Game Recap/Notes: Game #77. Pistons 94 - Bulls 90. 41 - 36.

Well, it was not exactly a pretty game, but outside of the obvious of Andre's foul shooting, there was no one who really was outright bad. Most everyone played at least pretty well, a good team victory as they would say. And this should in essence clinch a playoff spot for the Pistons. Over the last 5 games, any combination of 3 Pistons wins or 3 Bulls losses will put the Pistons in. (The same goes for the Wizards.) So for instance if both the Bulls and Wizards go 3-2, the Pistons only need to win one more game to make the playoffs.

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Box score.

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Reggie Jackson: Reggie has had a knack this season, for bouncing back from poor performances. He kind of did it again here, just took an extra game to do it. 22 points on 22 equivalents, 4 assists to 6 turnovers, plus down the stretch you know who was getting some buckets. So that is certainly not an awesome game, but it was certainly better than the last couple. And the Pistons really needed him to force some buckets due to Andre only playing 28 minutes because of the bang-a-Drum. So not a spectacular performance, but it was the one they needed.

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KCP: Perfectly nice performance for KCP. He did his usual thing by being awesome on defense, and SVG did not mess around with him on Butler and started the game out on Dunleavy (which does mean his defensive impact was smaller than many nights. And his offense was totally acceptable with 14 points on 13 equivalents. Also he has shot better from 3 the past couple of games, so while it is probably foolish to hope, but maybe he has been eating the same breakfasts as Marcus and the law of averages is starting to kick in with him as well. Regardless though, this is the sort of game he needs to be able to do more of, games where even though he is not on fire shooting the ball, he can still just be a fine cog in the offense.

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Tobias Harris: Super game for Tobias in most ways. 21 points on 18 equivalents, 7 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a block. And all of his points were of his typical difficulty as he also took on the task of having to force some hard shots with Andre playing less minutes. His defense was generally not too bad either. This is exactly the sort of game that Tobias is around for, fill the stat sheet, and get some really tough buckets. I hope that everyone really truly appreciates how hard some of the shots he ends up taking are, like those where he drives to the hoop and sort of LeBron body checks guys out of the way and finishes over the top are really hard to do, and he makes them look easy.

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Greater Morris: Who would have thought that as the season winds down, everyone would be raving about how Marcus is a hyper efficient scorer who plays within the offense and doesn't force stuff even when he is hot? 16 points on 13 equivalents, 4 boards and 2 assists. It will be interesting to see if he can keep it up for the last 5 games of the season, but the Mobias combo seems to have found the happy balance of when to let Tobias go at guys and when to have Marcus go at guys. Marcus is simply just taking the right shots, and not forcing things. He is feasting on weak defenders while the better defenders of the world deal with Tobias, and he is still playing defense and rebounding. The Mobias combo has simply been a joy to watch lately, and Marcus finding the happy place of when its his turn to attack and when to simply be another cog in the offense has been a big reason why. Also I want to point out, that he is probably the best ball mover on the team, meaning that when the ball is kicked out and they are pinging the ball around the perimeter, I think Marcus is really the only guy who could call it "Pinging". Like this dude would fit in with the Spurs given how quickly he can receive the ball and then make his decision to move it on down the line or take the shot himself. (also props to Steve Blake for that, he makes quick decisions on that too, and is easily his most useful thing.)

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Andre Drummond: 11 points on 15 equivalents, courtesy of a 1/10 night at the line. 11 boards, and 4 assists. On the surface this was not a very good game, and that is true, his free throw shooting held him to just 28 minutes of play. HOWEVA, it should be noted that his 4 assists were not on accident. He threw some really nice passes. I am hugely intrigued to see what Andre looks like passing the ball next season. Because he has clearly shown that he has some ability to throw freaking awesome passes, he just does not do it a ton because most teams are not sending hard double teams at him. There is a chance he could become a great passing big, and he already is pretty good. (Log this under things I would have never thought I would say a couple years ago.)

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Aron Baynes: Meh. 2 points on 2 free throws, 6 boards. It would have been nice to see a little more given the extra playing time, but he didn't really do anything that I saw that stood out as bad. He obviously did his thing and played hard and all that good stuff, but my man played 20 minutes and didn't even get a shot up. Which is just kind of weird honestly. So a fine game for him I guess, but not all that good.

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Stanley Johnson: Ho boy. Stanley appears to have hit that rookie wall. 0 points on 0/5 shooting, 0 assists, and 2 boards. Part of this is just because SVG is leaning heavily on his starters (even more than before) going down the home stretch so Stanley is playing less and also handling the ball less when he does play. But still, this was pretty piss poor. On the plus side he can still freaking defend, I will stand by the thought that I think he has figured some stuff out on defense lately. But the Pistons will need him to find his way again offensively if they want to do anything in the playoffs.

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Steve Blake: He hit a 3. Had 2 assists. Aaron Brooks roasted him pretty good.

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Anthony Tolliver: Hit a 3 2 triples, had a few rebounds. Did his thing in his few minutes of spacing the floor and playing hard. Only played 10 minutes though so he had about as much impact as you could really expect.

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General: WOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!

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What do you think? Is the Mobias monster the future at the forward spots? Let me know! We all get smarter!