Game Recap/Notes: Game #80. Pistons In Playoffs - Wizards Not In Playoffs. 43-37.

The Pistons are heading back to the playoffs.

Box score.

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REGGIE-MOTHER-FUCKING-JACKSON: Big time players make big time plays in big time moments. Reggie Jackson had 39 points on just 23 equivalents (!! Thats crazy !!) and 9 assists (although with 5 turnovers.) And those buckets come with a huge asterisk of Assisted by Andre Drummond but more on that later. He found every seam and every crease in the Wizards defense and shredded them for it. His defense was fine because it was not exactly challenging. If the Pistons are going to do anything in the playoffs (as in like, even win a couple games) they will need Reggie to be the guy. Of the top 6 guys (I'm including Stanley still. And even if you replace with Bullock, it is still true.) in their rotation, Reggie is the only one who has been to the playoffs before, and really the only one who has even played a meaningful NBA basketball game before this season. (Marcus played in a few towards the end of the last two seasons with the Suns.) He came up huge, and he is on the verge of finishing the season as one of just 3 point guards with a usage percentage over 28% and a true shooting percentage over 51%. He has gone from backup to having one of the heaviest offensive loads in basketball, and he took it in stride. He deserves this.

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KCP: Perfectly nice game for KCP. He once again managed the sort of low volume but still effective offense that he needs to get down for the future with 14 points on 11 shots, and also played his typically awesome defense. Actually his defense was not quite as awesome as it often is, but it was still really good. And Beal is a really good player so thats ok. He's had his ups and downs this season, but he has been a rock on defense for this team, and as much as I hate that SVG plays him so much, it is remarkable how much of a workhorse he has been.

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Tobias Harris: Really nice game, for the most part, for Tobias. 17 points on just 12 equivalents and 9 boards. The mostly is because he was largely responsible for Lesser Morris' 20 point 3rd quarter that nearly single handedly saved the Wizards season. But he did his job, he got the tough buckets when the Pistons really needed them, he hit several 3s, and was generally ok on defense.

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Greater Morris: I don't care that Markieff went off tonight for a huge game. (Ok I care a little) But guess what? Only one of the Morrii has been on a playoff team. So Marcus is still Greater Morris to me. Marcus played a pretty nice and under control game for the most part. He has been a little bit wild in trying to create shots with the bench units but that is ok, he is trying to pass more and shoot less, so I'm ok with him trying to expand his game a bit. But in the end, 13 points on 8 equivalents, 7 boards, and 3 assists is a totally fine game. He's been EASILY the biggest steal of the offseason in the entire NBA.

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Andre Drummond: First the basic, not that good a night based on the numbers, 8 points on 12 equivalents, and 6 boards. HOWEVA, there is a reason his numbers were so small. Gortat and the Wizards were putting a comical amount of attention Andre's way, and it resulted in a bombing of 3s early in the game and allowed Reggie all the open floaters and layups that he got. HOWEVA HOWEVA, Andre did seem pretty out of it. Now apparently, at the end of the game at least, he was emotional because a friend who had died would not be able to see his first playoff games. In which case he does absolutely get a pass for that. Beyond that though, he did show not enough effort and fight in this game. And here is the deal, both him, and every fan, need to get something through their heads. Andre is the best player on this team, and it is not even close. Andre Drummond won this game for the Pistons. Without Andre, Reggie does not have the night he does, the Pistons don't hit 9 3s in the first quarter, and Bradley Beal scores at least 3 more buckets. I have defended Andre a lot, because it is thankless work to be a dominant roll man. He created a huge amount of Reggie's points, but there will never be a real highlight reel of "Omg look how he sucks defenders away" anywhere but basketball nerd circles. So to the fans: Quit crapping on this dude, he is the difference between the Pistons right now, and being hella depressing team still. To Andre: You gotta realize that on nights like this, Reggie is just making the right basketball play over and over by taking shots. You've gotta roll hard every time to create them, even if Sports Center will never give you credit, we will.

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Reggie Bullock: Missed his two shots, but had a few brilliant passes. Overall though, he will probably end up a better version of Tolly. Which means that if he does not hit a few shots his value is minimal. Tonight it was minimal, but he did still make some awesome passes.

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Aron Baynes: Got some extra minutes and made the best of them. Scoring 12 points on 6 equivalents (10/10 from the line) and 5 boards. His defense was a bit exposed by Nene (again) but was still generally pretty good. Solid game from Aron.

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Steve Blake: I still think you suck. You did hit a couple 3s though, so cool.

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Anthony Tolliver: Only hit one of 5 shots. Was not very useful, you know that drill with him.

General: PLAYOFFFS.

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