- I'm late. This one took the energy out of me, and I had some errands to run after the game wrapped up. The days following didn't allow for much time to get this done, so it's late and it's going to be a bit abbreviated. To sum up the takeaways, their energy sucked, Andre and Reggie didn't look like they wanted to play, and Ersan Ilyasova pump faked the night away. Players scores follow...
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What is this? Similar to how the NHL hands out three stars after a game, I'll be handing out points to any Piston who saw at least 15 minutes of playing time. Just like in hockey, you want to be the 1st star, so getting 1 point is better than getting, say, 6. I do my best to watch all 82 games, but it's not always possible. I will make it known if I did not watch the game being graded. This takes as much into consideration as possible: stats, eye test, intangibles, etc. It's just how I saw things shake out. I'll keep a running set of standings updated at the bottom of every game recap; remember, the lower average the better.
1 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Shot the ball well by his standards (7-15 fg), although I thought he had some trouble handling Nic Batum. Batum didn't finish with an efficient night by any means (13p, 4-15 fg), but it seemed like he got by him more often than you usually see KCP get beat. I'm not the biggest KCP fan you'll find, but he was far from the reason the Pistons got blown out.
2 -Steve Blake: Struggled to defend Jeremy Lin, but he posted 9 points on 6 FGA on the other end, and only balanced 1 turnover against 7 assists. Blake's been playing better since regaining the backup PG job from Dinwiddie.
3 - Ersan Ilyasova: *pump fakes*...*pump fakes again*...*WHY AREN'T YOU BITING ON THESE*...*pump fakes*...*shot clock expires*...*pump fakes*
4 - Marcus Morris: Didn't have a great night, didn't have a terrible night. Was only 1-4 on shots in the paint.
5 - Aron Baynes: Picked the wrong night to have a really well-rounded performance (8p, 3r, 1s, 4s). Baynes will never win a game for you, but if he performed like this night-in and night-out, he's earning his paycheck.
6 - Andre Drummond: Spent the night in foul trouble thanks to lazy play. Got thoroughly outplayed by Cody Zeller. Without a doubt the worst game he's played all season.
7 - Anthony Tolliver: Shot 2-7 from three in this one. Starting to look like he might not find his stroke.
8 - Stanley Johnson: Still waiting for a stretch of breakout games.
9 - Reggie Jackson: Often times, I build these rankings like a sandwich; it's not hard to know who the best and the worst players in the game were. It was obvious in this one that Reggie Jackson wasn't going to play up to his standards. For whatever reason, he just wasn't ready to play.