Game Recap/Notes: Game #52. Pistons 129 - Nuggets 103. (23-29)

Good win! The Nuggets were short-handed and not well rested but still a good win, the Nuggets have been hurt and kept winning games still.

Box score.

Reggie Jackson:

Jackson is really showing some signs of life. In 22 minutes he scored 14 points and had 4 assists. He did it with a couple of threes (2-5 from deep) along with some nice drives to the basket. They are starting to do a better job of trying to get him going to the hoop off of a screen instead of just using him as an iso/spot-up guy.

In his last 6 games (including the NOP game) Jackson is averaging 19 and 6 on excellent efficiency.

Bruce Brown:

Did nothing. Played just 13 minutes and didn’t score.

Reggie Bullock:

11 points on 9 shots in just 26 minutes for a pretty decent but not great night for Bullock.

Blake Griffin:

Kind of a quiet night for Griffin but still a highly effective one. 17 points on 10 shot equivalents with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Also, for his part, did a nice job on defense which isn’t often the case with him. He was often guarding Plumlee so that isn’t exactly a high-difficulty cover but it’s still a nice thing to see. The offense is finally starting to diversify a bit which is good as well and helps to keep Blake fresh and healthy,

Andre Drummond:

Ayyye. Andre put up 27 points on 15 shot equivalents with 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks and he was every bit as good as that line looks. 6 of his rebounds were offensive, and the Pistons found him rolling to the hoop with consistency.

And credit where credit is due. I will remain frustrated that it took so long, but Dwane Casey appears to finally be figuring out that Andre needs to be used as a screen and roll guy. Since coming back from injury it has been stark, less post-ups, more lobs, and it’s done wonders for Andre and the Pistons offense. In the last 5 games (since he came back) he’s averaging 22 points per game and shooting nearly 70% from the field. We will see if it sticks, but it seems to me that there has been a clear offensive shift to get Jackson and especially Drummond involved in their strong areas more recently. So yeah, I don’t know why it took this long, but if it sticks it would be a great sign.

Langston Galloway:

18 points on 14 shot equivalents in 25 minutes makes for a tidy night for Galloway who has caught a lot of heat (deservedly) lately for his play. Even though he remains pretty hugely disappointing on the season, when he is on he is really on.

Stanley Johnson:

Oh hey its one of the handful of games per season where Stanley hits a bunch of threes and fools some people into thinking he figured it out. (it was nice to see him play well though)

Luke Kennard:

14 points on 10 shot equivalents along with 4 assists. This is the dude Kennard should be and what the Pistons need from him. He’s a legit focal point with the second unit, and isn’t just used as a spot-up shooter. Put the ball in his hands, let him be a facilitator and a scorer. He’s capable. KEEP SHOOTING LUKE.

Ish Smith:

Not a good game for Ish, 3 points on 6 shots with 5 assists against 3 turnovers, but it is still quite striking how much a difference the sheer competence of having him on the floor over Calderon makes so I’m not going to complain.

Zaza:

Got a technical because he was angry about an offensive foul which is one of the funniest things ever.

Thomas/Leuer/Calderon:

None did anything. Thomas actually got some non-garbage time minutes and threw a nice lob to Andre but yeah, none really did much.

General:

The Pistons are showing some real signs of life and are about to play the Knicks in back-to-back games. I’m not saying things are happening, but I’m not saying that nothing is happening.

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