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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Tigers add prospect Gerber, sign Carpenter

November 21, 2017

The moves leave the Tigers’ roster at 39. Teams must have at least one spot open to participate in next month’s Rule 5 Draft, where the club is expected to be active. Teams can and will add and subtract players in the meantime as free agents sign and clubs make trades. Gerber is the Tigers’ highest-ranked prospect to be added — he’s 10th on MLBPipeline.com’s list. His left-handed bat and…

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Sheffield among ex-Tigers seeking spot in Hall

November 20, 2017

The Tigers watched one of their own enter Cooperstown this past summer when Ivan Rodriguez, a key part of Detroit’s baseball revival a decade ago, was inducted on his first ballot. Though Rodriguez went into the Hall wearing a Texas Rangers cap, he became the first Hall of Fame inductee to have played for the Tigers since Al Kaline’s induction in 1980. None of the ex-Tigers on this year’s ballot…

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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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Tigers looking for lefty bats to balance lineup

November 17, 2017

• Hot Stove Tracker “We’re very right-handed, so left-handed anything — infield and outfield — would be very handy for us as far as somebody that could help at the Major League level in 2018,” Avila told reporters Monday at baseball’s GM Meetings. “No doubt about that.” The Tigers were a middle-of-the-pack offense for most of last season. Their .258 batting average overall ranked 12th among Major League teams, their…

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Red Wings Youth Carrying the Torch

If you or someone you know is a die-hard fan of the Detroit Red Wings, there’s one phrase that you’ve probably heard more than once over the last few NHL seasons – “Play the kids!” Now, nearly a quarter of the way through the 2017-18 schedule the Wings are indeed letting their talented youngsters off of their leashes and getting both exciting and encouraging results. If you look at Detroit’s…

November 17, 2017
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Mientkiewicz named Tigers' Triple-A skipper

November 16, 2017

Mientkiewicz, 43, spent the past five years as a successful manager in the Twins’ farm system. He took four teams to the postseason, including his Class A Advanced Florida State League club this year in Fort Myers, Fla. His FSL title with Fort Myers in 2014 helped him earn a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga, where he won a Southern League title the next year. Among the Twins prospects he managed…

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