Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Game Recap #45 - Pistons at Jazz

(24-21) PISTONS 95
(19-25) JAZZ 92

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Standings

TAKEAWAYS

- I'm bad at getting these out on time lately.  Player Scores below.

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PLAYER SCORES

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: Formed the entirety of the Pistons' offense for most of the game other than when Ersan Ilyasova was lighting the first quarter on fire.  Raul Neto couldn't guard him.  Trey Burke couldn't guard him.  Chris Johnson couldn't guard him.  He wasn't exactly lighting up prime Gary Payton, but it was nice to see Jackson get back on the right track.  Not sure why SVG only managed to get him 31 minutes, because he was consistently the best player on the floor and Brandon Jennings was kind of meh.

2 - Ersan Ilyasova: First quarter poppin', charge takin' Turk scored 11 of his 16 points in the opening quarter, something that's becoming a theme as of late.  I've been more pleased with Ilyasova's offense lately, as it seems like he's more aggressive early on.  He also took another charge, bringing his league-leading total to 28.  DeMarcus Cousins is in second with 16. 

3 - Anthony Tolliver: Hit a variety of important threes, including three early in the fourth quarter.  His 0-3 performance inside the arc brings him down to 42.9 2P% on the season, but that's actually a huge step up from where he was a month or two ago.  His 54.9 TS% is among the tops on the Pistons roster.  Tolliver's almost playing to the point where you have to wonder if the Pistons actually try to bring him back next year.

4 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Was barely noticeable in the first half; he didn't even score until there was just under a minute-and-a-half remaining in the second quarter.  Did an okay job defensively on Rodney Hood, despite the fourth quarter results.  Grabbed 7 rebounds and notched 3 assists, although he managed 4 turnovers along the way. 

5 - Aron Baynes: Baynes has played close to starter's minutes over the last few games and has done so admirably.  Any hand wringing over his contract should be turned into praise for SVG and Bower for identifying yet another player who expands their own personal value by playing in this system.

6 - Stanley Johnson: It was a pretty typical night for the rookie.  A couple of moves that show why he was a lottery pick, and a couple that remind you there's a reason SVG went out and picked up a good SF this summer.

7 - Brandon Jennings: Avoids last place by the grace of Andre Drummond's lack of effort and Marcus Morris' off shooting night.  4 assists and 0 turnovers is always nice, but the Pistons won't win too many games where he plays 17 minutes and doesn't even score.

8 - Andre Drummond: I've started to get sick of watching him play lately, which is something I never really thought I'd say.  His attitude sucks, his effort is even worse, and it only compounds the fact that he's not a very good defender even when he is giving it 100%.  Andre is a billion dollar talent with a $10 work ethic lately.   Even when he put up good numbers against the Pelicans, it was hard to watch.  We heard a lot about these kinds of problems when Drummond was still a draft prospect, but this is the first extended stretch I can recall where I don't feel like he gives a damn.  He needs to turn it around quick though, because as talented as he is even when he isn't trying, this organization is going nowhere fast if he isn't going to play hard.

9 - Marcus Morris: Wasn't Mook's night, as he finished an ugly 1-9 from the field and struggled a bit defensively. 

Average
1Andre Drummond2.84
2Reggie Jackson3.40
3Kentavious Caldwell-Pope3.58
4Marcus Morris4.18
5Ersan Ilyasova5.29
6Aron Baynes5.42
7Brandon Jennings5.54
8Stanley Johnson5.98
9Steve Blake6.13
10Anthony Tolliver6.51

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