Detroit Pistons Player News: All Positions

News: Jackson poured in 32 points (12-22 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight assists, five rebounds and two steals across 35 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Hawks on Friday.
Impact: Jackson exploded to score a season-high 32 points in Friday's win, edging Trae Young (30 points) to lead all scorers. While it's likely Jackson's huge scoring haul was due in part to Blake Griffin's ejection, the guard has taken on a larger role on offense as of late, averaging 19.8 points per game in his previous eight contests, chipping in 5.9 assists.
News: Maker totaled nine points (3-8 FG, 3-7 3Pt), three rebounds, two steals and an assist across 18 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Hawks on Friday.
Impact: Maker had a relatively quiet night before hitting the go-ahead three with 16.7 seconds remaining, to give the Pistons the win over the Hawks on Friday. Maker remains a player to target only in the deepest of leagues as he has yet to top 19 minutes or nine points in his four games with the Pistons.
News: Griffin totaled 15 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and a block across 23 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Hawks on Friday.
Impact: Griffin's night could have been even better had he not gotten ejected for yelling at the Hawks' bench with just under five minutes to go in the third quarter of Friday's win. It's unclear if Griffin will face additional discipline, but he'll be a solid option should he take the floor against Miami on Saturday.
News: Drummond totaled 26 points (9-13 FG, 8-16 FT), 21 rebounds, five steals, two assists and a block over 39 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Hawks on Friday.
Impact: Drummond had a monster night in Friday's loss, filling out the stat sheet with five steals to go along with his huge point and rebound totals. He finished with his ninth game of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds this season, which comfortably leads the NBA. His tremendous work on the glass and his ability to post solid point totals makes him one of the most elite fantasy options at center.
News: Kennard will return to the bench Friday against the Hawks, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Kennard drew a start during Detroit's final game before the All-Star break, but coach Dwane Casey has opted to replace him with Wayne Ellington. As a reserve this season, Kennard is averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.7 minutes.
News: Ellington will start Friday's game against the Hawks, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Ellington, in his third game as a member of the Pistons, will replace Luke Kennard in the starting five. Ellington played 33 minutes during Detroit's final game before the All-Star break, posting 13 points, two steals, one assist and one rebound in 33 minutes.
News: Kennard compiled 11 points (4-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 36 minutes Wednesday against Boston.
Impact: Kennard saw a larger workload than usual in a 118-110 loss for the Pistons, and he also managed to finish in double figures for the third straight contest. The departures of Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson has led to a noticeable uptick in minutes for Kennard, although Bruce Brown still stands in the way of a starting role at small forward. Kennard is putting up 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists over his last five matchups.
News: Jackson recorded 18 points (5-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), two rebounds and three assists over 31 minutes Wednesday against the Celtics.
Impact: Jackson started heating up near the end of January, and he hasn't slowed down with nearly half of February now in the rearview mirror. Although his solid effort wasn't enough to get his team the victory Wednesday night, his 19.6 ppg and 6.0 apg over six contests in February are noticeably above his season averages. Jackson's impressive 50.7 percent success rate from the field and his 56.7 percent shooting clip from deep in his preceding six games are also worth noting.
News: Drummond registered 21 points (8-14 FG, 5-8 FT), 17 rebounds and four steals across 35 minutes Wednesday against Boston.
Impact: Drummond notched 16-plus boards for his fourth straight contests and extended his double-double streak to nine games. Expect the 6-11 Connecticut product to continue to be a force on the glass and in the scoring column on a nightly basis given his consistent success throughout this season.
News: Griffin scored 32 points (10-19 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 8-12 FT) and collected eight rebounds along with five assists over 37 minutes Wednesday against Boston.
Impact: Griffin found success across the board, knocking down four shots from beyond the arc for his second straight game while also draining 52.6 percent of his field goals. Despite this stellar effort, the Pistons would fall just short 118-110. Griffin continues to be a reliable source of points, rebounds and assists, posting averages of 27.0 points, 7.2 boards and 6.0 helpers over his last five matchups.
News: Kennard will draw the start Wednesday against the Celtics.
Impact: Kennard had a strong performance in the Pistons' last game, connecting on four out of six three pointers. With Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson shipped out at the trade deadline, Kennard will likely see a larger role for the final third of the season. His move to the starting five bumps Langston Galloway to the bench.
News: Mykhailiuk won't play in Wednesday's game against the Celtics, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Mykhailiuk doesn't appear to be in a spot to make a fantasy impact. Depending on the Piston's playoff chances, there may some minutes for him as the season draws on, but for now he's on the outside looking in of the Pistons regular rotations.
News: Maker totaled five points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3Pt), four rebounds and a block across 14 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Wizards on Monday.
Impact: Maker played his second game with Detroit on Monday, failing to come away with any significant production. His two games with the Pistons have yielded averages of 2.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks across 11.0 minutes, making him an irrelevant fantasy option in nearly all formats.
News: Ellington totaled just two points (1-8 FG, 0-7 3Pt), four rebounds and two assists across 19 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Wizards on Monday.
Impact: As expected, Ellington came off the bench, but he had a disappointing performance in his first game as a Piston. He averaged only 8.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game this season for Miami, and his reduced role in Detroit makes him a viable fantasy option in only the deepest of leagues.
News: Griffin produced 31 points (12-23 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds and nine assists across 40 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Wizards on Monday.
Impact: Griffin had another big night but fell short of double-digit production in a non-scoring statistic. Although he hasn't produced many double-doubles this season, Griffin is a virtual lock for at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists every night, making him a must-start across nearly all formats.
News: Drummond poured in a season-high 32 points (12-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-10 FT), adding 17 rebounds, four steals and a block across 36 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Wizards on Monday.
Impact: Drummond was completely dominant in Monday's win, posting his third game of at least 20 points and 17 rebounds in his last six contests. His eight made and 10 attempted free throws also tied a season-high. Drummond's career-high 17.1 points per game this season are owed in part to his improved free throw shooting, which is at 55 percent for a second straight year after averaging less than 40 percent from the line in his first five seasons.
News: Leuer won't be active for Monday's game against Washington, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
Impact: Not too many fantasy ramifications here, but it looks as though the Pistons' moves at the deadline won't do much to help Leuer, who's been on the outside looking in for most of the year. Down the stretch, Detroit will continue to lean heavily on Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin, and it looks as though Thon Maker could have the edge over Leuer off the bench. Glenn Robinson III will also be inactive Monday.
News: Ellington is set to make his Pistons debut Monday against the Wizards after completing his first practice with the team a day earlier, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Ellington committed to sign with the Pistons shortly after being cut by the Suns on Thursday, but he wasn't able to join his new team until Sunday after waiting to clear waivers. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Pistons committed the remaining balance of their mid-level exception to bring in Ellington, suggesting the team has big plans for him over the rest of the season. Coach Dwane Casey acknowledged as much Sunday, per Beard, saying that he expects Ellington to more or less fill the same role on the wing that Reggie Bullock had prior to being dealt to the Lakers. With that in mind, it wouldn't be surprising if Ellington was plugged into the starting five and played big minutes off the bat, which would be a negative development for the likes of Langston Galloway, Luke Kennard and Bruce Brown.
News: Jackson compiled 20 points (8-14 FG, 4-5 3Pt), two rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes Friday against the Knicks.
Impact: Jackson has gotten off to a hot start in February, as he's scored 14 or more points and has totaled four or more assists in the last four matchups. He's averaging 20.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists over that brief stretch. The 6-3 point guard should continue to see plenty of opportunities to inflict damage on his opponents moving forward, considering he's logged 30-plus minutes in six of his last eight games.
News: Drummond tallied 29 points (12-15 FG, 5-6 FT), 20 rebounds, two blocks, three blocks and a steal across 33 minutes Friday against New York.
Impact: Unsurprisingly, Drummond turned in yet another monster performance both in the scoring column and on the boards. It's also worth noting that he knocked down 83.3 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe, where he's struggled throughout the year (54.2 percent success rate). Drummond remains one of the premier fantasy options at center in terms of points, rebounds, and blocks, and he's compiled seven straight double-doubles.
News: Griffin finished Friday's game against New York with 26 points (6-13 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 12-15 FT), six rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.
Impact: Griffin got to the charity stripe with consistency in a 120-103 victory at home, knocking down 80 percent of his attempts from the free-throw line. He also contributed on boards, but he's been held below his season rebounding average in each of the last three contests (8.1 rpg). Despite this, Griffin has remained productive across the board, posting averages of 24.0 points, 8.0 boards and 5.6 assists along with a decent 44.8 shooting percentage from the field in his previous five matchups.
News: Smith (rest) recorded 11 points (3-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes Friday against New York.
Impact: Smith was held out of Tuesday's game against the Knicks for rest purposes, but he returned to action Friday. The Wake Forest product has been unimpressive from a scoring perspective of late, although injuries have prevented him from seeing consistent playing time so far this season. Through three games in February, Smith is averaging just 4.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 assist.
News: Galloway will start Friday's game against the Knicks, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: With Reggie Bullock sent to the Lakers, a starting spot opened up for the Pistons. Coach Dwane Casey has opted to use Galloway in that spot. In two games as a starter, he's averaged 3.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 21.5 minutes.
News: Maker has been officially cleared to take the court Friday against the Knicks.
Impact: Maker's absence from Friday's practice was concerning, but he wasn't on Detroit's injury report, meaning he'll be ready to debut for the Pistons. He should remain in a bench role after being traded from Milwaukee.
News: Maker (not injury related) could play Friday night against the Knicks, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Maker's availability for Friday's contest didn't appear promising after he failed to participate in practice, but head coach Dwane Casey noted that Maker could make his team debut against New York. After struggling to see consistent playing time with Milwaukee, Maker is hoping for a better situation after being dealt to the Pistons.
News: Ellenson is expected to be released by Detroit, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: The Pistons are hoping to sign Wayne Ellington when he clears waivers and to be able to do so, the team must make a roster spot available. It's reported that Ellenson will be the odd man out of Detroit when the team signs Ellington.
News: Ellington will sign with the Pistons once he clears waivers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Once Ellington clears waivers he will be an unrestricted free agent and be able to make it official with Detroit. It's a curious move for Ellington, who was expected to sign on with a legitimate contender, but the Pistons' hard pursuit of the shooting guard paid off. After trading Reggie Bullock, the shooting guard spot for the Pistons is currently up for grabs, but Ellington will likely have to fight with the likes of Bruce Brown and Langston Galloway for that spot going forward.
News: Maker did not participate in practice and may not play in Friday's game against the Knicks, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: The trade that sent Maker to Detroit was just finalized on Thursday, so the Pistons may not be ready to use the 21-year-old right away. If Maker does not play Friday, the Pistons have off until Monday, giving the big man a whole weekend to get some extra reps with the team before he makes his debut.
News: Mykhailiuk will debut for the Pistons on Friday against the Knicks, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Mykhailiuk averaged just under 11 minutes per game over 39 appearances for the Lakers this season and that same role seems like it will hold true with the Pistons as he competes for playing time with Bruce Brown, Luke Kennard and Khyri Thomas.
News: Maker (trade acquisition) will be available for Friday's game against the Knicks.
Impact: The 21-year-old center is expected to make his Pistons debut two days after being dealt by the Bucks for Stanley Johnson. In what amounts to a change-of-scenery trade for two young players who've yet to show their full potential, it's still unclear if Maker will be able to carve out a significant role in the rotation with Detroit.
News: Smith (rest) is probable for Friday's game against New York.
Impact: After getting Tuesday off for rest purposes, Smith is expected to take the court Friday night. He's been battling a groin injury of late that's caused him to miss six of his team's last 11 matchups, but he appears to have returned to health. Assuming Smith is cleared to play, he'll resume his role as the backup point guard behind Reggie Jackson.
News: Maker was traded to the Pistons on Wednesday in exchange for Stanley Johnson, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: In late January, Maker was vocal about wanting to be traded out of Milwaukee, as his spot in the rotation had disappeared. He's gotten his wish, and he'll be sent to the Pistons. Maker has spent 97 percent of his career minutes at center and may compete for reserve minutes with Zaza Pachulia.
News: Bullock will be traded to the Lakers on Wednesday in exchange for Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a second-round draft pick, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bullock, who is in the final year of a $2.5 million contract, is playing a career-high 30.7 minutes per game and is hitting 2.5 threes per contest at 38.4 percent. Amidst the continuous rumors surrounding the Lakers, it's unclear what sort of role Bullock will play for Los Angeles. It seems unlikely he'll see more usage, however.
News: Jackson accumulated 19 points (5-14 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and a steal across 33 minutes Tuesday against New York.
Impact: Jackson topped double-digits for the seventh-straight game, while dishing out seven assists for the fourth time over that span. After a disappointing start to the season, Jackson's stepped his game up over the past couple of weeks and is averaging 19.0 points, 6.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 threes on 47.5 percent shooting from the field over his past seven games.
News: Drummond finished with 17 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 306 FT), 16 rebounds, five blocks and a steal in 36 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Knicks.
Impact: Drummond extended his double-double streak to six games Tuesday, while tying a season-high with five blocks. He continues to be one of the most consistent sources of points, rebounds, blocks, steals and double-doubles in the league and is hindered only by his poor shooting (54.3 percent) from the line this season.
News: Griffin recorded 29 points (10-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), eight assists and six rebounds in 38 minutes Tuesday against New York.
Impact: Griffin posted yet another strong line Tuesday in what's amounting to his finest season in the league. While Griffin doesn't provide consistent defensive production, the only other problematic aspect of his game is his tendency to turn the ball over. He's added at least five turnovers in five of his past six games, to go along with averages of 24.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.2 assists.
News: Bullock provided 19 points (7-14 FG, 5-10 3Pt), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Knicks.
Impact: Bullock had another terrific shooting game and has now topped double-digits for three straight games. He's made 13-of-22 threes over that stretch and appears fully recovered after an ugly end to January in which he shot just 26.0 percent over the five games to end the month. While Bullock continues to provide strong three-point numbers, his production elsewhere isn't abundant enough for him to be a must own in standard leagues.
News: Smith (rest) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.
Impact: Smith has played in each of the last two games after returning from a seven-game absence, but the Pistons will hold him out Tuesday for load management purposes. In his absence, expect Jose Calderon and Langston Galloway to pick up backup point guard minutes behind Reggie Jackson.
News: Galloway collected 18 points (6-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), a rebound, an assist and two steals in 25 minutes Monday against the Nuggets.
Impact: Galloway was held scoreless in Saturday's matchup with the Clippers, but he managed to respond in a big way by leading Detroit's bench in scoring. Unfortunately, most of his points came in garbage time after the Pistons had pulled out to a big lead, so it appears unlikely that he'll receive a similar number of chances on a consistent basis moving forward. Galloway is averaging 7.2 points and 2.8 rebounds over his previous five games even after an impressive scoring output.
News: Griffin totaled 17 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and a block in 23 minutes Monday against Denver.
Impact: Griffin saw a reduction in minutes but still managed to post an effective final line in a 129-103 blowout victory. He shot a stellar 75.0 percent from the field and nailed his lone 3-point attempt on the night while also proving useful on the boards and as a facilitator. Although Griffin's shot percentage has dipped of late, fantasy owners have to be happy with his production elsewhere, as he's posting averages of 23.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists over his last five contests.
News: Johnson accumulated 21 points (7-10 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, a block and two steals in 25 minutes Monday against the Nuggets.
Impact: Johnson was solid across the board but was especially efficient from downtown, where he scored 12 of his 21 points on the night. His scoring output fell just one point shy of tying his season high, when he dropped 22 points Nov. 9 against Atlanta. Johnson has struggled to put up consistent scoring totals of late, notching just three double-digit scoring performances since Jan. 1.
News: Drummond recorded 27 points (12-14 FG, 3-3 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 26 minutes Monday against Detroit.
Impact: Drummond's contributions proved to be crucial in a 129-103 victory at Little Caesars Arena, finishing the night as the team leader in scoring. The 25-year-old center has been a double-double machine of late, extending his streak to nine straight games with a double-double. Drummond has proven valuable from a fantasy standpoint in a number of categories, including scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage and blocks to name a few.
News: Ellenson was recalled from the G League, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ellenson will rejoin the Pistons on Sunday and will be available to play in Monday's matchup versus the Nuggets if called upon. The Marquette product has played in only two games so far with the Pistons this year, averaging 12.5 minutes per contest.
News: Smith (groin) posted six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 3Pt) and two assists across 12 minutes Saturday in the Pistons' 111-101 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: After missing the previous six games, Smith was eased back into the rotation with a more limited role than he's typically held as the team's backup point guard. Rather than as the result of any hard minutes restrictions, Smith's meager usage off the bench may have had more to do with starter Reggie Jackson (29 points on 11-for-22 shooting from the field and seven assists) turning in what was probably his best game of the season. Expect Jackson's minutes to sit around the high 20s to low 30s in most games moving forward, with Smith acting as the team's floor general whenever the former is getting breathers on the bench.
News: Bullock produced 19 points (5-6 FG, 5-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds and an assist over 33 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Clippers on Saturday.
Impact: After a spell of recent bad shooting performances, Bullock broke out of his slump to score 19 points while missing only one shot from the field and shooting perfectly from beyond the arc and from the charity stripe. It was his first double-digit scoring effort in four games after hitting those figures in nine of ten prior games.
News: Jackson produced 29 points (11-22 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and a steal over 36 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Clippers on Saturday.
Impact: Jackson went off for a season-high 29 points in Saturday's loss, draining five three-pointers -- his most in two months and second-most of the season. Jackson is on a hot streak, averaging 20.8 points and 7.5 assists over this last four games.
News: Griffin finished with 24 points (9-23 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds and six assists over 42 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Clippers on Saturday.
Impact: Griffin had a huge game against his former team on Saturday, making big contributions across the board. His shooting struggles continued, but he still managed to put up solid numbers. Averaging the most points (26.2) and assists (5.3) of his career, he's an offensive force each time he takes the court.
News: Drummond totaled 12 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 11 rebounds, three blocks, two steals and an assist in Saturday's loss to the Clippers.
Impact: After three straight games of at least 20 points and 13 boards, Drummond came back to earth with a modest output in the scoring and rebounding departments. Still, Drummond is a double-double machine and rebounding monster, averaging a career-high 16.7 points per game and a league-leading 14.9 rebounds per game.
News: Smith (groin) is available for Saturday's game against the Clippers, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A groin injury has kept Smith out over the past six games, but the backup point guard will be able to take the court Saturday. His return will likely mean fewer minutes for Jose Calderon, Bruce Brown and/or Langston Galloway.
News: Smith (groin) could return to the lineup Saturday, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Coach Dwayne Casey stated that Smith, who has missed the last six games, has a chance to return either Saturday against the Clippers or Monday versus the Nuggets. The veteran guard has played in only three games since Dec. 7 due to hampering right groin soreness.
News: Galloway put up 11 points (3-6 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and collected three rebounds along with a block in 22 minutes Thursday against Dallas.
Impact: Galloway scored just two points despite playing 20 minutes in Detroit's last matchup Tuesday against Milwaukee, but he managed to respond nicely following a poor showing. Thursday marked the first time he's reached double figures in the scoring department since Jan. 16, and his contributions proved to be useful in a 93-89 victory. Galloway finishes January with a 5.4 ppg and 1.8 rpg average through 15 games.
News: Jackson collected 17 points (6-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, nine assists and two steals over 35 minutes Thursday against Dallas.
Impact: Jackson has been impressive over his last four games, totaling 12 or more points while also dishing out 26 total assists over that span. Detroit's starting point guard is averaging 14.3 points, 4.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds over 49 contests this season and will continue to be an enticing fantasy play given his recent stretch of production across the board.
News: Drummond racked up 24 points (11-13 FG, 2-2 FT), 20 rebounds, a block and a steal in 37 minutes Thursday against Dallas.
Impact: Drummond converted on all but two of his shots from the field and was a monster on the boards, hauling down 20 or more rebounds for the third time this month. Despite putting up some of his lowest scoring and rebounding totals of the season in January, Drummond still managed to average a double-double through 13 matchups.
News: Griffin totaled 24 points (8-26 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists and a steal over 39 minutes Thursday against the Mavericks.
Impact: Griffin notched just his third double-double of the month but shot 30.8 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc in a 93-89 victory over a short-handed Dallas team. Despite an ugly showing from the field Thursday evening, the 29-year-old has drained 50.7 percent of his attempts from the floor through 15 games in January and has handled a heavy workload during that stretch (37.9 minutes per contest). Griffin will take the floor next against the Clippers on Saturday.
News: Bullock (ankle) is starting Thursday against the Mavericks.
Impact: Bullock missed Tuesday's game against the Bucks due to a sprained left ankle, but he's been cleared to return after getting through pregame warmups with no issues Thursday. Over his last five games, Bullock is averaging 10.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 32.0 minutes.
News: Bullock (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Mavericks, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Bullock missed Tuesday's game against the Bucks due to a sprained left ankle, prompting coach Dwane Casey to start Glenn Robinson and Langston Galloway at small forward and shooting guard, respectively. Bullock would presumably reclaim his starting spot if available. In January, he's averaging 12.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists across 32.4 minutes.
News: Bullock (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Bullock was held out of Tuesday's game against the Bucks due to a sprained left ankle, and given he was listed as questionable prior to that game as well, this doesn't tell much in regard to his status for Thursday. Expect an update at some point Thursday afternoon regarding Bullock's health, but he will likely end up being a game-time decision.
News: Smith (groin) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Mavericks.
Impact: This will be Smith's sixth consecutive absence while he continues to nurse a right groin injury. Reports from earlier in the week indicated that Smith is expected to return to the floor at some point this week, which would leave Saturday's home game against the Clippers as the last opportunity for the point guard to do so.
News: Kennard recorded 19 points (8-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 27 minutes during Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Kennard got back on track following a rough three-game stretch that saw him make just 4-of-19 shots from the field for a total of 13 points. The second-year pro has shows flashes of scoring potential recently and has topped double-figures in 10 of his past 17 games. For now, however, Kennard's production is too inconsistent and scoring-focused for him to be much value outside of deeper formats.
News: Jackson totaled 25 points (10-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and a steal in 36 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Jackson tied his highest scoring output of the season, cracking 20-points for the first time since December 19th. He's taken a back seat, both in terms of scoring and initiating to Blake Griffin and is posting his lowest scoring, rebounding and assist numbers since 2013.
News: Griffin posted 18 points (6-16 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine assists and seven rebounds across 38 minutes Tuesday against Milwaukee.
Impact: Griffin had an average game by his standards, generating strong counting stats but falling a bit short of his scoring average. Owners have no reason to worry about Griffin as he's been on an absolutely torrid pace through the first half of the season, especially of late. Over his last five appearances, Griffin's averaging 31.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
News: Drummond amassed 20 points (8-15 FG, 4-5 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block across 35 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Drummond posted yet another double-double, his 37th of the season. One of the most consistent forces in the NBA, Drummond provides excellent production with his scoring, rebounding and defense but has a glaring deficiency with his free-throw shooting. He's regressed in that area this year, and is shooting 52.8 percent from the charity stripe compared to 60.5 percent in 2017-18.
News: Brown will come off the bench Tuesday against the Bucks, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Coach Dwane Casey is opting to switch things up, promoting Langston Galloway to the starting five. When coming off the bench, Brown is averaging 4.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 16.0 minutes.
News: Robinson will start Tuesday's game against Milwaukee, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.
Impact: With Reggie Bullock out, Dwane Casey will dig deep into his bench and roll out Robinson and Langston Galloway at small forward and shooting guard, respectively. Robinson has not been a part of the regular rotation of late, logging just 26 total minutes since Dec. 10.
News: Galloway is starting Tuesday against the Bucks, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Galloway will join the starting five for just the second time this season with Reggie Bullock out due to an ankle injury. In his only other start, Galloway logged five points, two rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes.
News: The Pistons' injury report lists Bullock (ankle) as out for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee.
Impact: There's been some confusion regarding Bullock's status heading into Tuesday, as he was initially doubtful, then questionable, and is now listed as out as tip-off nears. Assuming that is, in fact, the case, expect Luke Kennard and Glenn Robinson to be the primary beneficiaries, from a minutes perspective.
News: Updating a previous report, the Pistons are now listing Bullock (ankle) as questionable for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
Impact: Bullock was initially ruled out with a sprained left ankle, but the team has apparently reversed course and will wait until Bullock can test the ankle in warmups before making a final call. A more definitive update should come in short order with the game set to tip at 7:00 PM ET.
News: Bullock (ankle) won't play Tuesday against the Bucks.
Impact: After being listed as doubtful Monday night due to a left ankle sprain, it's no surprise that Bullock has been ruled out hours before tip. The Pistons have yet to name their starting small forward with Bullock on the shelf.
News: Smith (groin) is out for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.
Impact: While Smith is closing in on a return to action, he's slated to miss his fifth straight contest due to a right groin injury. There's a better chance that he takes the court later in the week, either Thursday against Dallas or Saturday against the Clippers.
News: Bullock is unlikely to play Tuesday against Milwaukee due to a left ankle sprain.
Impact: Bullock didn't appear limited in Detroit's last game Friday against Dallas (he logged 33 minutes), but he's expected to miss at least one game while on the mend from an ankle sprain. Assuming Bullock doesn't play, Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson appear to be the two candidates to draw the start at small forward.
News: Smith (groin) is expected to return to the court this week, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smith was able to play through the groin issue earlier in the season but has recently had trouble fighting off the pain. The hope is he'll be back this week, but it's unclear as whether he'll be available for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee. We should have a better indication of where he stands as Tuesday inches closer.
News: Jackson managed 12 points (4-14 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine assists, and three rebounds in 35 minutes during Friday's 106-101 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Jackson struggled from the field but recorded a season high assist total. With Blake Griffin initiating most of the offense, Jackson's dimes have dropped off considerably, with his 4.2 assists per game average being the lowest of his five-year Pistons tenure.
News: Griffin registered 35 points (12-24 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 8-11 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 40 minutes during Friday's 106-101 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Griffin finished with more turnovers (six) than dimes but provided another sterling scoring performance. The 29-year-old forward has poured in at least 30 points in five of the last six games (and eight of the last 11) while enjoying his best scoring month of the season. Despite the return of Andre Drummond (concussion) following a three-game absence, it's Griffin that makes the offense go, and he remains an elite option across all formats despite his turnovers and limited contributions in the steals and blocks categories.
News: Drummond supplied 23 points (9-16 FG, 5-8 FT), 15 rebounds, and three steals in 38 minutes during Friday's 106-101 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Drummond cleared concussion protocol and returned to the lineup following a three-game absence. This is the 12th time that he has posted at least 20 points and 15 rebounds through 45 appearances this season. Moreover, it's the 15th time Drummond has swiped at least three steals, including six times across his last nine appearances.
News: Pachulia will come off the bench Friday against the Mavericks, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With Andre Drummond (concussion) back in the lineup, Pachulia will resume his usual role on the bench. As a reserve, the veteran is averaging 4.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 13.6 minutes.
News: Smith (groin) is listed as out for Friday's game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Smith came into Friday with a doubtful tag, so his absence comes as no surprise. This will be Smith's fourth straight absence whilehe continues to nurse a groin injury. Jose Calderon will continue operating as the backup point guard behind Reggie Jackson in Smith's absence.
News: Drummond (concussion) is listed as available to play in Friday's game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Head coach Dwane Casey said Thursday that Drummond cleared concussion protocol and the big man was listed as probable for Friday's contest. As a result, Drummond will be back on the floor following a two-game absence. Expect him to be a full go now that he is free of symptoms.
News: Drummond (concussion) is probable for Friday's contest against the Mavericks, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: After missing two consecutive games with a concussion, Drummond cleared concussion protocol Thursday and is in-line to return to the lineup Friday, bearing any major setbacks. The UConn product will most likely be a game-time call against the Mavericks however, as it appears as though the Pistons are being extra-cautious with their star center.
News: Ellenson (ankle) isn't listed on the Pistons' injury report ahead of Friday's game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Ellenson had previously been labeled as questionable ahead of the Pistons' most recent game Wednesday in New Orleans. The team didn't provide an update on his status prior to the contest, but Ellenson was ultimately inactive, either as a result of the injury or in a coach's decision. Ellenson is seemingly healthy at this juncture, but the 2016 first-round pick wasn't included in the rotation before suffering the injury and probably won't pick up meaningful playing time at any point this season.
News: Smith (groin) is doubtful for Friday's game against Dallas.
Impact: Smith has missed three straight games with a groin injury, and he doesn't appear much closer to returning after being slapped with a doubtful designation. Assuming he fails to play Friday, his next chance to return will come Tuesday against the Bucks.
News: Head coach Dwane Casey said Thursday that Drummond cleared concussion protocol, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: After missing the last two games due to a concussion, Drummond is line to return for Friday's game against the Mavericks now that he's been cleared of concussion-like symptoms. Expect the Pistons to confirm Drummond's status at some point Friday.
News: Pachulia compiled eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 98-94 victory over the Pelicans.
Impact: Pachulia remained in the starting lineup Wednesday, with Andre Drummond (concussion) still on the sidelines. Pachulia had a productive game, however, Drummond appears as though he could return for Friday's game against Dallas which would send Pachulia back to a 12-minute role.
News: Jackson ended with 17 points (6-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, and three assists in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 98-94 victory over the Pelicans.
Impact: Jackson had his best offensive game in over two weeks Wednesday, finishing with 17 points including four triples. Despite what has been a relatively positive season for Jackson, he is still just the 158th ranked player in standard formats due in large part to his poor shooting and lack of defensive numbers.
News: Griffin finished with 37 points (14-28 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 5-6 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 98-94 victory over the Pelicans.
Impact: Griffin was dominant in Wednesday's victory and was one of only three Piston players to score in double-digits. He has now scored at least 29 points in five straight games while averaging 7.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 2.6 three-pointers. He is having his best fantasy season in quite some time and clearly needs to be rostered everywhere.
News: Smith (groin) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: This is no surprise, as Smith came into the game doubtful with a groin injury that's caused him to miss the past two games. His absence should cause for Jose Calderon to see a larger role. Smith's next opportunity to play will be Friday against Dallas, and he should be considered questionable for that contest at this time.
News: Drummond (concussion) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: The Pistons wanted Drummond to go through warm-ups before making a decision on his status. He should be considered questionable for the Pistons' next game, Friday against Dallas. In his absence, Zaza Pachulia will continue to start.
News: Drummond (concussion) remains a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, Pelicans studio host Daniel Sallerson reports.
Impact: Drummond as able to make it through shootaround in the morning, but the team is apparently still evaluating the center after a concussion kept him out of the last two games. With about 75 minutes until tip-off, Drummond could end up being close to a true game-time call. If he's ultimately held out, coach Dwane Casey confirmed that Zaza Pachulia would make another start in his place.
News: Drummond (concussion) went through shootaround ahead of Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, James Edwards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The team hasn't offered official comment on Drummond's status, but it seems likely that the big man will be back to availability after missing the last two games with concussion-like symptoms. Assuming Drummond plays, expect Zaza Pachulia to step back into a reduced, backup role.
News: Ellenson will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against New Orleans due to left ankle soreness.
Impact: Ellenson hasn't taken the floor since Dec. 10, missing 21 straight contests due to an ankle injury. However, he appears to have a shot to return after being tagged as a game-time decision. Expect more clarity surrounding Ellenson's availability closer to tip.
News: Smith (groin) isn't expected to return Wednesday against New Orleans.
Impact: Smith has missed two straight games with a groin injury, and that streak will in all likelihood extend to three games after being listed as doubtful on Detroit's latest injury reports. Assuming Smith does remain out, Jose Calderon would again be in line for more playing time.
News: Drummond remains in concussion protocol and failed to practice with the team Tuesday, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Drummond could rejoin the team in time for Wednesday's game against New Orleans if his upcoming evaluations go well, although he'll have to pass through concussion protocol before he can take the court. His status for Detroit's upcoming matchup doesn't look promising at this point, but that could change as tipoff nears.
News: Pachulia scored four points (2-3 FG) to go with three rebounds in 24 minutes Monday against the Wizards.
Impact: Making his second consecutive start in place of the injured Andre Drummond (concussion), Pachulia provided very little production on the offensive end, while also failing to contain Washington's Thomas Bryant, who finished with a double-double. The hope is that Drummond won't miss any more time, but if he does, expect Pachulia to continue to see expanded minutes. The veteran played 35 minutes in Saturday's game against Sacramento and finished with seven points, 12 rebounds, three steals, a block and a steal.
News: Griffin had 29 points (9-16 FG, 4-7 3PT, 7-11 FT), nine rebounds and four assists in Monday's loss to the Wizards.
Impact: Playing without Andre Drummond, Detroit leaned even more heavily on Griffin, who was one of only two players (Reggie Bullock) to score in double-figures. Griffin saw a team-high 36 minutes and accounted for 11 of Detroit's 18 free throw tries.
News: Smith (groin) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Wizards, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Smith is set to miss a second straight game as he continues to battle a groin injury that he picked up last week. With Smith unavailable, look for Jose Calderon to see some extra run as the backup point guard.
News: Smith (groin) is questionable for Monday's game against Washington.
Impact: Smith suffered a groin injury Friday against the Heat early in the first half and he missed Saturday's contest as a result. He's expected to have a chance to take the court in Detroit's upcoming contest, however. Expect an announcement on Smith's status as tipoff nears.
News: Drummond (concussion) won't play Monday against Washington.
Impact: Drummond remains in concussion protocol and won't be cleared in time for Monday's tilt. With Drummond on the shelf, expect Zaza Pachulia to draw the start at center.
News: Griffin finished with 38 points (12-23 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 13-15 FT), six rebounds, three assists and three steals across 38 minutes Saturday in the Pistons' 103-101 loss to the Kings.
Impact: With frontcourt mate Andre Drummond (concussion) sidelined, Griffin benefited from a sizable uptick in usage, with his 39.9 percent mark representing an increase of 10 percentage points from his season-long average. It's uncertain if Drummond will clear the concussion protocol in advance of Monday's favorable matchup with the Wizards, making Griffin someone to consider in daily lineups in the event the center is unable to suit up for that contest.
News: Smith (groin) is out Saturday against the Kings, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: As a result of a groin injury, which occurred Friday, Smith will be unable to take the floor Saturday. Jose Calderon should see extra run as a result.
News: Pachulia will start Saturday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Pachulia will enter the starting lineup in place of Andre Drummond, who's going through the concussion protocol. In 34 games this season, the veteran center's averaging 4.4 points nad 4.5 rebounds in 13.6 minutes.
News: Leuer (illness) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's tilt with the Kings, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Leuer has missed the past two games with an illness, but looks to be ready to return to the lineup Saturday. Assuming he's able to play, the veteran forward should slot back into his normal role that's seen him average 4.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game on the season.