The Pistons and their fans are smiling today after the Detroit snapped their four game losing streak with a 97-90 win in Sacramento. What’s even more encouraging is that Detroit won on the road in a hostile Sacramento area that set a new world record Friday night for the loudest indoor crowd noise in an arena.
- The Pistons were led by Josh Smith, who put up 21 points, with eight boards, seven assists, five steals and four blocked shots. This from a man who only a couple of days ago got limited time on the floor. Smith came out in strong in this one and didn’t let up, setting the tone on both ends of the court. This is the Josh Smith the Pistons signed up for.
Maurice Cheeks: “He got us going, but I thought more important he got us going defensively. The way he closed off the paint, got his hands on a lot of balls, come up with a couple of steals and made a lot of nice passes to guys running down the floor. I thought he was the one that ignited us to get that lead in the early going.” Via Pistons.com
- Cheeks, who’s still not sure what to do with this rotation, gave Kentavious Caldwell-Pope his first career start in Billups absence.
- Caldwell-Pope scored seven points with two boards and two assist in 21 minutes on the floor.
- Singler with 22 minutes on the floor with hustle as always put up 11 points with three boards and assist and a blocked shot. I just with his three-point shot would start dropping on a more consistent basis. But to his defense I can say that about the Pistons in general.
- Most are wondering by Jonas isn’t getting a ton of minuets, my guess is they need to see what Caldwell-Pope and Datome can do. Jerebko with 7 minutes and two points.
- Detroit started this game on a mission, and didn’t let up till the final buzzer was blown. Nice to see after the blowout at Golden State.
- Huge night for Andre Drummond, who had another HUGE night. Drummond, the dunking machine who was ruthless on the glass, tied his career high with 18 boards. His dominance on the boards helps him clean up Detroit’s mistakes with ridiculous dunks. He put up 15 points and added two steals in his 36 minutes on the floor. I have to believe that Andre is turning heads every time he steps into opponents arenas. How can you not take notice of Dre?
- The game went back and forth with six lead changes, but a 16-4 run by the Pistons late in the third quarter gave them a ten point lead going into the fourth. The Pistons took that lead and finished the Kings off, never really letting them get close.
- I wonder if Rodney Stuckey is upset he didn’t get the start, but considering he got more minutes than KCP, probably not. I’m guessing Cheeks likes the spark Rodney brings off the bench for Detroit. Stuckey with 16 points, 4 assist and a blocked shot in 30 minutes on the floor. Rodney has been solid since the season started for him.
- Greg Monroe didn’t have his usual battle with DeMarcus Cousins, mostly because Smith and Drummond were having big games. If you’re counting though, DeMarcus led his team with 26 points and 13 points. Greg with just eight points, four boards in 29 minutes. This game was not a bright spot in a huge start to the season for Monroe.
- A fun game to watch and even better that they came out with the win.
- Highlight via NBA.com
- LA Lakers at the Staples Center Sunday may start a winning streak.