Detroit owns the first half almost enough to absorb Indiana's second half beatdown

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Greg Monroe, PF Shot Chart 41 MIN | 6-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -4In the absence of Drummond, Monroe shined. My takeaway is that playing all three bigs together is a stupid strategy. But I could see this being used as evidence that Drummond and Monroe are incompatible or that there is something magical about Moose at C rather than at PF.
Josh Smith, SF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 10-23 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | -12Another bad offensive game for Smith. And he didn’t take advantage of Drummond’s rebounding vacuum either. But he was solid defensively, so there’s that.
Kyle Singler, SF Shot Chart 46 MIN | 3-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -9Singler chose his spots often enough to be a significant contributor. Ideally, he would be a bench player, but a good team can have one or two players like Singler, because he plays to his limited strengths, not to his limitations.
Andre Drummond, C Shot Chart 5 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -1For just five minutes, Drummond was piling up stats at a fantastic rate. On the other hand, just five minutes.
Brandon Jennings, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 12 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -10Typical Jennings game. He piled up a ton of assists and shot terribly. But he didn’t throw the ball away excessively, his defense was mediocre, and he shot “only” 13 times. All told, if he could play like this every game, the Pistons would win more often.
Charlie Villanueva, PF Shot Chart 12 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -4Why is Charlie getting precious minutes? Why????But he did play well in this one.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Shot Chart 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4People like to say that getting involved offensively just isn’t KCP’s role on this team. Sure, he’s not one of the first couple options on most plays. But the problem is that he rarely situates himself to be an easy release valve when what his teammates are doing isn’t working.When you’re one of few players on a team who can (ostensibly) shoot from deep, you have to do that.
Will Bynum, PG Shot Chart 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +2Last game was Bynum’s turn to be good…
Rodney Stuckey, SG Shot Chart 44 MIN | 6-17 FG | 7-9 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -2…This game was Stuckey’s turn.
John Loyer
The Pistons built up a huge, 25-point lead in the second quarter. Then the Pacers steadily shipped it away for the rest of the game.On the balance, getting to overtime against Indiana is no mean feat. Well done, Loyer. And Detroit got the L, too. So hooray for that.

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