The Detroit Pistons continued to dominate at home with a big win over the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-97.
As stated before, Detroit needed nearly EVERYONE to play well in order to defeat the Clippers. They needed solid offense, solid defense, and solid bench play to overcome the best team in the NBA.
And if one element was off, such as porous offense or porous defense, a loss seemed inevitable.
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Fortunately, the Pistons did what they had to do and came away with an 11-point victory over Chris Paul and the Clippers.
Ish Smith rebounded well from a poor game against Miami, though was not great: only shooting 6-of-13 and being blocked multiple times by DeAndre Jordan. Fortunately, Smith still lead Detroit in an uplifting win against the Clippers with 16 points and 7 assists.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was a huge part of Detroit’s success against the Clippers. As his defense may not have seemed all too great by allowing J.J. Reddick to score 24 points, Pope shot well from deep, hitting four out of six threes, and distributed the ball well with a team-high 10 assists. Pope further proved he can play well against premier teams and that a $20 million contract might be money well spent.
Marcus Morris has been the definition of clutch for the Detroit Pistons as of late. As Morris was quiet and experienced foul trouble for most of the game, he came up huge in the fourth quarter for Detroit on the offensive end finishing with 18 points and three rebounds for the game.
As Tobias Harris was missing for Detroit in the fourth quarter, the power forward had fifteen points, three rebounds and three assists against the Clippers. Additionally, Harris shot well by cashing in 7-of-11 shots. If Harris could merely improve his defensive game against true power forwards, then additional minutes would come his way against future teams with bigger power forwards.
Andre Drummond carried over his dominant play from the past few games with an outstanding performance against the Clippers. He recorded another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and was strong defensively and energetic down the stretch. Furthermore, Drummond proved with a highlight over Blake Griffin that he can slam the ball anytime given and is one of the leagues best centers.
Beno Udrih did not have a strong performance against the Clippers. Over the 14 minutes he played, he only managed four points and two rebounds. However, with the Clippers playing many of their starting five for majority of the game, Ish Smith was needed out there defensively for Detroit and limiting minutes for Udrih.
Darrun Hilliard was the spark on the bench the Pistons critically needed in their win over Los Angeles. During the 19 minutes Hilliard played, the shooting guard hit 4-of-6 shots with nine points for the game. Hilliard’s most critical moment came when he cashed in on an and-one to put the Pistons up two early in the fourth quarter while the Clippers were surging.
Jon Leuer was solid offensively and defensively for the Pistons. Even though he shot under 50% with five for eleven shooting, the power forward finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Additionally, he was of further value for Detroit as he was the only Piston to body up Blake Griffin.
Aron Baynes wasn’t anything special for Detroit in their win against the Clippers. Too many times, Baynes missed simple baskets down low and collected unnecessary, silly fouls. Overall, it was a forgettable game for the Australian center.
Only playing six minutes, Michael Gbinije, like Aaron Baynes, was forgettable for the Pistons in their effort against the Clippers. Playing due to the absence of Stanley Johnson, Gbinije did not make the most of his minutes as he only recorded one rebound and zero points