Pistons blow lead to Pelicans: 3 takeaways from Jerami Grant’s return

Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Pistons, Isaiah Stewart
Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Pistons are too small

New Orleans vs. Detroit was a weird matchup, as the Pelicans had the size advantage down low and the Pistons had one on the perimeter.

The bigger Pistons’ guards were able to get into the paint against the Pels’ guards, as Jose Alvarado and Devonte’ Graham are both too small to try and guard Cade. Not having Cunningham in the 4th quarter cost the Pistons this game, as it would have been his time to take over.

But the Pelicans took advantage of their size down low, handily winning the rebounding battle and grabbing 16 offensive boards that were really the difference in the game.

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Jonas Valanciunas was struggling to make shots early and committed four turnovers, but he made up for it by grabbing offensive rebounds and getting some easy put backs.

Isaiah Stewart held his own but Detroit often had guards defending Jaxson Hayes and Willy Hernangomez, which is probably not sustainable.

It’s clear the Pistons need another big man, preferably one with some length and size who can protect the rim and catch a lob.

Stewart was fine, but there were several plays where Cade beat his man off the dribble, got into the paint and tried to lob it to Stewart, who caught it, came down with it and wasn’t able to finish.

The Pistons need someone who can dunk those lobs without bringing the ball down, as they are giving up points every game on these types of plays.

We know the Pistons still have a lot of needs, and at the top of the list is a bouncy big man who can take some of the pressure off Stewart to guard all of the bigs on the other team.