Player News - Pistons

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Brandon Jennings (thumb) said the Pistons do not shoot while going through practice.

"If you ask the question about why we're not making shots, we don't shoot," Jennings said. "We don't shoot in practice. We haven't really had a chance to work on our games or anything." Jennings is actually shooting the ball well and has been fantastic for his fantasy owners in the past two weeks. His thumb injury could cost him time, though, Stay tuned.
Source: M Live
Nov 22 - 5:13 PM

Josh Smith handed out a team-high five assists in a 99-89 loss to the Hawks to go with 16 points, eight rebounds and one block against his former team.

He said he wanted to be more involved in the offense and was the focal point tonight. Smith also was much better with his shot selection and attempted 13 shots in the paint, but he did make only 8-of-19 in his 35 minutes. He's a much better asset in points leagues than in standards.
Nov 21 - 10:48 PM

Andre Drummond had his most productive game in over one week against the Hawks on Friday, scoring 13 points with 16 boards and one block in 38 minutes.

For the first time all season, he only committed one foul tonight, which has been a major issue all season. Drummond did only shoot 5-of-12 from the field tonight and he's still at just 40 percent on the season. Hopefully tonight's improvement is a sign of things to come for the buy-low target.
Nov 21 - 10:41 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 1-of-7 from the field for four points and three steals in 32 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

He doesn't have much competition for minutes, but the Pistons have to think of something right now. Caldwell-Pope made just 29.4 percent from the field over his last five to go with averages of 7.8 points, 2.6 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 triples. We do applaud the Zen-like patience of KCP owners in 16-team leagues, but it's time to move on. Additionally, Jodie Meeks (back) is a more intriguing stash.
Nov 21 - 10:33 PM

D.J. Augustin scored 14 points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer on 4-of-17 from the field against the Hawks on Friday.

He picked up some extra minutes because Brandon Jennings (thumb) suffered an injury, Jennings could miss time, but he didn't break anything and it's possible he is ready for Tuesday against the Bucks. Considering how that game is a few days away, there's little reason to speculatively add Augustin.
Nov 21 - 10:23 PM

Brandon Jennings suffered a hyperextended left thumb in Friday's loss to the Hawks.

It kept his minutes down to just 23 tonight in his worst game in a while, scoring nine points with two rebounds, two assists and one steal. It's unclear how severe his injury is and his owners should just sit tight. If you have some dead weight and want to add D.J. Augustin, it's not a terrible idea.
Nov 21 - 10:19 PM

Stan Van Gundy praised Jonas Jerebko's play during a recent interview.

"He's really focused on moving the ball and running to more pick and rolls, so our ball movement is much, much better with Jonas at the four than it is with our other guys," Van Gundy said. "He's just more tuned in to that. And he can stretch the floor out and shoot the ball, so you spread the defense out. And, really, with him at the four is our only chance to spread the defense out and get more room." Jerebko is averaging just 7.0 points and 2.7 rebounds over 16.5 minutes of action this season, so he can't be considered an asset in standard leagues. However, if an injury occurs to the Pistons' frontcourt, Jerebko will be a name to monitor.
Nov 21 - 11:05 AM

Stan Van Gundy did not take kindly to Markieff Morris' comments following the Piston's loss to the Suns on Wednesday, and had some choice words for Morris.

Morris said that the Suns knew Caldwell-Pope would miss his last second shot attempt to win the game because KCP "doesn't have any heart." To which Van Gundy responded: "I'm not quite sure – maybe he knows – but I'm not quite sure what Markieff Morris has accomplished in the league that gets him to the point of mouthing off... It seems to me you should at least participate in a playoff game before you do." Caldwell-Pope has struggled with consistency this year, so he's more of a 3-point specialist for owners in deeper leagues. Just know that KCP's value will take an eventual hit when Jodie Meeks returns to the floor.
Nov 20 - 3:24 PM

Josh Smith acknowledged that he needs to get more involved in the Pistons' offense after Wednesday's loss to the Suns.

After saying that the Pistons are getting a little frustrated as a team, Smith spoke about his own problems within the offense. "I've got to figure out ways to get myself involved, whether it's transition or crashing the boards," Smith said before adding that he's struggling, "to find where I belong in the offensive flow of what he's teaching us." Fantasy owners have no choice but to sit tight due to Smoove's upside, but he's a risky nightly start after playing just 23 minutes on Wednesday.
Source: M Live
Nov 20 - 9:08 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit 6-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points and three steals in 28 minutes on Wednesday.

He missed a 3-pointer that would have won the game, prompting Markieff Morris to say he knew KCP would miss the shot, because he has "no heart." Ouch. KCP scored just two points on Nov. 15, but now has 10 and 15 with five 3-pointers over his last two games. The minutes are there, but inconsistency has been a problem for Caldwell-Pope thus far.
Nov 20 - 2:03 AM

Brandon Jennings hit just 7-of-19 shots and 1-of-9 3-pointers for 19 points, seven assists and two steals on Wednesday.

Had he not been firing up the threes, his line would have been a lot better, but whatever was holding Jennings back early in the season has been fixed. Jennings has been playing well for 10 straight games after struggling mightily in his first two of the season.
Nov 20 - 2:00 AM

Andre Drummond hit just 2-of-10 shots for four points, 13 rebounds, zero steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Suns.

Yuck. It's just more of the same for the struggling big man, who is this year's fantasy bust of the year thus far. His poor shooting is a mystery and it just doesn't seem like it should be that hard for Stan Van Gundy for feed him the ball in the paint and let him do work. He has just four double-doubles on the season and was averaging just 8.7 points and 11.1 rebounds before tonight's stinker. Here's to hoping he gets it figured out sooner than later.
Nov 20 - 1:57 AM

Josh Smith hit just 2-of-5 shots and 1-of-3 free throws for five points, four rebounds, three assists, zero steals, blocks and 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss.

Smoove played just 23 minutes, while Stan Van Gundy really leaned on his bench tonight. Smith wasn't much better on Monday when he hit 3-of-7 for seven points and no rebounds. Maybe he's headed for SVG's doghouse, or maybe he's just in a slump. Either way, he's not helping fantasy owners this week, but could get it turned around on Friday at Atlanta. If he has a dud in that one, things could get ugly.
Nov 20 - 1:54 AM

Greg Monroe hit 7-of-17 shots for 18 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday's tough loss to the Suns.

This was a nice bounce-back game for Monroe after his six points and seven rebounds on Monday, and he now has six double-doubles on the season, despite sitting out the first two games due to a suspension. He's averaging 15.6 points and 10.3 rebounds this year. And in case you're wondering, teammate Andre Drummond has just four double-doubles despite playing in two more games, and is averaging 8.7 points and 11.1 rebounds.
Nov 20 - 1:29 AM

Stan Van Gundy stated during a recent interview that Jodie Meeks could be out until February, and he'll be eased into the rotation upon his return.

"[Meeks] will not be back before mid-December, which is really about nine and a half weeks before he's actually playing in a game," said Van Gundy. While Meeks is sidelined, Caron Butler and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will continue to help man the shooting guard position, with KCP being the starter. It sounds like Meeks is still a long ways away from contributing to the stat sheet in a meaningful way, so owners in standard leagues can continue to leave him untouched on the waiver wire.

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