Friday, November 22, 2019
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Pistons

If it’s not one thing, it’s another so far for star-crossed, injury-plagued Pistons

CHICAGO – When the Pistons held their training camp practices at Michigan State, they performed before a broader audience than NBA teams usually allow to view those sessions. Tom Izzo was their host and Izzo...

As shooting betrays them, Pistons their own worst critics after loss to Bulls

CHICAGO – Even as the Pistons were rocked by a wave of injuries to start the season and by the ripple effects it spawned, their 3-point shooting kept them in games and won them...

After 4-day break, Pistons strength – their shooting – goes awry in loss to...

FAST BREAKDOWN Three quick observations on Wednesday night’s 109-89 loss to the Chicago Bulls at United Center THIRD-QUARTER DISASTER – The sluggish start might have been expected after a four-day gap between games, but the Pistons...

Pistons Mailbag – November 20, 2019

A look at Luke Kennard’s trade value and sudden emergence as the focus of opposing defenses and a lot of talk about young Pistons players, including No. 1 pick Sekou Doumbouya, tearing it up...

Good signs early from Doumbouya, Bone and King in their G League journeys

DETROIT – Dwane Casey’s abiding mission is getting the Pistons right – drastically reducing their turnovers on offense, patching up a bottom-five defense – now that Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose are back, but...

It’s simple math: Cut out a turnover per quarter and the Pistons turn 4-9...

DETROIT – The Pistons are giving away nearly a fifth of their possessions through 13 games but lead the league in 3-point shooting. You can pore over a dizzying amount of statistical data these...

A 4-day break gives Pistons a chance ‘to get back on track and get...

CHARLOTTE – The Pistons would enjoy the four-day break between games the NBA schedule provides them infinitely more had they not suffered their season’s most galling loss on Friday. But Malik Monk’s triple out of...

Giveaways cripple Pistons as Charlotte wins with a dagger at the buzzer

CHARLOTTE – Getting everybody back – well, as close as the Pistons are going to get for the foreseeable future, at least – is one thing. Getting everybody on the same page is proving...

Bitter pill: Pistons beat on Monk’s buzzer-beating triple to end second-half tailspin

FAST BREAKDOWN Three quick observations from Friday night’s 109-106 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center BITTER PILL – The Pistons had legitimate reasons for the 4-8 record they lugged into Friday’s game at Charlotte,...

Start or off the bench, Kennard moves front and center for Pistons future

MIAMI – If there’s a silver lining to the wave of injuries that pelted the Pistons in the season’s first month, it’s the way Luke Kennard has responded to the necessity of him becoming...

Pistons Mailbag – November 13, 2019

Derrick Rose starting or coming off the bench, discussion about the concept of load management and the impact of an arduous night and morning of travel are on the docket for this week’s edition...

Bleary-eyed and shorthanded, Pistons can’t overcome tepid start at Miami

MIAMI – The Pistons knew what they experienced Monday night and well into Tuesday morning, turning what began as a scheduling challenge into a scheduling atrocity. Worse, so did the Miami Heat know what...

Late-arriving Pistons get taken out of it early, then rally falls short at Miami

FAST BREAKDOWN Three quick observations from Tuesday night’s 117-108 loss to the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena EARLY ONSLAUGHT – The Miami Heat did exactly what they were supposed to do to a team playing...

Pistons stars return but not yet aligned; Minnesota wins as Griffin, Rose rejoin lineup

DETROIT – Trust him, Dwane Casey isn’t complaining about having Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose back under any circumstances. But it’s like a trigonometry equation, he says, trying to put together a representative rotation...

Griffin, Rose return but flurry of Minnesota early triples sets tone in Pistons loss

FAST BREAKDOWN Three quick observations from Monday night’s 120-114 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Little Caesars Arena NOT SO HAPPY RETURNS – The Pistons gave their fans a game as wild as the weather. On...

‘I’m playing tomorrow’ – Blake Griffin declares himself ready after missing first 10 Pistons...

DETROIT – Blake Griffin has been an obedient patient, if sometimes an impatient one. He’s missed the first 10 games but won’t be missing an 11th just yet, he clarified. “I’m playing tomorrow,” Griffin said...

The NBA’s busiest team, shorthanded Pistons get first 2-day break of the season

INDIANAPOLIS – Dwane Casey probably wouldn’t have wished to be the NBA’s busiest team over the season’s first 18 days even if he’d known the Pistons would be completely without Blake Griffin and mostly...

Drummond’s 3rd foul changes momentum in a heartbeat as Pacers get back at Pistons

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s rare you see an NBA game without one or more of those 14-4 or 18-6 runs that often wind up determining the winner. It’s even rarer to be able to pinpoint...

Momentum turns fast, third time no charm as Pistons fall to Pacers

FAST BREAKDOWN Three quick observations from Friday night’s 112-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse ONE BIG MISTAKE – The Pistons were soundly outplaying the Pacers – against whom they were 2-0 in...

Tom Gores’ FlintNOW, NBPA Expand Health Food Program In Flint

FLINT, Mich. – November 8, 2019 – Tom Gores’ FlintNOW initiative and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced they will distribute $325,000 worth of gift certificates for fruits and vegetables to Flint...

Pistons learn to share the ball without their stars – who are inching closer...

DETROIT – The last time the Pistons had five players record five or more assists in the same game was two homes and three NBA championships ago. It was Nov. 12, 1983 at the Pontiac...

One good pass leads to another as Pistons dazzle Knicks with 37 assists in...

DETROIT – Dwane Casey presented the game ball to Andre Drummond for doing Drummondesque things: 27 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists. Drummond gave it to Tony Snell for doing things no Pistons player had...

Pistons rack up 37 assists, sizzle from 3-point line in 20-point win over Knicks

FAST BREAKDOWN Three quick observations from Wednesday night’s 122-102 win over the New York Knicks at Little Caesars Arena THAT’S TEAMWORK – With a little more than three minutes left in the third quarter, Andre Drummond...

Pistons Mailbag – November 6, 2019

Injuries have dominated the early storyline of the Pistons 2019-20 season and, yup, talk of injuries dominates this week’s edition of Pistons Mailbag. Brent (@brent_shotwell): Assuming Blake Griffin comes back in the next week or...

Run of injuries speeds up Pistons timetable for Brown’s transition to point guard

WASHINGTON – There’ll come a time when Dwane Casey and others look back at that time early in the 2019-20 season when his point guards queued up at the trainer’s office and credit the...

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