Dwight Howard has his best game since leaving the Magic as he overwhelms Detroit

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Greg Monroe, PF 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -1Monroe played better defense on Dwight Howard than any other Piston. That’s not saying much.
Josh Smith, SF 29 MIN | 8-20 FG | 3-7 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -9Smith is looking to score every trip down the court.He’s not very efficient; but until someone else not named Jennings decides to force the issue, the Pistons need this from Smith.
Andre Drummond, C 29 MIN | 4-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -17The things you think you can count on from Drummond are defense and rebounding. Howard moved Drummond around wherever he wanted and Drummond’s rebounding was decent at absolute best. Also, two of Drummond’s blocks were clear goaltends.
Brandon Jennings, PG 32 MIN | 2-11 FG | 4-5 FT | 1 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -7Jennings plays almost exactly the same every game. Sometimes a decent number of his shots go in, sometimes they don’t. Tonight, he couldn’t hit a thing.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -16No Piston defended well in this game. That makes it tough to grade out well for a Piston whose entire value is his defense.
Tony Mitchell, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-4 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2Mitchell’s cameo was meaningless garbage time and his play inspired no reaction, positive or negative.
Josh Harrellson, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1Harrellson was put in to slow down Dwight. He didn’t, but he wasn’t given a real chance either.
Jonas Jerebko, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2Jerebko’s cameo was meaningless garbage time and his play inspired no reaction, positive or negative.
Charlie Villanueva, PF 5 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -7Charlie came into the game and did what he was supposed to. He shot a lot and hit enough of his shots. But he contributed nothing more.
Luigi Datome, SF 13 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -4Gigi looked fantastic in this one. Too bad it was all too little, too late.
Kyle Singler, SF 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -1Singler was the only Piston who could keep up with the Rockets on the break.
Will Bynum, PG 23 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -2Bynum went at the Houston defense. He briefly made it feel like the Pistons had a shot.
Rodney Stuckey, SG 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -24Stuckey played hard… on offense. He didn’t even try on D and he wasn’t that effective on O. Unacceptable.
Maurice Cheeks
I don’t know what Cheeks could have done differently in this one. Detroit just got torched by Howard. But he certainly didn’t make a positive impact.

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