Pistons beat Grizzlies 100-93 and cling to playoff hopes
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are still clinging to the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs thanks to their biggest second-half comeback in three decades.
Pistons face the Magic on 3-game slide
Orlando Magic (37-38, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (37-37, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
DETROIT (AP) — All too often this season, the Detroit Pistons' offense has devolved into throwing Blake Griffin the ball and watching whatever happens.
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.
Pistons’ Drummond leaves vs. Heat after being hit in face
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond left Detroit's game against Miami on Friday night with a nasal injury after he was hit in the face by an opponent's arm.
James Johnson of the Heat caught Drummond in the face in the first half, and the Detroit big man left after playing only 7:14. Drummond is not expected to return.
Ish Smith, a backup point guard for Detroit, also left because of adductor tightness. Smith was in his third game back after missing 19 because of a right adductor tear.
Bucks’ Brogdon out again with hamstring issue
DETROIT (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon is out for a second straight game because of left hamstring soreness.
Ersan Ilyasova is also missing Monday night's game at Detroit with a nose contusion. The Pistons are without guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear), forward Glenn Robinson III (left ankle sprain) and forward Henry Ellenson (left ankle sprain).
Philadelphia’s Embiid resting for game at Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are resting center Joel Embiid for their game at Detroit.
It's the first game all season that Embiid is missing. Coach Brett Brown says he thinks it's the right move for the long run.
Embiid was drafted in 2014 but has only played 120 NBA games because of injury problems. He shot 5 of 17 from the field in a loss at Toronto on Wednesday night.
Griffin, Drummond lead Pistons over Curry, Warriors 111-102
DETROIT (AP) — Golden State got Stephen Curry back on Saturday night.
Even that wasn't enough for the Warriors against Detroit's Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.
Griffin scored 26 points and Drummond added 16 points and 19 rebounds as the Pistons extended their winning streak to five games with a 111-102 victory over the Warriors.
"That's obviously a great win," Griffin said. "You could tell by the crowd and the atmosphere tonight that we were facing a big team, and we protected our home floor."
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.
Detroit — The Pistons got a big win on Thursday with a big game from Blake Griffin. This time, they did it with more help from some other sources.
Griffin was good, with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, but the Pistons got big contributions from all over the starting lineup and eked out a 111-107 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night before an energized crowd at Little Caesars Arena.
Auburn Hills — It won't quite be like playing pickup basketball at the gym, not knowing how any of his teammates play and what their tendencies are.
For Pistons forward Blake Griffin, it will be a little bit like the first day at a new school, seeing a lot of new things and meeting a lot of new people.
Detroit — When Langston Galloway was signed as a free agent this summer, the thought was that he could be a combo guard, playing primarily as the backup shooting guard and also get some minutes as the third point guard.
With Reggie Jackson's health issues last season, Galloway was something of an insurance policy in the event that Jackson got hurt again this year.
Dinwiddie basket in last second, Nets beat Pistons 101-100
DETROIT (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie hit the big shot against a familiar foe.
Dinwiddie's jumper with 0.9 seconds left lifted the Brooklyn Nets over Detroit 101-100 Sunday, the Pistons' fifth straight loss.
After a basket by Andre Drummond put the Pistons ahead with 4.7 seconds left, Dinwiddie took the inbounds pass, drove to 14 feet and drained a jumper against his former teammates.
Auburn Hills — Dwight Buycks had heard the news from his agent, but still didn't want to celebrate until he got the official word.
He went to work on Friday just like it was any other day, but got the confirmation of the goal he had worked for all season: his two-way contract with the Pistons and Grand Rapids Drive in the development league had been converted to a fully guaranteed NBA contract.
Orlando, Fla. — It never was going to be a simple switch of point guards and everything was going to be all right for the Pistons.
With Reggie Jackson on the shelf for at least the next 6-8 weeks because of his severely sprained right ankle suffered in Tuesday's win over the Indiana Pacers, Ish Smith was able to step into the starting lineup and be effective.
But Smith may have left a bigger void in the reserve group, which went 3-for-22 from the field with Langston Galloway at the controls.
Orlando, Fla. — For the third time in the past two season, the Pistons are preparing for going an extended period without point guard Reggie Jackson.
He missed the first 21 games last season, and the final nine; after Tuesday's injury — a grade-3 sprain of his right ankle — the projection is that he'll be out for 6-8 weeks at least.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed Thursday that backup Ish Smith will move into the starting role to replace Jackson, as he did during both absences last season.
Pistons PG Reggie Jackson out 6-8 weeks with ankle injury
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson is out for at least six to eight weeks with a sprained right ankle.
Jackson was injured after making a jump pass and landing awkwardly Tuesday night in a win over the Indiana Packers.
He is averaging 14.6 points, ranking third on the team, and leads the Pistons with 5.5 assists per game. Jackson was limited to 52 games last season, largely due to a knee injury.
Detroit — From the loud yell he let out while writhing in pain on the court, it was clear almost immediately that Reggie Jackson was hurt.
In the third quarter of Tuesday's win over the Indiana Pacers, Jackson was driving to the basket threw a pass but landed on Pacers center Myles Turner's foot. Jackson severely twisted his right ankle and stayed down on the court, unable to get up. He was helped to the locker room but couldn't put any weight on the foot.
Pistons overcome 15-point deficit to beat Thunder 99-98
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another second-half collapse, another round of questions about Oklahoma City's finishing power.
After dominating defending NBA champion Golden State from start to finish two days earlier, the Thunder wasted a big lead in a 99-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Oklahoma City had a 10-point lead at the half and was up 15 midway through the third quarter before the Pistons stormed back, led by center Andre Drummond and bench players Ish Smith and Langston Galloway.
Van Gundy juggles lineup, sparks fourth-quarter run
Milwaukee — Coach Stan Van Gundy faced a dilemma in the fourth quarter of the Pistons' 99-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night: stay with what he knew or go completely unconventional.
He did a little of both down the stretch.
Despite his improved play this season, point guard Reggie Jackson didn't play at all in the fourth quarter, as Van Gundy stuck with Ish Smith, who didn't score in the final period but had three assists and helped keep the offense on track.
Detroit — Andre Drummond has been a double-double connoisseur, notching 49 last season and eight in the first 11 games of this season.
He took it up a notch against the Atlanta Hawks.
Drummond had a career game, showing his improved versatility — and flirted with a triple-double. He finished with 16 points, 20 rebounds and a career-best seven assists and fueled the Pistons' 111-104 victory over the Hawks on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Are the Detroit Pistons for real?
Off to a 7-3 start, it still might be too early to tell not even one-eighth of the way through the regular season. But, people are taking notice.
A spin through various power rankings is proof of that. On Monday, Pistons were in the top 10 at ESPN, Sports Illustrated, NBA.com, CBS Sports and USA Today, with SI vautling them nine spots from No. 15 to No. 6.
Pistons (5-2) vs. Lakers (2-4)
Tip-off: 10:30 p.m., Staples Center, Los Angeles.
TV/radio: FSD, NBATV/WWJ
Probable starters: Reggie Jackson, Avery Bradley, Stanley Johnson, Tobias Harris, Andre Drummond.
Oakland, Calif. — After getting a surprising win over the hottest team in the NBA on Saturday night, some fans thought the Pistons were playing with house money for the remainder of their three-game trip out west.
The Pistons won in Los Angeles — their first road win over the Clippers in seven years — and faced a difficult back-to-back against the defending-champion Golden State Warriors.
That's a less-than-ideal circumstance for the Pistons, who had lost seven straight at Golden State.
Auburn Hills — Ish Smith did some soul searching in the summer. Not making the playoffs made quite an impact on him and some of his Pistons teammates — and he let that fuel him during his offseason workouts.
Smith stayed around in the summer and worked with assistant coach Tim Hardaway Sr., looking to exorcise some of those doubts and shortcomings from last season, hoping to get the Pistons to the postseason this year.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Detroit Pistons gave some of their young and seldom-used players a chance to play Friday night, and it helped them beat the Houston Rockets.
Boban Marjanovic, Detroit's 7-foot-3 backup center, led the Pistons with a career-high 27 points with 12 rebounds off the bench and Stanley Johnson hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 32.4 seconds left before adding two free throws to lift the Pistons to the 114-109 victory Friday night.
Morris’ double-double, Smith’s 3 lift Pistons over Nets
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons made a crucial stand to keep their dwindling playoff hopes alive.
Marcus Morris had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Ish Smith hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, helping the Pistons beat the Brooklyn Nets 90-89 on Thursday night.
Hassan Whiteside tipped in a shot at the buzzer to lift the Miami Heat over the Detroit Pistons, 97-96, last night in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Miami is a game up on Chicago for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and 21/2 games ahead of Detroit.
Whiteside jumped over Andre Drummond to tip in Goran Dragic’s missed jumper. The final play was reviewed and confirmed.
Dragic scored 28 points and Whiteside finished with 17 points and nine rebounds for the Heat (36-38).
Knicks hand Pistons 4th straight loss, 109-95
NEW YORK (AP) — Just in time to delay playoff elimination, the New York Knicks showed they have some spunk left.
"Guys, they keep playing, keep fighting," coach Jeff Hornacek.
The Detroit Pistons better hurry up and do the same.
Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 25 and New York handed the Pistons another damaging defeat with a 109-95 victory Monday night.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — This season has been a struggle for Reggie Jackson, the point guard in whom the Detroit Pistons have invested so much.
"At times, you start feeling sorry for yourself," Jackson said. "You can't do that. You've just got to go out here and play — good, bad or indifferent."
Morris, Pistons outlast Portland 120-113 in OT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons rallied for another win after trailing by double digits.
"That's not a good formula," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I applaud our resilience. ... To be good, I'd like to play a more solid game from beginning to end."
Marcus Morris scored a career-high 37 points, including Detroit's first seven in overtime, and the Pistons rallied from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-113 on Tuesday night.
Jackson, Leuer lead Pistons to 98-91 win over Mavericks
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and the Detroit Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-91 Wednesday night.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, Tobias Harris 13 and Ish Smith 10 for the Pistons, led by 27 at halftime before holding on for the win. Detroit outrebounded Dallas 56-36, led by Marcus Morris' 13, Andre Drummond's 11 and Aron Baynes' 11.
Harris leads Pistons to 102-101 comeback win over Raptors
TORONTO (AP) — Despite missing 10 of his first 11 3-point shots, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope showed little hesitation when another opportunity presented itself on Sunday night.
Receiving the ball from Ish Smith with 13.2 seconds remaining, Caldwell-Pope drilled just his second 3-pointer of the night to cap a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback and lead the Detroit Pistons to a 102-101 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Pistons beat Bulls 102-91 for fourth win in 5 games
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — In the long run, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson are going to be the most important players on the Detroit roster.
Tuesday, though, they were spectators.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy went with his bench in the fourth quarter against the Bulls, and they outscored Chicago 31-19 to pull out a 102-91 victory.
Caldwell-Pope, Harris push Pistons to blowout win over Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — Point guard Ish Smith has the Detroit Pistons talking to each other on the court, moving the ball fluidly and getting stops on defense.
The result has been an impressive run against quality opponents.
"We were just flying around," Smith said. "That's going to be the key for us going forward, just constantly getting better defensively. If we can do that, then we'll be pretty good."
Caldwell-Pope scores 25 as balanced Pistons beat Celtics
BOSTON (AP) — The Detroit Pistons' relaxed attitude is finally paying off with some road wins.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points and Tobias Harris had 21 to lead balanced scoring that carried the Pistons to a 121-114 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Andre Drummond added 20 points and 17 rebounds, one night after he was ejected in the second quarter of a victory at Charlotte for a flagrant-2 foul.
Harris scores 24, Pistons blow past Hornets 112-89
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons could have folded when center Andre Drummond was ejected in the second quarter.
Instead, they rallied for a lopsided win with their talented big man in the locker room, routing the tired-looking Charlotte Hornets 112-89 on Tuesday night.
Harris scored 24 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris each had 18 points to lead the Pistons. Ish Smith added 13 points, including two coast-to-coast layups to ignite his team in the third quarter.
Pistons beat Nuggets 106-95 for first road win of season
DENVER (AP) — A quick start and timely baskets down the stretch ended Detroit's early season woes on the road.
Tobias Harris scored 19 points, Marcus Morris had 17 and the Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets 106-95 on Saturday night for their first win of the season away from home.
DETROIT - Midway through the fourth quarter after so many times darting to the rim, Derrick Rose started in and hit the brakes, sending Detroit’s Ish Smith reeling as Rose softly banked in a short jump shot.
The Pistons, in the final stages of their offseason roster tinkering in free agency, picked up a familiar name on Monday.
A team source confirmed to The Detroit News that the Pistons have agreed to terms with former University of Detroit-Mercy standout guard Ray McCallum Jr. on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract.
McCallum, 25, has played three seasons in the NBA after a stellar college career at UDM, under his father, Ray McCallum, Sr.
The Pistons finished their shopping in free agency, saving their biggest-ticket item for last. They picked up point guard Ish Smith, power forward Jon Leuer and center Boban Marjanovic to bolster the bench before signing starting center Andre Drummond to a max contract.
The signings reflect their improved status in the league, in that they weren't looking to fill a void in their starting five. Rather, they filled the pantry with practical pieces that will be a bigger boost...
Auburn Hills — There was little suspense for the Pistons' final signing of free agency — but it was likely the most important.
The Pistons finished their summer work by officially announcing they signed Drummond to a deal, reportedly five years and around $125 million. The deal comes after Drummond delayed a long-term deal last summer, which saved the team $13 million in cap space to pursue other pieces.
It also makes Drummond the keystone to the franchise and...