Detroit Pistons Player News: All Positions

News: Griffin (knee) is continuing to make progress in his recovery from an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: According to Pistons executive Ed Stefanski, Griffin has been around the team facility lifting weights and going through light drills nearly two months after undergoing the procedure. While Griffin has a history of knee issues and was clearly hampered by the injury during the playoffs, the surgery was never considered overly serious, and the expectation is that Griffin should be back to 100 percent well before the start of the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Griffin underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his left knee Wednesday, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Griffin had surgery to repair damage in his left knee that hampered him throughout the end of the regular season and into the playoffs. Although he finished out the Piston's first-round series loss to Milwaukee with two solid performances, he missed the first two games and was limited by pain while on the court. With an entire summer to recover, there's no reason to expect Griffin to not be ready for the 2019-20 season
News: Jackson produced 26 points (9-20 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and a steal in 31 minutes during Monday's loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Despite Jackson having one of his best performances of the season, the Pistons fell to the Bucks in a 4-0 sweep. Jackson was one of few bright spots during the playoffs, averaging 17.7 points, 7.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds over four playoff outings. The veteran guard finished the season with averages of 15.4 points, 4.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 threes in 27.9 minutes per game. He was able to bump up his scoring average slightly over the past two years, but deferred some playmaking to Blake Griffin on the way to his worst season in terms of assists since 2013.
News: Griffin finished with 22 points (8-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists and five rebounds in 27 minutes Monday against the Bucks.
Impact: Griffin was unable to prevent the Pistons from being swept despite a solid 22-point, six-assist performance Monday. The star forward wrapped up his second year in Detroit with averages of 24.5 points -- a career-best, 7.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.5 threes while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, 36.2 percent from three and 75.3 percent from the line in 35.0 minutes.
News: Kennard will come off the bench in Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: After starting Games 2 and 3, Kennard will return to coming off the bench with Bruce Brown moving back into the starting five. Coach Dwane Casey is making the move to provide the second unit with a little more firepower, as Kennard has been one of the few bright spots for the Pistons this series. Through the first three games, he's averaging 16.3 points and 5.0 rebounds over 33.3 minutes per game.
News: Brown will start in Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Brown started Game 1, but came off the bench for Games 2 and 3. His move back into the starting five will bump Luke Kennard, who started the past two games in his place, back to the bench. Brown is averaging just 13.3 minutes per game this series, and saw just 12 minutes in his lone start of the series.
News: Griffin (knee) will play in Game 4 Monday against the Bucks, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Griffin came into Monday listed as probable, however it seems as though he will give it a go. He missed the first two games of the series as he dealt with a sore knee, however returned in Game 3 to play 31 minutes. With him being active, it's likely he will remain in the starting five and see 30+ minutes.
News: Griffin (knee) is a game-time decision for Game 4 against the Bucks on Monday night, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Griffin remains listed as probable on Detroit's injury report, but head coach Dwane Casey stated that his superstar will be a true game-time call. He appears to be closer to questionable than probable at this point, and the Pistons will likely wait to see how he feels during pregame warmups to announce his availability.
News: Griffin is probable for Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks with left knee soreness, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Griffin surprisingly made his series debut in Saturday's Game 3 after missing the first two outings with the injured left knee. And while he was visibly hampered by the ailment while sporting a giant brace, he still managed to post 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists across 31 minutes in the loss. Now, despite being a game away from elimination, it looks like Griffin is going down with the ship Monday night, but his status will still need to be confirmed prior to tip.
News: Ellington had 13 points (4-9 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, and two steals in 39 minutes during Saturday's 119-103 loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Ellington played a team-high 39 minutes Saturday, ending the loss with 13 points including three triples. He has been a solid pickup for the Pistons after they lost Reggie Bullock mid-season, as a player who can hit multiple threes while also chipping in a few steals from time-to-time. There is a decent chance the Pistons season comes to an end Monday in Game 4 with everyone needing to step up if they are to send the series back to Milwaukee.
News: Jackson tallied 15 points (6-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt), eight assists, six rebounds, and one steal in 30 minutes during Saturday's 119-103 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Jackson came away with 15 points and eight assists Saturday as the Pistons once again fell to the Bucks in Game 3 of their playoff series. Jackson has put together two straight strong performances, although, the efficiency has not been spectacular. It would seem as though the Pistons are almost done for the season with only one loss standing between them and the end of their season.
News: Griffin amassed 27 points (10-24 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 31 minutes during Saturday's 119-103 loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Griffin made his first appearance of the playoffs Saturday, ending the loss with 27 points in 31 minutes. Despite being cleared to play, Griffin was clearly hampered by the knee injury and the fact he was even on the floor was quite surprising. He was sporting a large brace on his knee and his final numbers certainly don't tell the full story when it comes to gauging his courage. Unfortunately, it was to no avail as the Pistons fell comfortably to the Bucks and are now only one game away from losing in four. There is certainly some doubt as to whether Griffin is able to back up for Monday's game with his availability likely being a game-time call.
News: Drummond finished with 12 points (5-14 FG, 2-8 FT), 12 rebounds, four steals, three blocks, and two assists in 30 minutes during Saturday's 119-103 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Drummond had his best all-around game of the playoffs, putting up a double-double to go with a combined seven steals and blocks. Brook Lopez certainly impacted Drummond's production on the offensive end as he went just 5-of-14 from the field. However, it was on the defensive end that Drummond did most of his damage, much like he has done throughout the season. The Pistons welcomed back Blake Griffin but was once again outclassed and now need to win Game 4 on Monday to avoid a clean sweep.
News: Maker will come off the bench Saturday against the Bucks, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Griffin is set to make his series debut, so Maker will head to the pine for Game 3. He figures to have his role reduced as well.
News: Griffin (knee) will play during Saturday's Game 3 against the Bucks, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Griffin will make his series debut in Game 3 after missing the first two contests due to a left knee injury. He'll presumably enter the starting five, which should push Thon Maker to the bench.
News: Griffin (knee) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's Game 3 against the Bucks, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected, Griffin will warm up with hopes of playing. He has yet to appear in the series, and if he's ruled out again, Thon Maker figures to draw another start.
News: Jackson tallied 18 points (7-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight assists, and three rebounds in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 120-99 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Jackson put in a better performance Wednesday, finishing with 18 points and eight assists. His minutes were still somewhat limited, much the same way things have panned out over the last few weeks. Jackson has had a reasonable season in both fantasy and reality but is certainly limited when it comes to upside.
News: Kennard produced 19 points (6-13 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 120-99 loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Kennard replaced Bruce Brown in the starting lineup Wednesday, emerging as the teams leading scorer with 19 points including four triples. Kennard has had an interesting backend to the season, flashing his fantasy upside on many occasions. He has also struggled mightily at times and the inconsistent playing time has certainly been a source of frustration. Given his performance, it would seem likely Kennard starts again Saturday but the Pistons are going to need a lot more from their starters as a unit if they are to push the Bucks.
News: Drummond finished with 18 points (8-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 120-99 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Drummond did his best to help the Pistons but it was to no avail as the Bucks ran away with the game in the second half, eventually winning by 21 points. The final numbers were solid enough for Drummond but his +/- of -32 was by far the worst on the team. It is not a good matchup for Drummond and the absence of Blake Griffin (knee) certainly does him little favors. The Pistons will look to bounce back in Game 3 which will be on Saturday in Detroit but at this point, it is hard to see them troubling what is an impressive Bucks outfit.
News: Brown will come off the bench in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Bucks, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: With Blake Griffin (knee) out again Wednesday, head coach Dwane Casey is electing to throw more offense into the starting five by replacing Brown with Luke Kennard. Brown played just 12 minutes in Game 1 and will likely play a limited role again in Game 2.
News: Kennard is slated to start Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Kennard will purportedly start in place of Bruce Brown for Wednesday's game. The Pistons, sans star Blake Griffin, are looking to change it up after a 35-point thrashing in game one on Sunday and implementing Kennard, who led the charge with 21 points, should help.
News: Griffin (knee) will be held out of Wednesday's game against the Bucks, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Griffin won't be active for Wednesday's game against the Bucks due to a left knee sprain that's kept him out of the past three games. Unless anything significant happens the veteran forward will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game.
News: Griffin (knee) will be a game-time call for Wednesday's playoff game against the Bucks, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: There is still hope for the Pistons that their star veteran could take the court in Game 2 against Milwaukee on Wednesday. News confirming Griffin's status for Wednesday's matchup should surface rather soon.
News: Griffin (knee) remains questionable for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Bucks, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
Impact: No real news here, as Griffin has carried a questionable tag since Monday morning, but there's still a ray of hope that he may be able to take the floor Wednesday night. Griffin was held out of the Pistons' regular season finale, as well as Sunday's Game 1, as he continues to nurse soreness in his left knee. The Pistons haven't offered much in the way of comment on the situation, and Griffin's availability will likely end up being close to a game-time call.
News: Griffin (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Bucks, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: As recently as Monday, it seemed like Griffin would sit out for the remainder of the series against Milwaukee. However, he's been lobbying the Pistons' medical staff to allow him to play. The team has deemed Griffin questionable for Game 3, and he'll likely test things out throughout the day to help determine his availability. It's possible things will come down to a game-time call.
News: Griffin (knee) remains day-to-day in advance of Wednesday's Game 2 against Milwaukee, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.
Impact: Griffin was held out of Sunday's series-opening blowout, and while he's been pushing the Pistons' medical staff to allow him to play, the All-Star's status is still very much in question. Earlier in the week, reports suggested that Griffin could be ruled out for the entire series, so while there's a chance he could take the court at some point in the next week, he'd likely do so at well below 100 percent health.
News: Griffin is pushing to return for Game 2 against the Bucks, but his status is very much unclear heading into Wednesday's contest, the Detroit News reports. "He worked out today and he's lobbying and he wants to play," Coach Dwane Casey said Monday. "It's the medical staff and doctors who are making those decisions - not me, not Blake,"
Impact: Griffin missed the Pistons' regular season finale less than a week ago, and he was also held out of Sunday's Game 1, which the Pistons lost by 35 points. Reports late Sunday suggested that Griffin's chances to return at any point during the series are slim, but it now sounds as though the All-Star is doing everything he can to give him self an opportunity to play. "We need all-hands-on-deck and he wants to play," Casey added. "When his body says he's ready - whether it's Wednesday night or Saturday night, whenever it is, he'll be available. I don't think you can worsen it. I don't think that's [the medical staff's] mindset. They just want him to be 100 percent when he steps out there."
News: Griffin is expected to miss the Pistons' entire first-round playoff series with the Bucks while he nurses a sprained left knee, Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Griffin has been nursing the injury for a little over two weeks, missing five of the Pistons' final eight regular-season contests before sitting out Sunday's 121-86 loss in Milwaukee in Game 1 of the series. Goodwill notes that Griffin has been cleared of any structural damage to the knee, but it's possible that he'll need a minor procedure during the offseason if treating the injury through rest and rehab fails to do the trick. The Pistons will likely continue to list Griffin as day-to-day ahead of each of their first-round games, but it would be surprising if the team rushed the power forward back to action at any point in a series that would be difficult to win even if Detroit had its roster at optimal health. Thon Maker started for Griffin in Game 1, finishing just four points (2-10 FG, 0-6 3Pt), four rebounds and one block in 22 minutes.
News: Jackson totaled 12 points (6-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five assists, one rebound and a steal over 22 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Bucks on Sunday.
Impact: Jackson, like most of his teammates, wasn't able to do much on offense in Sunday's loss. He played only 22 minutes with the team trailing from the tip, and he'll look to get back on track in Game 2 on Wednesday.
News: Maker totaled four points (2-10 FG, 0-6 3Pt), four rebounds and a block over 22 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Bucks on Sunday.
Impact: Maker drew his second consecutive start dating back to the regular season finale, but he did little with the opportunity. He'll continue to see increased playing time with Blake Griffin (knee) out, but Maker has averaged a paltry 3.0 points and 4.0 boards in his last two games. He's not a relevant daily play.
News: Kennard totaled 21 points (8-14 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and two assists over 28 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Bucks on Sunday.
Impact: Kennard led his team in scoring on Sunday and while he didn't start, he played the most minutes at power forward with Blake Griffin (knee) out. Kennard has now averaged 21.0 points over his last three games while draining 13-22 three point attempts.
News: Drummond totaled 12 points (4-9 FG, 4-6 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and a steal over 26 minutes before being ejected Sunday in the Pistons' 121-86 loss to the Bucks in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.
Impact: Drummond managed a double-double, though he and the Pistons were highly ineffective in the blowout loss. Getting trounced with just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Drummond lost his cool and shoved Giannis Antetokounmpo and was tossed from the game as a result. He'll need to regain his composure for Game 2, when he'll again be a central figure for Detroit offensively with Blake Griffin (knee) likely to be unavailable.
News: Drummond was ejected from Game 1 against Milwaukee on Sunday after being assessed a Flagrant 2 foul. He finished with 12 points (4-9 FG, 4-6 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and a steal over 26 minutes.
Impact: Drummond was ejected from the contest for shoving Giannis Antetokounmpo on a layup attempt. Blake Griffin, who wasn't even in uniform, also picked up a technical foul following the play. Drummond was relatively effective in three quarters of play, but without Griffin, the Pistons were no match for the Bucks in Game 1. After sitting out the remainder of Sunday's contest, Drummond will be good to go for Game 2 on Wednesday.
News: Maker is starting Game 1 against Milwaukee on Sunday, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With Blake Griffin (knee) out of the mix, Maker will enter the starting five at power forward and may be tasked with guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo. Maker joined the first unit for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Knicks but was held to just two points over 21 minutes. He'll aim to put together a better performance against his former team to open up the postseason.
News: Griffin (knee) has been ruled out for Game 1 on Sunday against the Bucks, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: This is bad news for the Pistons, who will be tasked with facing a Milwaukee team that earned the best record in the NBA during the regular season without one of their star players. Griffin will have a few days off until Game 2 on Wednesday, so the hope is that he'll be ready to roll by then. Thon Maker could draw the start at power forward against his former team in Griffin's stead.
News: Griffin (knee) is still listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff contest against Milwaukee, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Griffin has been dealing with knee soreness for almost the past month and missed the key matchup against the Knicks on Wednesday. Griffin will presumably be a game-time call, but any news confirming his status for Sunday should surface relatively soon.
News: Mykhailiuk underwent surgery Wednesday to address his left index finger injury, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Mykhailiuk, after he goes through rehab, should be ready for a full offseason of basketball activities. He appeared in 42 games during his rookie campaign, averaging 3.2 points across 10.5 minutes.
News: Griffin (knee), according to coach Dwane Casey, is still "day-to-day", James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports. He should be considered questionable for Sunday's Game 1 against the Bucks.
Impact: Griffin has been dealing with knee pain lately, and he's missed four of the past seven games. It appears the issue hasn't gone away, and it's possible he won't be able to suit up for the start of the playoffs. More information may emerge Saturday.
News: Robinson finished with nine points (4-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 32 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Knicks on Wednesday.
Impact: Robinson played his most minutes of the season on Wednesday, nearly producing a double-double. He's been nearly invisible, buried on the Pistons' depth chart, and the spike in minutes is an anomaly.
News: Kennard finished with 27 points (9-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Knicks on Wednesday.
Impact: Kennard played a solid 25 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, totaling his second-highest point total of the season. He knocked down four triples, and he's now gone 9-17 on threes in his last two games. He'll continue to get increased play time as long as Blake Griffin (knee) is out.
News: Jackson finished 21 points (6-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven assists and four rebounds across 25 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Knicks on Wednesday.
Impact: Jackson had a productive performance on Wednesday, racking up 21 points and some respectable assist and rebound totals. Jackson has been a decent third option on offense behind Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin, and he will need to have games like Wednesday's in the playoffs if the Pistons hope to have any success.
News: Drummond totaled 20 points (10-15 FG, 0-1 FT), 18 rebounds, three assists and two steals across 28 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Knicks on Wednesday.
Impact: Drummond led his team to a win and clinched a playoff berth in the season finale. He produced another big double-double and finishes the 2018-2019 season as the league leader in rebounds per game (15.6). Drummond has now averaged at least 15.0 boards for two straight seasons while increasing his scoring average to a career-mark of 17.3.
News: Maker will get the start for Wednesday's season finale against the Knicks, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Maker will start in place of Blake Griffin, who's out with a knee injury. With the Pistons needing a win to secure a playoff spot, Maker will be counted on to step up his production alongside the starters. In 63 games this season, he's averaging 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds ain 15.1 minutes.
News: Griffin (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: As expected, Griffin will be held out of Wednesday's regular season finale in New York after only playing 18 minutes in Tuesday's outing against the Grizzlies. It's unfortunate news for Detroit, who clinch a spot in the playoffs with a victory, but even the undermanned Pistons, with Thon Maker and Jon Leuer likely getting extra run in Griffin's absence, should have a good chance against the lowly Knicks.
News: Griffin (knee) is considered doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.
Impact: Griffin's knee issue looks to be a bit more concerning than the team initially let on, as he was limited to just 18 minutes of action Tuesday against the Grizzlies. With the Pistons still battling for a playoff spot, Griffin will likely be held out, but the hope is that they'll be able to take care of business against one of the worst teams in the league. Should Detroit qualify for the playoffs, Griffin will likely be day-to-day heading into Round 1.
News: Smith recorded 22 points (9-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-5 FT), four assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Smith's on fire to end the season, having made 23-of-41 shots over his past three games and finishing with double-figures in each. Although he's the technical backup, Smith's seen nearly an even split in minutes with Reggie Jackson over the past five games. While Smith's been given a large enough role to be fantasy relevant, he's struggled to translate his minutes into production. On the season, the veteran guard's averaging just 8.8 points, 3.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game.
News: Drummond contributed 20 points (6-11 FG, 8-12 FT), 17 rebounds, five steals, three blocks and an assist in 38 minutes during Tuesday's win over Memphis.
Impact: Drummond picked up some offensive slack with Blake Griffin (knee) scoring just five points in 18 minutes, reaching 20 points after scoring a combined 19 in his past two outings. Drummond's continued to improve his game in his 7th year in the league. In 77 appearances this season, the big-man's averaging career-bests in points (17.3), blocks (1.8) and steals (1.7), while generating his typical monstrous rebounding numbers.
News: Griffin posted five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 18 minutes during Tuesday's 100-93 win over the Grizzlies. After the game, Griffin said "I couldn't help us tonight," and said he'll meet with doctors Wednesday in hopes of playing in the regular-season finale against the Knicks, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Griffin has been nursing knee soreness, and it severely limited his playing time in a crucial game, though the Pistons still pulled out the victory. He should be considered questionable for the time being, and more information should emerge after he speaks with team doctors. It's possible Griffin's status will come down to a game-time decision.
News: Griffin (knee) is expected to play both Tuesday against the Grizzlies and Wednesday against the Knicks, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Pistons are clawing to hang onto the playoffs, so, despite a sore knee, Griffin will be on the court. Over the past two games, he's averaging 30.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal in 34.5 minutes.
News: Griffin is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against Memphis due to left knee soreness.
Impact: Griffin has played in back-to-back contests for the Pistons, and he noted that he felt good after Monday morning's rehab session, so he appears to be trending in the right direction. With Detroit clinging to the No. 8 spot in the East, Griffin will do everything in his power to make sure he's ready to roll Tuesday night.
News: Coach Dwane Casey said Griffin's knee feels good following rehab Monday morning, Vincent Ellis of the Free Press reports.
Impact: Griffin briefly exited Sunday's game against the Hornets, which raised some concern, but he was able to return and finish with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. With the Pistons still in the thick of the playoff race, the expectation is that Griffin will play a full compliment of minutes Tuesday against Memphis and, if necessary, Wednesday in New York.
News: Ellington totaled 14 points (4-9 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, three assists and a steal over 33 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Hornets on Sunday.
Impact: Ellington contributed solid minutes on Sunday, finishing with an all-around stat line in the loss. He's been on a nice run recently, averaging 17.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists over his last six games.
News: Smith finished with 20 points (9-16 FG, 2-3 3Pt), four rebounds and four assists over 29 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Hornets on Sunday.
Impact: Smith popped off for 20 points and led the Pistons in Sunday's loss. He's been given a solid 22.2 minutes per game this season, but the consistent production just hasn't been there. He's not a useful option outside of deeper leagues.
News: Griffin totaled 16 points (5-18 FG, 2-11 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds and four assists over 34 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Hornets on Sunday.
Impact: Griffin followed up his 45-point explosion with just 16 points on very poor shooting. He's been able to contribute big Numbers across the board all season, but don't count on him for efficiency from the floor or a consistent three-point shot.
News: Drummond totaled 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-4 FT), 23 rebounds, three blocks and an assist over 42 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Hornets on Sunday.
Impact: Drummond was a monster on the boards in the Pistons' loss on Sunday, scoring 15 and swatting three shots to finish with a massive stat line. Drummond leads the league in rebounding and has grabbed at least 20 rebounds in 18 games this season - a figure which comfortably leads the NBA.
News: Kennard (foot) is available for Sunday's game against the Hornets, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Kennard was listed as probable with the foot issue heading into the day and received the green light to play after coming out of morning shootaround no worse for the wear. The second-year swingman has been in the midst of a slump while playing in five of the Pistons' past six games, averaging just 5.4 points and 1.2 triples per contest while converting at a 29 percent clip from the field.
News: Griffin (knee) will start at power forward in Sunday's game against the Hornets, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Griffin was listed as probable heading into the day, so there was never much real concern that he would sit out the contest. The big man returned from a three-game absence with gusto in Friday's 123-110 loss to the Thunder, submitting 45 points (11-20 FG, 9-14 3Pt, 14-16 FT) to go with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes.
News: Kennard (foot) is probable Sunday against the Hornets.
Impact: Despite foot soreness, Kennard has played in the past two games, totaling 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 45 minutes. Chances are, he'll take the court again Sunday.
News: Griffin (knee) is probable Sunday against the Hornets.
Impact: Griffin made his return Friday following a three-game absence, dropping 45 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals on the Thunder during the 13-point loss. He seems to be dealing with residual soreness, but he's expected to play again Sunday.
News: Maker accumulated eight points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three blocks, one rebound, one assist, and one steal in 17 minutes during Friday's 123-110 loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Maker contributed in every category despite returning to a reserve role with Blake Griffin (knee) rejoining the lineup following a three-game absence. Maker has been more involved through 26 games with the Pistons (19.9 minutes per game) than he ever was during his first few years with the Bucks. Nevertheless, Maker remains best reserved for use in deep leagues.
News: Drummond totaled four points (2-3 FG, 0-2 FT), nine rebounds, five blocks, and one steal in 27 minutes during Friday's 123-110 loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Drummond struggled offensively, managing a season low in scoring while finishing with more turnovers (five) than points. Moreover, the league leader in double-doubles had his 11-game double-double streak snapped. With the Pistons dropping to eighth place in the Eastern Conference, Drummond is likely to receive as many minutes as necessary across the final three regular season matchups.
News: Griffin registered 45 points (11-20 FG, 9-14 3Pt, 14-16 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 35 minutes during Friday's 123-110 loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Griffin returned to the lineup following a three-game absence due to knee soreness and amassed a career high in made threes. The loss drops the Pistons to eighth place in the Eastern Conference, so Griffin should be expected to log as many minutes as he can handle across the last three regular season matchups.
News: Kennard finished with zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two assists, one rebound, and one steal in 16 minutes during Friday's 123-110 loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Kennard had been listed as probable due to a foot injury and was held scoreless in limited action. Despite averaging 10.8 points per game in February and 11.4 points per game in March, the inconsistent sophomore has failed to reach double figures in scoring in four of the last five matchups.
News: Kennard (foot) is available for Friday's game against Oklahoma City.
Impact: Kennard was considered probable with a foot injury, so his availability is no surprise. He'll come off the bench in his usual role Friday night.
News: Maker will come off the bench Friday against the Thunder, Johnny Kane of Fox Sports Detroit reports.
Impact: With Blake Griffin (knee) healthy and returning to the lineup, Maker will resume his usual role off the bench. In 14 games as a reserve in March, Maker averaged 6.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 assists in 18.4 minutes.
News: Griffin (knee) is available and starting Friday's game against Oklahoma City, Johnny Kane of Fox Sports reports.
Impact: Griffin made it through morning shootaround without issue and will return to the court following a three-game absence due to knee soreness. With the Pistons currently in a heated battle for a playoff spot, Detroit will likely try to squeeze as many minutes as possible out of the star forward.
News: Griffin (knee) went through morning shootaround and individual drills and is a game-time call for Friday's matchup against the Thunder, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Griffin also reportedly spent a lot of time talking to trainers. He's missed the past three games due to knee soreness, and he'll likely do everything he can to play in the near future, as the Pistons are jockeying for playoff positioning. Ultimately, it seems like he'll be a game-time call for Friday.
News: Kennard (foot) is listed as probable ahead of Friday's game against the Thunder, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Kennard has been hampered with a foot injury for the past week but played through it Wednesday, accumulating 10 points across 29 minutes of action. Although not 100-percent healthy just yet, Kennard's name on the injury report is likely just a precaution.
News: Mykhailiuk will be inactive for Friday's contest against the Thunder due to a broken left finger, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
Impact: Although it's unlikely going to impact the rotation at all, Mykhailiuk will be sidelined for at least Friday's matchup versus Oklahoma City because of a broken left index finger. Mykhailiuk will probably need more than one game off to fully recover.
News: Griffin (knee) is questionable for Friday's contest against the Thunder, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Left knee soreness will keep Griffin, who has missed the past three games, day-to-day. More information may be available following the team's morning shootaround.
News: Kennard accumulated 10 points (3-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and two assists over 29 minutes Wednesday against the Pacers.
Impact: Kennard logged more playing time than any other Detroit reserve following a one-game absence due to a foot injury. He barely scored above his season average (9.6 ppg) and offered up contributions on the boards as well as a facilitator. With four games remaining in the regular season, it'll be all hands on deck for the Pistons as they aim to claim the best seed possible heading into the postseason.
News: Jackson compiled 16 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and four assists over 23 minutes Wednesday against Indiana.
Impact: Jackson turned the ball over a team-high five times, although he was one of three Piston starters to finish in double figures in the scoring column. He's put up 16 or more points in four of his previous five contests, although it appears that he'll have to step up during the final four matchups of the regular season (especially if Blake Griffin (knee) remains out) if Detroit is to hold onto their No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.
News: Ellington totaled 24 points (9-16 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and a steal over 35 minutes Wednesday against Indiana.
Impact: Ellington scored 15 of his 24 points from beyond the arc and turned in a well-rounded line. Despite this, the Pistons would fall 108-89 on the night. The North Carolina product has scored 24 or more points in three of his previous five contests, and his team will need his scoring contributions down the stretch of the regular season if they have any hope of maintaining a playoff spot in what has turned out to be a tightly contested race.
News: Drummond tallied 28 points (11-16 FG, 6-11 FT), 19 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks over 43 minutes Wednesday against Indiana.
Impact: Drummond led Detroit in minutes logged, points and rebounds, although the Pistons would fall 108-89. He's secured a double-double in each of his previous five contests. Drummond's squad currently has a hold on the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference and will aim to hang on to a playoff spot with just four contests remaining.
News: Kennard (foot) will play in Wednesday's game against the Pacers, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: In a surprising development, Kennard will be active for Wednesday's game after he was originally deemed doubtful. Kennard did not participate in practice on Monday and Tuesday, so chances are the guard still isn't 100 percent, but there has been no report as to whether he will be limited or not Wednesday night.
News: Griffin (knee) is out Wednesday against the Pacers, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Left knee soreness will keep Griffin out for a third straight game. Thon Maker figures to pick up another start.
News: Kennard (foot) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Pacers, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: After missing Monday's game and Tuesday's practice with a foot injury, Kennard, who hasn't officially been ruled out just yet, appears highly unlikely to return to action Wednesday against the Pacers. However, there's still a slim chance that Kennard's injury could take a turn for the better overnight.
News: Griffin (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Indiana.
Impact: Griffin remains day-to-day with knee soreness, although there's still no word on whether he's participated in any basketball activities. Another update on his status should emerge closer to tipoff.
News: Kennard (foot) is considered day-to-day after not participating in Tuesday's practice, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kennard was sidelined for Monday's game against the Pacers with a foot injury, and his absence from Tuesday's practice is not a good sign for his status heading into Wednesday's rematch with Indiana. It sounds like, based on head coach Dwane Casey's remarks, that Kennard will end up being a game-time decision Wednesday.
News: Griffin (knee) did not participate in Tuesdays practice and is considered day-to-day, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Griffin has missed the last two games with left knee soreness, and his inability to practice Tuesday suggests he is still working through some issues with the injury. Griffin will likely end up being a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Pacers, but the idea that he seemingly hasn't done any basketball activity since last week does not bode well for him.
News: Drummond recorded 18 points (8-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-5 FT), 17 rebounds, five assists and four steals across 37 minutes during Monday's loss to Indiana.
Impact: Drummond posted yet another complete line on the way to his 66th double-double of the season. The seventh-year big man's scored at a career-best rate this season while continuing his elite rebounding and defensive production. Drummond could see heavy run for the remaining four games of the season as the Pistons are only a game up of the 9th seed Miami Heat.
News: Jackson finished with 22 points (8-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds and four assists across 30 minutes Monday against the Pacers.
Impact: Despite not shooting particuarly well, Jackson managed to top 20 points for the second-straight game. The veteran guard continues to struggle with inconsistency as he's scored in single digits twice in his past five outings. That said, Jackson still provides decent value with his playmaking and is averaging 15.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 rebounds in 28.1 minutes per game this year.
News: Ellington amassed 26 points (10-19 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists and a block in 37 minutes Monday against the Pacers.
Impact: Ellington led the charge for the Pistons with Blake Griffin out with a knee injury. The veteran guard's scored at least 20 points in four of his past eight games, and continues to provide bursts of scoring off the bench. Since joining the Pistons, Ellington's drilled at least one three in all but two four contests. While he's not going to fill up the box score routinely, Ellington's shot is as consistent as they come.
News: Kennard (foot) won't play Monday against Indiana, Johnny Kane of Fox Sports Detroit reports.
Impact: Kennard will be held out of Monday's clash due to a foot issue, although the severity of the injury remains unclear. He'll likely be a game-time decision for Detroit's next contest Wednesday, also against the Pacers.
News: Gallowan (illness) will attempt to play Monday against the Pacers, Johnny Kane of Fox Sports Detroit reports.
Impact: Galloway missed shootaround due to an illness, and while it sounds like he'll be at less than 100 percent, the veteran guard will give it a go as the Pistons jockey for playoff positioning. Galloway isn't much of a DFS consideration anyway, but given the illness, he may be best avoided Monday night.
News: Galloway is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Pacers due to an illness, J. Michael of the Indy Star reports.
Impact: Coach Dwane Casey confirmed at shootaround that Galloway is dealing with an illness, and the team likely won't make a decision on his status until close to game-time. Galloway has played at least 20 minutes off the bench in every game since Mar. 6, and he's averaging 11.6 points and 2.4 made threes per game in that 14-game span.
News: Kennard is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Pacers due to an illness, J. Michael of the Indy Star reports.
Impact: Both Kennard and Langston Galloway came down with some sort of illness overnight, and coach Dwane Casey said he's unsure about the guards' availability for Monday night. A final call likely won't come until closer to game-time.
News: Griffin (knee) is listed as out for Monday's game against Indiana.
Impact: Griffin was scratched at the last minute Saturday night against Portland due to left knee soreness, and the issue evidently isn't feeling better just yet. His next opportunity to return will come Wednesday, also against the Pacers.
News: Brown contributed five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two blocks, and one rebound in 23 minutes during Saturday's 99-90 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Brown has recorded two rejections in three of the last 12 tilts. However, he hadn't earned more than 18 minutes in any of the last 10 matchups. Despite continuing to draw starts, Brown is mostly a defensive specialist, and he's not really involved enough offensively to make much of a dent in the box scores.
News: Pachulia pitched in four points (2-2 FG), two assists, and one rebound in 10 minutes during Saturday's 99-90 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Pachulia finished the month of March having earned double-digit minutes in only five of 13 appearances. The absence of Blake Griffin (knee soreness) didn't result in Pachulia earning much additional playing time in this one either, and the veteran backup big man simply isn't an appealing option for most fantasy formats.
News: Robinson recorded eight points (4-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, and one assist in 19 minutes during Saturday's 99-90 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Robinson had been a healthy scratch in each of the last four games, this after earning only one minute in last Thursday's win over the Suns. Given that Robinson isn't even a regular rotation player, there's little reason to trust him in most formats.
News: Jackson dialed up 28 points (10-22 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, five assists, and one block in 34 minutes during Saturday's 99-90 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Jackson finishes the month of March having scored at least 20 points in seven of 16 tilts. The absence of Blake Griffin (knee soreness) resulted in Jackson taking on more responsibility in this one, and he did not disappoint. In the event that Griffin misses any more time, Jackson would likely continue to be more involved offensively given that Griffin typically operates as the primary creator offensively.
News: Drummond delivered 22 points (9-13 FG, 4-6 FT), 19 rebounds, four assists, four steals, and three blocks in 38 minutes during Saturday's 99-90 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Drummond was magnificent, providing a thoroughly dominating performance with Blake Griffin (knee soreness) sidelined. Given that the Pistons are still fighting to secure a playoff spot, Drummond should be expected to continue playing as many minutes as he can handle across the last six regular season games.
News: Maker will start Saturday against the Trail Blazers, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With Blake Griffin (knee) a late scratch, Maker will draw the start next to Andre Drummond. In one previous start this season, Maker posted seven points, nine rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes.
News: Griffin is late scratch for Saturday's game against the Trail Blazers, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Griffin is out due to left knee soreness. Thon Maker will start in his place.
News: Griffin contributed 20 points (8-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists and one steal across 33 minutes in Thursday's 115-98 win over the Magic.
Impact: Griffin continues to be his all-around self from the power forward position for the Pistons, doing a little bit of everything for the team to help them win. He can always drop it off to his big man Andre Drummond, attack the post himself, or space out the floor with his size and range. Averaging 23.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 6.4 assists since missing a game, Griffin is locked in for the Pistons' postseason run.
News: Smith collected 15 points (7-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt), six assists and four rebounds across 28 minutes in Thursday's 115-98 win over the Magic.
Impact: Smith has spelled Reggie Jackson on the Pistons, and has certainly been doing enough to warrant more consideration going forward. He played more minutes than the starter Jackson did Thursday night and wildly outproduced him, shooting 50 percent and handing out six dimes. Smith should see plenty of run on a team making the playoff push looking to keep guys fresh or find guys who are hot right now.
News: Ellington registered 25 points (9-16 FG, 7-13 3Pt) and three steals across 31 minutes in Thursday's 115-98 win over the Magic.
Impact: After having no rebounds and no assists in either of his last two games, it is clear that Ellington is only a scorer. He now has sunk 11 threes over that same span, showing off his one true talent. If he can pick up his effort on the defensive end and get more steals like he did Thursday, the Pistons would certainly appreciate it as they fight for a playoff spot.
News: Drummond recorded 18 points (9-10 FG, 0-3 FT), 18 rebounds, six blocks, four assists and one steal across 38 minutes in Thursday's 115-98 win over the Magic.
Impact: Despite Drummond lacking the range to stretch the floor (or make free-throws consistently), he is a power big that provides plenty of value in other forms. Thursday night showed what he can bring any given night, as he has now rattled off eight consecutive double-doubles, and is averaging 1.6 blocks over that span.
News: Jackson amassed 17 points (7-17 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 95-92 loss to Denver.
Impact: Jackson bounced back after a terrible outing against the Warriors, playing in excess of 30 minutes for the first time in three weeks. He has been splitting time with Ish Smith but was the superior player Tuesday. Jackson is a score first point guard which limits his overall appeal and his lack of defensive numbers is always a source of frustration. The timeshare will likely continue the rest of the way making both Jackson and Smith fringe standard league options only.