Pistons break 0-35 mark

Boston Celtics 111 Final
Recap | Box Score
115 Detroit Pistons
Greg Monroe, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 8-12 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | -14

Monroe scored dependably inside.

Josh Smith, SF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -12

In maybe the most hilarious sequence of the game, Smith tried to back down his man, over-dribbled and then threw a pass to Kyle Singer. Singler just let the ball sail out bounds, no doubt surprised Smith passed after beginning his move. Oh, and Smith had zero rebounds and four turnovers.

Kyle Singler, SF Shot Chart 37 MIN | 0-5 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +12

For a player who shot 0-for-5, Singler didn’t play badly. But he still shot 0-for-5.

Andre Drummond, C Shot Chart 40 MIN | 9-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 20 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +11

Drummond had trouble against Boston’s more-skilled big men, but in the way he does, Drummond still dominated.

Brandon Jennings, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 6-15 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -2

Solid, though self-focused, on offense. Asleep on defense.

Jonas Jerebko, PF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +16

Jerebko has really turned into a strong defensive presence lately. If he can keep that up and continue making his 3-pointers (2-for-4 tonight), he’ll stick in the rotation all of next season.

Peyton Siva, PG Shot Chart 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +6

I’m still not sure Siva has the skills to stick in the NBA, but on nights like this, I can at least talk myself into believing Siva should return as the third point guard. His energy was a real asset.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Shot Chart 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -10

Caldwell-Pope barely made the net move on his only shot, a 3-pointer no less. He wasn’t as crisp defensively, though.

Rodney Stuckey, SG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 8-17 FG | 10-12 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 26 PTS | +13

Stuckey had a chance to take over down the stretch, and he did. Aggressively taking the ball to the basket, he scored 10 points in the fourth quarter comeback.

John Loyer

The Pistons were 0-35 when trailing by more than one point entering the fourth quarter. This team lacks fight, so it seemed Loyer couldn’t ruin tanking when the Pistons entered the fourth quarter down 10. Using a Stuckey-Singler-Jerebko-Drummond lineup that had struggled throughout the season, with Siva and Jennings taking turns at point guard, seemed to be playing it even extra safe. But Detroit came back. What can you do? On a more micro level, why did Caldwell-Pope get so little playing time? And what would it take to give Tony Mitchell a chance?

Tags: Andre Drummond Boston Celtics Brandon Jennings Greg Monroe John Loyer Jonas Jerebko Josh Smith Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Kyle Singler Peyton Siva Rodney Stuckey THN-BOS Tony Mitchell

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