Game Recap/Notes: Game #45. Pistons 100 - Nets 101. (22-23)

That was bad. This is officially bad. I am an overly optimistic type, and I still think there is a good chance the Pistons right this ship, but there is no way around it. Falling under .500 by losing a game to a bad team at home means that this is officially not ok anymore, regardless of what shenanigans lead to this point. At some point you just have to own it.

 

Box score.

 

Ish Smith:

11 points on 12 equivalents with 3 assists in 27 minutes. Not all that good but I honestly thought he did fine for the most part. It was rough to let the game winner be scored on him but he probably should've never been guarding Dinwiddie in the first place. This was about as good a game as you could've expected from Ish really.

 

Avery Bradley:

In good news, Avery Bradley only took 12 shots! Progress! The bad news is that he scored just 7 points on those 12 shots which combined with just 1 assist and no real defensive impact to make this officially time to wonder what on earth is wrong. The way he has been used has not be optimal as many people (including me) have been quick to point out but I think this is beyond that. I wonder if something is wrong. Regardless something has to change because this was a bad game from Bradley, at least he didn't take so many freaking shots.

 

Reggie Bullock:

Only played 22 minutes, scored 7 points on 5 shots, largely did his job. He is limited in what he can do but he did it well.

 

Tobias Harris:

Tobias bounced back in a big way from three straight bad games with 20 points on 19 equivalents alongside 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes of play. On top of all that he went +14 in his 36 minutes of play, which is extra frustrating. Tobias did struggle a bit defensively with various guys, I think that he was often the culprit for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's 21 point, 7 assist, night but I don't know exactly how much was him on first viewing.

Regardless, Tobias played a good game and he got his job done. It sucks that now on the night he finally gets right the other guy the Pistons can't really be without had a bad game.

 

Andre Drummond:

Never fails. After the last game I said that Drummond deserved better than this, and then he turns around and lays a dud. 7 points on 9 equivalents with 13 rebounds and 4 assists isn't terrible but it isn't what the Pistons need from him. In his defense his night was made worse by some, questionable, foul trouble but whatever. Even when he was on the floor the Nets got too many offensive rebounds which simply shouldn't have happened. If Jarrett Allen goes way up and over Drummond for one or it just bounces badly then whatever, but there were several times it was right at the hoop and Drummond just didn't get it which is pretty unacceptable. Dinwiddie hitting the game winner is probably karma though because it looked like Drummond clearly travelled on his go ahead bucket just before.

 

Stanley Johnson:

GIVE ME STANLEY JOHNSON EVERY DAY. 18 points on 13 equivalents with 4 big rebounds in 26 minutes of play and he even hit a three. The only downside to Stanley's night was that he had some foul trouble, including a couple late in the game that gave the Nets some free throws which was not good. In the end though, Stanley freaking competed on both ends and he looks all the way healthy and back to how he was playing before getting hurt. He is attacking the paint relentlessly and drawing tons of fouls and finally making good on his potential as a beast in the paint. I don't know exactly what his long term prognosis is, but I still think they should really hold onto him.

 

Anthony Tolliver:

7 points on 6 equivalents with 3 rebounds in 23 minutes. Good game for Tolly I suppose although he didn't have a huge impact.

 

Luke Kennard:

In all the heat that SVG is (not unfairly) taking right now lets give him some credit with Luke Kennard for a couple different reasons. First off, the bench has been struggling in various ways for a while and everyone was thinking it was time to give Kennard some more responsibility, and SVG finally went for it and Kennard was legitimately the #1 option with the bench mob on his way to 13 points on 9 shots with 1 assist. The other reason to give SVG some credit is that Kennard looked to be clearly over his head at several times as the lead option which hasn't happened all season really. It is so tantalizing to see a rookie who looks like he can do more, but SVG was hesitant to put too much on his plate and put him in a position to always succeed and has now turned to it after other options failed. We should give Kennard some credit for not forcing things too much when he got in trouble, but there were several offensive possessions where he tried to dribble into the paint and didn't go anywhere which totally stalled the possession. Once again though, give me more, especially till Ish is back with the backups I want Kennard and Johnson running things with the second unit. Ride with them and live with their mistakes because even with them they are probably the best options off the bench.

 

Langston Galloway:

He individually didn't put up great numbers, 8 points on 10 equivalents with 4 rebounds and 5 assists against 2 turnovers. However the bench mob as a whole ran pretty well which is a credit to him. The only time that the bench mob offense didn't keep flowing and moving effectively was mostly when Kennard ran himself into a corner and had to just kick it out for a reset, and the shooting and smart play of Galloway is a big reason for that.

 

Eric Moreland:

2 points and 9 rebounds in 11 minutes of play. He did fine I guess.

 

General:

Something has to change. Tobias and Drummond need to cut out the bad nights, because if either of them are not on their games the Pistons are not going to win many games and Avery Bradley needs to hit more shots somehow or another. If guys on the roster can't play better then an outside change of some sort needs to happen. Cleveland is next.

 

What do you think? What about Luke as the #1 option? How about Stanley's role?

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