Player News - Pistons

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Jodie Meeks earned praise from Stan Van Gundy following Sunday's blowout win over the Cavs.

"Tonight was the first night he really looked like he had his legs to shoot threes," he said. "He's been doing a good job on curls and short jumpers, but he has struggled from range until tonight, so that was good. His conditioning still has to improve." Meeks now has three straight games of double-digit scoring.
Dec 29 - 9:28 AM

Stan Van Gundy praised Brandon Jennings' play in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Cavs.

"The third quarter was phenomenal – absolutely phenomenal," SVG said. Jennings, for his part, gave a nonchalant answer. "Everyone just has a free mind, no pressure. We're just going out there and playing basketball." Jennings is averaging 19.5 points, eight assists, 1.5 steals and 3.5 3-pointers over his last two games. Most impressively, Jennings is 16-of-30 from the field and has shot above 50 percent in both games.
Dec 29 - 9:24 AM

Anthony Tolliver is expected to be active in Detroit's next game on Tuesday against the Magic.

Tolliver should have been active for Sunday's win, but a clerical error prevented that from happening. "A screwup on our part," Stan Van Gundy said.
Dec 29 - 9:20 AM

Jonas Jerebko said the Pistons are "trusting each other" during their recent 2-0 stretch.

Most two-game winning streaks aren't notable, but the team is 2-0 since parting with Josh Smith & Detroit has just seven wins all season. "It was a statement game for us," Jerebko said. "This is how we want to play." Jerebko is back in the rotation having exceeded 20 minutes in three of his last four games, but he's going to need garbage time production to become anything more than a low-end play at this point.
Dec 29 - 9:16 AM

Jonas Jerebko finished Sunday's easy road win with 10 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

Greg Monroe is the most obvious winner with Josh Smith no longer in Detroit, but his departure also clears more playing time for Jerebko off the bench. Anthony Tolliver could dent Jerebko's production once he's activated, but deep-league owners should consider speculatively adding Jerebko in case he maintains a 25-30 minute role as a primary reserve.
Dec 28 - 7:38 PM

The Pistons defeated the Cavs on Sunday, improving to 2-0 since waiving Josh Smith despite a quiet night from starting PF Greg Monroe.

Monroe shot just 4-of-18 from the field and 2-of-4 from the FT line to finish with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 34 minutes. He's coming off a 19 & 15 performance on Friday and is poised for a nice finish to the season now that Smoove is gone, so congrats are in order if you stuck with him through two lean months to begin the season.
Dec 28 - 7:36 PM

Jodie Meeks had 14 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and one steal vs. Cleveland on Sunday, marking his third consecutive game in double-digits.

He made 5-of-8 shots overall and is now a combined 17-of-26 from the field (65.4 percent) over Detroit's past three games. He got off to a slow start after returning from his back injury and may still be floating on your waiver wire, but he's worth a pickup if you're in need of points, elite 3-pointers and a trickle of across-the-board production.
Dec 28 - 7:31 PM

Andre Drummond lit up the Cavs on Sunday for 16 points (8-of-12 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs), 17 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in 34 minutes of action.

Cleveland's interior defense is as soft as pudding without Anderson Varejao (Achilles), but Drummond has been on a roll regardless of his opponent over the past few weeks. Foul trouble is the only thing that's been slowing him down, though as usual owners must accept his atrocious free throw numbers -- he's shooting 30.8 percent on 5.2 attempts over the Pistons' past five games.
Dec 28 - 7:24 PM

Brandon Jennings scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting in Sunday's road victory, making 5-of-9 shots from downtown with five boards, six assists and one steal.

He logged just over 31 minutes, compared to 17 minutes for backup D.J. Augustin (zero points, three assists), and he's finally heating up after averaging 5.5 points over an eight-game span to begin December. There are no guarantees that he'll stay hot, though the departure of inefficient Josh Smith should only help Jennings and the Pistons' offense.
Dec 28 - 7:24 PM

Anthony Tolliver will be inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs.

Tolliver isn't on the fantasy radar, and with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe healthy, he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Dec 28 - 4:29 PM

Jonas Jerebko played 28 minutes as expected on Friday with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

It was a solid game with seven field goal attempts. Garbage time was not really a factor and Jerebko should see minutes in the mid-20s off the bench. He is worth a look in deep leagues for his production in treys, points, boards and occasional defense.
Dec 26 - 11:59 PM

Andre Drummond scored 20 points on 9-of-12 from the field in a 119-109 win over the Pacers on Friday with six rebounds, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

The Pistons had 56 points in the paint and set a season high in scoring tonight. Drummond wasn't great on the defensive end, but the team dialed back the playbook for him a little to help his shot selection. He's probably going to heat up a bit now that Josh Smith is out of the picture.
Dec 26 - 11:47 PM

Brandon Jennings double-doubled on Friday with 14 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

It was his best game in quite a while and he helped the Pistons get their first win at home since before Thanksgiving. Perhaps Jennings heard the Pistons loud and clear with the waiving of Josh Smith, but we'll obviously need to see him do it again before saying he's ready to get hot.
Dec 26 - 11:45 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played well against the Pacers on Friday with 15 points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He's suddenly got it going over his last four games, averaging 16.8 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 3.5 triples. He did only make 43.6 percent from the field in that span, but the output in triples has helped his efficiency. Caldwell-Pope was awful for most of this season, so it's hard to grab him in standard leagues.
Dec 26 - 11:33 PM

D.J. Augustin played 24 minutes off the bench on Friday with 14 points, one rebound, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Pacers.

He was fantastic in the fourth quarter and the Pacers couldn't drop the DJA-Andre Drummond pick-and-roll play. Augustin saw a few minutes next to Brandon Jennings and that might continue. Of course, most teams have better perimeter defense than the Pacers. Augustin isn't quite worth owning in standard leagues.
Dec 26 - 11:26 PM

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