Pistons make a win over Sixers harder than it needed to be, finally snap losing streak

Detroit Pistons 114 Final

Recap | Box Score

104 Philadelphia 76ers
Greg Monroe, PF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 5-6 FG | 5-8 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +1Monroe scored very efficiently, he got a ton of boards given how little time he spent on the floor, and he even defended pretty we… no, not really. His defense was awful. But he contributed more than he gave up, so that’s better than we’ve seen lately.
Josh Smith, SF Shot Chart 43 MIN | 8-23 FG | 4-6 FT | 13 REB | 7 AST | 4 STL | 5 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTS | +10Smith shot too much and he sucks at shooting. But wowsers, he was huge in every other facet of the game.
Andre Drummond, C Shot Chart 31 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 6 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +4Drummond looked like a rookie again. He was dominant defensively but was not providing much on offense. And even what he did bring tot he table wasn’t all that efficient. But 12 boards, 6 blocks, and a win? I’ll take it.
Brandon Jennings, PG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 4-10 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | +1This is the kind of play I want to see consistently from Jennings. He wasn’t going off, but still managed to be a big positive by keeping the ball moving, stretching the defense, and shooting relatively infrequently but well from deep.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -6KCP was sloppy at times, but he gave Detroit exactly what they needed in this one.
Kyle Singler, SF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 6-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +14Kyle Singler’s shooting and defense were ugly, but his rebounding went a long way to redeeming him. Just about every Piston contributed to Detroit winning the glass, but some of Singler’s caroms were particularly impressive.
Will Bynum, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | +20Bynum was so Bynum in this one. He was electrifying, sloppy, and a crucial part of a comeback. I don’t know if he could have a more self-characterizing game.
Chauncey Billups, SG Shot Chart 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +3What little we saw of Billups on offense was pretty solid. But he is so helpless on D these days that he may as well hang out on the other side of the court, let his teammates play 4-on-5 and get a couple easy baskets on long outlet passes.
Maurice Cheeks
The Pistons reversed their typical norm by coming out flat and storming back into the lead. However, Cheeks’ rotations looked as misguided as ever.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Pistons won this one because they out-rebounded Philly by 20. That’s not an easy thing to do. Credit to basically every Piston, especially the back court players.
  2. Beating a 12-24 team should be no cause for celebration, but the Pistons have been flailing so hard that they just needed any win against anyone.

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