Wizards get first win in a while, beat Pistons 126-107

The Wizards have now won nine straight games against the Pistons, extending the second-longest win streak against Detroit in series history (longest is 13, 2/10/68 – 1/22/70).

Washington has now claimed four straight road contests against Detroit. This marks the teams’ longest road win streak in series history (previously three games in a row from 3/7/80-1/15/81).

Washington connected at a .929 clip (26-28) from the free throw line as a team.

Washington amassed 46 bench points, outscoring Detroit 46 to 31 in that category. The Wizards have now tallied 40+ points from off the bench in three straight games.

Washington forward Kyle Kuzma scored a game-high 32 points on 10-of-23 shooting (10-11 FT), also grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out eight assists for his team-leading fourth double-double of the season.

Wizards forward Deni Avdija amassed 16 points (6-9 FG), six rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes of action.

Washington forward Danilo Gallinari tallied 16 points (5-8 FG) in 19 minutes from off the bench, knocking down 3-of-6 three-point field goals and adding two rebounds and two assists.

Pistons guard Monte Morris injury update: out 6-8 more weeks

Detroit Pistons injury updates:

Pistons guard Monte Morris underwent a PRP injection on Friday, November 17 as Pistons medical staff continues to treat and rehab a right quad strain. He will be re-evaluated again in 6-8 weeks.

Per the Detroit Free Press today, on Morris: “The 28-year-old guard arrived in Detroit in June, when he was traded from the Washington Wizards. His outside shooting, low turnover rate and veteran experience was expected to immediately lift a young Pistons backcourt. His season debut may not come until late January.”

Jalen Duren (right ankle) is expected to return to practice this week.

Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanović (right calf strain) has begun a return to play progression and is cleared for full basketball contact. He will continue these progressions and begin practicing with the team in the upcoming days.

Pistons sign Kevin Knox

The Detroit Pistons have signed forward Kevin Knox II.

Knox II (6-7, 215) suited up for the Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers in 2022-23, averaging 6.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 15.1 minutes in 63 games. He appeared in 42 games for the Pistons and averaged 5.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.4 assists while shooting 47% from the field in 14.1 minutes per game.

The Phoenix native was traded from Detroit to Portland on Feb. 9, 2023, as part of a four-team trade with Atlanta, Golden State and Portland. Following the trade, Knox II appeared in 21 games for the Trail Blazers where he averaged 8.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.1 minutes. He holds career averages of 7.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 18.0 minutes in 275 career NBA games (66 starts).

Drafted ninth overall by New York in the 2018 NBA Draft, Knox II played collegiately for one season at Kentucky where he earned SEC Co-Freshman of the Year while being named to the SEC All-Freshman and All-SEC Tournament First Team in 2017-18.

Pistons injury parade continues

Detroit Pistons guard Joe Harris suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder in Sunday’s game vs. Phoenix.

Harris will be reevaluated in 10-14 days.

Per the Detroit Free Press, “Detroit now has seven injured players. Bojan Bogdanovic (right calf strain), Monte Morris (right quad strain) and Isaiah Livers (left ankle sprain) have yet to make their season debuts. Alec Burks (left forearm contusion) has missed four consecutive games. And Jaden Ivey (illness) will miss his third straight game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.”

Detroit Pistons injury updates on Bojan Bogdanovic, Monte Morris and Isaiah Livers

Some Detroit Pistons injury updates were announced today, on the opening night of the 2023-24 NBA regular season:

Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic is out with a right calf strain. He will be reevaluated in four weeks.

Pistons guard Monte Morris suffered a right quad strain during a recent rehab session that ramped up basketball activities after missing time with lower back soreness. He will be reevaluated in three weeks.

Isaiah Livers (Grade III left ankle sprain) is making progress towards returning to basketball activities. He will be reevaluated in approximately four weeks.

Pistons convert Stanley Umude deal to two-way contract

The Detroit Pistons have converted Stanley Umude’s contract to a two-way contract.

Umude signed an Exhibit 10 deal on August 7.

Umude (6-6, 210) appeared in 43 games for the Motor City Cruise, the NBA G-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, last season and averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 27.5 minutes per game. Umude signed a 10-day contract with Detroit on Feb. 10, 2022, and appeared in one game for the Pistons during the 2022-23 season.

A native of Portland, Ore., Umude appeared in 138 collegiate games with South Dakota and Arkansas. He averaged 14.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.7 steals, while shooting 46.8% from the field, during his college career and helped Arkansas to the 2022 NCAA Elite Eight during his one season with the Razorbacks.

Detroit Pistons 2023-24 preseason schedule

The Detroit Pistons announced today the team’s 2023-24 preseason schedule which features one home and three road games.

Detroit’s lone preseason home game features the Phoenix Suns visiting Little Caesars Arena on October 8.

The Pistons travel to Montréal to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 12, as part of the NBA Canada Series.

The team will then head to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a rematch with the Thunder (10/19) and wrap up the preseason schedule at Dallas (10/20).

On Cade Cunningham’s return from injury for the Pistons

Per the Detroit Free Press:

Last season, the Detroit Pistons’ season was largely derailed with Cade Cunningham’s season-ending shin surgery.

But Cunningham has reportedly fully recovered, and the third-year guard will play for the USA Select Team in Vegas next month. Clips have emerged on social media of Cunningham playing with other pros this summer.

What does the return of Cunningham, the Pistons’ lead guard, from injury mean for the logjam in the backcourt on the roster?

There is a nice mix of veterans with Monte Morris and Alec Burks, and youngsters Jaden Ivey, Killian Hayes and Marcus Sasser.

Both Burks and Morris provide savvy and experience. Burks shot 41.4% from beyond the 3-point line last season, averaging 12.8 points per game. His role off the bench won’t change.