Game Recap/Notes: Game #10. Pistons 103 - Magic 96. (5-5)
A weird game, but this has to be their most comfortable win of the season. Which isn’t great that it had to come against a bad Magic team playing their 3rd game in 4 nights but still. The Cavs are terrible and the Pistons barely beat them so progress.
Started off pretty hot and effective but his effectiveness and involvement tailed off as the game went on. Despite a cold night from deep by going just 1-6 he still scored 15 points on 13 equivalents with 4 assists. A good sign is that for the second straight game the Pistons let him do more of his work out of the pick and roll. It’s always where Jackson has done his best work and is most comfortable, so when you decide to have him do stuff that’s how it should be.
Making his return, Bullock laid a huge egg. Only played 18 minutes, I’m not sure if that’s because he isn’t all the way healthy or if Casey just decided he was totally off so he shouldn’t play much.
Regardless, 18 minutes, 1 point, 1-6 from the field. Bullock will start to hit shots at some point, just like Langston Galloway was going to eventually. But man it’d be nice if he started hitting them soon.
Glenn Robinson III:
Starting the second game. This game was less effective but the positives of his spacing/general offensive competence was still obvious. He finished the game with 9 points on 9 shot equivalents and literally nothing else. Once again, the opposing teams best wing scorer had a big game which is something the Pistons will have to get used to if they stick with Robinson over Stanley Johnson. One big issue that Robinson has to get under control is his penchant for getting beat on back-door cuts. He’s not good enough to consistently make shots difficult for the opposition, but he has to at least not give away freebees.
A quiet game by Griffin’s standards this season, but still 20 points on 20 equivalents with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Aaron Gordon is a formidable defender for Griffin so it shouldn’t come as a huge shock that he struggled a bit. It should also be noted that he had a few hockey assists as well where he started the action that ended with a open bucket.
Nikola Vucevic is not a big tough center, Mo Bamba is certainly not. Andre Drummond made pie out of all of them and was just about the only thing keeping the Pistons in the game in the early going. He finished just 1 rebound short of a 20/20 game with 23 points and 19 rebounds. He also had 3 steals and a huge block on an Aaron Gordon dunk attempt. Drummond is getting more comfortable with what Dwane Casey is asking of him on defense, which is a good sign for the Pistons. He also only took like 1 jump hook which was nice.
Not as hot as last time out but he’s still hitting shots. 12 points on 8 shots, some clutch threes, and 3 assists for good measure. It is a very nice change of pace to have one of the Pistons proper shooters hitting shots.
8 points on 11 shots with 4 assists. Not a remarkable game but the bench mob looked as good as it has all season. The ball whipped around and Ish’s constant movement gets credit for that.
Nice bounce-back game. 13 points on 10 shots in 22 minutes, and his usual good defense. It is remarkable how good Stanley Johnson can look when he hits some threes. I’m not saying that his shot is going to see any sort of significant improvement, but he does have a more compact and improved form.
Played 13 minutes. Didn’t do a whole lot but played fine.
Same as Pachulia. He played 13 minutes, didn’t do much but did fine.
Nice win, nice to get back to .500. Hopefully they can down the Hawks next time out and continue to take care of business. The best news continues to be that Andre Drummond (and the rest of the Pistons) is getting comfortable on the defensive end. I, once again, continue to not much like having Andre Drummond drop so far but I still believe in his defense. As he gets more comfortable he can be effective and make this an effective defense, even if I think he’d be more effective being more aggressive. The other good news is that it does look like Dwane Casey has decided that Reggie Jackson’s best offensive option is out of the pick and roll, which it is.