Detroit Pistons News
1-9-17: After the Pistons’ contest in Portland was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to the bad weather, they played a very close game that went to multiple overtimes. Andre Drummond scored 28 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds en route to Detroit’s 125-124 win. The Pistons also received a game-high 31 points form Reggie Jackson.
12-26-16: On Friday, the Pistons received 26 points from Tobias Harris, which was his season high, and 25 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but the Pistons lost their fifth straight game. They fell at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, 119-113. However, Detroit bounced back on Monday; behind Harris’ game-high 21 points, the Pistons defeated the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers.
12-12-16: Marcus Morris scored a game-high 28 points on Sunday, but the Pistons fell to the visiting Philadelphia 76ers, 97-79. Andre Drummond registered game-high rebounds for the third straight game, but Detroit won only one of the contests. The victory came on Friday when Drummond posted a game-high 22 points and 22 rebounds en route to Detroit’s 117-90 win at Minnesota.
11-28-16: The Pistons ended their season-worst four-game losing streak with their 107-84 victory over the visiting Miami Heat on Wednesday behind a game-high 22 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Rebounding machine Andre Drummond then double-doubled the Pistons to an impressive victory on Friday against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. However, Detroit fell on Saturday at Oklahoma City.
11-21-16: The Pistons headed into Saturday’s game against the visiting Boston Celtics with a 6-7 record, but a perfect home record in the 2016-17 season. However, Al Horford was too much for the Pistons, as they dropped their third consecutive game. On the bright side, Marcus Morris scored a game-high 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting.
11-7-16: On Wednesday, the Pistons had a frustrating 109-101 loss at Brooklyn. However, Andre Drummond’s team-high 19 points and game-high 20 rebounds on Saturday helped the Pistons bounce back from their first loss in November. Ish Smith also contributed 11 points and a game-high eight assists, as the Pistons won easily against the visiting Denver Nuggets, 103-86.
4-25-16: Facing elimination, Reggie Jackson and the Pistons were hoping for a foul call at the end of Sunday’s Game 4 against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Jackson missed the final shot and there was no foul called, and Detroit lost, 100-98. Marcus Morris’ team-high 24 points were not enough to save the Pistons’ season.
4-11-16: The Pistons are officially finally back in the playoffs, as they defeated the visiting Washington Wizards, 108-104, on Friday to clinch their first postseason berth since 2009. In just Stan Van Gundy’s second year with Detroit, he has guided them to an above-.500 season for the first time since 2007-08.
3-29-16: Tobias Harris scored a team-high 21 points on Saturday, but the Pistons fell, 112-95, against the visiting Atlanta Hawks. The loss stopped Detroit’s five-game winning streak. Before the beginning of the streak, Detroit’s record stood at .500 in 2015-16. The Pistons will have the tough task of hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
2-29-16: Even without Stanley Johnson, who has been out with a right shoulder sprain, the Pistons have a winning streak going. On Sunday, Reggie Jackson scored a team-high 19 points as a part of a team effort in the 114-101 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors. Andre Drummond has been the game-high rebounder in all four games of the winning streak.
2-23-16: The Pistons, who were seemingly the busiest team during the trade deadline, finally stopped their longest losing streak of the 2015-16 season. Behind Reggie Jackson’s 23 points, the Pistons knocked off the conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers, 96-88, on Monday. Detroit’s newest acquisition, Tobias Harris, who the Pistons acquired from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Ersan Ilyasova, was one of the team’s six double-digit scorers in the win.
2-16-16: The Pistons, who have been struggling recently, are the league’s only positive-point differential team that headed into the All-Star break on a losing streak. Although Andre Drummond scored 15 points and brought down a game-high 17 rebounds on Wednesday, Detroit dropped its third straight contest, a 103-92 loss to the Denver Nuggets. At halftime, the Pistons retired Chauncey Billups’s No. 1 jersey.
2-10-16: The Pistons almost threw away Thursday’s game against the visiting New York Knicks, but Detroit survived and won, 111-105. However, the Pistons’ record is just one game above .500 after losing at Indiana on Saturday and at home against the Toronto Raptors on Monday. Paul George and Kyle Lowry were too much for Detroit in those contests.
2-3-16: On Monday, the Pistons once again avoided losing three games in a row. Andre Drummond posted 21 points and a game-high 18 rebounds in the team’s 105-100 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. In Detroit’s next game, the Pistons will be in Boston for the second time in less than a month in hopes of winning the season series against the Celtics.
1-12-16: A three-game win streak has the Detroit Pistons tied for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference as the team continues to gel with the return of Brandon Jennings. They have three games this week against strong Western Conference teams; the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors.
1-4-16: Trying to work Brandon Jennings back into the lineup, the Detroit Pistons are going through a tinkering process to find an optimal lineup. Two games above .500 and right outside the eight Eastern Conference playoff spots, the Pistons have three games this week against the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.
12-28-15: A three-game win streak was matched with a two-game losing streak by the Detroit Pistons, who sit three games above .500. This week the Pistons have three games against the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Indiana Pacers.
12-21-15: It was a slow start to the season for the Detroit Pistons, but a 7-3 stretch in their last 10 games have put them four games above .500 and in the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference for now. With Brandon Jennings’ return coming soon, the Pistons play back-to-back road games against the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks.
12-11-15: Detroit has no problem competing with teams at home where they are 8-3, but haven’t found a way to perform as well on the road, posting a 4-8 record away from The Palace at Auburn Hills. After a road game against the 76ers, Detroit plays three-straight at home against the Pacers, Clippers and Celtics.
11-19-15: What better way to climb out of a funk than with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers? That’s exactly what the Detroit Pistons did to end their skid as they move to one game over .500 heading into the weekend.
11-13-15:If the opposing team misses a shot, it’s more than likely Andre Drummond is grabbing the rebound. After an historic start, Drummond and the Pistons are true contenders to earn a spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
11-5-15: Media pundits have same this is the first “real” Stan Van Gundy Detroit Pistons team and they may be right. With Andre Drummond putting up numbers like the Orlando Magic Dwight Howard SVG coached, the Pistons are off to a 3-1 start and plan on reaching the playoffs this season.
4-7-15: The Detroit Pistons are simply biding their time and playing out their schedule for the remainder of the 2014/2015 season as the playoffs are not looking to be in the team’s future. While the team is posting a 27-44 record the team is thinking more of the NBA Draft and their lottery pick rather than their win loss record this season. The Pistons started this week by making the trip out to Orlando to face off with Victor Oladipo and the Orlando Magic. During the game the Magic did everything right out-shooting and out-rebounding the Pistons but Detroit forced 10 more turnovers on the day leading to more shooting opportunities. The Pistons took advantage of those extra shooting opportunities to beat the Magic by the final score of 111-97 behind 26 points from Reggie Jackson and 23 points from Tayshaun Prince. The scoring attack for the Magic was led by Tobias Harris who had 21 points while Nikola Vucevic added 20 points in the loss for Orlando. For the Pistons next contest the team made the trip down to Miami to face off with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. During the contest Andre Drummond had a career night for the Pistons but received little help from his supporting cast in a 109-102 loss to the Miami Heat. The leading scorer in the contest was Dwyane Wade, not Drummond, who had 40 points while Haslem grabbed 13 rebounds in the victory for Miami. Meanwhile Drummond did all he could for Detroit scoring 32 points and grabbing 14 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Pistons. For the Pistons next contest the team stayed at home in Detroit to play host to Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks. During the contest the Pistons came out of the gate firing on all cylinders taking an early lead that they would never relinquish in a 105-95 victory over the Hawks. The leading scorer in the contest was Andre Drummond who had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons while Reggie Jackson added 11 assists in the victory for Detroit. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Hawks was led by Sefolosha who had 19 points while Muscala added 13 rebounds in another loss for Atlanta that saw many of their regulars sitting out the game. The Pistons were back out on the court the very next night in Charlotte when the team faced off with Mo Williams and the Charlotte Hornets. During the game the Pistons offense was lulled to sleep by a stingy Hornets defense as Charlotte allowed just 78 points to Detroit in a 102-78 victory. The leading scorer in the contest was Mo Williams who had 18 points and six assists for the Hornets while Biyombo added 10 rebounds in the victory for Charlotte. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Pistons was led by Meeks who had 15 points while Andre Drummond added nine rebounds in the loss for Detroit. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 29-46. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Chicago to face off with the Chicago Bulls before returning home to finish their week face off with the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.
3-31-15: The Detroit Pistons still have a mathematical chance at the playoffs this season after posting a 22-44 record but the chances of that happening are slim to none after struggling for much of this season. Rather than gearing up for a playoff push the team is instead working towards the draft and the 2015/2016 NBA season. The Pistons started this week by staying at home in Detroit to play host to Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls. During the contest the Bulls had a lead heading into the second half before the Pistons defense clamped down and stopped Chicago in a 107-91 victory for Detroit. The leading scorer in the contest was Pau Gasol who had 27 points while Aaron Brooks added 19 points in the loss for Chicago. Meanwhile the Pistons scoring attack was led by 22 points from Reggie Jackson while Caron Butler added 20 points in the victory for Detroit. For the Pistons next contest the team made the trip to Boston to face off with Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics. During the game four quarters could not decide a winner between the Pistons and the Celtics and the two teams went into overtime. The game was a back and forth for much of the contest as every time Detroit would take a lead the Celtics would take it right back in a game that looked like it would go to the team who had the basketball last in the contest. The Pistons erased a six point deficit in the fourth quarter to force the overtime and rode that momentum to a huge overtime that saw the team score 17 points in the five minute frame as Detroit went on to beat Boston by the final score of 105-97. For the Pistons next contest the team stayed home in Detroit to play host to DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors. During the game Toronto shot themselves in the foot after spoiling a better shooting night and better free throw percentage by turning the ball over 12 times in a 108-104 loss to Detroit. The leading scorer in the contest was Reggie Jackson who had 28 points and nine assists for Detroit while Andre Drummond grabbed 18 rebounds in the victory for the Pistons. Meanwhile DeMar DeRozan did all the heavy lifting for the Raptors scoring 22 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing four assists but it was not enough in the loss for Toronto. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 27-44. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of road games against the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat before returning home to Orlando to face off against the Atlanta Hawks. The Pistons will then back out on the road in Charlotte to finish their week off when the team faces off with the Charlotte Hornets.
3-24-15: The Detroit Pistons have turned their attention away from the playoffs and now have their sights set on the NBA Draft Lottery and the 2015/2016 season. The team took another step in the wrong direction last week and currently sports a 23-41 record. The Pistons started this week by making the trip out to the Moda Center to face off with the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest the Trail Blazers eclipsed the 30 point plateau twice while scoring 29 points in the third quarter in an eventual 118-99 victory for Portland. The leading scorer for the contest was Damian Lillard who scored 28 points and dished out nine assists while LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points in the victory for Portland. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Pistons was led by Greg Monroe who had 19 points while Andre Drummond added 16 points and 17 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Detroit. The Pistons hoped for better results in their next contest when the team made the trip out to Utah to face off against the Utah Jazz. During the contest the Pistons managed to score just 55 points in the first three quarters in an eventual loss to Utah by the final score of 88-85. The leading scorer in the contest was Derrick Favors who had 26 points for the Jazz while Rudy Gobert added 10 points and 19 rebounds in the victory for the Jazz. Meanwhile the Pistons scoring attack was led by 16 points from Greg Monroe while Anthony Tolliver added 14 points but it was not enough in the loss for Detroit. For the Pistons next contest the team made the trip back home to Detroit to play host to Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies. During the game the Pistons overcame a sluggish first half with a big 66 point explosion in the second half to edge the Grizzlies by the final score of 105-95. The leading scorer in the contest was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who scored 24 points for Detroit while Reggie Jackson dished 20 assists and Andre Drummond grabbed 16 rebounds in the victory. Meanwhile Danny Green led the Grizzlies scoring attack with 21 points while Marc Gasol grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss for Memphis. For the Pistons next contest the team made the trip out to Philadelphia to face off against the Philadelphia 76ers. During the game the 76ers held the Pistons to just 83 points total including 18 points in each of the second and fourth quarters in an eventual 94-83 victory for Philadelphia. The leading scorer in the contest was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who had 20 points for the Pistons while Andre Drummond pulled down 14 more rebounds in the loss for Detroit. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the 76ers was led by Smith who had 15 points and eight assists leading Philadelphia to victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 22-44. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the Chicago Bulls before traveling to Boston to face off against the Boston Celtics. The team will then return home once again to play host to the Toronto Raptors to finish their week off.
3-3-15: The Detroit Pistons come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week hoping to turn around one of the worst records in the NBA this season boasting a 21-33 record. The Pistons started this week by staying home in Detroit to play host to the Chicago Bulls. During the contest the Pistons held the Bulls to just 42% shooting from the field as a team while shooting 45% themselves in a 100-91 victory over Chicago. Caron Butler and Greg Monroe led the way for the Pistons with 20 points each while Andre Drummond added 18 points in the victory for Detroit. Meanwhile Jimmy Butler led all scorers in the contest for the Bulls with 30 points while Taj Gibson added 15 points but it was not enough in the loss for Chicago. For the Pistons next contest the team returned home to Detroit to play host to the Washington Wizards. During the game the Pistons were able to hold the Wizards to just 37 points in the second half en route to a 106-89 victory for Detroit. The Pistons scoring attack was led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who finished with 26 points while Andre Drummond added 16 points in the victory for Detroit. Meanwhile the Wizards offensive attack was run through Marcin Gortat for much of the night as he finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds aided by John Wall’s 12 assists but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. For the Pistons next contest the team returned home to Detroit to play host to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the game Cleveland remained hot and continued their climb towards the top of the Eastern Conference with another impressive victory 102-93 over Detroit. Kevin Love led the scoring attack for the Cavaliers with 24 points and nine rebounds with the help of 11 assists from LeBron James in the victory for Cleveland. Meanwhile Reggie Jackson led the way for Detroit with 22 points and nine rebounds while Greg Monroe grabbed 14 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Pistons. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 23-34. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the New York Knicks before setting out on the road to finish their week facing off with the Washington Wizards and the New Orleans Pelicans.
2-20-15: The Detroit Pistons enters the NBA’s All Star Weekend with no much to cheer about as the team has posted one of the worst records in the NBA this season with a 21-33 record. The Pistons started this
week by watching one of their own in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope participate in the inaugural World vs.
Team USA Rising Stars Game and score eight points in the loss for Team USA. The next night NBA All Star
Weekend culminated with the playing of the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The All Star Game pit the
best of the Eastern Conference against the best of the Western Conference in a contest that defense
was thrown out the window in lieu of loads of offense. These two teams did not disappoint in the
offensive department as these two teams combined for 321 points total on the night inside Madison
Square Garden. Leading the way for the Western Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points
winning the MVP Award while James Harden added another 29 points for the West. In the East the
hometown hero Carmelo Anthony had 14 points in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the
way with 30 points. It was not enough for Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference
once again showed its dominance in a 163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All
Star Game. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 21-33. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home all week in Detroit to play host to the Chicago Bulls, the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
2-9-15: The Detroit Pistons came into the week still sitting as one of the cellar dwellers in the Eastern
Conference this season posting a 17-30 record. The Pistons started this week by staying at home in
Detroit to play host to James Harden and the Houston Rockets. During the contest Dwight Howard
missed his second game of the week and James Harden had an off night of shooting to his standards in
the 114-101 loss to the Pistons. Harden did lead all Houston scorers with 26 points while Donatas
Montiejunas added 21 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Rockets. Meanwhile DJ Augustine
and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored 28 points for Detroit in the victory for the Pistons. For the
Pistons next contest the team stayed at home in Detroit to play host to the Miami Heat. During the
game the Pistons exploded for 33 points in the first quarter and 32 more in the third quarter to easily
take down Miami by the final score of 108-91. DJ Augustin led the way for the Pistons with 25 points and
13 assists while Andre Drummond pulled down 14 rebounds in the win for Detroit. Chris Bosh led all
scorers for Miami with 34 points while Hassan Whiteside added 10 rebounds but it was not enough in
the loss to the Heat. The Pistons were back out on the court the very next night in Indiana when the
team was facing off with the Indiana Pacers on the road. During the game the pacers were able to
survive a great game by the Pistons Andre Drummond to win the game 114-109. Drummond led Detroit
in scoring and rebounding in the contest with 18 points and 16 rebounds but it was not enough in the
loss for the Pistons. Meanwhile George Hill led Indiana in scoring with 20 points while Roy Hibbert
added 12 rebounds in the victory for the Pacers. When the week was all said and done the team finished
with an overall record of 19-31. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home for a pair of
home games against the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves before traveling to Charlotte
to take on the Charlotte Hornets. The Pistons will then travel back to Detroit to finish their week off by playing host to the San Antonio Spurs.
1-29-15: The Detroit Pistons struggled once again last week dropping games and dropping their overall record to
14-25 on the 2014/2015 NBA season. The Pistons started this week by traveling to Indiana to take on
George Hill and the rest of the Indiana Pacers. During the contest the Pacers actually outshot the Pistons
45% to 38% but the game quickly became the Brandon Jennings show. Jennings led all scorers with 37
points for the Pistons Andre Drummond added 16 points in a narrow 98-96 victory over Indiana. The
Pacers attack was led by six players that scored in double figures in the contest but it was not enough in
the loss to the Pistons. Detroit was back out on the court the very next night back at home when the
Pistons played host to the Philadelphia 76ers. During the contest the Pistons dominated from beyond
the arc and took advantage of an undisciplined 76ers team to take down Philadelphia by the final score
of 107-89. The 76ers committed 16 fouls which led to 19 free throws for the Pistons while Philadelphia
managed just seven attempts from the line. Detroit also knocked down eight more three point shots led
by 20 points from Kyle Singler in the victory for the Pistons. For the Pistons next contest the team looked
to stop the Hawks 12 game winning streak when the team faced off with the Hawks on the road in
Atlanta. During the contest the Hawks used 44% shooting from the field as a team and a stingy defense
to propel the team to their 13th straight victory. The Hawks took down the Pistons by the final score of
93-82 behind 20 points each from Paul Millsap and Mike Scott to beat Detroit for the second time in a
week. The Pistons attack was led by 16 points from Greg Monroe but it was not nearly enough in the
loss to the Hawks. For the Pistons next contest the team looked to stay hot at home when the team
stayed in Detroit to play host to the Orlando Magic. During the contest the Pistons and the Magic traded
buckets for most of the night in a game that quickly became a shootout. Detroit scored no less than 30
points in a single quarter en route to an easy victory over Orlando by the final score of 128-118. Orlando
scored just 48 points in the first half and could not overcome a big Detroit lead led by Andre
Drummond’s 26 points and 17 rebounds on the night. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 26 points and 15
rebounds but it was not nearly enough in the loss to Detroit. When the week was all said and done the
team finished with an overall record of 17-26. Get your tickets for next week as the team played a pair
of road games against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors before returning to Detroit to play
host to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pistons would then finish their week off back out on the road in Philadelphia when the team faced off with the Philadelphia 76ers.
1-12-15: The Detroit Pistons came into the week reeling off another bad week that left their overall record on the season at 8-23. The Pistons started this week by traveling to Madison Square Garden to take on Carmelo Anthony and his New York Knicks. During the contest the Knicks may have lost Carmelo Anthony for the remainder of the season in a 97-81 loss to the Pistons. Both Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire sat out and watched Brandon Jennings from the Pistons hang 29 points in the victory for Detroit. The Pistons looked to win another game in their next contest when the team stayed home to play host to the Sacramento Kings. During the contest the Kings had no answer for Detroit’s Brandon Jennings who finished the night leading all scorers with 35 points and 7 assists. Sacramento’s attack was led by DeMarcus Cousins who led his team with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. In the end Cousins’ effort was not enough as the Pistons held on to beat the Kings by the final score of 114-95. The Pistons looked to get back to their winning ways during their next contest when the team traveled to San Antonio to take on the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest the Spurs let a big first quarter go to waste and ultimately lost the game to the Detroit Pistons by the final score of 105-104. San Antonio posted a whopping 37 points in the first quarter while holding the Pistons to just 20 points but by the time the fourth quarter came along Detroit had roared all the way back. Andre Drummond led the Detroit attack was 20 points and 17 rebounds as the Pistons topped the Spurs despite 16 points from Aryes. The Pistons were back on the court in Dallas the very next night when the team traveled to take on Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. During the contest the Pistons won their 7th straight game after releasing Josh Smith by convincingly taking down the Dallas Mavericks 108-95. Monroe led all scorers in the contest with 27 points for Detroit while Andre Drummond grabbed 19 rebounds in the victory over the Mavericks. The Dallas offensive attack was led by 19 points from Dirk Nowitzki but it was not enough to stop the surging Pistons. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 12-23. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home against the Atlanta Hawks and the Brooklyn Nets before traveling out on the road to face off with the Toronto Raptors. The Pistons will then finish their week off at home in Detroit when the teams hosts the New Orleans Pelicans.
1-2-15: The Detroit Pistons 2014/2015 season to date has not gone according to plan as the team has one of the worst records in all of the Eastern Conference posting a 5-23 overall record. The Pistons started this week by staying home in Detroit to play host to George Hill and their Eastern Conference foes in the Indiana Pacers. During the contest the Pacers had to feel good about shooting 51% from the field while knocking down nine of their three point shots but the Detroit Pistons were that much better. Detroit finished shooting 55% from the field and knocked down an impressive ten shots from beyond the three point line en route to a 119-109 victory over Indiana. In the contest Detroit was led by 20 points from Andre Drummond while the Pacers were led by Roy Hibbert’s 19 point outburst in the loss. The Pistons hoped to keep things going in their next contest when the team traveled to Cleveland to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest the Cavaliers were absolutely cold as a team as the team as a whole finished shooting just 38% from the field. The Pistons meanwhile shot 45% from the field behind 25 points from Brandon Jennings. Kevin Love led the Cavaliers with 20 points but without Kyrie Irving Cleveland managed just 52 points in the final three quarters of the contest. With that kind of production the Cavaliers did not stand a chance as the team fell to Detroit by the score of 103-80. Detroit looked to keep their winning ways going during their next contest when the team traveled to Orlando to take on the Orlando Magic. During the contest the Pistons dominated the rebounding glass and dominated the game all night long over the Magic. Detroit pulled down 12 more rebounds in the contest which led to 34 points for Jodie Meeks which led all scorers in the contest. Orlando countered with three different players scoring in double figures but it was not enough in a 109-86 loss to the Pistons. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 8-23. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to New York to take on the Knicks before returning home to host the Sacramento Kings in Detroit. The Pistons will then finish their week off back out on the road when the team faces off with the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks.
12-22-14: The Detroit Pistons start to the 2014/2015 season has not gone according to plan as the team has struggled while posting a 3-19 record. The Pistons started this week by traveling to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns. During the contest the Suns and the Pistons went shot for shot in a contest that was decided on the free throw line. Phoenix committed 24 fouls to just 18 for the Pistons which led to eight more opportunities from the charity stripe. The extra free shots and 23 points from Andre Drummond propelled the Pistons to a narrow 105-103 victory over Phoenix. The Pistons were back at it and back out on the road the very next night as the team traveled to Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings. During the contest the Pistons held Sacramento just 36% shooting from the field which makes games hard to win. The Kings did out-rebound the Pistons by 12 but the team was not knocking down its shots and taking advantage of the extra opportunities. Sacramento was led by 20 points from Rudy Gray but it was not enough as Greg Monroe and the Pistons won the game by the score of 95-90. The Pistons hoped for another victory in their next contest as the team traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest the Clippers held the Pistons to just 42% shooting while the team from Los Angeles shot an incredible 54% from the field. The Clippers sent all 15 of their eligible players to the court led by 18 points from Blake Griffin while DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 15 rebounds in the contest. The Pistons countered with 20 points from Jodie Meeks but it was not enough as the Clippers beat the Pistons by the score of 113-91. The Pistons hoped for better results in their next contest when the team stayed home in Detroit to take on the Dallas Mavericks. During the contest the Pistons center Andre Drummond went off on the glass grabbing 24 rebounds while leading the team in scoring with 19 points. The problem was that Drummond did not receive much help from his Pistons teammates while Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons took advantage. Parsons led all scorers with 32 points while Nowitzki added 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 117-106 victory for Dallas over Detroit. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-21. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Toronto Raptors before traveling to Brooklyn to take on the Brooklyn Nets in a short week for Detroit.
12-15-14: The Detroit Pistons have been one of the worst teams in the NBA in this still young 2014/2015 NBA campaign as the team has started the new season posting a 3-16 record. The Pistons started this week by playing host to a Philadelphia 76ers team that was fresh off snapping a 17 game losing streak in their last game. During the contest Philadelphia kept the contest close and actually had a lead through two quarters before giving up the big quarter in the third that the team has been prone to do all season. The Sixers led by 25 points from Robert Covington went into the fourth quarter trailing by five but the team came up with big shots to force overtime. In the overtime period the Pistons fell apart despite 23 points from Josh Smith as Philadelphia outscored the Pistons by seven points in the overtime to win the game by the score of 108-101. The Pistons looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team traveled home to Detroit to host the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest Kevin Durant had his best game for the Thunder since returning from injury scoring 28 points for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook added 22 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists to the campaign as the Thunder went on to narrowly beat the Piston by the score of 96-94. Detroit watched as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the team with 19 points but it was not enough in the loss to the Thunder. The Pistons looked to rebound and get back to their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled home to host the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest the Trail Blazers held Detroit to just 35% shooting from the field in a cold night of shooting for the Pistons. Detroit scored no more than 24 points in a quarter and was led by 22 points from Greg Monroe. In the end Portland and LeMarcus Aldridge were too much for the Pistons as the Trail Blazers beat Detroit by the score of 98-86. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-19. Get your Pistons tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to take on the Phoenix Suns, the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers before returning home to host the Dallas Mavericks to finish the week.
12-5-14: The Detroit Pistons have been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this season as the team has only been able to post a 3-12 record in the first five weeks of the new NBA season. The Pistons started this week by heading back to the Motor City to play host to the Milwaukee Bucks in Detroit. In the contest the Pistons and the Bucks played a closely contested matchup until one team took over in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee led the Pistons by the score of 53-45 at halftime before Detroit cut it to just a five point deficit entering the fourth quarter. The Bucks went off in the final frame putting up a 30 spot while holding the Pistons to just 19 points as Milwaukee went on to beat Detroit by the score of 104-88. In the Pistons next contest the team was back at home in Detroit but this time playing host to the red hot Golden State Warriors. During the contest the Pistons came out with a cold hand shooting as the team scored just 40 points in the first half of the game. Detroit did break out with a 31 point outburst in the third quarter but the team ultimately finished with just a 37% shooting percentage on the night. Golden State on the other hand rode the hot shooting hands of Draymond Green and Stephen Curry who scored a combined 36 points in the contest. The Warriors finished the game shooting 47% from the field en route to their 104-93 victory over the Pistons. The Pistons looked to get back to their winning ways in their next contest when the team played host to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers at home in Detroit. During the contest the Pistons held Bryant to just 4-11 shooting from the field in the contest and 12 points while taking a narrow one point lead with them into halftime. The Lakers, and specifically Jordan Hill, exploded in the second half as the Los Angeles center finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead all scorers. While Detroit presumably felt good about limiting the damage done by Kobe the team itself shot just 37% from the field and fell behind the Lakers in the third quarter. The Pistons could not make up the deficit and ended up losing to the Lakers by the score of 106-96. Detroit finished their week off by traveling to Boston to try and take down the Boston Celtics on the road. During the contest both teams had a rough night shooting but the lack of defense led to a combined 195 shot attempts from both teams. Boston knocked down just 40% of their shots on the night but knocked down 37 buckets and13 three point attempts en route to 109 points. Detroit on the other hand shot just 36% from the field knocking down 37 shot attempts but just eight from three point land in a 109-102 loss to the Celtics. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-16. Get your Pistons tickets for next week as the team heads home to play host to the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers to end the week.
11-28-14: The Detroit Pistons have had a rough start to their 2014/2015 campaign as the team has only been able to post a mediocre 3-9 record to start the season. The Pistons started this week by traveling to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Hawks in a road game. In the contest the Hawks had five scorers in double figures including Jeff Teague who led all scorers in the contest with 28 points. Paul Millsap added a double-double for the Hawks with 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Hawks took down the Pistons by the score of 99-89. Detroit was led by 16 points from Josh Smith but it was not enough in his return to Atlanta as the Hawks won the game. Detroit looked to get back to their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled to Milwaukee to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. In the game Milwaukee was led by Brandon Knight’s 20 point outburst as one of five Bucks that scored in double digits in the contest. Meanwhile the Pistons were led by 23 points and 10 rebounds from Andre Drummond and 11 points and 10 rebounds from Josh Smith as Smith missed a triple-double by just two assists. The contest was decided on the boards as the Bucks out-rebounded the Pistons by 14 which led to more shooting opportunities in a 98-86 victory for Milwaukee. The Pistons finished their week off by traveling back home to Detroit to host the Los Angeles Clippers in a home game. During the game Detroit’s DJ Augustin led the Pistons with 19 points as one of five players to score in double digits in the contest. Meanwhile the Clippers duo of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were tough to stop scoring a combined 38 points in the contest. The Clippers also enjoyed 25 points from Jamal Crawford as Los Angeles went on to beat the Pistons by the score of 104-98. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-12. Get your Pistons tickets for next week as the team hosts the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at home in Detroit before setting back out on the road to finish their week in Boston against the Boston Celtics.
11-21-14: The Detroit Pistons had a rough start to their 2014/2015 season as the team managed just a 2-6 record
to start the year. The Pistons started this week by traveling to Oklahoma City to take on the Oklahoma
City Thunder in a road game for Detroit. In the contest Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 29 points
while Andre Drummond pulled down 15 rebounds in an easy 96-89 victory for the Pistons. In the loss the
Thunder were led by 24 points from Jeremy Lamb while Reggie Jackson added 20 points and 12 assists
as one of three Thunder players to have double-doubles in the contest. The very next night Detroit was
back out on the road looking for another victory this time in Memphis taking on the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies were led by 23 points from Marc Gasol but the team shot just 37% from the field and 27%
from beyond the arc in the contest. The Pistons were led by 21 points from Kyle Singler but this contest
came down to the free throw line. The Pistons knocked down just 10-17 shots from the charity stripe
while Memphis took full advantage hitting 27-33 from the line as the Grizzlies went on to win the game
by the score of 95-88. The Pistons looked for a better go of things in their next contest when they
traveled back home to host the Orlando Magic in an Eastern Conference matchup. In the game Caron
Butler led the Pistons with 20 points but as a team Detroit shot just 40% from the field in a 107-93 loss
to the Magic. Orlando was led by 25 points from Nikola Vucevic and 24 points from Tobias Harris as the
team shot 52% from the field in the victory. The Pistons finished their week off by traveling back home
to host the Phoenix Suns in Detroit to finish their week. In the game Greg Monroe had a double-double
for the Pistons scoring 18 points and snagging 12 rebounds while teammate Brandon Jennings led all
scorers with 19 points in the contest. The pair of Detroit teammates did not do enough in the contest
though as Eric Bledsoe and the Suns narrowly edged the Pistons in the game by the score of 88-86.
Bledsoe scored 18 points in the contest while teammate P.J. Tucker added 16 points in the Phoenix
victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-9. Get your
Pistons tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to play the Atlanta Hawks and the
Milwaukee Bucks before heading back home to host the Los Angeles Clippers in Detroit.
11-14-14: The Detroit Pistons did not start the 2014/2015 season off the way they wanted to as the team started the season with a 1-3 record. The Pistons started this week by hosting the Milwaukee Bucks at home in Detroit looking to turn their season around. In a relatively low scoring contest for both teams the Pistons were led by 18 points from Jabari Parker and 17 points from Brandon Knight as the only players for Detroit that would score in double digits in the game. Meanwhile the Bucks scoring attack was led by 19 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope but it wasn’t enough as the Pistons took down Milwaukee by the score of 98-95. Detroit took the momentum from that victory with them back home before hosting the Utah Jazz in their next contest. In the game Detroit was led by 23 points from Brandon Jennings and 19 points from Greg Monroe as this contest went down to the final buzzer. The Jazz scoring attack was led by 17 points from Gordon Hayward as the Jazz narrowly edged the Pistons in this contest by the score of 97-96. Detroit looked for better results in their next game as the Pistons traveled to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls in their next contest. In the showdown the Pistons scoring attack was led by Josh Smith’s 19 points and 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough in a 102-91 victory for the Bulls. Chicago’s victory was sparked by 24 points from Derrick Rose and 19 points from Jimmy Butler in the Bulls victory. Detroit finished their week by traveling to Washington to take on the Washington Wizards on the road. In the contest Brandon Jennings led all scorers in the contest with 32 points but received little help from Josh Smith, Caron Butler and the rest of his supporting cast in a 107-103 loss to the Wizards. Washington was led by John Wall’s 27 points while four other Wizards scored in double digits in the victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 2-6. Get your Pistons tickets for next week as the team travels to Memphis to take on the Memphis Grizzlies before returning home to face off with the Orlando Magic and the Phoenix Suns at home.
11-7-14: The Detroit Pistons started their 2014/2015 season off last week by losing their first two games of the
season on the road to the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves to drop their overall record
to 0-2. With the 2014/2015 season entering its first full week the Pistons hosted their first home game
of the young season when they welcomed the Brooklyn Nets to town. Joe Johnson led all scorers with 34
points in the contest and was one of five Nets players to score in double figures while holding down the
Pistons Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith as Brooklyn won their first game of the season by the score of
102-90. This would mark the third consecutive loss for the Pistons to start this season’s campaign. To
finish the week Detroit headed home to host the New York Knicks. In the contest Carmelo Anthony had
an off night shooting but was picked up by 20 big points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 17 points from Jason
Smith. It was not enough for New York as Detroit’s Greg Monroe and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
offensive breakout was too much to overcome. The Pistons would narrowly edge the Knicks by the score
of 98-95 in a game that was decided on the free throw line. When the week was all said and done the
team finished with an overall record of 1-3 to begin their 2014/2015 season. Get your Pistons tickets for
next week as the team hosts the first two games of the week against the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz
before heading out on the road to finish the week against the Chicago Bulls and the Washington
10-31-14: The Detroit Pistons tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Denver Nuggets on the road after an overall impressive 5-2 preseason. Detroit made a run at free agent Isaiah Thomas this summer before he ultimately signed with the Phoenix Suns rather than play for Stan Van Gundry and the Pistons. The Pistons trimmed their roster to the league maximum 15 before the season by making the tough decision to waive Aaron Gray after Gray was deemed to be in the best shape of his professional career. The presence of Joel Anthony made the decision necessary for the Pistons before they traveled to Denver to take on the Nuggets. In the contest the Pistons scoring attack was led by Josh Smith’s 25 point outburst but the output was not enough as Detroit fell to the Nuggets by the score of 89-79. The Pistons had a chance at redemption the very next night as they took on the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road. The Wolves were led by Thaddeus Young’s 19 points while Caron Butler’s 24 points were not enough in the Pistons second loss of the young season by the score of 97-91. The Pistons will look to get their first win of the campaign next week as the team is still trying to put it all together on the offensive side of the court. Get your Pistons tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of home games against the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks.
10-29-14: The Pistons haven’t won more than 40 games in a season since 2008 and haven’t clinched a playoff berth since 2009, but ticket demand remains high to see the team play at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The average price for Pistons tickets at home is $117.06 on the secondary market, up 86.9% from its average of $62.63 a season ago. The most expensive home game on the Pistons schedule will be against the Knicks on February 27. The secondary market average for the game is currently listed at $165.78 and the get-in price is $12.
10-24-14: The Detroit Pistons wrapped their postseason finishing at 5-2 and enter the 2014-15 season with hopes to improve on their 29-53 record from a season ago. Budding star Andre Drummond has shown promise over his first two seasons, but a weak supporting cast has made the Pistons fall into obscurity in recent years.
10-15-14: The Detroit Pistons have won three of their first four preseason games so far, opening their preseason schedule on Oct 7 with a 111-109 OT win over the Chicago Bulls, followed by a win over Milwaukee, a 91-89 loss to Washington, and a 104-84 win over the Charlotte Hornets in their last outing. The Pistons will next take on the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center this Friday, followed by two remaining preseason games with Atlanta and Philadelphia before opening their regular season on the road against the Denver Nuggets on Oct 29.
10-8-14: The Detroit Pistons suffered an overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls at home yesterday in what was Detroit’s first preseason game. The Pistons will next host the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow night, followed by an October 12th meeting with the Washington Wizards. Other opponents on the Piston preseason schedule include the Hornets, Magic, Hawks, with their final preseason game against the 76ers at home on October 23. Detroit has gone through a number of head coaches in the past few years, but look to have some more stability now that Stef Van Gundy is at the helm in Detroit.
9-22-14: Big man Greg Monroe finished his fourth season with averages of 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. As a restricted free agent Monroe did not want to return to the Pistons feeling edged out with Andre Drummond and Josh Smith manning the paint. Reluctant to sign an offer sheet with another team due to Detroit being able to match it he instead signed the qualified offer for a little over 5 million. This assures Greg Monroe will either be traded by the trade deadline or he will hit unrestricted free agency next summer, either way his days in Detroit are numbered.
8-13-14: The Detroit Pistons had a disastrous past season winning only 29 games despite two big acquisitions in forward Josh Smith and point guard Brandon Jennings that did not create a winning formula. This offseason they were able to acquire veteran head coach Stan Van Gundy by luring him away from a lucrative deal with Golden State by offering up personnel power and making Van Gundy President of basketball operations as well as having coaching duties. One of only of handful of coaches in the league with that type of power, Detroit picked up Spencer Dinwiddie from the draft as well as adding another shooter in Jodie Meeks to a three year deal and adding veterans such as Caron Butler and D.J. Augustin to help support the bench.
Detroit Pistons 2014 Draft Overview
Round 2, Pick 38, Spencer Dinwiddie, PG, Colorado
4-7-14: The Pistons’ week was not one to remember. Although they beat the league’s worst team in the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, they were swept in a back-to-back set. On Friday, the Miami Heat expectedly blew out Detroit. However, Saturday’s result was not expected. The Pistons traveled to Philadelphia and fell by 25 points at the hands of a team that had matched the longest losing streak in American professional sports history. In addition, Brandon Jennings was ejected after receiving two technical fouls. The Pistons fell to 21 games below .500 with that loss. Then on Wednesday, the Pistons dropped another contest to the Indiana Pacers.
4-1-14: The Pistons’ frustration continues. They played four games this past week and won just one contest. Detroit finished its four-game road trip with a victory in Utah, but the Pistons ended this past week 19 games below .500. They played a back-to-back set in Phoenix and Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday, respectively. In the first contest, Rodney Stuckey scored a game-high 23 points in the Pistons’ 98-92 loss to the Suns. Then on Saturday, the Clippers defeated the Pistons, 112-103. Detroit stopped its five-game losing streak with a 20-point victory against the Jazz. Unfortunately, the Pistons lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers by one point on Wednesday.
3-24-14: The Pistons had a light week, but had two difficult games. They hosted the Indiana Pacers on Saturday and traveled to Denver to take on the Nuggets on Wednesday. Unfortunately for Detroit fans, the Pistons dropped both of those contests to push their losing streak to three games. In the 112-104 overtime loss to the Pacers, the Pistons lost Andre Drummond to a neck injury in the first quarter. Drummond then missed the following contest. In that game against the Nuggets, Josh Smith was ejected in the third quarter after picking up two technical fouls, and the Pistons lost by nine points.
3-17-14: The losses continue to pile up for the Pistons in March. They have played seven games this month, but only have two victories. This past week, Detroit went 0-3 on the road and 1-0 at home. The Pistons had a quick, two-game road trip, and it did not go so well. Detroit fell to the Timberwolves by 13 points in Minnesota on Friday. Then on Sunday, Josh Smith scored a game-high 28 points, but the Boston Celtics won, 118-111. Smith put up another game-high in points on Tuesday. However, it was in a win this time around. The Pistons beat the Sacramento Kings by double digits, but could not complete the sweep of the back-to-back set. The Raptors beat the Pistons, 101-87, on Wednesday in Toronto.
3-10-14: The Pistons are still on the outside looking in with regard to their playoff position. They are somewhat close even after another subpar week. On Saturday, Detroit traveled to play the Houston Rockets, and Rodney Stuckey scored a game-high 23 points and Andre Drummond led all rebounders that night with 17 boards. Unfortunately, those performances were not enough as the Pistons lost by eight points. Drummond then brought down a career-high 26 rebounds in Detroit’s 11-point victory over the New York Knicks. The success was short-lived as the Pistons fell to the Chicago Bulls by double digits on Wednesday.
3-3-14: The schedule has been difficult for the Pistons, but they need to sneak out at least a few wins over better competition if they want to make the playoffs. Detroit gave up 100 points in each of the team’s four games played this past week. Fortunately, Greg Monroe led the team with 22 points and 15 rebounds and helped the Pistons score 115 points in their eight-point victory over the Atlanta Hawks. However, they lost games to the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. There was more bad news against the Spurs on Wednesday. Brandon Jennings left the game with a toe injury.
2-24-14: Although Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters seemed to provide the highlights of the Rising Stars Challenge, Andre Drummond was the MVP. He put up 30 points and a challenge-record 25 rebounds en route to helping Team Webber get the victory. However, the Pistons did not perform very well this past week. They played a home-and-home set with the Charlotte Bobcats. On Tuesday, Drummond continued his rebounding success, but the Bobcats defeated the Pistons by 12 points. Then, the following night, Detroit fell in Charlotte, 116-98. Now standing at 10 games below .500, the Pistons continue to be on the outside looking in at the Eastern Conference playoffs.
2-18-14: It sure was an odd week for the Pistons. First, they had two of their best games of the season. Brandon Jennings played very well in home wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Denver Nuggets. On Friday, he was just one assist shy of a triple-double as Detroit defeated Brooklyn, 111-95. Then on next night, he led all players with 35 points and 12 assists in a 126-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets. However, Joe Dumars, who is on the hot seat in Detroit, fired Maurice Cheeks after just coaching 50 games for the Pistons. With interim coach John Loyer now at the helm, the Pistons pushed the winning streak to three games with a win over the San Antonio Spurs, but lost on Wednesday to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
2-10-14: With their victory on Saturday, the Pistons had consecutive wins for the first time in more than 20 days. They blew out the Philadelphia 76ers by 17 points to push Maurice Cheeks’ record to 19-27 in his first season as Detroit’s coach. However, that was the high point of the Pistons’ week. They traveled to Florida for a quick road trip in Miami and Orlando. Brandon Jennings had a great night on Monday, but it was not enough as the Heat defeated the Pistons by six points. Even with a day off, Detroit could not beat the Magic. The Pistons fell by 14 points in Orlando.
2-4-14: It is just getting ugly for the Pistons, who lost their first two games of the week and pushed their losing streak to four contests, their worst in the month of January. On Friday, Detroit hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. Andre Drummond had a stellar game, but his 21 points and game-high 20 rebounds were not enough as the Pelicans defeated the Pistons, 103-101. Mo Cheeks then brought his team to Dallas. Unfortunately, the Mavericks beat the Pistons by double digits on Sunday. They next faced the Orlando Magic, and Brandon Jennings’ 20 points and eight assists led all players that evening in the Pistons’ 16-point win. The Pistons were supposed to travel to Atlanta to play on Wednesday, but the game was postponed due to severe weather conditions.
1-27-14: It just keeps getting worse for the Pistons, as they continue to move further away from .500. In early December, Detroit was 10-10, but the team has owned a 7-15 record since then. The Pistons struggled this past week as they dropped three of their four games. However, they had some strong individual performances recently. Andre Drummond has put up a double-double in each of his last six games. In addition, Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points in all four contests this week, which is just one game away from his career-best streak of scoring that many points in consecutive games.
1-20-14: This sure has been an odd season thus far for the Pistons. First of all, they have more wins on the road than they do at home in 2013-14. In addition, they had very different offensive outputs when comparing the first two full months of the season. By scoring four more points per game in December than in November, Detroit had a 8-9 record last month after going just 5-10 in November. It will be interesting to see how the Pistons fare in January because this is an important month in determining their playoff contention for this season. Thus far, their play in January has been average as they own a 2-3 record, but Josh Smith’s game-winner on Saturday against the Phoenix Suns could be a good omen.
1-7-14: The Pistons finished December terribly, as they lost each of their three games this past week and finished with a 4-9 record after beginning the season 10-10. They traveled to Orlando and Washington to play on consecutive nights. Friday and Saturday were very frustrating for Detroit, as the team lost by a combined 41 points. Saturday’s game against the Wizards was especially ugly game for the Pistons. Josh Smith was benched for the second half, and Rodney Stuckey left the contest after aggravating his shoulder. Stuckey remained out for the next game, as the Wizards swept the home-and-home set with a seven-point win in Detroit.
12-30-13: Brandon Jennings has been playing very well for the Pistons lately. Although the Pistons went 1-2 in the last week, he averaged more than 18 points and nine assists per game. The 24-year-old guard seems to be settling into his role in the Motor City. Even with shooting guards Chauncey Billups and Rodney Stuckey having to miss games recently, Jennings has not been affected. After the Pistons dropped back-to-back home games to the Charlotte Bobcats and Houston Rockets, they traveled to Cleveland and had their largest win of the season. With that victory, Detroit stayed in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
12-22-13: Although there is a very small chance that the Pistons will win the Central Division this season, they are in a good position in the Eastern Conference after winning three of their four games in the last week. Although Rodney Stuckey missed Wednesday’s contest in Boston due to a shoulder injury, the Pistons came back from a 21-point deficit to win their second consecutive game. Detroit has succeeded by taking many rebounds away from its opponent. The Pistons own by far the best team offensive rebounding percentage in the league this season, and Andre Drummond is the top player in that category.
12-13-13: The Pistons finally made it to .500 for the first time since they were 2-2. With their 17-point victory at Chicago, the Pistons had their largest win on the road this season and extended their longest winning streak of 2013-14. However, Detroit dropped its next three games, including its first back-to-back double-digit losses this season. In Wednesday’s overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Greg Monroe scored a season-high 28 points. In his previous 17 games, he was held below 20 points, so it was good to see the Pistons big man step up. Fans of the Detroit basketball team would like him to build on that strong performance.
12-6-13: The Pistons have had an up-and-down start to the season, but they are riding high right now. After losing to the Los Angeles Lakers at home on Friday, Detroit has reeled off three consecutive victories, including a road win in Miami. The Pistons have had balanced scoring this season with five players averaging at least 13 points, but clutch scoring has been an issue. They have struggled in close games, especially against good teams. With Maurice Cheeks dealing with quite a few new rotation players in his first year with Detroit, he still has time to ready this team for a playoff run.
11-28-13: The Pistons appeared to be turning things around after winning games against the Nets and Bucks this week before they stumbled their way through a blowout loss to the Rose-less Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. After leading Chicago at halftime, Detroit would score just 26 points total in the second half, while shooting 2-12 from deep and 9-19 from the free throw line for the game. The good news is that at 6-9 on the year, they are firmly in the playoff race in the lowly Eastern Conference. Only up from here!