Game Recap/Notes: Game #70. Pistons 115 - Nets 103. 36 - 34.

The NBA is weird sometimes. And this game is the most undeniable example of that. The Pistons are a much better team than the Nets, this is a fact. The Pistons bench is really not good and by most measures outright bad, this is also a simple fact. And yet the Pistons failed to put the shorthanded Nets away until in the 4th quarter, the bench mob (with KCP) blitzed them into oblivion behind the efforts of Anthony Tolliver and Aron Baynes. Once again, the NBA is weird. Not only did Tolly and Baynes lead the Pistons to victory (with major props to Stanley Johnson as well) but they were needed to beat a Nets team without Brook Lopez. Whatever, basketball is weird. And the Pistons are in no place to worry about how a win comes.

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Box score.

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Reggie Jackson: A perfectly solid game for Reggie with 14 points on 14 shots, 4 assists with no turnovers. But given how bad the Nets are at the PG spot, I kind of was hoping for more. But on the other hand, he only played 24 minutes so thats good. Regardless, he generally did his thing. Penetrating the lane, hitting the holes opened up by Andre diving to the hoop, and made the right passes. He did absolutely lose his mind at one point after he believed (and it looked like he had a beef) he was fouled with no call and he got a tech. I am certainly not against guys getting hot and receiving technicals. But Reggie was so far gone he needed to literally be restrained by teammates. That is the sort of thing that you can't really happen. If you want to jaw at the refs to make sure they know they blew a call to the point the T you up is one thing. Losing your mind to the point that you have to be taken out of the game to calm down is not ok. Regardless though, it was a fine game for Reggie, and by the end of it he was doing some hella entertaining stuff on the bench in reaction to the bench mob success.

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KCP: 11 points on 11 equivalents, and 8 ASSISTS WOOOT. Even though most of them were not exactly high difficulty passes, it is still cool to see. His biggest hole is still easily his total inability to be a facilitator, so it is always cool to see him get a few assists. His defense was its typical dopeness of awesome. The Nets pretty much gave up trying to even give the ball to whoever he happened to be guarding which is always pretty funny to watch. I've said this a few times, but it is so much fun to watch him play defense. And I know that I have been critical of KCP a lot for various reasons, but holy crap it is so cool the way he just glides in front of dudes. Also he gets props for being the 1 starter with the bench mob that pulled away. (Although he played 39 minutes. Dammit SVG.)

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Tobias Harris: 13 points on 14 shots, 6 boards and 2 assists in just24 minutes. So considering the low minutes played it is a totally fine game for Harris. He also did his stuff just fine, going hard to the hoop and finishing once he got there, generally getting buckets. And he also had a couple really nice defensive plays to go along with it. But once again, playing just 24 minutes limited the overall impact he could make.

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Greater Morris: 9 points on 8 shots, 3 boards, 2 assists also played just 24 minutes. I feel like I've said this for the other starters but he just sort of did his thing. He hit a 3, iso'd a couple mismatches when the Nets let Shane Larkin guard him, played good defense. Nothing very remarkable, but once again he played just 24 minutes so it was a fine game.

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Andre Drummond: 16 points on 17 equivalents, 9 boards, played just 29 minutes. Which is pretty much fine, although given that the Nets center rotation was a couple of former Drive players it would have been nice if he had done more. But FWIW, he did largely take it to the Nets when he did get the ball. But it was a fine a good game for Andre and the other starters, they did largely what is expected of them. I think the issue was really that given how bad the Nets are I was hoping more of them would have done more than what is expected. Regardless, solid game for Andre but nothing special.

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Stanley Johnson: Appears to have fully shaken off the rust from his injury. Played 31 minutes, scored 10 points on 7 equivalents, grabbed 7 boards and had 6 assists. Throw in the excellent defense leading to 4 steals and you have a brilliant all round game for Stanley. (no turnovers btw) His running of the PnR was excellent and was a big boost to Aron Baynes' career night. And wow he really showed off the potential of what he could become on defense. He just straight up doinked the ball from guys a few times. Like not jump a passing lane or snatch it when they were going for a shot. I'm talking guy is standing there with the ball and Johnson just took it from him. That is really hard to do to an NBA player who isn't Steve Blake. Awesome game for Stanley.

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TOLLY-MOTHERFUKING-TOLLY: Played 17 minutes, all of which were in the second half, and he scored 17 points on 10 equivalents. He even made a few nice defensive plays. He Played his freaking tail off, after looking to be in some danger of slipping out of the regular rotation, and he also was lazered in from deep as the Nets inexplicably left him wide open time and time again.

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Reggie Bullock: Only played in the first half as Tolly took his spot in the 2nd half. (which is not exactly what I meant by a 10 man rotation but it is a step in the right direction) Scored 4 points on 3 equivalents. Had a super nice cut. Didn't have any noticeably bad screw ups on defense. Just fine game for Bullock.

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Steve Blake: Nah.

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ARON-MOTHER-FUCKING-BAYNES: I still don't know how I feel about the backup center making 6 mill per year, But this game was a pretty good argument for it being just fine. A career high 21 points on just 15 equivalents, and 7 boards and a super dope block. He caught the ball every time it was passed to him, and his teammates continually found him in a hold in the defense and he finished the plays off well. He lived at the hoop and the Nets just didn't really seem to have an answer for him.

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General: I'm glad for the 10 man rotation, though this style was not really what I meant. It was the 2nd night of a back to back so I'm not too worried about the starters. Hopefully the bench can keep having dudes shoot crazy good.

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What do you think? How was the bench mob? Let me know! We all get smarter!

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