Game Recap/Notes: Game #30. Pistons 86 - Hornets 98. (15-15)

What a terrible, ugly game.

Box score.

Reggie Jackson:

12 points on 13 equivalents, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in 28 minutes. A couple of those shots were also heaves at the end of the shot clock that are hard to hold against him. He started off the game much better than he finished, there was one possession in particular were the Pistons got an offensive rebound and the ball found him and he shot a 3 right away, which isn’t ideal.

Luke Kennard:

Only played 19 minutes again so I think it’s fair to officially label him an honorary starter. He didn’t hit any shots and had no rebounds so not a great night. I will say that he ended up on Kemba Walker a few times and actually did fine which was cool.

Reggie Bullock:

One of the few signs of offensive life for the Pistons and he wasn’t even that good. 11 points on 9 shots with 3 assists and he got slaughtered by Kemba Walker at the end of the game. As I said last time around, I’m not going to hold it against you too much for getting slaughtered by Kemba Walker in crunch time, he does that to a lot of guys who are much better defenders than Bullock, but it still ain’t good.

Blake Griffin:

He just keeps chugging along, being awesome. 23 points on 20 shot equivalents, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. It was hard work for Blake in this game, he missed a couple of bunnies, but that’s kind of how it was for Detroit all night. He still kept working and put in an effective night on the offensive end.

The bad news is that, for the first time in a while, Blake’s terrible close-outs came back to bite the Pistons big-time. Marvin Williams went 7-11 from deep and scored 24 points. Williams isn’t the sort of shooter that does that often even when he has open shots, but Blake certainly allowed him to get mostly whatever looks he wanted.

Andre Drummond:

Like everyone else it took too many shots but otherwise a normal day at the office for Drummond. 17 points, 16 rebounds (8 offensive), 3 steals and a block. Those 17 points came on 20 shot equivalents which is not good, but once again, the Pistons scored 86 points lol no one was really getting the ball in the basket. Other than a couple of 3s (one of which was an end of shot clock thing and also please don’t take 3s anymore) he was doing the right stuff on offense so I’m not too worried.

The most painful part of the night for Drummond was that on two separate occasions he made great steals and took the ball down the court only to turn it over on the pass. I didn’t hate the way he played it after getting the steal, he was being aggressive on the break which is what you want. Once again, I’m not worried or anything because he largely played how you want him to play, he just made too many mistakes tonight.

Stanley Johnson:

fart noise

Jose Calderon:

Jose hit a couple of 3s! 6 points on 5 shots with 3 assists. Was also one of two Pistons to go positive on the night at +2 (Jon Leuer being the other) which was nice. He continues to fill in just fine.

Langston Galloway:

wet fart noise

Bruce Brown:

We know the drill with a lot of Browns games now. His lack of shooting does strangle the offense in ways that no amount of cutting can cover up. That said, he continues to do a nice job to mitigate it as much as he can with that cutting. Also he did manage to hit a 3 in this game. Finished with 7 points on 5 shots and 3 assists. There was one in particular where he drove and made a wonderful pass to Drummond that stood out. I remain firmly of the opinion that you do not want to see Brown as a real point guard this season, but with plays like that he gives me real hope that he could maybe do that in the future.

Jon Leuer:

Only played 6 minutes, was a team high +6. He scored 5 points on 3 shots. That’s about it.

Zaza Pachulia:

Played 5 minutes, did nothing of note.

General:

Just an ugly, ugly game. The Pistons always seem to play terrible in Charlotte, something about the way that team does stuff gives them problems. On the plus side, Ish Smith’s injury clearly is not a huge issue which is nice, and the brutal part of the schedule is pretty much over. The Pistons play the Hawks and Wizards in their next two, then the Pacers and Magic. It still isn’t going to be easy, but it won’t be so brutal. My hope was to get out of that stretch at .500. Would’ve been nice to be a game or two over, but I won’t complain too much as long as they take care of business against obviously worse teams.

Also by the way, the game-plan this whole game was terrible. I’m not going to harp too much because I have no interest in being part of some absurdly dumb train to fire Casey (I’ve already seen some tweets and… no.) but this was very bad.

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