Player News - Pistons

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was quiet on Wednesday, going 2-of-4 from the field for five points, one rebound, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes.

KCP simply wasn't involved offensively tonight, and his usage should jump vs. the Magic on Friday. Detroit is now 3-11 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season, which is the worst mark in the NBA. Tonight's setback leaves them a full game behind the No. 8 seed Heat, with the Bulls breathing down their neck just one game back.
Mar 22 - 10:38 PM

Ish Smith moved into Detroit's starting lineup on Wednesday, where he posted nine points, seven assists, three steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

Stan Van Gundy threatened lineup changes after Tuesday's loss to the lowly Nets, saying, "We'll find out [Wednesday]," and it wasn't an idle threat. The fact that Detroit got destroyed tonight doesn't help Smith's case, but SVG will probably roll with him for at least a few more games. He's a decent pickup if you missed out on guys like Tyler Ulis and Malcolm Brogdon.
Mar 22 - 10:38 PM

The Pistons followed up Tuesday's ugly loss to the Nets with a blowout loss in Chicago, despite getting 12 points, three rebounds and two 3-pointers from Stanley Johnson.

Johnson fell out of the rotation vs. the Nets on Tuesday, but he was effective in 16 minutes in a crucial Central Division matchup tonight. Stan Van Gundy is searching for answers and could very well keep Johnson in the rotation on Friday, but he's only worth a glance in deep leagues.
Mar 22 - 10:37 PM

Reggie Jackson played 20 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, going 3-of-10 from the field for six points, four assists, one rebound and three turnovers.

Jackson didn't play in the fourth quarter vs. the Nets on Tuesday, and he's been routinely out-performed by Ish Smith, so this was a fairly obvious move for the struggling Pistons. He was barely inside the top-200 for roto value over the past two weeks, and the bench role isn't likely to help. To add injury to insult, Jax also appeared to tweak his left leg in the third quarter. We're leaving him off the injury report, but he's a cut candidate in most situations.
Mar 22 - 10:36 PM

Andre Drummond (knee) hauled in 17 rebounds on Wednesday, with eight of them on the offensive glass, but he added just eight points on 4-of-12 shooting in a lopsided loss to Chicago.

Drummond checked out late on Tuesday due to a minor knee ailment, but coach Stan Van Gundy played it down, and nothing about his play indicated discomfort. Drummond did solid work on the boards tonight, but his rim protection was suspect and the Bulls piled up 58 points in the paint. His owners surely expected more against Chicago's decimated frontcourt.
Mar 22 - 10:35 PM

Andre Drummond (knee) will start Wednesday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

Drummond left Tuesday's game during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with some minor knee pain, but it was never expected to be an issue that would cause him to spend any additional time on the sidelines. Ish Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris will join him in the starting five for tonight's game.

Reggie Jackson will come off the Pistons' bench on Wednesday, with Ish Smith moving into the starting lineup.

Stan Van Gundy teased a lineup change after Tuesday's loss to Brooklyn, and this isn't shocking after Jackson was benched for the entire fourth quarter of that game. Smith has been playing well lately and should see an uptick in his minutes as a starter, whereas this is another hit to Jackson's already shaky value.
Mar 22 - 7:23 PM

Ish Smith will enter the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Bulls, sending Reggie Jackson to the bench.

Smith has been heating up over the past month, while Jackson has been trending in the wrong direction, so this could be a lineup change that holds. Through 21 games as a starter this season, Smith owns averages of 10.8 points, 6.4 assists, 1.0 steal and just 1.5 turnovers per game on 43.1 percent shooting, so he's worth a look if those numbers fit your needs. Jackson, on the other hand, is quickly approaching cut candidate territory.
Mar 22 - 7:22 PM

Michael Gbinije (left ankle sprain) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.

No fantasy impact to discuss, as Gbinije is not part of the Pistons rotation.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 22 - 12:47 PM

Andre Drummond (knee) exited Tuesday's loss to the Nets late fourth quarter, but coach Stan Van Gundy said Drummond was "OK."

Drummond was apparently dealing with some minor knee pain which forced him from the game with 3:22 left in the fourth. Van Gundy said he stuck with Aron Baynes the rest of the way because the Pistons went on a run. We will have to wait for confirmation from the Pistons, but it appears as though Drummond should be available for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.
Mar 22 - 12:38 PM

The New York Post is reporting that pending free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be a top target of the Nets this summer.

Caldwell-Pope will be a restricted free agent, so the Pistons will have the right to match any offer he receives. However, the Nets will have more than $30 million in cap space this offseason and can make KCP a very lucrative offer, up to $103 million over four years. Moving to Brooklyn would be a boon to KCP's fantasy value, as the Nets play at an incredibly fast pace and he would become a focal point of Brooklyn's offense.
Mar 22 - 10:03 AM

Ish Smith scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's tough 98-96 loss to the Nets and finished with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block, and hit 8-of-15 shots in 28 minutes off the bench.

Starter Reggie Jackson played just 20 minutes and hit 3-of-9 shots for seven points and two assists, and gave way to Smith in the fourth quarter when Smith caught fire. Jackson is still the starter and it's still his job to lose, while we've seen Smith turn in games like this one before. As usual, Smith is always worth keeping an eye on and might even be worth a deep-league flier, but Jackson played well in his previous two games and probably isn't in jeopardy of losing his job this deep into the season.
Mar 21 - 10:24 PM

Jon Leuer missed all seven shots from the bench in 22 minutes and finished Tuesday's loss with two points, five rebounds, a steal and a block.

The Pistons are fighting for a playoff spot, so losing to the Nets was not how they envisioned their Tuesday night going. Leuer had scored in double figures in his previous two games, but is averaging just 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds over his last five, meaning you can do better off your waiver wire.
Mar 21 - 10:21 PM

Reggie Jackson played just 20 minutes and hit 3-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points and two assists in Tuesday's 98-86 loss to the Nets.

Here we go again. Ish Smith came off the bench, played 28 minutes, hit 8-of-15 shots and finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block off the bench. Jackson lulled us to sleep with two solid performances of 14 and 20 points over his previous two games, but Smith came on and scored 12 of his 16 in the fourth quarter, although the Pistons still lost. As has been the case all year, Jackson is still the man and the starter, and Smith will have the occasional big night when Stan Van Gundy turns to him.
Mar 21 - 10:16 PM

Tobias Harris returned to form on Tuesday, hitting 10-of-15 shots for 24 points, five rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 36 minutes of a tough two-point loss to the lowly Nets.

Harris scored just eight points on Sunday and hadn't scored more than 17 points in his previous five games, so if you rolled with him tonight, chances are you're having a good evening.
Mar 21 - 10:11 PM


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