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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Ex-Rule 5 pick Stumpf holds critical 'pen role

February 25, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers signed Francisco Liriano to compete for a rotation spot, but with the understanding he’s willing to slot into the bullpen if that doesn’t work out. Even so, he might not be the reigning left-hander in the club’s relief corps, thanks to a young southpaw who qualifies as a veteran in this rebuilt bullpen. A year ago, Daniel Stumpf was in Tigers camp as a Rule…

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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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Picking up pace, Zimmermann fires 2 scoreless

February 24, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. — One of the first things new Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio noticed about Jordan Zimmermann when he looked at video was his pace. He was much slower, taking more time between pitches, than Bosio remembered him taking when he was with the Nationals. So on Saturday, as Zimmermann made his first appearance of the spring, hoping to prove his health, the right-hander picked up the pace. His…

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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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Miggy looking forward, focused on swing

February 23, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. — A few scattered boos among the packed crowd at George M. Steinbrenner Field was the one reminder of what happened the last time Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers faced the Yankees. “If they want to make something, they can make something,” Cabrera said Friday. “I’m not able to please everybody.” View Full Game Coverage TAMPA, Fla. — A few scattered boos among the packed crowd at George…

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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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