MIAMI (CCN) — Reggie Jackson left Wednesday night's blow-out loss in Miami and insisted afterward that he was okay in an interview with reporters around his stool in the Detroit Pistons' locker room. Then he rose and limped toward the shower, which was news Pistons' fans didn't want to hear. Jackson injured the same angle he hurt a year ago when missing 37 games.
Jackson told reporters that he suffered the injury when he rolled his ankle after stepping on the foot of Miami's Zaza Pachulia. Detroit was 19-14 and had the No. 4 seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference when its star point guard went down last winter on the day after Christmas. The Pistons went 12-25 without him and missed the playoffs. The Pistons (34-33) currently have 15 games remaining and are holding down the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff chase where the top eight finishers qualify. Detroit is four games clear of No. 9 Orlando but blew a one-game lead over now No. 6 New Jersey by losing two in a row.
MIAMI (CCN) — The Detroit Pistons have now stunk up the court for a second game in a row after a five-game winning streak had left them as the NBA's hottest team with victories in 12 of their last 14 starts. They were pounded 108-74 Wednesday night in Miami after losing 103-75 on Monday night in Brooklyn to the Nets.
The Pistons were one half game ahead of the Nets for the Eastern Conference's No. 6 seed when heading to Brooklyn where they turned in a season-worst 28 percent shooting clip from the field.
They surrendered a 21-0 to the Heat to start the second half Wednesday night and eventually put up a season low for a quarter with only 8 points in the third.
The Pistons had won five straight games before the two-game road trip. They had also won 12 of their last 14 starts. They will try to get back on track in Detroit this weekend. The Pistons host the Los Angeles Lakers at 7 o'clock on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena, then host the Toronto Rapters at 3 pm on Sunday.
BROOYLYN (CCN) — The red-hot Detroit PIstons took a step backward Monday night in Brooklyn. That's how Coach Dwane Casey explained it to the media after a 103-75 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in a battle for the No. 6 spot in the NBA's Eastern Conference. Detroit had built a half-game lead by beating the Chicago Bulls in back-to-back home games at Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit.
Blake Griffin scored 27 points in one victory and 28 in the other one as the Pistons ran their winning streak to five in a row. They had reeled off victories in 12 of their last 14 games before heading to Brooklyn for a road game on one day of rest.
“If you walk, tiptoe through the zone, any zone is going to stop you,” Casey said. “We didn’t attack it. We didn’t set screens against it. We didn’t move the ball against it. We settled for the easiest way out. We’ll go back to the drawing board. We’ve got a multitude of zone offensive plays but tonight I don’t think it was the plays. It was our execution of them.”
A lousy 28 percent shooting clip from the field was Detroit's worst night since Dec. 3 when scoring only 83 points during a 33 percent shooting night against Oklahoma City. The bad night against Oklahoma City began a 9-22 streak that saw the Pistons fall 7 games below the .500 mark. The bad outing also came two days after one of their best games when beating the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. They were 13-7 at the time and Detroit fans were singing the praises of their first-year coach as well as the superstar style play of Griffin. He managed only 10 points Monday night as one of only two Pistons to reach double digits. Andre Drummond was the other one in twin digits with 13 points. Drummond also had a monster game on the boards with 20 rebounds. Griffin grabbed 7 rebounds and passed out 6 assists to offset an off night on the offensive end where he's averaging 21.7 points per game this season.
DETROIT(CCN) — Blake Griffin came up big again against the Chicago Bulls in a Sunday afternoon matinee to help the Detroit Pistons take two straight from them at Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit. The Pistons won 131-108 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory and 12th in the last 14 games. They beat the Bulls 112-104 on Friday night.
Griffin, who scored 16 of his game-high 27 points Friday night in the fourth quarter, added a 28-point day on Sunday to delight 19,356 fans at LCA.
The Pistons have taken a one-half game lead over the Brooklyn Nets for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The top eight teams make the playoffs. The Pistons play next on Monday night in Brooklyn.
Langston Galloway gave Griffin strong support on Sunday with 21 points, including 6-of-6 accuracy from 3-point land where he has now made 12 in a row over the past three contests. Reggie Jackson also added 21 points for the Pistons who got another double-double effort from Andre Drummond. He scored 16 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.
DETROIT (CCN) — Blake Griffin was red-hot in the third quarter with a 16-point explosion to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Chicago Bulls 112-104 Friday night at Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit.
Griffin finished with a game-high 27 points.
DETROIT (CCN) — Andre Drummond came up big on an off night for Blake Griffin as the Detroit Pistons stayed red hot in the NBA Wednesday night. They beat the Minnesota Timber Wolves 131-114 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit for their 10th victory in 12 games.
The Pistons, going over the .500 mark for the first time since November at 32-31, were led by Drummond's 31-point explosion. It was a single point shy of his career high in the NBA. Drummond also grabbed 14 rebounds.
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