Game Recap/Notes: Game #69 (lol) Pistons 115 - Kings 108. 35 - 34.

Pretty fun game. Even though it often ends in disaster for the Kings, they are a fun team to play. Pistons rode some very hot shooting in the first half (aided by poor defense) and then managed to hold on in the second half. Solid win, and puts them back in a tie for 8th with the Bulls.

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Box score.(Sorry for ESPN link. On principle I don't link there because screw ESPN. But Fox's box score was just not working for some reason.)

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Reggie Jackson: Decent game for Reggie. He came out absolutely firing, running hard, throwing good passes, and finishing plays. He was running so hard that he (allegedly) threw up when he first came out of the game. He cooled off and ended up with a not so efficient 19 points on 24 equivalents, as well as a not so efficient 9 assists with 5 turnovers. He forced things a bit more in the 2nd half but FWIW that was partially just what was needed, especially in the stretches where he was forced to play without Andre. It should mostly just be accepted that when Reggie has to play without Andre he is going to struggle a bit because so much of his game is based on getting into the openings that Andre creates. (All those floaters Reggie hits are curtesy of Andre.) Still though, he played hard, pushed the ball, and did make some very nice plays when the wheels fell off a bit a few times. Not great but a fine game for Reggie. Also as a side note, he has been sliding a bit with his outside shot the past several games, and he is down to 35.6% from deep. Nothing to panic about yet obviously, but keep an eye on it.

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KCP: Awesome game for KCP. 23 points on 19 equivalents, and 6 rebounds. And while the Kings did not really feature enough perimeter threats for KCP to make a huge impact defensively, his defense was still its typically soundness. And it should be noted that he had a few gimmes in transition. Still though, the Kings are miserable at getting back on D and KCP took full advantage. Without McClemore the Kings did not really have a good answer to him on either end of the floor and it was pretty clear the whole time. Very nice game for KCP.

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Tobias Harris: 17 points on 16 equivalents, 5 boards, 3 assists. And while he generally got pummeled by Boogie when he had to try and hold him in the post, that is the only real outcome there. (more on that wrinkle in a bit) He generally just played really solid ball, made a few nice defensive plays with steals and then trying to get the ball up on the break. And I want to call some special attention to some of the tough buckets he got at the hoop in this game. Simply put, Cousins is a monster on both ends of the court, when he is engaged he is a truly fearsome rim protector, so much so that (once he no longer had to worry about the lob/rebounding threat of Andre) he caused Reggie to miss quite a few looks at the hoop that Reggie usually hits. Harris however was able to go right at Cousins and hit really hard shots at the hoop. Those moments are really the big reason why he is on the team. That is what it really means to be the 3rd scoring option. It is having another guy out there who, when needed, is capable of just going out and getting the really tough buckets. Real nice game for Tobias.

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Greater Morris: Lol, Marcus is a career 35.5% 3 point shooter. He has hovered around 30% all season. Generally guys do not just lose 5.5% points on their shooting percentages in their mid 20s, so I have been holding out for some regression to the mean. And it has started to happen lately, and then fully kicked in tonight as he went 6/7 from deep. He has been on a tear from deep for about a month as well, and has managed to pull his percentage from deep to nearly 34%. I kept figuring it would happen at some point, but I had started to get very worried. Regardless, his hot shooting was a boon for the Pistons tonight, and even though a team should never count on a guy going 6/7 from deep, it was a big reason the Pistons won this game. He also got torched by Boogie when he had to try and take him in the post, but again, that has no other end. He played good defense on Rudy Gay to avoid an efficient night becoming a huge night for Gay. Real nice game for Morris, and hopefully he never drops below 33% from 3 again this season.

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Andre Drummond: 14 points on 9 shots, 11 boards. He had some foul issues that caused him to play just 28 minutes, and even though those numbers still do not jump out, it was a real solid game for Andre. A big thing to point out is that this game gave absolute confirmation to my thought that SVG desperately wants Andre to stay at the hoop on defense, and his supposed inability to guard dudes who can shoot has very little to do with Andre's defensive ability, and everything to do with SVG wanting him to not stray from the hoop. The Pistons stuck Andre on Acy (a total non shooter) to start the game and let Harris/Morris take on Cousins. And it actually worked really well, even though Cousins kind of did really well in those matchups. In the 2nd half the Kings got wise and changed their starting lineup to force Andre to guard Cousins in an attempt to get Andre out of the paint, and while that did work to that end, Boogie ended up largely ceasing to be a source of offense for an extended period. Solid game, would have been better if he could have avoided a couple more fouls.

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Aron Baynes: 9 points on 10 equivalents, 9 boards. Plus a really big block late in the game. It is obviously not his fault that he does not create offense the same way Andre can, so it should not be placed on him that the Pistons struggled a bit offensively with him on the floor. Still a real solid game for Baynes.

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Steve Blake: Who?

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Reggie Bullock: Took a 3. Hit it. Other than that he ran around a lot and dragged his defender with him, and did not do anything too egregious on defense that made me get upset. So a nice game for Reggie.

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Stanley Johnson: 6 points on 7 shots, and did not contribute a whole lot other than hitting a couple shots. His defense of Rudy Gay was rather lacking, and he fouled Caron Butler on a 3 point shot. I don't know if he is still working his way back from injury but he still does not look totally good. Still though, not a bad game for him.

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General: Still frustrated with the Rotations, there is no rule against a 10 man rotation when you have a really useful player in Tolly on the bench. Other than that, good game, good win.

What do you think? Are the Pistons finally going to come out of their year long shooting slump.