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.
Pistons send Thomas, Mykhailiuk to G League
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have assigned Khyri Thomas and Svi Mykhailiuk to Grand Rapids, the team's G League affiliate.
Mykhailiuk was acquired from the Lakers on Feb. 6 in the deal...
Pistons sign Ellington, waive Ellenson
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have signed guard Wayne Ellington and waived 2016 first-round draft pick Henry Ellenson.
The Pistons announced the moves Saturday night.
The 6-foot-5 Ellington is in his 10th NBA season. He averaged 8.4 points with Miami this season before he was traded to Phoenix and then waived. The Pistons needed outside shooting after trading Reggie Bullock.
Pistons’ lack of flexibility evident in deadline moves
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Ed Stefanski can maintain a sense of humor about the challenges facing the Detroit Pistons.
"I wouldn't be here if things were rosy, is the way I look at it," said Stefanski, a senior executive with the Pistons. "And I tell that in our meetings when people want to say, oh, you know, this and that. I said, 'You guys wouldn't be here if things were good.'"
Detroit Pistons shuffle roster, but no blockbuster yet
DETROIT (AP) — Last season, the Detroit Pistons acquired Blake Griffin in a blockbuster deal shortly before the trade deadline.
So far, their moves this time around have been a lot more mild.
Lakers acquire Bullock from Pistons for rookie Mykhailiuk
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday for rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk and a future second-round draft pick.
Bullock is a sixth-year pro who began his NBA career across town with the Clippers. He is averaging 12.1 points per game and hitting 38.8 percent of his 3-point attempts this season while starting 44 games for Detroit.
Griffin scores 29, Pistons hand Knicks 14th straight loss
NEW YORK (AP) — All the roster changes aren't helping the New York Knicks get any wins.
Blake Griffin scored 29 points and Andre Drummond finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons handed the Knicks their 14th straight loss, 105-92 on Tuesday night.
New York., featuring a starting lineup with three new players, also lost at home for a franchise-record 15th straight game.
Hield scores 18 as Kings defeat Griffin-less Pistons 112-102
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings won the battle behind the 3-point line and never trailed in a victory against the Blake Griffin-less Detroit Pistons.
Buddy Hield scored 18 points, Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and the Kings went 9-of-22 on 3-pointers in a 112-102 victory Thursday night against the Pistons, who came into the game as the NBA's best team at defending 3-point shots.
Williams’ 7 3-pointers lift Hornets past Pistons 98-86
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When asked about the last time he made seven 3-pointers in a game, Marvin Williams paused for several seconds and then finally responded, "High school?"
That was a long time ago for the 32-year-old Williams.
The 13-year veteran found his shooting stroke on Friday night, making a career-high 7 of 11 shots from beyond the arc on the way to a season-high 24 points as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons for the third time this season, 98-86.
Griffin, Bullock lead Pistons past Timberwolves in OT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trailing by 14 to start the fourth quarter, the Detroit Pistons got rolling on 3-pointers. However, their shortest shot of the night might have been the most important.
Blake Griffin scored 34 points and Reggie Bullock added a career-high 33 as the Pistons beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 129-123 in overtime on Wednesday night.
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.
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."
Pistons without Johnson, Bullock against Nets
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are without two potential starters for their season opener Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.
Forward Stanley Johnson is out with a toe issue and guard Reggie Bullock is missing the game because of illness. Rookie guard Bruce Brown is in the starting lineup for the short-handed Pistons.
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond is out for Monday night's game between the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors with a sore Achilles tendon.
With the Pistons out of playoff contention and Toronto having wrapped up the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the game has little significance, although it is the home finale for Drummond's Pistons. Detroit is also without star forward Blake Griffin, who is out with a right ankle injury, and guard Reggie Bullock, who has a left knee issue.
Auburn Hills — The Detroit Pistons could be well represented on the USA Basketball National Team that competes in the 2019 USA World Cup and 2020 Olympics.
Big men Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin were named to the 35-member roster for the national team, USA Basketball announced Friday. The team will attend a minicamp July 25-27 in Las Vegas.
The final roster of 12 members will be selected to compete in the World Cup and 2020 Olympics from that group.
Auburn Hills — The injury bug has bitten the Detroit Pistons several times this year — and it has happened again, as starting guard Reggie Bullock will be shut down for the rest of the season.
Detroit — The season and the Pistons' playoff hopes look to be hanging by a thin thread. After a lackluster beginning to the month, they've been stitching together some wins and making the last few weeks of the regular season interesting.
At least for now.
Even without Blake Griffin, who was a late scratch because of a bruised right ankle, the Pistons played tough and kept their slim playoff hopes alive.
Auburn Hills — Reggie Bullock's story isn't a common one in today's NBA. It's the story of a guy who sat on the bench, learned the ropes and then pounced when given the chance.
More than anything, Bullock's ascension is a story of patience, something that isn't very common in this league, where guys can see there dreams go up in smoke before they're ever given a real opportunity to prove their worth.
Detroit — The run is coming, just maybe a little too late to make a difference in the Pistons' sputtering push toward a playoff run in the final weeks of the season.
They got hot toward the end of the long western trip and picked up another win on Saturday against the struggling Chicago Bulls.
Detroit — If the Pistons are to have success with their present roster, either this season or next, they'll need many more games like Saturday's against the Chicago Bulls.
The Pistons (33-40) rode hot shooting, going 16-of-42 on 3-point attempts, to bury the Bulls, 117-95, at Little Caesars Arena.
Detroit was led by forward Anthony Tolliver, who had 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field and 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. He also had six rebounds.
Sacramento — The Pistons weren't going to get to unlucky 13.
Eventually, their season-long road skid was going to have to end — or their six-game road trip could have ended with a crash instead of a bang.
The Pistons had some question marks but ended their streak of 12 straight road losses with a 106-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night at Golden 1 Center. It's their first win on the road since Jan. 10, at Brooklyn.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After nearly two months, Blake Griffin finally looks comfortable playing with Detroit, and it's showing up across the board.
He's even got the Pistons winning on the road again, something that hadn't happened since the five-time All-Star arrived in late January after being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers.
Griffin had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Detroit pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Sacramento Kings 106-90 on Monday night.
Portland — What looked to be the last vestige of hope for the Pistons to turn their season around has become another sign of disappointment.
If their playoffs weren't already dashed, the Pistons are nearing the end of their rope, needing to tie a knot to salvage anything in their six-game western road trip. They lost the first two games of the trip after falling into double-digit, first-half deficits.
Auburn Hills — Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock suffered "minor" injuries after his vehicle was struck in a two-car accident on Sunday morning, coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Bullock was on his way to practice in Auburn Hills when the incident occurred. The Pistons were having their last practice before leaving Sunday afternoon for Salt Lake City to begin a 12-day, six-game western road trip.
Van Gundy said Bullock went to a hospital for treatment and was released.
The losing skid couldn't continue for the rest of the season, though it may have seemed like it was going to. The Pistons cleared out the cobwebs and got back on the winning side of things.
They played a sluggish first quarter, but recovered in the second quarter to take the lead just before halftime and pulled away in the third quarter, taking a 99-83 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena, as owner Tom Gores looked on from his courtside seats.
Cleveland — The Pistons opened the season with Reggie Jackson, Avery Bradley and Stanley Johnson as their starting perimeter trio. Running primarily with that group, they got off to a 14-6 start and were one of the surprises in the league.
In the midst of a seven-game losing streak, Johnson was moved to the reserve unit, where his production perked up a bit. Bradley had a groin injury that dropped him out of the starting group and Jackson's ankle injury has decimated the starting group.
Toronto — Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy revealed Monday that Reggie Jackson may be about two weeks from returning from his Grade-3 right-ankle sprain and getting to full-contact practice.
That might be too late to help the Pistons salvage their season.
The Pistons' slide continued with another loss, falling to Toronto Raptors, 123-94, on Monday night at Air Canada Centre. It's their sixth loss in the last seven games for the Pistons (28-32), who have lost five straight on the road.
Charlotte, N.C. — The short road trip started the way the home stand ended.
Badly. Really badly.
In the midst of a race for the last playoff spot in the East, the Pistons put up another lackluster effort from their starters and reserves, falling into a 13-point deficit after the first quarter and not being able to recover.
It's been a recurring theme throughout the season, and the Pistons' season continued its downward trend.
Detroit — Is it time for the All-Star break yet?
The Pistons might just need the week-long respite to regather themselves and to stop their losing skid. With a flurry of trades and little time to practice with their new teammates, the deficiencies are showing.
Atlanta — Following their first loss in February on Friday ended their five-game win streak, the Pistons were looking to turn things around and get their first road win in more than a month.
They extended both losing streaks.
The Pistons had an inspired fourth quarter to grab the lead, but they let it slip away in the final two minutes, a gruesome ending to a 118-115 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday afternoon at Philips Arena.
Detroit — It wasn't as much a reunion as it was projected to be. There were some pregame daps and hugs from Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic with their former teammates.
There was a welcome-back ovation from the fans at Little Caesars Arena — loudest for Harris — as he was introduced. The rest of the night was about basketball and looking to continue the Pistons' five-game win streak.
Pistons stay unbeaten with Griffin, beat Blazers 111-91
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-91 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
Detroit has won three in a row with Blake Griffin in the lineup after acquiring him in a trade last week. The victory Monday pulled the Pistons back to .500 and even with Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Griffin gets double-double as Pistons beat Grizzlies 104-102
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin had 24 points and 10 rebounds in his debut for Detroit, and the Pistons edged the Memphis Grizzlies 104-102 on Thursday night.
Griffin was impressive throughout his first game for the Pistons since they traded for him earlier this week. His teammates looked uncertain at times, but Detroit was able to outlast a Memphis team that is without Tyreke Evans and Mike Conley.
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 — Andre Drummond had 21 points and 22 rebounds, and the short-handed Detroit Pistons beat Cleveland 125-114 on Tuesday night after the Cavaliers lost Kevin Love to a potentially season-altering hand injury.
Love exited in the first quarter with a broken left hand, and the Pistons took advantage of his absence, snapping an eight-game losing streak despite a roster that was depleted by their blockbuster trade for Blake Griffin.
Toronto — Pistons general manager Jeff Bower sat in the stands at Air Canada Centre during Wednesday morning's shootaround, using his phone.
There's no time for Words With Friends; he was doing some online shopping — perusing possible deals and making and taking calls about other roster possibilities.
Detroit — There's a reason those role players are there. They're not going to lead the team every game, but when they do, it's a big boost.
The Pistons needed their secondary players, after leading scorers Andre Drummond and Tobias Harris each picked up three fouls in the second quarter.
The Pistons never got on track, offensively or defensively, from there.