Game Recap/Notes: Game #52. Pistons 129 - Nuggets 103. (23-29)
Good win! The Nuggets were short-handed and not well rested but still a good win, the Nuggets have been hurt and kept winning games still.
Jackson is really showing some signs of life. In 22 minutes he scored 14 points and had 4 assists. He did it with a couple of threes (2-5 from deep) along with some nice drives to the basket. They are starting to do a better job of trying to get him going to the hoop off of a screen instead of just using him as an iso/spot-up guy.
In his last 6 games (including the NOP game) Jackson is averaging 19 and 6 on excellent efficiency.
Did nothing. Played just 13 minutes and didn’t score.
11 points on 9 shots in just 26 minutes for a pretty decent but not great night for Bullock.
Kind of a quiet night for Griffin but still a highly effective one. 17 points on 10 shot equivalents with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Also, for his part, did a nice job on defense which isn’t often the case with him. He was often guarding Plumlee so that isn’t exactly a high-difficulty cover but it’s still a nice thing to see. The offense is finally starting to diversify a bit which is good as well and helps to keep Blake fresh and healthy,
Ayyye. Andre put up 27 points on 15 shot equivalents with 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks and he was every bit as good as that line looks. 6 of his rebounds were offensive, and the Pistons found him rolling to the hoop with consistency.
And credit where credit is due. I will remain frustrated that it took so long, but Dwane Casey appears to finally be figuring out that Andre needs to be used as a screen and roll guy. Since coming back from injury it has been stark, less post-ups, more lobs, and it’s done wonders for Andre and the Pistons offense. In the last 5 games (since he came back) he’s averaging 22 points per game and shooting nearly 70% from the field. We will see if it sticks, but it seems to me that there has been a clear offensive shift to get Jackson and especially Drummond involved in their strong areas more recently. So yeah, I don’t know why it took this long, but if it sticks it would be a great sign.
18 points on 14 shot equivalents in 25 minutes makes for a tidy night for Galloway who has caught a lot of heat (deservedly) lately for his play. Even though he remains pretty hugely disappointing on the season, when he is on he is really on.
Oh hey its one of the handful of games per season where Stanley hits a bunch of threes and fools some people into thinking he figured it out. (it was nice to see him play well though)
14 points on 10 shot equivalents along with 4 assists. This is the dude Kennard should be and what the Pistons need from him. He’s a legit focal point with the second unit, and isn’t just used as a spot-up shooter. Put the ball in his hands, let him be a facilitator and a scorer. He’s capable. KEEP SHOOTING LUKE.
Not a good game for Ish, 3 points on 6 shots with 5 assists against 3 turnovers, but it is still quite striking how much a difference the sheer competence of having him on the floor over Calderon makes so I’m not going to complain.
Got a technical because he was angry about an offensive foul which is one of the funniest things ever.
None did anything. Thomas actually got some non-garbage time minutes and threw a nice lob to Andre but yeah, none really did much.
The Pistons are showing some real signs of life and are about to play the Knicks in back-to-back games. I’m not saying things are happening, but I’m not saying that nothing is happening.