Pistons can’t overcome Anthony Davis’ record setting performance


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Anthony Davis set a Palace record with 59 points, and also added 20 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans handed the Detroit Pistons their fifth straight loss.

The Pistons had no answer for Anthony Davis this afternoon. Despite strong games from Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond, the Pistons dropped their fifth straight and fell to 27-29. Typically when the Pistons have lost to inferior opponents this season, it has been due to a lack of effort. I don’t think that was the case today. They were just on the wrong end of a career night from a great player.

Here are the grades.

A-. With several of his teammates struggling to make shots, Reggie began asserting himself on offense in the second quarter and played like the All Star caliber point guard we have seen many times this season. He finished with an efficient 34 points on 11-20 shooting and 8-8 from the free throw line, with four rebounds and four assists to just one turnover. . PG. Pistons. REGGIE JACKSON

SG. Pistons. KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE. D+. KCP struggled shooting again today, and while he managed to score 14 points he shot just 4-15 and air balled a wide open three pointer that would have cut the lead to one late in the game.  He did have four steals and made some nice plays down the stretch.

C. Stanley was quiet tonight, scoring just six points on 2-5 shooting in 22 minutes, but he added eight rebounds and played under control for the majority of his time on the floor. . SF. Pistons. STANLEY JOHNSON

F. Marcus struggled shooting for the second game in a row, and he is now 5-19 in two games since the All Star break. The Pistons need a lot more from him if they are going to make the playoffs.. SF. Pistons. MARCUS MORRIS

Andre’s energy was great tonight, and he finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds – the kind of line Pistons fans have grown accustomed to this season. The free throw woes continued, however, as he shot just 3-10 from the line and missed two late in the fourth quarter.. C. Pistons. ANDRE DRUMMOND. B+

C-. Harris came in and provided an instant spark off the Pistons’ bench, but he struggled shooting for most of the game and finished with 16 points on just 6-17 from the floor. He was asked to play 35 minutes after Anthony Tolliver left with a knee injury, and he may see his minutes consistently in the 30s earlier than anticipated depending on the severity of Tolliver’s injury. Althought he didn’t shoot well, Tobias again showed his ability to create shots in many different ways, and he looks like he will be a major asset for the Pistons on both ends of the floor.. PF. Pistons. TOBIAS HARRIS

Baynes was mostly ineffective in 13 minutes today, scoring four points and failing to grab a single rebound. Luckily Andre Drummond was having a good game and the Pistons didn’t need much from Baynes.. C. Pistons. ARON BAYNES. D

Tolliver left with a knee injury after just eight minutes. Stan Van Gundy called it a “sprain” but indicated that Tolliver would have an MRI tomorrow and likely wouldn’t travel with the team to Cleveland. The Pistons cannot afford to lose Tolliver for any extended period of time, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the Donatas Motiejunas situation.. PF. Pistons. ANTHONY TOLLIVER. Inc

STEVE BLAKE. C. Blake played decent for most of his 17 minutes, but he is a liability on defense every time he steps on the floor and he struggles against guards who are aggressive defending on the ball. He did lead the team with five assists and generally did a fine job running the offense. . PG. Pistons

Inc. Hilliard played just 11 minutes, but he hit a three pointer almost immediately upon entering the game. Unfortunately, he didn’t do much else after that.. SG. Pistons. DARRUN HILLIARD II

D. Coach Van Gundy took the blame for allowing Anthony Davis to go off for 59 points, and while it’s not entirely his fault, I would have at least expected him to send a double team when it was clear Davis was getting whatever he wanted whenever he wanted it. It’s hard to put too much blame on the coach when a player has a game like Davis had, but the fact that he didn’t try anything different to attempt to slow Davis down was disappointing.. Head Coach. Pistons. STAN VAN GUNDY