Player News - Pistons

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The Pistons fell in Miami on Sunday, 102-109, despite having Reggie Jackson score 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting with three 3-pointers, six rebounds and nine assists.

Jackson and Andre Drummond (32 points) were unstoppable but they were abandoned by their teammates, who combined for just 39 points on 14-of-49 shooting (28.6 percent). R-Jax was coming off a triple-double and his sluggish start after joining the Pistons is a fading memory as he carries owners deeper into the fantasy playoffs.
Mar 29 - 8:53 PM

Caron Butler was invisible in 17 minutes during Sunday's game, missing his only shot attempt to finish scoreless with two assists and zero rebounds, steals or blocks.

The 35-year-old Butler is logging limited minutes and he's only starting because Tayshaun Prince (six points in 24 minutes) is his toughest competition at small forward. Occasional bursts of scoring and 3-pointers aren't enough for Butler to sustain value outside of very deep leagues.
Mar 29 - 8:51 PM

Joel Anthony swatted three shots and grabbed five rebounds in just nine minutes off Detroit's bench on Sunday.

The Pistons' veteran center has a ridiculous block percentage of 9.1 percent this season and he's useful as a streamer for blocks, with a handful of rebounds as an added bonus. Anthony's minutes have increased slightly since Greg Monroe (knee) went down, and it's still a tiny sample size, but for perspective consider that league-leader Rudy Gobert has a block percentage of 7.2 percent.
Mar 29 - 8:50 PM

Andre Drummond took advantage of Miami's injury woes to finish Sunday's road loss with a career-high 32 points (14-of-17 FGs, 4-of-7 FTs), 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and zero turnovers.

Hassan Whiteside (hand) and Chris Andersen (calf) were both out for Miami, giving Drummond a delectable matchup vs. Udonis Haslem at center. He took full advantage of the matchup, becoming the 10th player since 2010 to score 32+ points while shooting at least 82.0 percent from the field -- Ersan Ilyasova achieved the same feat during his 34-point outburst on Thursday. Greg Monroe (knee) doesn't have a clear return date so Drummond will continue to gorge himself in the Pistons' frontcourt.
Mar 29 - 8:48 PM

Greg Monroe (knee) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

The Pistons are considering shutting Monroe down for the season so this shouldn't take any owners by surprise. With the playoffs out of reach and only nine games remaining after Sunday, there isn't much incentive for Monroe to play at less than 100 percent. Owners fighting for their fantasy playoff lives should move on to a healthy alternative.
Mar 29 - 4:52 PM

Tayshaun Prince said that while he won't rule out a return to Detroit next season, he is still hoping to land on a contending team.

"I'm not going to jump to conclusions," Prince said. "But as you guys know, and as of my time in Boston before I got traded to Detroit, my intention was to get to a contender. You know, you can never say never, but obviously, at this point in my career, I think that's where I help teams the best." Prince journeyed back into time on Friday and scored 23 points with seven boards, but he has been far too inconsistent to rely upon in most fantasy leagues. Considering he wasn't too thrilled when he was traded to Detroit from Boston this season, we will likely see him in a different uniform next season.
Mar 28 - 11:19 AM

Reggie Jackson triple-doubled in Friday's road win over the Magic, scoring 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting (1-of-2 3PTs, 7-of-9 FTs) with 11 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal.

Jackson becomes the first Pistons player since Grant Hill to have multiple triple-doubles in a season and he's turning it on at the right time for owners. He has been a top-20 play over the last week.
Mar 27 - 11:02 PM

Anthony Tolliver scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes on Friday against the Magic.

Tolliver could end up starting for the rest of the season if Greg Monroe is shut down, and owners seeking 3-pointers should give him a hard look.
Mar 27 - 10:58 PM

Tayshaun Prince came out of nowhere to score a season-high 23 points on Friday, hitting 10-of-15 shots (including a three) with seven rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes off the bench.

Prince needs to do this again before we'll pay him any attention in fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 10:55 PM

Caron Butler (knee) will start against the Magic on Friday.

He left Tuesday's game with a minor knee issue and should be fine for tonight. Butler will likely get plenty of shots from the outside as the floor-spacing guy i the offense.
Mar 27 - 6:53 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy is unsure if the team will shut down Greg Monroe (knee).

"Well, I don't know about that," Van Gundy said when asked about a shutdown. "It all depends on how he is. I've never really shut anyone down. If he's ready to play, he's healthy and he gets clearance … if he's healthy, mentally, to play, we'd play him." SVG added the team is "nowhere near" the point of playing him yet, so Monroe is likely out through the weekend. He's a cut candidate in several formats. Anthony Tolliver will start in his place while several other Pistons will get more scoring chances.
Mar 27 - 2:36 PM

The Pistons have recalled Quincy Miller from the D-League.

Quincy could potentially get some minutes with the Pistons with Caron Butler's (knee) status up in the air for Friday's game vs. Orlando. However, up to this point he has not played a single minute of basketball for Detroit, so it's safe to leave him on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Mar 27 - 10:11 AM

Greg Monroe (knee) was unable to practice on Thursday.

The Pistons don't have much motivation to rush Monroe back at this point, so this news may not bode well for his chances to play against the Magic on Friday. We'll update this situation after shootaround on Friday, but Anthony Tolliver would likely again pick up the start if Monroe is unable to suit up.
Mar 26 - 12:10 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (thigh) practiced without any issues on Thursday.

KCP was kneed in the thigh on Tuesday, but doesn't seem to have any ill effects heading into Friday's game against the Magic. The 22-year-old is averaging 22.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.8 three-pointers over his last five games and is a must-start for as long as he stays hot.
Mar 26 - 12:08 PM

Quincy Miller will be sent down to the D-League.

He will likely be back up with the big club soon. Miller was arguably the best stat producer in the D-League, but he hasn't played with the Pistons since they picked him up before the trade deadline.
Mar 25 - 2:52 PM


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