(15-18) KNICKS 108
- Not a good night for the defense. Nobody played good defense, not even KCP. You're going to win very few games when your opponent shoots over 54% from the field and 50% from three. When you give up 45 points to Jose Calderon, Kyle O'Quinn and Derrick Williams, you're going to have a bad time. This was the exception and not the rule, so I won't harp on it much. Even with this clunker factored in, the Pistons still rank 10th in the league in Defensive Efficiency.
- Andre Drummond is important to this team. When he doesn't play well, the Pistons have zero margin for error. On a night where Robin Lopez was just tougher and smarter than he was, the Pistons just couldn't survive their overall defensive lapses and lack of offensive firepower. Andre's improved his post game this season and maintained his rebounding prowess. The next step (other than the free throw thing he'll never resolve) is improving his consistency. Detroit can't make a run for the playoffs if their franchise centerpiece can't show up every night.
- Back on track, hopefully. The holidays are just about done, so the game recaps should return to normal. The NYE Wolves game recap probably won't come until Saturday.
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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 - Reggie Jackson: I guess he was the Pistons' best player on the night. It was really more about nobody else playing particularly well, though. This was a fairly mediocre game from the Pistons' franchise PG.
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2 - Marcus Morris: Helped keep the Pistons in it in the first half with his offense, but he just wasn't tough enough on Carmelo Anthony in the second half. He did make Anthony work for his points most of the night, but when the Pistons really needed a stop, if Derrick Williams wasn't the one putting his boot on the Pistons' neck, it was Melo.
3 - Ersan Ilyasova: Much like Morris, his offense in the first half kept Detroit alive when Andre Drummond was truly struggling. Then there was his second half, which saw him constantly lose his man off the ball. Derrick Williams had a good portion of his big night with Ilyasova on him. When it wasn't Williams beating him, it was Kristaps Porzingis.
4 - Brandon Jennings: He's baaaaaaack. Did most of his scoring in garbage time, but I thought it was a good return. He looked (expectedly) slow on defense and fairly hesitant on offense. There were several times where he passed up good looks going toward the baseline that he normally takes and makes. He'll come around as he learns to test his legs again.
5 - Andre Drummond: Uninspiring. Had what seemed like 100% of his shot attempts blocked by Robin Lopez.
6 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Cannot confirm that KCP actually played in this game. Statline says it took him 8 FGA to get 9 points.
7 - Stanley Johnson: Bad news: played like a rookie. Silver lining: actually is rookie.