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Pistons vs Jazz final score: Dominant game from Drummond not enough, Pistons fall 98-95 in OT

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Losing streak moves to six.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Detroit Pistons Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

30 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 6 blocks. Hey Keith, when’s the last time we’ve seen a line like that?

Andre Drummond took his All Star snub as an opportunity to remind folks that he’s capable of doing things that pretty much no one else on a basketball court is capable of doing.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get the Pistons the win.

The rest of the starting lineup combined for 14-45 shooting and most of the bench was just as bad. Stan Van Gundy took the Reggie Bullock injury as an opportunity to make a shake up in the starting lineup, inserting both Stanley Johnson and Langston Galloway into the starting lineup - and moving Ish Smith to the bench (hat tip to DBB podcast guest Duncan Smith for bringing that up that exact move in the last pod).

It didn’t really work out tonight, but it’s good to see SVG showing some flexibility in the roster. Still, Ish played nearly the entire fourth quarter and overtime - and it was just brutal. This team has to figure something out for closing out games and it most likely involves Ish not being on the floor.

Still, out of the nine Pistons players that saw the floor, only Luke Kennard and Anthony Tolliver joined Drummond with decent performances. The rest were pretty lousy. And hey, despite flashes of brilliance from Donovan Mitchell, Kennard arguably outplayed him.

So. Small moral victories. I guess that’s kind of the theme of this season.

Earlier this season we looked at some of Andre Drummond’s top performances in his career. This one may be a new best. It’s unfortunate that it came on a night when the rest of his team was awful.

But hopefully he’ll keep the All Star Game Snub Hulk version of Andre Drummond around and not revert back to Bruce Banner anytime soon.

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