Player News - Pistons

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Andre Drummond scored 15 points with 17 rebounds and three blocks in 31 minutes during a 110-98 loss to the Celtics on Friday.

The Celtics did a fine job of neutralizing Drummond from getting the ball down low while they kept Blake away from the hoop, as well. Griffin finished with 17 points, four rebounds, one steal, six turnovers and two 3-pointers over his 35 minutes. The Pistons are now 2.0 games behind the Heat at the completion of their game, so they could be 2.5 back with a Miami win in New Orleans. They have some work to do.
Feb 23 - 9:29 PM

Ish Smith scored 20 points with two rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He should still have at least two weeks to run the point guard spot as Reggie Jackson recovers from the Grade 3 ankle sprain. Jackson is only doing light running and it's possible he may not be back until late March, so Smith may have enough value to help you get up to the fantasy playoffs.
Feb 23 - 9:17 PM

Reggie Bullock (illness) played 31 minutes against the Celtics on Friday, making 5-of-13 from the field for 13 points with one rebound, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers.

He attempted nine shots from deep and he continues to be the main floor spacer in the first unit. Bullock's minutes aren't going anywhere and he'll have a chance to flirt with 3.0 treys per game in the second half. He should be owned in standard leagues.
Feb 23 - 9:14 PM

Reggie Bullock (illness) is starting on Friday against the Celtics.

He did miss practice on Wednesday, but he's been expected to play since Thursday. Bullock should continue to score in the teens with plenty of threes along the way, making him someone who should be owned in most leagues.
Feb 23 - 6:55 PM

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


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