1st-round NBA pick Hachimura scores 35 points in Japan’s win
CHIBA, Japan (AP) — First-round NBA draft pick Rui Hachimura scored 35 points to lead Japan to a 99-89 win over New Zealand in World Cup warm-up game at Port Chiba Arena.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Dwane Casey had nothing but positive things to say about the fact that his former team just won the NBA title.
Casey coached the Toronto Raptors for seven seasons...
Pistons returned to playoffs but still have a way to go
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons haven't made the playoffs much in the last decade — and when they have, their stay has been a short one.
So after being swept by top-seeded Milwaukee this...
Finally a playoff game at Detroit Pistons’ new arena
Little Caesars Arena in Detroit will finally host its first playoff game — in what is probably the last chance the Pistons have to make their series against Milwaukee competitive.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Detroit Pistons say Blake Griffin will be out of the lineup for the second game of the team's first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Pistons’ Griffin out for Game 1 against Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin will not play in Game 1 of the team's first-round playoff series against Milwaukee because of a left knee injury, coach Dwane Casey...
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey says star forward Blake Griffin is still day to day heading into the postseason.
Pacers handle Griffin-less Pistons 108-89
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin made it through almost the whole season without a significant injury.
Now, as the Detroit Pistons try to hold on to a playoff spot, their star's health is a...
DETROIT (AP) — On the night the Detroit Pistons honored the "Bad Boys", the current roster had to play the same kind of defense that led to championships in 1989 and 1990.
Ellington, Griffin lead Pistons past Magic 115-98
DETROIT (AP) — Journeyman shooter Wayne Ellington didn't get much attention after he signed a free-agent deal with the Detroit Pistons in early February.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The play of Damian Lillard has been a constant for Portland. It's the contributions by his teammates that have coincided with the Trail Blazers' rise in the...
Ellington, Drummond lead Pistons past Suns, 118-98
PHOENIX (AP) — The Detroit Pistons turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and turned away the Phoenix Suns.
Wayne Ellington scored 23 points and the Pistons made 17 3-pointers...
Sexton scores 27, leads Cavaliers past Pistons 126-119
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers squeaked by without Kevin Love.
The Detroit Pistons, playing without Blake Griffin, weren't as fortunate.
Pistons resting Blake Griffin vs. Cavs for playoff push
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Detroit Pistons will rest star forward Blake Griffin for at least one game this week to keep him as fresh as possible for their final postseason push.
Pistons beat Raptors 110-107 to complete season sweep.
DETROIT (AP) — For the second straight season, Dwane Casey has swept the season series between the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors.
After his Raptors went 4-0 against the Pistons in...
Pistons handle LeBron-less Lakers 111-97
DETROIT (AP) — After beating the Lakers while LeBron James sat out, Detroit coach Dwane Casey was asked if he wished his Pistons had been able to face a Los Angeles team that was closer to full...
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are playing one of the biggest games of their season on Monday in Brooklyn.
That's why they were happy to get Sunday's game out of the way as quickly as...
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Griffin helps Pistons knock off Bulls 112-104
CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Griffin had bags of ice on each of his knees, and he soaked his feet in a tub of ice water. Andre Drummond also had bags of ice on each knee.
DETROIT (AP) — All too often this season, the Detroit Pistons' offense has devolved into throwing Blake Griffin the ball and watching whatever happens.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Due to an arena-wide computer glitch, there were still several seconds remaining on the scoreboard clock when the officials signaled the game was over.
Aldridge helps Spurs beat Pistons in return home, 105-93
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Home never felt so good for the San Antonio Spurs.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, DeMar DeRozan had 17 points and 13 points, and the Spurs returned home after a...
Drummond, Griffin lead Pistons over Pacers 113-109
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit coach Dwane Casey downplayed the revenge factor after the Pistons beat Indiana.
"This is the way that we have to play, no matter who we play," Casey said.
Pistons reach 7th in East, top reeling Heat 119-96
MIAMI (AP) — If there's been an area of concern for Detroit coach Dwane Casey in this playoff push, it's been the play of the Pistons' second unit.
Griffin enjoying resurgence a year after trade to Pistons
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin doesn't need to jump over any cars to be a hit in the Motor City.
A year after arriving in Detroit with his career at a crossroads, a more earthbound Griffin is doing all he can to shake the Pistons out of their decade-long malaise.
Pistons hold on without Drummond, beat Heat 98-93
DETROIT (AP) — Dwane Casey wants the Detroit Pistons to react a little better when they hit a rough stretch.
Friday night against Miami was another test.
Blake Griffin had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pistons overcame an early exit by injured Andre Drummond to beat the Heat 98-93. Detroit blew a 16-point lead and scored only 12 in the third quarter, but the Pistons rebounded in the fourth and have won consecutive games for the first time since early December.
Griffin scores 30, leads Pistons past Magic 120-115 in OT
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond's bad habits bother Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey.
Luckily for Casey and the Pistons, Drummond's good moments can win basketball games.
Drummond put up his version of a triple-double on Wednesday and the Pistons notched a crucial 120-115 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic.
Griffin, Drummond help Pistons pull away from Wizards 106-95
DETROIT (AP) — There's no trophy for beating a slumping team like the Washington Wizards in late December.
For Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons, though, Wednesday night's victory felt like a big deal.
After losing nine of 11, the Pistons went on a 23-2 run to start the second half and held on to beat Washington 106-95.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse’s 94-year-old mother dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse has rejoined his team in Los Angeles after the death of his 94-year-old mother.
Nurse says his mother, Marcella Nurse, died Monday in Iowa, where he was born in the city of Carroll.
He plans to coach Tuesday night against the Clippers and Wednesday at Golden State before returning to Iowa.
"I'm here because my mother wouldn't want it any other way," Nurse said before the game.
Adams, Westbrook lead Thunder to rout of Pistons
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit hadn't lost in 12 days. Oklahoma City has been on a tear since the end of October.
On Monday night, it was the Thunder who stayed hot.
Steven Adams scored 21 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 and the Thunder routed the Pistons 110-83.
"I thought we played a very complete game," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. "There were things we could have done better, but I'm pleased that we went on the road and played this well against a very good team."
Griffin scores 30, Pistons beat Knicks 115-108
DETROIT (AP) — There's plenty of mediocrity in the Eastern Conference this season, and the Detroit Pistons are taking advantage.
Blake Griffin scored 30 points and Stanley Johnson added 21 to lift the Pistons to a 115-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
Reggie Jackson contributed 21 points for Detroit. The Pistons held New York to 40 percent shooting from the field and led throughout the final three quarters.
Pistons pull away in 4th to beat Suns 118-107
DETROIT (AP) — Dwane Casey is a little perplexed by his team's performance in afternoon games.
"We've got to drink some coffee in the morning, wake up a little bit earlier," the Detroit coach said. "Wake up a little bit earlier, have a 6 o'clock-in-the-morning shootaround, something to get us going."
Jackson scores 22, leads Pistons past Rockets 116-111 in OT
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit has a new Big Three: Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson.
The Pistons' trio played major roles in Detroit's 116-111 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night as they combined for 73 points and 33 rebounds.
They also got some help from little-known rookie Bruce Brown.
Drummond, Pistons cruise past Cavaliers 113-102
DETROIT (AP) — Before Detroit's matchup with Cleveland, Pistons coach Dwane Casey stressed the importance of a good start.
"When the bell rings, we've got to be ready to run and play fast, and play together," Casey said. "I've had it before and somehow, there's some reason we get off to that slow start, and we can't afford that."
Pistons stun Raptors 106-104 in Casey’s return to Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — Dwane Casey's return to Toronto delivered drama right up until the final second.
Reggie Bullock made the winning shot as time expired and the Detroit Pistons rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Raptors 106-104 on Wednesday night, giving Casey an emotional victory over his former team.
"I felt good for the players," Casey said. "We were 19 down and didn't give up, didn't stop scrapping, didn't give in."
Players: Emotions will run high when Casey makes his return
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas spent a dozen years between them developing their games under coach Dwane Casey. Valanciunas had never played for any other NBA head coach before this season.
When they welcome Casey and his Detroit Pistons back to Toronto on Wednesday night, the two longest-serving current Raptors know emotions will be running high.
"It's going to be different, but hey, I'm still going to try to take his head off, the team's head off," Lowry said with a laugh.
Tony Parker has 24 points, Hornets beat Pistons 113-103
DETROIT (AP) — Most of the stars of the 2005 NBA Finals have been out of the league for several years.
Tony Parker, is still beating the Detroit Pistons.
Sunday, he faced them for the first time as a member of the Charlotte Hornets, but the results weren't any different. The 36-year-old scored 24 points in 28 minutes off the bench to lead Charlotte to a 113-103 victory.
Drummond, Johnson pace Pistons to easy win over Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — The Detroit Pistons were so efficient on offense that they didn't need Blake Griffin to take many shots.
The NBA's fifth-leading scorer loved sharing the ball on an easy night for his team.
"We just did a great job of taking exactly what the defense gave us," Griffin said. "When we play like that and the ball is zipping and moving around, then it's a lot more fun."
Drummond has 23 points, 19 rebounds; Pistons beat Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Detroit center Andre Drummond has expanded his offensive game dramatically.
Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds and the Pistons beat the Orlando Magic 103-96 on Wednesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Drummond hit 10 of 16 shots, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter, and nailed both free throw attempts. He scored 19 points in the first half, then set picks and chased down offensive rebounds for teammates in the final two periods.
Embiid scores 39 points in Philadelphia’s win over Detroit
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia star big man Joel Embiid revels in the chances to go against Detroit center Andre Drummond. And Embiid doesn't stop going at Drummond when the game is over.
Embiid scored 32 of his 39 points in a dominating first half and had 17 rebounds and then let Drummond know about it afterward, leading the 76ers to a 109-99 victory over the Pistons on Saturday.
Embiid made 10 of 18 field goals and 18 of 23 free throws to help Philadelphia improve to 6-0 at home.
Pistons still unbeaten after 110-103 win over Cleveland
DETROIT (AP) — Dwane Casey has coached Detroit to its best start in a decade.
He's also well aware the Pistons have a long way to go.
"It's good for our team, good for our morale, but we know that there's bigger mountains to climb down the road," said Casey, who was hired to coach the Pistons this past offseason. "We've just got to continue to work and improve and get better in certain areas."
Griffin, Smith lead Pistons over Bulls 118-116
CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Griffin was having a big game and he had just hit a key 3-pointer on his previous attempt.
Still, the perennial All-Star had no problem deferring to a reserve for a potential game-winning shot Saturday night.
Griffin had 33 points and 12 rebounds, Ish Smith scored all 15 of his points in the second half, including the decisive basket, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Bulls 118-116 in Chicago's home opener.
Casey wins debut with Pistons, 103-100 over Nets
DETROIT (AP) — It took the Detroit Pistons over three minutes to score in their first game under new coach Dwane Casey. Then at the end, they committed two straight shot-clock violations while trying to close out the victory.
After all that, the Pistons won anyway.
"We'll take it," Casey said. "In this league, you've got to celebrate the wins. I've said it all along. We've got to have fun. We can't have the gloom-and-doom situations. There's going to be adversity in the NBA."
Pistons hope for improvement with new coach, similar roster
DETROIT (AP) — Once the Detroit Pistons traded for Blake Griffin last season, their roster was largely set for the foreseeable future.
When that deal wasn't enough to push the Pistons into the playoffs, they made the easiest changes they could in the offseason, hiring a new coach and overhauling the front office.
Clippers hire Rex Kalamian as assistant
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have hired Rex Kalamian as an assistant on coach Doc Rivers' staff, bringing him back for a second stint with the team.
He spent the last three seasons as an assistant with Toronto, which didn't promote him when coach Dwane Casey was fired.
Kalamian worked in various jobs for the Clippers from 1992-95 and then was an assistant from 1995-2003.
Pistons hire Grgurich, Nori as assistant coaches
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have hired Tim Grgurich and Micah Nori as assistant coaches.
Grgurich most recently was an assistant for Milwaukee, but he's spent the last 27 years with NBA teams such as Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Denver and Dallas. New Pistons coach Dwane Casey overlapped with Grgurich when both were with Seattle from 1994-98.
Grgurich was also the lead assistant for Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV when it won the NCAA title in 1990.
Pistons add Lowe, Sweeney to Casey’s staff
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons hired assistant coaches Sidney Lowe and Sean Sweeney on Friday to join Dwane Casey's staff.
Detroit also added Malik Rose as assistant general manager and player development coach DJ Bakker.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — John Beilein says he was never offered the Detroit Pistons' coaching job.
"I never really had to make the decision," the Michigan coach said. "That would have been a tough one."
Casey says Pistons have plenty of talent in place
DETROIT (AP) — Dwane Casey looks at the roster of the Detroit Pistons and sees a core of players capable of a lot more than the team accomplished last season.