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Maurice Cheeks faced a quandary. He needed more shooting in his lineup, he knew that much, and he was pretty sure that nobody offered more of it than Gigi Datome. But how to find minutes for him?
Josh Smith was the prize of Pistons free agency over a transformational summer and his ability to affect games across the spectrum – scoring, playmaking, defending, rebounding – puts him in line for major minutes. Kyle Singler endeared himself to Cheeks from the first day of training camp with his sheer hustle, basketball IQ, size at his position and defensive temperament.
That didn’t leave many minutes – or any, really – for Datome, who came to the Pistons from Italy pigeon-holed as a small forward.
So it was more than a little noteworthy when Cheeks summoned Datome late in the first quarter of Tuesday’s loss to Indiana and sent him back out to start the second along with Singler and Andre Drummond up front. Even though Singler played shooting guard as a rookie until the trade of Taysha...
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The Detroit Pistons might need to re-calibrate their jump shots after shooting 38 percent from the field and 20 percent from the three-point line in a 99-91 loss to the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night.
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In a weird game that was filled with lopsided runs for both sides, the determining factor was the Pistons’ inability to knock down outside jumpers against...
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope didn’t play last weekend against the Celtics.
And that’s OK. The Pistons, who won 87-77, are whole again with the return of Brandon Jennings and Rodney Stuckey. So there will be nights when the rookie guard doesn’t play.
What that means, though, is time for Caldwell-Pope to learn from one of the best: Chauncey Billups. It will be Billups who teaches...
Add Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks to the chorus.
For power forward Greg Monroe to take the next step in his development, he must become proficient at knocking down midrange jumpers.
That has been known for some time, but Cheeks said he mentioned it again to Monroe during Wednesday’s practice.
“I just told him today that if I was him, I’d practice that jump shot right at that...
Hi there Motor City! You remember arguing with me on Greg Monroe not being an elite Big Man? I told Detroit fans that the Pistons needed to get Josh Smith, trade for Boston PG Rajon Rondo and bring back G Chauncey Billups. Well after being told it can’t happen over and over, I’d say 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. And on the 3rd point of an offseason over haul, Detroit fell short of...
Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva knows his team is struggling making 3-pointers.
That is his skill-set, and he wants to help. But he said he remains two days away from practicing with the team as he recovers from a sore right shoulder. He said he has a tough time lifting his arm over his head and following through. He works out daily with trainer Arnie Kander, but is hopeful of...
Andre Drummond has had his minutes increase significantly this season after he was used with extreme caution as a rookie by Lawrence Frank.
Drummond is averaging 37 minutes per game and played 48 minutes last week in an overtime loss by the Detroit Pistons to the Memphis Grizzlies.
"I'm very well conditioned, you know, so just playing those amount of minutes, each and every...
The Detroit Pistons have eight new faces on their roster this season but they're dealing with a familiar problem.
Specifically, poor 3-point shooting.
The Pistons are among the NBA's least effective 3-point shooters for the third straight season and that has to change if they want to give themselves a better chance to win, according to coach Maurice Cheeks...
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- When Joe Dumars decided to rebuild the Pistons roster yet again during the offseason, he knew he wouldn't be able to accomplish everything in one offseason.
Detroit's game against Oklahoma City on Friday showed the places where Dumars' changes have paid off, as well as the places where work still needs to be done.
Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings...
As it has been previously noted on this website, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is somewhat of a fan favorite due to this Twitter and Instagram postings.
Recently, Andre decided to lose some of his extra hair off the top of his dome and posted the hair cut to Instagram:
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Roy Hibbert has been an All-Star. He’d probably be a U.S. Olympian if he were allowed to be. He’s one of the top players on one of the NBA’s top teams.
He’s what Andre Drummond wanted to be.
So how does Drummond go about rising to that stature?
Well, he worked on his conditioning so he could play more (37 minutes per game this season). He’s getting more comfortable with...
The Detroit Pistons are a much-improved team after Joe Dumars
rebuilt the roster once again over the summer.
The Detroit Pistons lost to the Indiana Pacers 99-91 last night in a game that many around the league thought gave the team a chance to show that they can compete with the teams at the top of the Eastern Conference and possibly make some noise in the playoffs. Paul George and the Indiana Pacers ...The post Pistons’ Loss to Pacers Shows Gap Still Wide in East appeared first on The League News.
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Kevin Durant carried the Oklahoma Thunder with thirty seven points and seven boards on Friday night en route to defeating the Detroit Pistons. The Thunder improved to 3-1 on the season with the win against the now 2-2 Pistons.
Serge Ibaka also added eleven points in Friday night’s victory over the Pistons, as well as Russel Westbrook scored twenty points...
The Detroit Pistons matched up with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night in another early season test.
After one quarter, the Pistons trailed 29-14. Now in the past, the Pistons would’ve folded and Indiana would’ve won by 20 points. Instead, the Pistons responded with an impressive second quarter. The bench brigade, led by Kyle Singler, Will Bynum, and Luigi Datome, brought the...