Sometimes they go in. KCP went into full irrational confidence mode and by the end of the night it didn’t seem so irrational. The Pistons get a much needed win and in a good way. They have a stretch of a lot of home games and the opponents are (mostly) not too daunting. If they are going to turn around the season, the next couple of weeks are likely their best chance.
Only played 21 minutes and didn’t do anything of much note either way. 6 points on 8 equivalents with 3 assists against 1 turnover. People will point to the +/- discrepancy but keep in mind that it wasn’t Jackson’s fault or Ish’s bonus that the Pelicans apparently decided they didn’t want Anthony Davis to score more.
KCP is officially in the “irrational confidence” group of guys. His tendency to start to take absurd shots after hitting his first few has often been a problem for him as he shoots his way out of a efficient night, but holy hell, on the nights where he doesn’t cool off it is downright incredible. 38 points on 22(!!??) equivalents is absurd. There is no other way to put that. He also put in 4 steals for good measure, and you have a career night for KCP. Like, I wish I could say some impressive observation about it but there isn’t one. He just couldn’t miss. Some of the shots he took where good looks created in the offense, and some of them were shots that were downright irresponsible. But they just kept going in. It is pretty funny and sad that he missed out on getting 40 by missing a pair of free throws late. Either way, my concerns about him maybe being hurt/regressing have been emphatically answered. Incredible night.
Marcus had a fairly quiet night with 7 points on 9 shots, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. And with the way KCP shot, it is alright that he took on more of a facilitator role. He just sort of did all the normal stuff that we have come to expect from Morris at this point. He defended pretty well and generally did the little things that help you win basketball games.
Pretty poor night for Leuer. 2 points on 7 shots, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. And while it isn’t really his fault, but he proved very quickly that he was nowhere near up to the task of guarding Anthony Davis. He only played 17 minutes so it was not an overly impactful night for Leuer regardless.
Played just 26 minutes, really had a good game scoring the ball with 17 points on 14 equivalents, but somehow only had 6 rebounds which was odd, but whatever. He also had 3 steals just for good measure. One thing that is undeniable about Andre at this point is that he knows how to defend elite big men scorers one on one, his combination of speed and strength just bothers guys. So not an overly impressive game for Drummond, but a good one still.
Scored 19 points on 13 shots in 28 minutes with 8 boards and 4 assists to have a really nice complete game. It was nice to see him get back to his super-efficient game on offense and to see the assists. It was a fairly quiet game for how impressive the stats are, but still a really good one for Tobias.
Ish played an awesome game, as for the 2nd straight night he was getting the ball in the hoop and shot 6-7 from the field. (I believe he shot 6-7 from the field against Boston as well lol) His 15 points on 8 equivalents to go along with 6 assists against just 1 turnover was a good indication of his play in 27 minutes. He got out on the break, and also did the “here you go KCP” thing a couple of times. He, KCP, and Stanley provided an energy on defense and in the fastbreak that was big in the Pistons comeback and eventual pulling away. Excellent game for Ish, the only thing I’m worried about now is that he will probably miss his next 30 or so shots in order to regress to his very low mean as far as efficiency shooting the ball goes.
Joined Ish Smith in that he played extra minutes as SVG went with the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” strategy. Stanley didn’t have a terribly impressive stat line, 4 points on 7 shots, 5 boards, 6 assists, and 1 steal. The 6 assists stand out, but in 25 minutes and with KCP shooting like he was, it isn’t that big of a deal. But his defensive effort and hustle was huge. Stanley has been a huge part of the bench’s recent success. Even with KCP’s step back on defense, Stanley and KCP form a pretty fearsome defensive combo on the wing when they are on the floor together.
Baynes also got a few extra minutes and played well, with 8 points on 5 shots and 7 rebounds. But in the case of Baynes in particular, I wouldn’t get too riled up about it. The Pelicans have got to be kicking themselves, as Baynes spent like 5 straight minutes as the guy defending Anthony Davis, and Davis barely even touched the ball. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that Baynes’ biggest weakness is his total inability to contain skilled bigs, and Davis is that. So yeah, this was kind of lucky for the Pistons (and was a big reason why Ish and Stanley had such monstrous +/- tonight) but we will take it, and Baynes did play pretty well.
Only played 5 minutes, scored 2 points on 2 shots. Nothing of note.
I like that SVG rolled with Ish and Stanley down the stretch, they clearly had somehow been able to counter the Pelican’s style with them and Smith somehow mindtricked the Pellies into forgetting they had Anthony Davis. As I said at the start, the Pistons have a lot of home games coming up, and the opponents are not too scary. As such, now would be a very good time to turn it around. Also of note, the Pistons are now just .5 games out of the playoffs as it is lol.
What do you think? Which one of you sacrificed your first born to cause Davis to not try and score on Baynes? HOW BOUT KC3??