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Pistons High / Low: Blitzed off the court by the Warriors

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NBA: Detroit Pistons at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Pistons hung around for a while but the Golden State Warriors blew the doors open in the third quarter and eventually won 127-107.

High

It’s slim pickings trying to muster up a couple “highs” but here we go.

Detroit was able to control the paint early on, which, despite their horrid 3-point shooting, kept the game close. Below, is a rebound that probably only Boban can get followed by a generous goaltending call:

Boban’s been playing well as of late and is earning - not stealing - minutes away from Aron Baynes:

Here, his ability to collect himself after grabbing a pass that, again, only Boban can get, shows great control.

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Stanley Johnson is another Piston trending upward. There’s never been a question about Johnson’s effort on defense but early in the season he was a liability on offense. Slowly, he’s gaining more confidence.

Those are two good looks for Piston big men set up by Johnson. He also connected on 2-of-3 3-point attempts.

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Low

Do you notice a difference in effort between Reggie Jackson and Stanley Johnson:

That’s textbook turnstile defense showcased by Jackson - can’t do it better than that.

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Below, as Drummond help’s on the Curry drive, no one helps Dre.

It’s a tall task for Ish Smith to box out Javale McGee, but there is no reason why Darrun Hilliard can’t get his nose dirty, too.

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Speaking of Hilliard, at this point in his career, he’s simply not a rotational player. Obviously the injury to KCP puts Stan Van Gundy in a bind.

I’m not sure what to call a shooting guard who can’t shoot but 2-of-12 ain’t gonna cut it.

Wide. Open.

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What does the back-to-back MVP do for an encore?

He sets screens to get teammates open.

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How does arguably the top 3-point shooter in the game help his team win?

He sets screens to get teammates open.

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When people complain about Drummond not altering shots, this is what they’re referring to:

That’s a shot he could easily change.

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And finally, this could be the lowest of the low:

Stay tuned.