The San Antonio Spurs kept a comfortable lead the entire game and left Auburn Hills with a 103-92 win. Thanks for ruining Blaha Night, jerks.
To the tape!
Ish Smith continued his strong play as of late finishing with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting and four assists.
He’s going to get you the ball:
But can you finish:
Can’t expect the Pistons to make every shot but those are some pretty good looks. Smith was the only consistent bright spot against the Spurs and if I’m understanding basketball Twitter correctly, starting Ish with the first unit is a growing concept.
Andre Drummond had a rough night offensively going 5-17. These two plays, however, played exactly into his strengths:
Drummond is a mountain of a man and should be using his posterior - like above - to clear space on a regular basis.
Of his twelve misses, many came off trying to tip in a teammates’ missed shot. Below, however, is not one of those:
Disregard the slight elbow hook.
Assuming you read the game preview, Kawhi Leonard, offensively, does two things on an elite level.
Run the pick and roll:
And as a spot up shooter:
Leonard finished with 32 points.
What the game preview didn’t cover was Spurs’ All Star Dewayne Dedmon.
I mean, he’s got to be an All Star, right? 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting, 17 rebounds and a pair of blocks would suggest so.
The ole “I’m just gonna out-jump you instead of boxing out”:
On three consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, LaMarcus Aldridge connected on all three of his pick and pops:
Reggie Jackson shot 5 of 13 on his way to 12 points and seven assists. Five misses came in the paint:
Does Reggie look right?
Part of Drummond’s inconsistency revolves around shot selection.
Below, is a good miss:
Positioning is solid, just a tough luck miss.
This, however, isn’t a good miss:
When Jon Leuer misses, he really misses:
I challenge you to find a Leuer miss that’s in-and-out. It’s either in or way out.
Losing to the Spurs isn’t a horrible thing. Will they bounce back against Toronto?