Nightmarish first half digs deep hole as Pistons get buzzed by Charlotte

February 25, 2018

FAST BREAKDOWN Three quick observations from Sunday afternoon’s 114-98 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center 1-SAME STORY – For the second straight game coming out of the All-Star break, the Pistons were taken out of the game when Stan Van Gundy went to his bench. The starters weren’t setting the world on fire at the outset, perhaps, but it was still very much a ballgame when Van Gundy…

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Lack of obvious options complicates SVG’s course with Pistons bench

February 25, 2018

AUBURN HILLS – Stan Van Gundy is aware the Pistons have a bench problem. Less clear – way, way murkier – is what to do about it. The starting unit – Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin, Reggie Bullock, Stanley Johnson, Ish Smith – is playing well. “Our starters played together as a unit 20 minutes last night and they were plus-9,” Van Gundy said Saturday, talking of a game the Pistons…

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Postgame Quotes – February 23, 2018

February 24, 2018

DETROIT PISTONS HEAD COACH STAN VAN GUNDY:  (On being outscored 65-21): “Well, I thought there were three things in the game; our bench was not good. The second quarter was really where the game was decided.  Everything else was competitive and obviously their threes and our threes.” (On going into the game wanting to defend the 3-point line better): “No we wanted to keep the ball out of the paint…

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Boston’s bench, 3-point firepower overwhelm Pistons in return from All-Star break

February 24, 2018

FAST BREAKDOWN Three quick observations from Friday night’s 110-98 loss to the Boston Celtics at Little Caesars Arena 1-COSTLY LOSS – Every loss exacts a pound of flesh now. The Pistons have precious little margin for error and can’t afford to lose many games – if any – at home or against teams with losing records or competing with them for a playoff berth. Friday’s loss counted in one of…

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As Pistons brace for playoff stretch, Ellenson keeps his head up by keeping his nose down

February 22, 2018

AUBURN HILLS – The two youngest Pistons were last off the practice court Thursday. One, Luke Kennard, is being counted on to help them win enough over the season’s final 25 games to crack the playoff field. The other, Henry Ellenson, is buried on the depth chart. You wouldn’t have expected such a line of division if all you had seen was the shooting exhibition Ellenson just put on. Or,…

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Another step in Jackson’s recovery, but no clear return date yet for Pistons

February 22, 2018

AUBURN HILLS – Reggie Jackson has taken the next step toward a return to the Pistons, but because all steps are being taken on a severe ankle sprain it means that return remains cloudy. Jackson has been cleared to begin “light running, shooting and continued ankle-strengthening exercises,” the Pistons announced Wednesday as they regrouped coming out of the All-Star break for the season’s final 25 games. “I know I’m doing…

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In 2 practices, SVG hopes to tweak Pistons offense enough to ease Griffin’s transition

February 21, 2018

AUBURN HILLS – Stan Van Gundy will have twice as many real practices before the Pistons play again than he had in the two weeks with Blake Griffin leading to the All-Star break. The math is easy on that one: The Pistons had one live practice – going up and down the court, five on five, simulating a real basketball game – jammed into the narrow gaps left by a…

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The day the Pistons added a superstar – and how owner Tom Gores welcomed Blake Griffin to the family

February 19, 2018

AUBURN HILLS – If Blake Griffin’s only NBA home had been New York, Miami or Chicago, then Tom Gores probably would have had to settle for a welcoming phone call in the wake of the shocking trade that delivered the five-time All-Star to the Pistons. But Griffin had grown up a Los Angeles Clipper and Gores, who made his mark as a businessman in Southern California, could offer more than…

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No All-Star break for SVG, busy scheming to exploit Griffin’s addition while awaiting Jackson’s return

February 16, 2018

AUBURN HILLS – Stan Van Gundy, Pistons president of basketball operations, keeps complicating the life of Stan Van Gundy, Pistons basketball coach. Van Gundy might be kicking back and enjoying the All-Star break – probably not, but play along – if not for the radical overhaul of the roster that added three new rotation pieces, including Blake Griffin, over the past few weeks. He planned to take Thursday off. In…

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Pistons Mailbag – February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

The future for the Pistons – coming out of the All-Star break and beyond – tops the agenda for this week’s edition of Pistons Mailbag. AlmostFamous (@brian_penoyer): What kind of roster flexibility do we have this summer to upgrade the team in the event they miss the playoffs? Langlois: The Pistons (likely) won’t have their first-round draft pick and they (also likely) won’t have any cap space. The good news…

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