Player News - Pistons

Date: Team: Pos:

Reggie Bullock (illness) is expected to play Friday vs. the Celtics, as he is not listed on the Pistons' injury report.

Bullock did not practice on Wednesday but was able to return to team practice on Thursday. Bullock averaged 15.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.9 3-pointers over Detroit's final 11 games prior to the All-Star break.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 23 - 12:53 PM

Reggie Bullock (illness) returned to practice on Thursday.

He's back after sitting out on Wednesday. With another 24+ hours before tip-off, this means Bullock should be ready in time for Friday's game vs. Boston. He has emerged as the best wing to own in Detroit for his production in points, triples and steals.
Feb 22 - 12:38 PM

Reggie Bullock (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

Hopefully, Bullock will be well enough to play in Friday's game against the Celtics. If Bullock can't suit up, that would mean more minutes for Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson and maybe Langston Galloway.
Feb 21 - 4:20 PM

Reggie Jackson (ankle) has been cleared to do light running in his rehab.

He is still likely a couple weeks away from his return, which makes sense based on how he's only cleared for light running. Jackson was expected to miss 6-8 back on Dec. 27, so it sounds like he'll be closer to eight weeks. While he's out, Ish Smith will get most of the minutes with Jameer Nelson likely to help out in the second unit.
Feb 21 - 4:04 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters that he was unsure when Reggie Jackson (ankle) would return to game action.

Next Tuesday will mark two months since Jackson suffered his Grade-3 right ankle sprain. He was initially projected to miss 6-8 weeks, but it sounds like Jackson "might need a few more weeks." He has shed his walking boot but has not yet been cleared to practice with the team. "I don’t have any preconceived notion at all of when he’ll be back," Van Gundy said on Wednesday. "When (the team doctors) tell me he’s back, he’s back." Ish Smith will continue to start at point guard, with Jameer Nelson backing him up.
Feb 17 - 12:11 PM

Blake Griffin shot just 4-of-10 from the field for 13 points on Wednesday, but all of his makes were 3-pointers and he chipped in 12 rebounds and nine assists.

Griffin said after Detroit's loss on Monday that his team looked "tired," but they bounced back tonight against a short-handed Hawks team playing the second of back-to-back games. Blake turned the ball over six times and was also 1-of-3 from the FT line, so owners will have to take the good with the bad. Chalk it up to the learning curve of joining a new team mid-season.
Feb 14 - 10:03 PM

Ish Smith led Detroit with 22 points and nine assists on Wednesday, making 8-of-13 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs with four rebounds and two steals.

Smith also had just one turnover in 33 minutes and he helped limit the Hawks to 42.7% shooting tonight, which has been a weak spot for the Pistons lately. This was Smith's best performance since Feb. 3 and he heads into the break on a high note, even if this came against a decimated Hawks team playing without Dennis Schroder. If you're holding him, just remember that Reggie Jackson (ankle) could be back in by March.
Feb 14 - 10:02 PM

Luke Kennard was back in the rotation on Wednesday, going 2-of-7 from the field for five points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

Langston Galloway overtook Kennard for the backup SG job on Monday, but it didn't go well. Stan Van Gundy is tweaking his backcourt rotation on a nightly basis these days, as he tries to conjure productive minutes from an underwhelming group of guards. There's no reason to touch Kennard in re-draft leagues.
Feb 14 - 10:01 PM

Jameer Nelson played 15 scoreless minutes on Wednesday, going 0-of-5 from the field with two assists and no other stats.

With the arrival of Jameer Nelson, the Pistons are juggling a crowded backcourt with starters Ish Smith and Reggie Bullock, as well as Luke Kennard, Langston Galloway and Dwight Buycks. Even if Nelson does hold off those guys for minutes, he'll eventually face the pinch of Reggie Jackson (ankle) returning.
Feb 14 - 10:01 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said that Reggie Jackson (ankle) is "starting to do some light basketball work, but there's still no timetable for his return."

Initially, when Jackson was first injured back in late December, he was given a 6-8 week timetable. Thus, there was some hope he'd be back after the All-Star break. However, it now appears that we won't see R-Jax on the floor until the beginning of March, at the earliest. Ish Smith will continue to start at point guard, with Jameer Nelson backing him up.
Feb 14 - 12:31 PM

Reggie Bullock hit 4-of-13 shots, 1-of-4 3-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws for 14 points, four rebounds and one assists in 30 minutes of Monday's 118-103 loss to New Orleans.

Bullock has been playing very well for a few weeks now and was coming off a pair of 19- and 20-point games. He didn't shoot it very well tonight and hasn't had a steal in four straight games, but is still hot enough to be picked up in almost any league. He's now played at least 30 minutes in 10 straight games.
Feb 12 - 9:45 PM

Anthony Tolliver hit 2-of-7 shots (both 3-pointers) for six points and two rebounds before fouling out of Monday's loss to the Pelicans in just 18 minutes.

Tolliver had been playing well for a few weeks coming into this one, but he got a heavy dose of Anthony Davis tonight. He's been trending down and may have bottomed out tonight, but there's also a chance he could bounce back against the Hawks on Valentine's Day. Either way, you can probably find a more reliable player on your waiver wire than Tolliver.
Feb 12 - 9:41 PM

Andre Drummond hit 4-of-12 shots and 5-of-8 free throws for 13 points, 21 rebounds, a steal and a block in Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

Drummond has been a rebounding monster for a few weeks now, as this was his fifth 20-rebound game over his last 11 played. The Pelicans actually started Emeka Okafor to help deal with Drummond and Blake Griffin, and the plan appears to have worked since New Orleans got the 118-103 win. The Pistons have finally cooled off, losing three straight after winning five straight after acquiring Griffin.
Feb 12 - 9:38 PM

Langston Galloway was a healthy DNP-CD on Sunday.

Galloway's backup role was usurped by Jameer Nelson tonight, although coach Stan Van Gundy said afterward about his rotations, "I don't know we'll stay that way." The Pistons' backup PG spot has been rotating since Reggie Jackson (ankle) went down and there's no reason to rely on Galloway, Nelson or Dwight Buycks.
Feb 11 - 7:51 PM

Jameer Nelson made his Pistons debut on Sunday with six points on 3-of-7 shooting, five assists and two rebounds in 19 minutes.

"[Nelson] had a good practice [Saturday] and even tonight he made some good passes," Stan Van Gundy said after the game. "The ball movement is a little better. I don’t know that we’ll stay that way, though." Nelson bumped Langston Galloway from the rotation and it's a situation to monitor in deep leagues, but most fantasy owners won't be impacted.
Feb 11 - 7:50 PM


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