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Detroit Pistons sign Quincy Miller to second 10-day contract

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The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has signed forward Quincy Miller to a second 10-day contract.

Miller, who originally signed a 10-day contract on 2/21, has yet to appear in a game with the Pistons but has been on one assignment with the Grand Rapids Drive, the Pistons’ NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate. In two games with the Drive, he averaged 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 19.7 minutes per game. He recorded 15 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes vs. the Delaware 87ers (2/27).

In six games with the Sacramento Kings this season, Miller averaged 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 10.2 minutes.

The 6-foot-9 forward has also played for the Reno Big Horns of the NBA D-League where he averaged 25.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, 1.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 28.9 minutes in 15 games before signing with Detroit.

Spencer Dinwiddie plays well for Pistons in loss

Here’s Michigan Live reporting some silver lining for the Detroit Pistons, who lost Saturday to the Washington Wizards:

Spencer Dinwiddie plays well for Pistons in loss

Detroit Pistons rookie Spencer Dinwiddie wasn’t ready to take over the starting job at point guard, which is why the team traded for Reggie Jackson. But Saturday night, in an ill-fated comeback attempt, the second-round draft pick offered some hope for the future.

The Pistons lost 99-95 to the Washington Wizards, but Dinwiddie rallied them from a 21-point deficit in the second half, and even scored the go-ahead basket in the fourth quarter.

The deficit was too big however, and the Pistons (23-36) lost lost their third in a row, while the Wizards (34-26) broke a six-game losing streak.

Dinwiddie a second-round draft pick from Colorado, had 20 points, eight assists and four rebounds. Monroe led the Pistons with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Pistons suffer frustrating loss to Knicks

Here’s Michigan Live reporting on the Detroit Pistons, who lost to a team that not a lot of people lose to these days:

This is the kind of performance a non-playoff team offers. And maybe that’s precisely what the Detroit Pistons are.

The Pistons became the first team since Carmelo Anthony called an end to his season to lose to the New York Knicks, 121-115 in double-overtime Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

For a team scraping to find its way into the postseason, it was a devastating loss to the worst team in the league, and no way to end a long stretch of home games.

The teams with the six worst records in the NBA now all have beaten the Pistons, who have lost to every team in the league except Houston, Miami and Sacramento.

New York (11-46) had lost eight in a row, and was not competitive in its previous six games since Anthony decided to undergo season-ending knee surgery.

Andrea Bargnani scores 25, Knicks win 2OT game vs Pistons

Here’s the New York Daily News reporting on a wild and unexpected Knicks victory in Detroit:

In what turned out to be the Knicks’ craziest and perhaps unlikeliest game of the year, they pulled out a 121-115 victory over the previously rising Pistons in double overtime Friday night to maybe even stun themselves at the hushed Palace.

Andrea Bargnani started and netted a season-high 25 points with 12 rebounds, Lou Amundson contributed 17 and 14 and Langston Galloway drained a tying three with 6.3 remaining in regulation to force overtime. Shane Larkin then netted nine key points in the final 1:55 of the second extra session to lift the Knicks to their first win this season (1-16) without the injured Anthony (knee surgery) in the lineup.

Newly acquired Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson, who will be a restricted free agent in July, spoke highly of Derek Fisher earlier Friday and hugged his former teammate and mentor with Oklahoma City before the game. But Jackson played erratically and shot just 5-for-24 from the floor (16 points) after saying beforehand about free agency that he’s “not thinking about anything but playing basketball right now.”

Pistons sign John Lucas III for remainder of season

Detroit Pistons General Manager Jeff Bower announced today that the club has signed guard John Lucas III for the remainder of the season following two consecutive 10-day contracts.

The 5-foot-11, 166-pound guard has averaged 5.0 points, 3.3 assists and 12.2 minutes in eight games with Detroit. He scored a season-high 10 points at Indiana (2/4) and has dished out a season-high six assists twice.

Originally signed on February 2, he was signed to a second 10-day contract on February 12. Lucas joined the Pistons following a stint with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 26.6 points, 7.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 43.5 minutes in 26 games.

The Washington, DC native has spent parts of six seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz. He holds career averages of 4.8 points, 1.4 assists, 1.0 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in 216 games (eight starts) and is a career 34.7-percent shooter from three-point range.

Lucas has also spent time in the NBA’s Developmental League and played internationally in Italy, Spain and China. He played collegiately at Oklahoma State University.

Stan Van Gundy expects long-term excellence from Reggie Jackson

Here’s Pistons.com raving about how nice it is for Detroit to add Reggie Jackson. Which makes sense, because Jackson is a very good young player who appears to have big upside if handed control of a squad. But what happens when Brandon Jennings comes back next season? Well, let’s not worry about that right now.

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What are the Pistons getting in Reggie Jackson?

A supremely confident, athletically gifted, competitively hypercharged point guard on the cusp of his prime years.

“Two things, more than anything, other than just his overall play,” Stan Van Gundy cited about what drew the Pistons to Jackson as a core piece to slot alongside Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and – if it works out for both sides in free agency – Greg Monroe. “No. 1 is how he’s played when he’s had the chance to be a starter. He’s been outstanding. And how he’s played in big games, particularly in playoff games. This is a guy who’s been very good. I don’t think there was much question around the league as to this guy’s ability.”

If there were any questions in the aftermath of Thursday’s deal that sent Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin to Oklahoma City and also cost the Pistons second-round draft choices in 2017 and ‘19 about the Pistons’ interest in Jackson beyond this season, Van Gundy buried them emphatically.

“We wouldn’t have made the move we did if we didn’t feel ready to make it a long-term commitment,” Van Gundy said Friday.

Pistons sign Quincy Miller to 10-day contract

Pistons sign Quincy Miller to 10-day contract

Detroit Pistons General Manager Jeff Bower announced today that the club has signed forward Quincy Miller to a 10-day contract.

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward joins the Pistons after spending parts of the 2014-15 season with the Sacramento Kings and the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Developmental League. In six games with the Kings, he averaged 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals in 10.2 minutes. He had his best game with Sacramento at Golden State (1/23), recording season-highs in points (13) and rebounds (6).

The North Chicago, IL native averaged 25.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, 1.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 28.9 minutes in 15 games with the Reno Bighorns this season. Miller was named to the D-League All-Star Prospects team where he scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 24 minutes.

The three-year pro holds career averages of 4.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 13.5 minutes in 65 career games (16 starts) with Sacramento and Denver. He has also spent time with the Iowa Energy of the D-League.

Pistons have interest in Joe Johnson

Detroit Pistons have interest in Joe Johnson, who makes a ton of money

Here’s ESPN New York reporting discussion between the Pistons and Nets:

Pistons have interest in Joe Johnson

The Detroit Pistons reached out to the Brooklyn Nets, inquiring about swingman Joe Johnson, league sources told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk Tuesday.

Nothing is imminent, but the Pistons talked to the Nets about a package involving injured point guard Brandon Jennings and expiring contracts, league sources said.

The Nets continue to field inquiries from other teams.

Johnson is making $23.2 million this season and is due $24.9 million next season, the final year of his deal. The 33-year-old veteran is averaging 15.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

Pistons sign John Lucas III to second 10-day contract

Detroit Pistons General Manager Jeff Bower announced today that the club has signed guard John Lucas III to a second 10-day contract.

The 5-foot-11, 166-pound guard has averaged 4.8 points, 4.0 assists and 12.8 minutes in six games with Detroit. He scored a season-high 10 points at Indiana (2/4) and has dished out a season-high six assists twice.

Originally signed on February 2, Lucas joined the Pistons following a stint with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 26.6 points, 7.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 43.5 minutes in 26 games.

The Washington, DC native has spent parts of six seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz. He holds career averages of 4.8 points, 1.4 assists, 1.0 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in 216 games (eight starts) and is a career 34.7-percent shooter from three-point range.

Lucas has also spent time in the NBA’s Developmental League and played internationally in Italy, Spain and China. He played collegiately at Oklahoma State University.

Here’s Michigan Live reporting on the Pistons and Anthony Tolliver, who is making a difference:

Anthony Tolliver playing well for Pistons

When Anthony Tolliver first arrived with the Detroit Pistons, and they suddenly couldn’t lose a game with him playing little or none, he joked about his “mojo” and “The Tolliver Effect.”

A month after that initial seven-game winning streak, the Pistons still are on course for a playoff berth based on their upward arc since Tolliver was acquired in a Dec. 24 trade, but his contributions no longer are trivialized and his effect has been tangible.

Tolliver had 16 points and four rebounds off the bench in Tuesday’s 106-78 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

It was his eighth double-figure scoring game with the Pistons, including his seventh in the last 13 games, during which he has a 10.0-point average.

Greg Monroe`s grandmother passes away

Here’s Michigan Live reporting some sad news for Greg Monroe on a day where he shined especially bright on the basketball court:

Greg Monroe's grandmother passes away

Greg Monroe’s bittersweet day ended with a choked-up disclosure Friday that the Detroit Pistons big man compiled his first 20-20 game on the same day his maternal grandmother died.

Monroe’s All-Star break figures to be melancholy when family join in New Orleans to celebrate Althea Dixon’s life, but he started the memorials early with a personal milestone in the Pistons’ 98-88 win over the Denver Nuggets, before 17,035 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Monroe later recounted some childhood memories of his grandmother, who surely would have been proud of his 21-point, 21-rebound night.

“Just playing hard,” the understated Monroe said. “A couple good bounces but just playing hard.”

Pistons sign John Lucas III to 10-day contract

With point guard Brandon Jennings out for the season, the Detroit Pistons can use some help in the backcourt. Today, they decided on a player to audition, at least for 10 days, for the role.

Pistons General Manager Jeff Bower announced today that the club has signed guard John Lucas III to a 10-day contract.

The 5’11”, 166-pound guard joins the Pistons after spending the season in China with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 26.6 points, 7.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 43.5 minutes in 26 games.

The Washington, DC native has spent parts of six seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz. He holds career averages of 4.8 points, 1.4 assists, 1.0 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in 216 games (eight starts) and is a career 34.7-percent shooter from three-point range.

Lucas has also spent time in the NBA’s Developmental League and played internationally in Italy, Spain and China. He played collegiately at Oklahoma State University.

Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings out for season after surgery

Brandon Jennings out for season after surgery

The Detroit Pistons announced today that guard Brandon Jennings underwent successful surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon. After joint consultations between Dr. Stephen Lemos, team orthopedist for the Detroit Pistons, and Dr. Martin O’Malley, the operating physician, the surgical procedure was implemented and executed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

According to Michigan Live, “Recovery period is projected at six to nine months before Jennings can resume full basketball activities, the player wrote in a weekend Twitter post. “Everything supposedly went well,” with the surgery, [Pistons coach Stan] Van Gundy said. “I mean, I’ve never read anything after a surgery of an athlete where it didn’t say, ‘I had successful surgery.’ I don’t know what the hell that means. I really don’t. He’s still living after the operation? You’d have to go a long way down the road before you know if his surgery’s successful.”

The 6-foot-1 guard has appeared in 41 games this season averaging 15.4 points, 6.6 assists and 1.07 steals in 28.6 minutes per game.

Brandon Jennings suffers season-ending injury

Brandon Jennings suffers season-ending injury

The Detroit Pistons announced this afternoon that guard Brandon Jennings will miss the remainder of the season due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon.  The injury, which will require surgery, was confirmed following an MRI conducted on Sunday by team medical personnel.

Team medical personnel will work with Brandon and his representatives in determining the next course of action and treatment for the injury.  No timetable is being placed on Jennings’ return at this time.

The 6-foot-1 guard has appeared in 41 games this season averaging 15.4 points, 6.6 assists and 1.07 steals in 28.6 minutes per game.

Brandon Jennings may be seriously injured

Here’s Michigan Live reporting on Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings, who on Saturday suffered what may be a serious injury:

Brandon Jennings may be seriously injured

Jennings did not accompany the Pistons to Toronto for tonight’s game, and most likely won’t be playing in any more games this season. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged it didn’t look good. He didn’t have to say much at all. If you saw Kalin Lucas’ change-of-direction injury that shredded his Achilles tendon while he played for Michigan State in the 2010 NCAA tournament, you essentially saw the same non-contact action on which Jennings was hurt against the Bucks.

The Pistons said only that Jennings would return to Detroit today for further examination. That unrushed approach would be consistent with an Achilles injury, which often requires that surgery be delayed several days until initial swelling subsides.

Whatever the injury, if Jennings is out for an extended period, as appears to be the case, it is a crushing blow.

Hawks beat Pistons for 13th straight win

The Atlanta hawks defended their home court Monday, beating the Detroit Pistons 93-82. Paul Millsap and Mike Scott each scored 20 points in the win. For Detroit in the loss, Greg Monroe had 16 points and 20 rebounds, while Andre Drummond had 13 points and 18 rebounds. Here’s Michigan Live reporting:

Hawks beat Pistons for 13th straight win

The two hottest teams in the NBA met Monday in Atlanta, and the Detroit Pistons got another up-close look at just how good the sizzling Hawks are.

Whether making shots or not, the Hawks’ defense always shows up, as it did again in a 93-82 victory in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee at Philips Arena.

The Hawks won their 13th consecutive game and 27th in their last 29, while Detroit lost for just the third time in its last 14 games, with two of those losses to the Hawks.

The Pistons (16-26) lost contact during a late-third-quarter stretch when they had drawn within one point but Jodie Meeks and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope forced 3-pointers in quick succession.

Pistons playing good basketball lately

1. The Pistons are 8-2 in their last 10 games and 7-2 in their last nine road games.

2. Included in the victories are wins over four playoff teams from last season – Indiana, San Antonio, Dallas and Brooklyn.

3. Detroit collected road wins at San Antonio and at Dallas in the same season for the first time since 1997.

4. The Pistons have won five consecutive road games, the most consecutive road wins since Detroit won five straight from 12/19/07-1/4/08.

5. Greg Monroe is averaging 16.8 points on 55.6% (40-72 FG) and 13.2 rebounds over his last six games, including six consecutive double-doubles.

6. Brandon Jennings is averaging 20.8 points on 46.7% (49-105 FG) shooting and 40.5% (15-37 3FG) from beyond the arc, while dishing out 7.0 assists over his last six games.

7. Kyle Singler is averaging 13.5 points and 4.0 rebounds over his last two games.

8. D.J. Augustin is averaging 10.9 points and 6.0 assists over his last seven games.

Here’s Michigan Live reporting on the Detroit Pistons, who through Friday’s games are on a four-game winning streak:

Pistons playing better basketball lately

The impact of the Detroit Pistons’ bench has been undeniable during their four-game win streak.

The Pistons beat the New York Knicks 97-81 Friday, boosted by a 33-18 scoring advantage in the second quarter, when they typically play predominantly bench players.

“Our second group came on in the first half and set the tone again for us,” Pistons guard Brandon Jennings said.

The Pistons have outscored opponents in four of the last five second quarters. They have scored 33 or 34 points in four of the last five second quarters. Their second-quarter scoring average is 31.6 over the last five games.

The Detroit Pistons have won three games in a row, and are playing solid basketball. Looking good lately is point guard Brandon Jennings. Here’s Michigan Live reporting:

Pistons, Brandon Jennings doing well lately

When Josh Smith was abruptly released almost two weeks ago, the Detroit Pistons lost one of their most experienced players not to mention their most dominant personality both on and off the court.

That created a void that needed to be filled and Brandon Jennings has been up to the challenge.

Jennings has been the Pistons’ on-court leader since Smith was waived Dec. 22 and he’s also become more vocal off of it, according to coach Stan Van Gundy, who has seen a big difference in his veteran point guard over the past 10 days.

“Brandon has noticeably gotten back to probably what is his natural personality,” Van Gundy said Wednesday. “He’s really having fun. He’s talking a lot, joking with guys, things like that. I think he had been suffering. He hadn’t been playing real well, we hadn’t been winning. He had gotten really quiet.

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has assigned guard Spencer Dinwiddie to the team’s NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.

Dinwiddie, drafted 38th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, has appeared in eight games for the Pistons this season averaging 3.0 points and 12.4 minutes per game.

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