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4 months ago Update 4 comments
As ugly as last night's game was, it won't take long before we forget the final score and simply remember Andre Drummond's highlights in sepia tones. Dude had a double-double in 10 minutes and change, ultimately finishing with 18 points and 18 rebounds in just 28 minutes. Here's two points and one rebound that I especially enjoyed:
As everyone has already pointed out, Drummond joins Dwight Howard as the only teenager to go 18 and 18 since the 1985-86 season (and maybe longer -- that's just how far back Basketball-Reference's game-finder database goes).
How about teenagers going 17 and 17? Just Drummond and Howard, who did it five times. And teenagers going 16 and 16? It's Drummond and Howard (nine times!) again, with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and ... Anthony Randolph. I'd keep lowering the bar, but this is already getting pointless.
Also, many thanks to friend of DBB Tas Melas for starting the #LetDreDunk movement:
4 months ago Update 0 comments
Stuckey also returned to being unproductive.
In 27-plus minutes, Stuckey had seven points on 1-for-4 shooting, an assist with two turnovers, a block and two rebounds. Stuckey was also on the floor for most of the Bucks' initial comeback. He got to the free throw line six times (missing two) and made his only three-point attempt, but he may as well have been benched for this game, too.
To be fair, Stuckey wasn't the only player who under-performed and certainly wasn't the worst. That said, he was being held under a close microscope after his little dispute with Lawrence Frank and subsequent benching, so it didn't help that the 26-year-old, who is in the midst of his worst season of his career, looked, well, like complete shit again on Tuesday night.
4 months ago Article 51 comments
Up 15 very early in the contest, the Pistons fell apart and got absolutely drubbed by the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, 117-90, wasting Andre Drummond's historic game.
4 months ago GameThread 420 comments
Following a wild win in Orlando, the Pistons are back on their home floor to try and improve their season record against the Milwaukee Bucks to 3-0. This is where you can talk about the game with your fellow fans. Roll call!
4 months ago Update 21 comments
Stuckey active, back to normal usage for tonight vs. MIL. "We're moving on," LFrank said after shootaround.— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) January 29, 2013
Stuckey also spoke with reporters, seemingly in good spirits:
Stuckey: "All is well. Something that L. Did and we move on. It happened, he did what he had to do and we move on. Me and L are fine."— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldFSD) January 29, 2013
Stuckey: "I understand why it was done. It's over with now, though. I'm good, it's all about the team. #Pistons— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldFSD) January 29, 2013
Stuckey: "We talked it out. There was never any tension between us. Everybody gets along with each other on this team." #Pistons— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldFSD) January 29, 2013
Stuckey: "Things didn't see eye to eye so he did what he had to do. Move on, end of discussion, it's all in the past now."— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) January 29, 2013
Stuckey: "We good. Me and (Frank) are fine. Sometimes you have disagreements with one another. He did what he had to do and I respect that."— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) January 29, 2013
It's nice to see the Pistons will be at full strength, but it's worth asking, might his days in Detroit be numbered? Officially, the word from the mountaintop says no -- Joe Dumars flatly denied a trade being in the works when asked by MLive on Sunday. But just because Stuckey's benching wasn't related to a specific trade doesn't mean he's not available.
It's crystal clear by now that Stuckey is no longer part of Detroit's long-term vision -- or at least, Lawrence Frank's interpretation of it. Brandon Knight is being given every opportunity to succeed (or fail) as the starting point guard, with Stuckey being relegated off the bench. And the fact that Stuckey needs the ball in his hands to produce (and has regressed to near rookie-level production without it) hasn't gone unnoticed. From MLive's David Mayo:
Twice in two days, immediately after Saturday's practice and before Sunday's game, Frank made unspecific negative references to player types which might be construed to apply to Stuckey. He noted that players who can only be effective with the ball or with specific teammates can't play a regular role.
"If you can only play well with certain guys, you know what you're called? A specialist," Frank said Sunday. "When you can play with anyone, you're a rotation player."
Stuckey is a known quantity around the league, for better or worse. He comes with a fair amount of baggage, but it's worth noting that he seems to be aware. As we learned last year (and as Vince Ellis noted again today), Stuckey is candid about visiting a therapist to deal with anger issues. If another team is willing to give him a fresh slate for his various run-ins with coaches and puts him in position to succeed on the court, he could be a relatively low-risk gamble: As Ellis notes in the above link:
The timing is curious, with the Feb. 21 trade deadline approaching. Stuckey is a player who intrigues league executives. His name comes up in conversations when teams are doing their due diligence about perspective trades.
And he isn't that expensive. If he were traded a team could audition him for the remainder of the season. If it doesn't work out, only $4 million of his $8.5 million salary for next season is guaranteed, so a team could turn him loose before the June 30 deadline.
Is Stuckey returning to normal usage because he's being showcased for a trade, or because he's a legitimate building block for the future? We'll find out by Feb. 22.
4 months ago Update 0 comments
4 months ago Article 11 comments
With Boston taking a blow after losing Rajon Rondo for the year, the Pistons are talking more openly about their desire to reach the playoffs. But for them to reach the postseason they will need to win games like the one Tuesday night against Milwaukee.