Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Marcus Morris handed out a season-high seven assists on Wednesday, to go along with 14 points, 10 rebounds and one 3-pointer.

Morris fell one dime shy of his career-high and it's a nice surprise from a guy who came in averaging just 1.9 assists on the season. He played 36 minutes despite the Pistons' unassailable lead, and preseason talk of limiting his playing time has proven to be overblown. He's shooting just 35.1 percent over the past month, however, and there are more appealing options on most waiver wires.
Jan 19 - 12:13 AM

Reggie Bullock made another fill-in start on Wednesday, notching a season-high 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers.

Bullock played 36 minutes tonight, and he should continue to start until Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) gets back on the court. That could be as soon as Saturday's home game vs. the Wizards, however, so there's no real incentive to pick up Bullock in standard formats.
Jan 19 - 12:12 AM

Aron Baynes' knee injury didn't limit him on Wednesday, as he came off the bench for 12 points (3-of-5 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs) with four rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.

The Pistons were back home after a five-game road trip, during which they went 2-3, and they came out of the gates red hot tonight with a 42-point first quarter. Baynes' knee injury is a non-issue, but his fantasy value is negligible while Andre Drummond is healthy.
Jan 19 - 12:12 AM

Stanley Johnson fared well in 32 minutes of action on Wednesday, making 3-of-5 shots and a 3-pointer to score seven points with four boards, three assists and three steals.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was out again tonight, making it much easier for Johnson to earn minutes, but his recent play should keep him in the rotation going forward. "I think his professionalism, his work ethic, his approach, his conditioning, have all been good lately," said coach Stan Van Gundy. "So I don’t think it’s really a coincidence that he’s playing a lot better." Johnson admitted that playing limited minutes in the NBA has been a difficult adjustment, and even with the improved play he's not worth owning outside of very deep leagues.
Jan 19 - 12:11 AM

Andre Drummond (knee) grabbed eight of his 17 rebounds on the offensive end on Wednesday, adding 13 points, two assists and one steal in just 23 minutes during a blowout home win.

Drummond shot just 6-of-15 from the field and 1-of-6 from the line, without any blocks, so it wasn't all good news for fantasy owners. He now has 208 double-doubles since entering the NBA in 2012-13, more than any other player, and his 27 this year are good enough for a fifth-place tie with Hassan Whiteside.
Jan 19 - 12:10 AM

Reggie Jackson drained 10-of-20 shots en route to 26 points on Wednesday, adding five boards, four assists and two 3-pointers in an easy 118-95 win vs. Atlanta.

Detroit scored 42 points in the first quarter tonight, their highest-scoring quarter of the entire season, and Jackson was the early engine of the offense. He's really found a groove in January, averaging 19.5 points, 1.8 triples, 5.4 assists and 0.9 steals, which is more in line with his numbers from last season. His owners' patience is finally paying off.
Jan 19 - 12:09 AM

Jon Leuer (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday night.

The Pistons will hold him out for his fifth game. With Leuer and Kentavious-Caldwell Pope (shoulder) out, the Pistons will have to play Reggie Bullock, Stanley Johnson and Aron Baynes more than usual. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris also slightly benefit.
Jan 18 - 6:25 PM

Jon Leuer (knee) will be a game-time call for Wednesday's matchup with the Hawks.

Leuer did get in a full practice on Tuesday and participated during shootaround, and head coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged that he could return to action tonight, so things are trending in a positive direction here. If Leuer does get back to the court, Tobias Harris will return to the bench and Stanley Johnson could lose some minutes. Check back closer to tip-off for an official update.
Jan 18 - 12:32 PM

Reggie Bullock will remain in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Hawks, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) unavailable.

Bullock logged 29 minutes in a start on Sunday, but only managed to tally four points, one rebound, one assist and one steal. Yes, he's starting, but that doesn't make him a viable target in most settings.
Jan 18 - 12:21 PM

Aron Baynes (knee) is a go for Wednesday's game against Atlanta.

Baynes did not practice on Tuesday, but he was never expected to miss Wednesday's game. He doesn't have much value with Andre Drummond (knee) healthy, though.
Jan 18 - 12:09 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) will not play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

This will be KCP's third straight game on the sidelines, and it's currently unclear exactly when he'll be able to get back to the court. Reggie Bullock started in Caldwell-Popes' place on Sunday, but Stanley Johnson produced the better stat line in 34 minutes off the bench. Jon Leuer (knee) went through shootaround and he could be back on the court tonight, and his return could cut into Johnson's minutes. For now, we'll consider Caldwell-Pope questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Wizards.

Andre Drummond (knee) and Aron Baynes (knee) will play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

Drummond and Baynes both sat out Tuesday's practice with some knee soreness, but neither injury was ever believed to be serious, so there's no reason to anticipate any sort of minutes restrictions tonight. Feel free to get Drummond active for tonight's battle of the bigs with Dwight Howard.
Jan 18 - 12:04 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left shoulder) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

KCP wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, so he feels a lot closer to doubtful for tonight's game. Reggie Bullock got the call to enter the starting five on Sunday with Caldwell-Pope on the sidelines, but he didn't do much in 29 minutes of action, while Stanley Johnson produced a nice low-end line in 34 minutes off the bench. If KCP is out again, Johnson and Bullock will continue to split his minutes, with Johnson being the more attractive target.
Jan 18 - 10:21 AM

Jon Leuer (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) are being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

Leuer was able to practice on Tuesday, while KCP was not, so Leuer likely has a much better chance of returning to the court on Wednesday. If he is able to get back out there it'll be interesting to see if he's immediately re-inserted back into the starting five, or if Stan Van Gundy eases him back into things after spending four games on the sidelines. Either way, Stanley Johnson's minutes will likely take a slight hit with Leuer back in the fold. Stay tuned.

Aron Baynes (knee) did not practice Tuesday but expected to be able to play Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

Baynes injury appears to be minor, but if he does miss time Boban Marjanovic would be the primary beneficiary.
Jan 17 - 1:57 PM


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