Game Recap/Notes: Game #57. Pistons 96 - Caveliers 88. Phyrric Potential.

What a awesome game. Pistons played really good ball on both ends of the court (as long as we pretend the whole bench thing didn't actually happen) and this time they came out on top. The reality is that the Pistons played very well against the Pellies, just Anthony Davis happened. I have a feeling the good play will keep up, but there is potential disaster looming now.

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Box score.

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Reggie Jackson: What can be said? Reggie is capable of just playing really good games when needed. His scoring was on point tonight with 23 points on 18 equivalents, and while his 4 assists to 4 turnovers is not all that good, a couple of those turnovers were not really his fault. His defense was at times lacking, as the Cavs attacked him quite a bit early in the game, but he also made some nice plays to make up for it. He did an awesome job of slicing into the lane and nailing those goofy floater/hook shots there and he also had a couple of his misses become Kobe assists to Andre. Also, 3/5 from deep. Remember when people were making fun of the Pistons because Reggie was a horrible shooter? Lol.

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KCP: Was legit in a horrible slump, even by his standards, out of the break. But he came back in a big way tonight, he did not miss a shot until late into the 3rd quarter (or was it in the 4th?) and ended the night with 19 points just 11 equivalents. Not all of his shots were easy, but a lot of them were. he took the good shots and nailed them, which was especially good to see because he sometimes can get to trigger happy when he is on. His defense was at its usual awesomeness, and he made a couple of awesome defensive plays, including a steal and fastbreak score that really sealed the game. HOWEVA, it should be noted, that you probably should not get too excited, we've all seen this before. Until he plays well for a real extended time (like month plus) I will just assume he will fall back into struggles. Still though, awesome game for KCP, and it had to feel great for him.

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Tobias Harris: Another solid game for Tobias as he keeps up his end of the bargain with the Pistons. He scored 14 points on 15 equivalents, had 3 assists, and 5 boards. His defense of Kevin Love did leave something to be desired, but he kept his head on a swivel and made some real nice defensive plays leading to his 3 steals. WARNING SMALL SAMPLE SIZE INCOMING. He has looked like exactly what the Pistons had hoped for, that the small improvements made to the parts of his game other than his scoring have appeared to have carried over (better defense, passing, etc.) while him regaining his larger volume scoring. He is already the Pistons best scorer by a fair margin, and his defense really has been a non issue, and even a positive. This dude is awesome, and super fun to have around.

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Greater Morris: 14 points on 16 shots to go along with 4 assists and 0 turnovers is a real nice stat line for Marcus (especially his facilitating.) but his real contributions were on the defensive end. He got the majority of time on LeBron, and did an absolutely brilliant job. It was a team effort, but I have literally no idea what exactly he does, but Morris bothers wing scorers somehow. Over and over again I have mentioned how I am worried by insert big wing scorer here and over and over again they don't really do anything. Marcus Morris can really defend, even if I don't know exactly what it is he does to be so effective. But combine an awesome defensive performance with a nice offensive one and you've got a really nice game. Also, one positive of Tolly being out is that we get to see the Morris/Harris combo more, which is super interesting. And this game was a good example of why it is so intriguing. From the 2 starting forward spots the Pistons got 28 points 7 assists, and some very solid defense. (and 1 turnover between them) A lot will depend on them showing an ability to consistently guard power forwards, which will only be shown with time, but that could legit be one of the better forward pairings in the NBA, throw in Stanley Johnson and it is a truly killer trio.

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ANDRE-MUTHA-FUKIN-DRUMMOND: Did he have a totally monster game? No, really good but nothing too special by his standards. HOWEVA, I've said before, that if Andre shoots 50% or better from the line he gets the honors, so here we are, with Andre "Mutha-Fukin" Drummond. Who shot 8/14 from the line tonight. It will probably not last, but was still great to see. Beyond that he did play a really good game though, 16 points on 16 equivalents, 15 boards, and some truly awesome defense with 2 steals and a block. Really just a very solid game for Andre. Also, once again, despite just 1 assist, he threw some killer passes. If you are looking for one thing to get excited about, it is Andre's growth as a passer.

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Stanley "Phyrric: Johnson: Phyrric was a general who was hired by the Greeks to fight the Romans in Sicily. Phyrric fought the Romans and won the battle, but at great cost, and the Romans then surprised the Greeks by not suing for peace, instead readying another army. Meanwhile Phyrric no longer had the men for more war, thus the phrase "Phyrric victory" was born. Better known today as "Won the battle but lost the war." Stanley played a really good game, 10 points on 9 shots, an assist, 4 boards, literally the only bench guy who scored. But he injured his shoulder and left the game. If he misses any time it would be absolutely killer. I was planning to touch on the Tolly injury, and the main thing was that an injury to any of the Morris/Harris/Johnson trio would potentially be death. But it happened. Hopefully Stanley does not miss any games and it is all ok. But I suppose I might finally get my wish of Bullock being in the rotation.

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Steve Blake: I'm not going to talk about this more. It makes me too sad.

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Aron Baynes: Defensively he played very well I though, offensively though, he really misses a competent point guard.

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Darrun Hilliard: Managed to not have a bad night on defense, but he too really misses a competent point guard.

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General: If Johnson is out for any extended time it could mean death. For the 2nd night in a row the Pistons came to play, especially Jackson/Drummond, and it was a super fun game.

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About the trade: It sucks. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to have the pick back, and at the time of the trade I was not so hot on that. But Dmo could have been literally the perfect compliment to Andre Drummond, and while Thornton was and still is largely meaningless and not good, he could have propped up the bench a bit with the occasionally good night shooting. But on the other hand, the Pistons might have dodged a bullet.

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What do you think? Do you remember when the Pistons were idiots because Reggie can't shoot? Let me know! We all get smarter!