Mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, of course now the Pistons are able to play some competent basketball. They won their second straight, and against Western Conference teams on the road no less.
The Pistons shot the Grizzlies off the floor in the second half, making 11 three pointers after halftime. They shot 6-7 in the fourth quarter. Reggie Bullock led the way with four made threes, while Henry Ellenson and Darrun Hilliard chipped in three.
The defense also clamped down for the Pistons, particularly in the third quarter. Memphis shot just 3-13 for the period and the Pistons also took a big edge on the glass, out-rebounding the Grizzlies 12 to 6.
Boban Marjanovic continues to show that his per 36 stats aren’t some kind of statistical fluke and that his 7’3 frame isn’t just a circus act. This guy can play. In just 22 minutes, Marjanovic scored 14 points on 4-6 shooting and had 10 rebounds.
Let’s make sure that Boban is in the rotation next season, please and thank you.
It was yet another game to forget for Andre Drummond. He finished with five points on 2-6 shooting, but was at least a force on the glass with 11 rebounds, including six offensive boards. It’s Drummond’s fifth straight game with a true shooting percentage under 50 percent. This season can’t end quickly enough for Dre.
The Pistons are jockeying with the Charlotte Hornets for the 11 spot in the upcoming draft. Both teams only have two games remaining and tonight’s win puts the Pistons with the higher figure in the win column.
They’ll play the final game at the Palace of Auburn Hills tomorrow night against the Washington Wizards.
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