Slava Kravtsov, Pistons routed in Indiana by Pacers

Detroit Pistons 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 114 Indiana Pacers
Jason Maxiell, PF 20 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -21This will appeal to the college students out there, but let’s make a Jason Maxiell drinking game. Missed shots inside six feet are a drink, huge dunks are a shot and fouls or turnovers mean you finish your drink. By the way, seven boards are Max’s most since Feb. 6 against Brooklyn.
Greg Monroe, C 22 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -32Monroe wasn’t good defensively, he wasn’t good offensively and he wasn’t good on the boards. He was just plain bad tonight, something he really hasn’t been much this season. He’s a good player who had a bad night, but he’s also never “stand around and watch him play” good like his teammates appeared to think he was tonight.
Jose Calderon, PG 26 MIN | 1-6 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -35It was bound to happen eventually — Jose Calderon finally had a bad game as a Piston. Tonight his jumper (finally) wasn’t falling and his passes were going to teammates who had no intention of either:A. Scoring orB. Holding on to the ball.
Rodney Stuckey, PG 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -34Stuckey was the best starter tonight and it wasn’t even close. The completely discombobulated offense made his line look worse than it was, though. It seemed like every other possession in the third quarter resulted in a late-in-the-clock-desperation heave by Stuckey — a formula for disaster, aka tonight.
Kyle Singler, SG 14 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -21Remember that thing the other day about how Singler is never horribly bad? Forget that I ever said that.
Jonas Jerebko, PF 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +1There were a lot of guys who played 10 or more minutes and had little to no impact on the game and Jerebko was one of them. Even in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach, it was Will Bynum, not Jerebko, running with the kids. Ouch.
Charlie Villanueva, PF 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -18If I told you the options for the final guy in your 5-on-5 game at the YMCA was down to Charlie V, Jason Maxiell or just running with four guys, which option would you pick?
Khris Middleton, SF 24 MIN | 1-7 FG | 7-9 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +1He didn’t shoot well, but after checking in and hitting a 3-pointer in the first half, Middleton showed some aggressiveness on the offensive end the rest of the way. He wasn’t half bad defensively, either. At this point, what’s the harm in seeing what you’ve got with him?
Viacheslav Kravtsov, C 29 MIN | 6-7 FG | 2-10 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -4There are still a lot of times where I’m not sure if Slava knows exactly what’s going on or where he’s supposed to be, but tonight he was easily the best Pistons player. He’s proven to be a better rebounder than he showed in Europe and his dunk game is almost Drummond-like in its efficiency. You want a bright spot? Here he is.
Will Bynum, PG 22 MIN | 7-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 17 PTS | +1I’ll give credit to the end of bench guys — English, Middleton — when they do something good in a blowout, mainly because it’s tough to just go into a game cold and produce. But when Will Bynum puts up numbers (12 points) in a blowout, it doesn’t magically make his badness during the other three quarters go away.
Kim English, SG 20 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +2English still can’t stay in front of his own shadow defensively, but he was the star of his very own fourth-quarter highlight tonight. After making a wide open, fall away 16-footer, the Fox Sports cameras gave it instant replay treatment. Ata boy, Kim.
Corey Maggette, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Corey Maggette was active tonight, and apparently he was too ill to watch from the bench. Sounds about right.
Lawrence FrankDid you know the Pistons trailed by as many as 40 points tonight? That’s bad, actually, that’s awful, but this one isn’t all on Frank. You can coach X’s and O’s all you want, but when your guys come out like the Pistons did tonight, there’s nothing a coach can do about it. Any team is victim to lapses, albeit not this horrific, but even Red Auerbach wasn’t coaching them to a win tonight.

Tags: Charlie Villanueva Corey Maggette Greg Monroe Jason Maxiell Jonas Jerebko Jose Calderon Khris Middleton Kim English Kyle Singler Lawrence Frank Rodney Stuckey Vyacheslav Kravtsov Will Bynum

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