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The biggest (perhaps the only?) knock on Josh Smith's game is that he frequently falls in love with 3-point shots despite shooting a Rodney Stuckey-esque 28.3 percent for his career. So in his first game in a Pistons uniform, the fact he...
The biggest (perhaps the only?) knock on Josh Smith's game is that he frequently falls in love with 3-point shots despite shooting a Rodney Stuckey-esque 28.3 percent for his career. So in his first game in a Pistons uniform, the fact he attempted four 3-pointers didn't go unnoticed -- even if he drained three of them. Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press asked Maurice Cheeks about Smith's shot selection (the 50-second mark in the video below) and whether it was something he's discussed with him: Question: "Are you comfortable with him taking 3-point shots?" Cheeks: "Well, they were pretty stand-still jump shots. Tonight, they were pretty rhythm shots. I think you get in trouble when you're trying to shoot with someone in your face. But if you're shooting 3-point shots like you're doing tonight, where they're rhythm shots and they're wide open shots, I'm very comfortable with that." Question: "Is that something that you've talked to him about already, or is that just going to be an ongoing thing?" Cheeks: "We had a little small conversation about it. But I'm not going to limit someone's game if he's wide open. He's got to understand -- everyone has to understand a good shot and bad shot, not just him. ... I think he understands it. Like tonight, I mentioned, wide open, stand-still rhythm shots have more chance of going in, and you have more chance of offensive rebounding." I'd argue that any of Josh Smith's outside shots lead to more offensive rebounds because, well, they usually don't go in. They did tonight, and that's great, but I hope Cheeks revisits their small conversation if Smith continues attempting four a game.
about 5 hours ago
There are a lot of exciting aspects that go along with this #NBArank series, but it’s pretty obvious that the excitement surrounding Tony Mitchell‘s ranking is quite the same as the excitement surrounding the starters and bes...
There are a lot of exciting aspects that go along with this #NBArank series, but it’s pretty obvious that the excitement surrounding Tony Mitchell‘s ranking is quite the same as the excitement surrounding the starters and best players on each of the NBA teams. And with new Pistons’ point guard Brandon Jennings sneaking into the rankings at a surprising No. 70, we get to the point where discussion of, “How’d he rank ahead of that guy?!” is actually worth discussing. Jennings rankings comes with some shock. Not that Jennings is a bad player, but coming in ahead of guys like Eric Gordon, Bradley Beal, Kyle Lowry and Kemba Walker just seems kind of, well, shocking. Maybe the public perception of Jennings fitting in Detroit isn’t that bad. Last night’s preseason opener wasn’t available on television — and it didn’t say anything about what this team really is — but Jennings seemed to put together an efficient night (15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and five steals). It’s yet to be seen how that will carry over to real games against NBA competition, but it’s a start. One final nugget courtesy of Dan: Seven teams have at least four players in the top 70. The Nets, Bulls and Warriors have five. The Pistons, Rockets, Pacers and Grizzlies have four. What do the seven non-Detroit teams have in common? They made the playoffs last season.
about 6 hours ago
By all accounts, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has performed well in his first NBA training camp, but he's still facing an uphill battle in terms of convincing Maurice Cheeks that he deserves to leapfrog a pair of veterans on the depth chart....
By all accounts, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has performed well in his first NBA training camp, but he's still facing an uphill battle in terms of convincing Maurice Cheeks that he deserves to leapfrog a pair of veterans on the depth chart. From Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press: After naming Chauncey Billups the starter at shooting guard for the opener Tuesday morning, Cheeks was asked whether Rodney Stuckey and Caldwell-Pope would get opportunities. "Probably Rodney will, but I don’t know if Kentavious will or not. I’m not sure," Cheeks said. "I just don’t think he will be starting at this point. I reserve the right to change my mind, but as of this point, no. It would do him a disservice for me to say, ‘No, he’s not going to start,’ because he’s played as well as anybody in training camp. "I’m a veteran’s coach. Guys that have been around get first crack at most things, but then they have to do the job." In addition to showing deference to veterans, Cheeks also likes the versatility of having Brandon Jennings and Chauncey Billups on the court at the same time: "I just like those because Jennings and Billups can play (point guard) or (shooting guard) and the three bigs guys are interchangeable at different spots," Cheeks said. Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News has some more quotes from Cheeks, who left the door open for KCP to change his mind while also admitting that it takes more than just being talented to crack the lineup: "They have to do above and beyond to make that mark. Rookies have a lot on their plate. Learning the league, doing certain things for certain guys." Billups will certainly ease himself into actual game shape, so what it could come down to for Cheeks is Billups' shooting, know-how and calm or Stuckey's size and ability to get to the basket. "It's the player himself and how he fits with that group," Cheeks said. "A player can be more talented and still not start. We have quite a few games and practices left before we make that decision." Personally, I don't care if KCP starts from Day 1 so long as he has a defined role in the rotation -- and more importantly, the opportunity to increase that role with his performance on the court. That was the most frustrating thing with Andre Drummond's situation last year -- despite dominating from the start, he played at least 25 minutes just 11 times, and at least 30 only six. I don't want to go down the rabbit hole of re-visiting the wisdom of that decision (yes, there were some extenuating circumstances, such as Drummond's conditioning and the fact center is a much more physically demanding position), but I'd hate to see it played out once again. Before this is even an issue, though, Caldwell-Pope needs to perform on the court. After shooting 37 percent in sumer league play, KCP shot just 1-for-12 (including 0-for-6 from beyond the arc) in his first preseason game. I didn't watch the game so I can't actually say if those shots were within the flow of the offense, but strictly looking at a box score and taking into account how efficiently he scored in college, I'm pleased he's willing to be aggressive. Once his three-point shot start falling, he'll have a huge leg up on Stuckey, a career 28.8 percent shooter from long distance. Now your thoughts. Poll Who should be the Pistons' opening night SG? Chauncey Billups Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Rodney Stuckey 286 votes | Results
about 6 hours ago
With the preseason now in full swing and Maurice Cheeks beginning to make decisions on his rotation, the identity of the starting five and who plays after that is on the minds of Pistons fans. On with Mailbag...
With the preseason now in full swing and Maurice Cheeks beginning to make decisions on his rotation, the identity of the starting five and who plays after that is on the minds of Pistons fans. On with Mailbag...
about 9 hours ago
The Pistons started building their on-court chemistry and coach Maurice Cheeks generally liked what he saw in winning the preseason opener vs. Israeli champion Maccabi Haifa.
The Pistons started building their on-court chemistry and coach Maurice Cheeks generally liked what he saw in winning the preseason opener vs. Israeli champion Maccabi Haifa.
about 11 hours ago
With the preseason now in full swing and Maurice Cheeks beginning to make decisions on his rotation, the identity of the starting five and who plays after that is on the minds of Pistons fans. On with Mailbag...
With the preseason now in full swing and Maurice Cheeks beginning to make decisions on his rotation, the identity of the starting five and who plays after that is on the minds of Pistons fans. On with Mailbag...
about 14 hours ago
The Detroit Pistons opened their 2013-14 campaign with a home opening 91-69 win against the Israeli professional team Maccabi Haifa. New Pistons head coach decided to go with a starting lineup of Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, Greg Monro...
The Detroit Pistons opened their 2013-14 campaign with a home opening 91-69 win against the Israeli professional team Maccabi Haifa. New Pistons head coach decided to go with a starting lineup of Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Chauncey Billups getting the nod today over Rodney Stuckey and Kentavious-Caldwell Pope. Stuckey and ‘KCP are both considered in a battle to win the starting job despite Chauncey starting against Maccabi. Caldwell Pope didn’t make a great first impression as he missed 11 of his 12 shots, all of his 3 point attempts with 2 turnovers versus only one steal. It seemed the rookie was pressing to try and make an impact, but it was clear that the 8th overall pick is very athletic as he showed his rebounding ability (7 rebounds), and some good defensive plays with 2 steals and block. Rodney Stuckey also off the bench missed 5 of his 6 attempts with only 3 assists to 2 turnovers. The shooting guard spot will be open for competition throughout the season, and regardless who starts, all 3 will cut into each other’s minutes, and nobody will run away with that position. New acquisitions Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith made their Pistons debuts and played well. Combined to hit over 50% of their shots and also nabbed 7 steals, the new toys for Mo Cheeks squad really looked to push the ball, and did so well in netting 27 fast break points. What stuck out the most from Tuesday’s opener were the two big boys in the paint, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Drummond who spent most of his rookie season coming off the bench in limited action will be featured heavily in the starting lineup this year and Tuesday, going for 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks in just 25 minutes on 57% shooting (8-14 FG). His frontcourt mate, Greg Monroe smoothly gets 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, also in only 25 minutes on 4 of 5 shooting from the field and making 5 of 6 free throws. It seems in the half court set, with shooting at a premium, the team will look to go to the block often and will be looking for a lot of production through their two bigs. https://twitter.com/detroitpistons/status/387732781591060480/photo/1 Brandon Jennings' Jab step then lob | Haifa vs Pistons | October 8, 2013 | NBA Preseason 2013 (via NBAshowtimeHD2) Charlie Villanueva and Kyle Singer both contributed 11 points off the bench in less than 21 minutes for the Pistons. Rookie 2nd round pick Peyton Siva dressed but did not play due to a calf strain, said not to be serious, he is listed as day-to-day. Will Bynum did not play due to a minor hip flexor. Former Italian-MVP swing man Luigi Datome was out with a hamstring injury. The Pistons will play at Miami to take on the Heat on Thursday. For more on the Pistons and the NBA Preseason, follow @detroitbadboys @detroitpistons @vincent_Ellis56 and @Keith_langlois
about 17 hours ago
The Detroit Pistons opened their 2013-14 campaign with a preseason win against the Israeli professional team Maccabi Haifa, 91-69. New Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks decided to go with a starting lineup of Brandon Jennings, Josh Smit...
The Detroit Pistons opened their 2013-14 campaign with a preseason win against the Israeli professional team Maccabi Haifa, 91-69. New Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks decided to go with a starting lineup of Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Chauncey Billups. Billups got the nod today over Rodney Stuckey and Kentavious-Caldwell Pope, who are (ed. note: or were) arguably in a battle to win the starting job. Caldwell Pope didn’t make a great first impression as he missed 11 of his 12 shots, all of his three-point attempts with 2 turnovers. It seemed the rookie was pressing to try and make an impact, but it was clear that the 8th overall pick is very athletic as he showed his rebounding ability (7 rebounds), and some good defensive plays. Rodney Stuckey also off the bench missed 5 of his 6 attempts with only 3 assists opposite 2 turnovers. New acquisitions Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith made their Pistons debuts and played well. Combining to hit over 50% of their shots and nabbing 7 steals, the new toys for Mo' Cheeks' squad really looked to push the ball, and did so well in netting 27 fast break points. (Box Score) What stuck out the most from Tuesday’s opener were the two big boys in the paint, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Drummond, who spent most of his rookie season coming off the bench in limited action, will be featured heavily in the starting lineup this year. He had 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks in just 25 minutes on 57-percent shooting (8-14 FG). His front-court mate, Greg Monroe smoothly had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, also in only 25 minutes on 4-for-5 shooting from the field and making 5 for 6 on free throws. It seems in the half court set, with shooting at a premium, the team will look to go to the block often and will be looking for a lot of production through their two bigs. .@DRE_DRUMMOND_ throwing one down in the first quarter! He has 10 pts on the night. #Pistons pic.twitter.com/Q6tU8ldMSU — Detroit Pistons (@detroitpistons) October 9, 2013 Brandon Jennings' Jab step then lob | Haifa vs Pistons | October 8, 2013 | NBA Preseason 2013 (via NBAshowtimeHD2) Charlie Villanueva and Kyle Singer both contributed 11 points off the bench in less than 21 minutes for the Pistons. Rookie second round pick Peyton Siva dressed but did not play due to a calf strain, which is said not to be serious. He is listed as day-to-day. Will Bynum did not play due to a minor hip flexor injury. Former Italian-MVP swing man Luigi Datome was out with a hamstring injury. The Pistons will host the Heat on Thursday. For more on the Pistons and the NBA Preseason, follow @detroitbadboys @detroitpistons @vincent_Ellis56 and @Keith_langlois
about 17 hours ago
Post game quotes from the Pistons game against Macabbi Haifa.
Post game quotes from the Pistons game against Macabbi Haifa.
about 19 hours ago
Andre Drummond scored 17 points to pace the Pistons, who built a 40-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
Andre Drummond scored 17 points to pace the Pistons, who built a 40-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
about 20 hours ago