Postgame Quotes – November 20, 2017

November 21, 2017

DETROIT PISTONS HEAD COACH STAN VAN GUNDY:  (On game): “Unfortunately for most teams in this league there’s three, four, five of those games a year, you know. I mean the Warriors may not have one and some of those teams, but for the rest of us, it’s going to be three, four, five of those games a year and tonight was one of them. We didn’t play well at either…

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LeBron’s LCA debut goes nuclear early as Cavs put the hurt on Pistons

November 21, 2017

FAST BREAKDOWN Three quick observations from Monday night’s 116-88 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Little Caesars Arena 1-ONE TO FORGET – Well, that couldn’t have gone much worse. It seemed a bad sign when LeBron James came out fully engaged, bouncing on the balls of his feet, and looking to get his game going early instead of his often-employed strategy of acting as playmaker and getting his teammates involved…

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Jackson closes strong as Pistons rally back from another double-digit deficit

November 20, 2017

FAST BREAKDOWN Three quick observations from Sunday night’s 100-97 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center 1-REGGIE THE CLOSER – The Pistons tour of Big Ten country seemed headed for an inevitable negative clean sweep. Reggie Jackson had other ideas. The Pistons won their sixth game of the season after trailing by double digits, this time coming from 11 down in the fourth quarter. Jackson scored nine points, dished…

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And now comes the first real test of Pistons self-confidence, camaraderie

November 18, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS – This was the moment Stan Van Gundy had in mind. Back in training camp, when already there was a sense of a stronger bond being formed. Through the euphoria of the back-to-back comeback wins over the Clippers and Warriors. Amid the five-game sweep of their recent home stand. How would the Pistons respond to the first whiplash of their momentum? Would the guys who fall on the wrong…

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Pacers 3-point barrage erases 22-point Pistons lead in crushing loss

November 18, 2017

FAST BREAKDOWN Three quick observations from Friday night’s 107-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse 1-A GUT PUNCH – The Pistons have had their share of comeback wins – five from double-digit deficits – and now they know how it feels. That was a gut punch. Up 22 midway through the third quarter, the Pistons saw Indiana get back in the game and eventually overtake them with…

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Back-to-back big games for Kennard, but still work to be done to crack SVG’s circle of trust

November 16, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – Stan Van Gundy’s circle of trust today encompasses seven players: his five starters – Andre Drummond, Tobias Harris, Stanley Johnson, Avery Bradley, Reggie Jackson – plus Ish Smith and Anthony Tolliver. They’re going to play every night. Luke Kennard isn’t there yet. He’s had back-to-back games that made all those who filed glowing scouting reports in Van Gundy’s front office nod in affirmation and that’s most encouraging. But…

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Pistons rally back but a turnover, fittingly, costs them the chance to win at Milwaukee

November 16, 2017

MILWAUKEE – If you want to talk about why the Pistons lost to Milwaukee, you can stop at the turnovers – 18 – and the blocked shots the Bucks amassed, 16. “That’s the game, right there,” Stan Van Gundy said after the Pistons had their five-game win streak snapped, 99-95. “I mean, that’s 34 opportunities that you don’t even get the ball up on the rim, y’know?” Or you can…

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Pistons Mailbag – November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017

Nick: (@NickSpencer45): Do you think the Pistons need to get a scoring small forward before the trade deadline? Langlois: If one falls from the sky, they wouldn’t turn him away. But what are you really asking? Stanley Johnson is their starter at the position and Stan Van Gundy believes Johnson can be instrumental in the Pistons solidifying their current status as a top-10 defensive team. He’s not a fully formed…

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Johnson, Leuer could be back in business as Pistons hit the road

November 14, 2017

AUBURN HILLS – Containing Giannis Antetokounmpo is an all-hands-on-deck proposition. So good news for the Pistons: four really important hands could be back in the mix for Wednesday’s game against Milwaukee and the early front-runner for MVP. Stanley Johnson and Jon Leuer – the two players most likely to draw the assignment and the best physically equipped for the job – both practiced on Tuesday after missing the last several…

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Detroit Pistons Forward Tobias Harris Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

November 13, 2017

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The NBA announced today that Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Harris, 25, averaged 21.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 49% (22-45) from the field and 64% (14-22) from beyond the arc to lead the Pistons to a 3-0 record for the week. Harris connected on four-plus 3-pointers in each game while shooting better than 55% from…

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