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Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Smith scored 25 points in Wednesday's loss at Denver.
Impact: Smith looked to be in midseason form, going an inefficient 9 of 22 from the field. He did add five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal, however.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Martin missed Wednesday's opener with a foot issue.
Impact: It's unclear when Martin will be able to debut.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Augustin played more minutes than Brandon Jennings, who started the game. Augustin finished the game against the Nuggets with 15 points (5-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and six rebounds.
Impact: The Pistons' point guard battle will be one to watch going forward. Jennings and Augustin both had three turnovers in the season opener, but Augustin was much more effective offensively and had three more rebounds than Jennings.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings started despite a preseason achillies injury, but he was limited to just 20 minutes of play and only scored 4 points (2-4 FG, 0-0 3Pt, 0-0 FT).
Impact: D.J. Augustin came off the bench against the Nuggets and played in eight more minutes than Jennings. Jennings had three turnovers early on in the game, which could have contributed to his limitations. The Augustin/Jennings battle will be one to watch in the games going forward.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Datome never made it off the bench Wednesday night against the Nuggets, despite suiting up for the game.
Impact: Datome had been dealing with knee tendinitis, but he was available for tonight's game. Datome was passed up for minutes in favor of Kyle Singler and Caron Butler. Butler didn't score a single point in 23 minutes of play, however, so Datome could find his way back in to the rotation if he's healthy.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caldwell-Pope started in Wednesday night's game against the Nuggets despite a preseason knee injury, scoring just 7 points (3-19 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 0-0 FT) in 36 minutes.
Impact: Caldwell-Pope tied Josh Smith for the most minutes on the Pistons in the season opener, but he was wildly ineffective. Outside of his shooting woes, Caldwell-Pope did pull down seven rebounds, but didn't have a single steal and didn't get to the free-throw line once. Still, now that he's healthy, Caldwell-Pope will be an every-night starter for the Pistons.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Datome will suit up for Wednesday's opener against the Nuggets, MLive.com's David Mayo reports.
Impact: Datome had been dealing with knee tendinitis, but it won't hold him out of the 2014-15 opener. The decision will force Cartier Martin to the inactive list, but neither player is likely to make major contributions from a fantasy standpoint.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin is inactive for Wednesday's season opener against the Nuggets, MLive.com's David Mayo reports.
Impact: Martin will be a healthy scratch, likely as a result of Luigi Datome (knee) being deemed healthy enough to suit up. Neither player is a high-percentage fantasy play until they can carve out more minutes in the Pistons' rotation.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Monroe will miss the first two games of the season due to a DUI.
Impact: Monroe is expected to be back against Brooklyn in the Pistons' home opener Saturday.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caldwell-Pope (knee) will start Wednesday's opener against the Nuggets.
Impact: Caldwell-Pope strained his left knee during the preseason, causing him to miss a handful of exhibition games. However, he's feeling well enough to play Wednesday, and he figures to hold down the starting shooting guard spot until Jodie Meeks (back) returns, which may not be for another six or seven weeks.
Oct 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Singler will start at the small forward position to start the season, Keith Langlois of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Singler started 36 of 82 games last season, however those starts were at the shooting guard spot. With the addition of Jodie Meeks, Singler will see most of his minutes at the small forward, however he will still see some time at guard. With Caron Butler and Josh Smith potentially taking small forward minutes, Singler could see significant competition for minutes and may not have much value in standard leagues, despite his starting status.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Datome sat out part of Saturday's practice with right knee patellar tendinitis, MLive's David Mayo reports.
Impact: Datome could end up being a solid role player for the Pistons this year, but for fantasy purposes, he probably won't see enough minutes to be useful in most leagues.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caldwell-Pope (knee) still wasn't practicing at full speed Saturday, MLive's David Mayo reports.
Impact: It doesn't sound like he will miss the season opener, but it's definitely worth monitoring his status in the coming days.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith played 33 minutes and scored 17 points on Thursday against the Sixers.
Impact: Smith went down with an ankle injury earlier this week, but felt good enough about it Thursday, that he was able to play in over 30 minutes of action. The ankle injury was never deemed to be something serious, so it's not too much of surprise he was able to suit up and play. He'll be all systems go for the Pistons' opener against the Nuggets Wednesday.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings (Achilles) is questionable for Thursday's preseason finale against the Sixers.
Impact: Jennings sat out Thursday morning's shootaround while dealing with soreness in his Achilles. It's likely nothing serious, but the Pistons may opt to hold him out in order to keep him fresh for the regular season opener next week.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dinwiddie (knee) has been cleared to play in Thursday's preseason game, MLive's David Mayo reports.
Impact: It's good to know that Dinwiddie is finally healthy after practicing this week, but he's still unlikely to crack the Pistons' rotation to start the season.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Pistons waived Thabeet, announcing the move Monday.
Impact: Thabeet was the No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft by Memphis, but the 7-foot-3 center has never averaged more than 3.1 points per game. He played 23 games for Oklahoma City last season.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dinwiddie (knee) was a full participant in Monday's practice.
Impact: The hope is that the second-round pick will be ready to play in Thursday's exhibition finale, which would be his first action of the preseason. At 6-6 with superior passing skills (and a superior mustache), Dinwiddie is an intriguing prospect who fell in the draft after tearing his ACL in January. His upside as a player is considerable, but he's currently stuck behind both Brandon Jennings and D.J. Augustin on the depth chart.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (ankle) did not practice Monday.
Impact: Smith sustained a minor ankle injury during Saturday's preseason game. Coach Stan Van Gundy said Smith could have returned to the game, so it doesn't look like anything serious, but he's likely being held out as a precaution.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings finished with 16 points (5-13 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 assists, four rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over the Hawks.
Impact: Saturday's impressive outing was easily Jennings best performance of the preseason. D.J. Augustin has put together a string of three consecutive quality performances, including a 14-point effort on Saturday, but the Pistons appear set to roll with Jennings as the starter. Jennings' shortcomings (poor field-goal percentage, spotty defense) are well known at this point, but he's still plenty productive in scoring, assists, threes and steals to deploy as a steady PG2 in most formats.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Monroe played 21 minutes off the bench in Saturday's preseason win over the Hawks. He finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Impact: First-year Pistons head coach has been rolling out different starting lineups and rotations all preseason, with Monroe getting looks both as a starter and reserve. The team isn't expected to roll out a jumbo starting five with Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith like they did all last season, which means Monroe might have to get used to playing a reserve role. As Monroe's line from Saturday night showed, there are still plenty of minutes available in the Pistons' frontcourt for all three of their star big men to provide fantasy value. Owners looking to target Monroe in drafts should keep in mind that the power forward/center will miss the first two games of the regular season due to suspension.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Drummond had another big preseason outing Saturday, finishing with 19 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in a win over the Hawks.
Impact: Through six preseason games, Drummond is averaging 15.7 points, 11 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.2 steals. The only problematic category for the young center is free-throw percentage, as he went just 1-of-7 from the charity stripe Saturday and is hitting just 38 percent (16-of-42) of his freebie attempts this preseason. If Drummond starts to take more free-throw attempts this season, his value in rotisserie formats could actually drop, even with improvements in other categories. But the 21-year-old will be a monster in head-to-head leagues this season, and he will still be plenty useful in rotisserie leagues given his stellar production in multiple categories.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith suffered a minor ankle injury in Saturday's preseason win over Atlanta, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.
Impact: Coach Stan Van Gundy said Smith could have gone back in after suffering the injury, but there was no sense in risking anything for a preseason game. Smith should be fine for Thursday's game against the 76ers.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The Boston Celtics have traded Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for guard Will Bynum.
Impact: Anthony has averaged 2.3 points and 3 rebounds in his seven years in the league. He spent the first six years with the Miami Heat before he was traded to the Celtics in January. He scored 22 points in 21 games after coming to Boston.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anthony has been traded to the Pistons ESPN reports.
Impact: Anthony has been shipped to the Pistons in exchange for guard Will Bynum. Anthony served as a reserve big man for the Celtics, and should carry that role on as he moves to Detroit. He will play behind centers Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, and will not have much fantasy value unless one of the aforementioned players gets hurt or traded.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caldwell-Pope (knee) is in line for an expanded role after the Pistons announced Jodie Meeks (back) would miss at least eight weeks.
Impact: Caldwell-Pope is dealing with a left knee strain, which will keep him sidelined for a couple more preseason games, but the second-year shooting guard now seems to have a direct path to the starting lineup with Meeks on the shelf. While we'll still need to see if Caldwell-Pope can avoid any injury setbacks and earn the starting gig, he certainly becomes a more interesting late-round dart with Meeks out of the picture for the first quarter of the regular season.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Singler could see time at shooting guard with Jodie Meeks (back) expected to miss two months, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Meeks' injury opens the door for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who's dealing with a knee injury right now, to likely step into the starting role once the regular season tips off. After the Pistons' offseason moves, Singler was expected to see most of his action at small forward this year, but his versatility and previous experience at shooting guard allows the Pistons to use him at the two when injuries force their hand. The third-year wing should see a slight uptick in minutes while Meeks is out.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin started at shooting guard Wednesday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds and two treys in 30 minutes.
Impact: Don't read too much into Martin's starting nod, as both Jodie Meeks (back) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) were sidelined with injuries. Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy has stated that he'll be toying around with starting lineups and rotations throughout the preseason, and Wednesday marked Martin's look at extending run. Even if multiple wings miss time during the regular season, the Pistons would likely turn to Caron Butler and/or Kyle Singler before giving Martin an opportunity at starter-lever minutes.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith started at small forward in Wednesday's preseason win over the Hornets. He finsihed with 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-5 FT, 1-2 3Pt), 10 rebounds, five assists, one block and five turnovers in 34 minutes.
Impact: The Pistons have used a different starting lineup in each of their four preseason tilts. Smith has been a part of the starting unit in three of the fours games, but Wednesday marked his first starting appearance at small forward. He was joined by Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in the starting frontcourt, which is the same disastrous starting lineup Detroit rolled out for the majority of the 2013-14 campaign. It remains unlikely that both Smith and Monroe will be a part of the starting lineup this season, but both big men will continue to see heavy minutes.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anthony (groin) has played 30 minutes over the Celtics' past two preseason games.
Impact: Anthony dealt with a groin issue to begin the preseason, but was eased back into action last Wednesday by playing eight minutes versus the Knicks. Following that workout, Anthony increased his involvement to 22 minutes in Saturday's second game against New York, putting any injury concerns in the past.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Meeks is expected to miss about eight weeks because of a stress reaction of his lower back.
Impact: Meeks signed a $19.5 million, three-year deal with the Pistons this offseason. He was diagnosed with back spasms last week and had additional testing done because of continuing discomfort. Meeks started 70 games last season, averaged a career-high 15.7 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Drummond led the Pistons with 21 points in preseason action Sunday.
Impact: Drummond made all nine of his shots with several rim-rattling dunks that reverberated through the arena.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Caldwell-Pope sprained his left knee in the third quarter in the Pistons' 91-89 exhibition loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
Impact: Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Caldwell-Pope will be looked at when the team returns to Detroit. "We'll re-evaluate it going forward," Van Gundy said. "We'll get him an MRI and we'll go from there, see what's going on." Caldwell-Pope is averaging 16.7 points through Detroit's first three preseason games after scoring 5.9 per game in his rookie season.