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Pistons fail to execute late, lose 112-109 to Pelicans

Avery Bradley shot the Pistons out, then back in, then out of the game again

Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images

We’re gonna run through this one, if that’s ok with you guys:

Good Things:

  • Tobias Harris was great offensively, scoring 25 points, going six of six from the free throw line (Tobias’ free throw attempts per game have jumped significantly since Reggie Jackson got hurt), and three of five from downtown.
  • Andre Drummond played 39 (relatively effective) minutes, and didn’t look to be in serious pain due to his rib injury.
  • Avery Bradley had a marvelous third quarter, scoring 14 of his 24 points in the period. For that stretch, he looked like “Avery Bradley” once again.
  • The Pistons gave up 37 in a quarter and were still in this game at the end.

Bad Things:

  • Avery Bradley was awful outside of the third quarter, most notably at the end of the game, where he broke off the play to take a heavily contested corner three:
  • Anthony Tolliver’s cold streak continued, as he was one of four from the floor and a big zero-for-three from three-point range.
  • Anthony Davis left the game near the end of the third quarter with an ankle sprain and did not return... and still had 30 points on only 14 (!) shots and 10 rebounds. Anytime you can tell in the first quarter a guys is going to get the DawkIns treatment, it’s not a good night.
  • Dwight Buycks might be running a little low on pixie dust: He was three of nine from the floor, zero-for-three from three, and only played 14 minutes.

Just... Things

  • Luke Kennard only played 12 minutes, but was two of four from the floor and made both his free throws. He’s got to hunt for his shot a little more when he’s on the court.
  • Stanley Johnson was still out with his hip flexor injury, but the Pistons broadcast had a shot of him riding an exercise bike on the sideline looking MAD AS HELL, so I’m guessing he’s close to returning.
  • Langston Galloway: DNP-CD. If only there was a situation in which his chuckeriffic skillset would have been useful...

Pistons look to bounce back Jan. 10 against the Brooklyn Nets.