After ugly back-to-back losses earlier in the week to Cleveland and Utah, the Pistons lose at home to the Toronto Raptors 87-75 in front of a pro-Raptors crowd.
To the tape!
Reggie Jackson’s 20 points and six assists led the Pistons and was highlighted by this half court offense dunk:
He’s not going to want to hear it but driving left, finishing left, the dip in dribble - that’s a John Wall move and finish.
75 points doesn't exactly produce a ton of Highs but these two Andre Drummond passes should be noted:
It’s the right pass at the right time coming after a roll but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope nor Marcus Morris do their part.
KCP shot one-for-nine and Morris one-for-four beyond the arc.
It’s not a High/Low without an Ish Smith block:
And like all good shot blockers, he keeps it in play.
Twice, Tobias Harris took advantage of a mismatch with a relatively easy turnaround:
Besides following Ish Smith on a fastbreak, what’s the easiest way to get a bucket?
Follow Stanley Johnson.
The Pistons were outscored 27-9 in the fourth quarter thanks in large part to an overly stale offense. The game was still up for grabs with roughly five minutes remaining but the Pistons made sure Toronto left Auburn Hills with a much needed win:
First, a couple of no pass Reggie Jackson possessions; turnover by Tobias Harris; contested jumper by Marcus Morris; three point attempt in which KCP was more interested in getting fouled than scoring.
If we must waste possessions on a Drummond post-up, he should be catching the ball closer to the rim:
Four Pistons in the paint:
And the one Raptor gets the rebound and put-back.
Between Stanley Jackson, Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith, recent games’ fastbreak opportunities have become an adventure:
When the play starts, Tobias Harris, KCP and Morris are all back on defense:
How does DeMarre Carroll still get a layup?
Three straight losses have the Pistons outside looking in at the postseason. Don't worry, we got a DBB writer that guarantees seven straight wins:
Pistons win their next 7. Book it. Well, don't book it. But yah know.— David Fernandez (@THE_FERNANTULA) March 18, 2017
Well, kind of.