Pistons ride big games from big three (Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond) to tanking victory (actual loss)

Detroit Pistons 111 Final
Recap | Box Score
118 Boston Celtics
Greg Monroe, PF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 8-15 FG | 6-7 FT | 14 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +3

Monroe’s offensive energy level was extremely high, and he did everything you’d want from an interior scorer. He frequently put himself in good position before receiving an entry pass. When he caught the ball further out, he worked his way inside with little wasted movement. He hit the glass hard, generating scoring looks that way, too. Add a few nice passes, and this was a really strong offensive game for Monroe. But also kept taking himself out of position defensively, losing track of where the action was headed. At least he defended well on the ball.

Josh Smith, SF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 12-24 FG | 1-5 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 28 PTS | -2

Smith overcame his shot selection for efficient scoring output. Defensively, he repeatedly erased the Celtics’ at the rim, showing real skills as a backline defender.

Kyle Singler, SF Shot Chart 38 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -2

Singler was mostly quiet, but the defensive issues with him playing shooting guard remain.

Andre Drummond, C Shot Chart 38 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 22 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -9

Forget versatility. The ability to grab a high percentage of available offensive rebounds and then convert those into points is an important and underrated skill, and Drummond might rank as the NBA’s best at it. As long as he can do that, he’ll remain near star quality overeall. If the rest of his game comes together, watch out.

Brandon Jennings, PG Shot Chart 39 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -3

Jennings isn’t as good as Rondo, and it’s unfair to ask him to be. But watching Rondo (18 assists, 0 turnovers to the Pistons’ 17 assists, 16 turnovers) turn this lemony Boston roster into lemonade, even if the juice is only mediocre, just magnifies the disparity between Jennings and the NBA’s high-end point guards. Also, Jennings must do a better job getting back on defense.

Jonas Jerebko, PF Shot Chart 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -8

Jerebko’s defense makes me sad. It’s not just that he’s too tentative, which he is. But after seeing him play without abandon earlier in his career, I just long for that fearless Jerebko.

Will Bynum, PG Shot Chart 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 10-12 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | 0

Bynum scored 15 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. For the season, Bynum has scored an incredible 47 percent of his points in the fourth quarter. That period is just, um, a quarter of the game, man.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Shot Chart 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -7

So trill.

Rodney Stuckey, SG Shot Chart 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-3 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -7

Stuckey really squandered a chance to pad his scoring average against the Celtics’ replacement-level guards.

John Loyer

The Celtics broke the game open when Jeff Green shot 3s over the Pistons’ zone. Loyer gets points for creativity. More points for losing and improving Detroit’s lottery odds. But Loyer watching a seemingly prepared team go through the motions doesn’t exactly instill confidence in anybody.

Tags: Andre Drummond Brandon Jennings Greg Monroe John Loyer Josh Smith Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Kyle Singler Rodney Stuckey