have good chemistry in the PnR.

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General: Andre hit some free throws and generally dominated the game, so that was cool. Reggie was really good as well, and Stanley Johnson gave a great effort off the bench. The Pistons came out the gate horribly, but fought back against a scrappy Sixers team and ended up winning pretty comfortably. Solid win in the end.

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What do you think? Is Aron Baynes really this good? Let me know! We All get smarter!