January 16, 2019, 9:59 pmReggie Bullock - F - Detroit Pistons
Reggie Bullock handed out a team-high six assists in Wednesday's 120-115 OT win over the Magic and also added 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting and three triples.
Bullock has emerged as a capable passer as of late, averaging 3.6 assists per game over his last five, while also knocking down 3.0 treys per contest, making him a worthwhile hold in standard leagues right now. Reggie Jackson only managed four assists with 13 points (5-of-12 shooting) with two rebounds and two tirples.
January 16, 2019, 9:48 pmAndre Drummond - C - Detroit Pistons
Andre Drummond dominated on the glass on Wednesday, securing a game-high 22 rebounds while scoring 14 points on 7-of-15 shooting with one assist and one block.
Drum didn't head to the free throw line tonight, which ends up a good thing because he was unable to drag down shooting percentages in that area. He failed to record a steal tonight, which was unfortunate considering he swiped the ball three times in each of his last couple of games. Those numbers should re-emerge soon enough with him averaging 1.6 steals per game this season.
January 16, 2019, 9:43 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin willed the Pistons to a win over the Magic on Wednesday, dropping a game-high 30 points (11-of-18 shooting) with four boards, five dimes, a triple and two blocks.
Griffin scored his team's last seven points, making sure that they sealed the deal in only one extra period. He's been playing at a high level all season and aside from expected maintenance days off for rest, Griffin has been a reliable mid-round value guy.
January 16, 2019, 6:29 pmZaza Pachulia - C - Detroit Pistons
Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg contusion) is available on Wednesday.
Pachulia will return from an eight-game absence tonight. Khyri Thomas is inactive as a result and Jon Leuer should see less playing time going forward. The fantasy community is still reeling from the aftershocks here.
Source: Matt Schoch on Twitter
January 15, 2019, 8:47 pmZaza Pachulia - C - Detroit Pistons
Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg contusion) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic.
Pachulia has missed the last eight games with his leg injury, so this is bright news for the Pistons' frontcourt depth. He has been in and out of the lineup all season with multiple injuries to keep him benched. Pachulia is not on the fantasy radar in deep leagues.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 14, 2019, 11:28 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin scored 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting with four rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers on Monday.
Griffin wasn't able to get his shot clicking from deep, going 3-for-11. He's clearly the most talented player on the Pistons but the pieces just don't fit well with him. The Pistons are out of the playoff picture, but they're within striking distance so you can bet that Griffin is going to do everything in his power to keep them in the hunt.
January 14, 2019, 11:27 pmAndre Drummond - C - Detroit Pistons
Andre Drummond struggled on Monday, scoring 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting with 13 rebounds, an assist and three steals.
Drummond struggled against the Stifle Tower, but still managed to pick up three steals on the defensive end. He's averaging 2.3 steals in the month of January to go along with 1.0 blocks. He should turn things around offensively against the Magic on Wednesday.
January 14, 2019, 11:27 pmReggie Bullock - F - Detroit Pistons
Reggie Bullock scored 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, an assist, two steals and two 3-pointers on Monday.
Bullock is one of the most consistent scoring threats from deep for this Pistons team and remains a solid 3-point streamer for owners looking for a slight bump in that category. Although Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson have had big games before, Bullock has remained the most reliable wing in Detroit.
January 14, 2019, 11:27 pmIsh Smith - G - Detroit Pistons
Ish Smith returned to action on Monday and scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting with a 3-pointer, a rebound, two assists, a steal and a block.
Smith missed 19 consecutive games, last playing on December 5th and immediately stepped into his role as backup point guard and logged 19 minutes. He was a low-end play at best before his injury and nothing changes now that he's joining a healthy Pistons squad. Reggie Jackson (11 points, 5-for-15 shooting with three rebounds, four assists and two steals) isn't an appealing play either due to his stat set.
January 14, 2019, 7:46 pmIsh Smith - G - Detroit Pistons
The Pistons will get some depth back on Monday, with Ish Smith (right adductor tear) being available and without a minutes limit.
This was a pleasant upgrade from probable for Smith. He should resume his backup PG role and deliver some dimes and points for teams in 18-team leagues or deeper.
Source: Detroit Bad Boys on Twitter
January 14, 2019, 4:17 pmHenry Ellenson - F - Detroit Pistons
Henry Ellenson (left ankle sprain) went through Monday's shootaround.
Ellenson remains listed as out for tonight's game but this is a nice step for him to take. It's been a month since he first sprained his ankle and it looks as though he'll be available again soon — not that he's in the rotation.
Source: Vince Ellis on Twitter
January 14, 2019, 4:15 pmZaza Pachulia - C - Detroit Pistons
Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg contusion) is questionable for Monday's game with the Jazz but was able to go through morning shootaround.
Pachulia isn't a fantasy option but would be a nice piece to have against a sizable Jazz frontcourt. It's been two weeks on the sidelines for Zaza, whose absence has allowed Jon Leuer to operate as the first big off the bench. The fantasy implications here are minimal.
Source: Vince Ellis on Twitter
January 14, 2019, 4:13 pmIsh Smith - G - Detroit Pistons
Ish Smith (right adductor tear) is probable for Monday's game and went through morning shootaround.
Smith was questionable to play on the weekend and it sounds like he'll be back out there tonight. Expect to see less of Langston Galloway and Jose Calderon going forward, and Smith will be a nice option for Dwane Casey to turn to if Reggie Jackson struggles. Fantasy value is unlikely but Smith's an option for assists in deeper leagues.
Source: Vince Ellis on Twitter
January 12, 2019, 6:16 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin exacted his revenge on the Clippers in Saturday's road win, roasting his old team for 44 points (13-of-23 FG, 5-of-13 3PT, 13-of-14 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.
Griffin did major work in his 40 minutes tonight and while the revenge game narrative is a little tired and generally flimsy, there's no doubt that he had a little extra in the tank for this one. He had no words for Steve Ballmer before the game, running to the locker room as LA's owner approached for a handshake, and plenty of words for Patrick Beverley after. Griffin ended up with the ball and a clear path to the rack in the closing seconds but pulled up when Beverley turned on the jets to chase him down from behind. Thankfully cooler heads prevailed, as a big dunk would not have been worth a potential injury. The Pistons have now won the Dwane Casey Bowl and the Blake Griffin Bowl but sit just 18-23 on the year with no more revenge games left on the schedule.
January 12, 2019, 6:12 pmBruce Brown - G - Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown started again on Saturday and posted two points, six rebounds, an assist, three steals and a block while going 0-for-7 from the field in 27 minutes of action.
Brown's final steal and only two points were a gift, as he clearly fouled Lou Williams with the Clippers down three in the final 30 seconds but didn't get called for it. It resulted in a wayward pass that landed right in Brown's lap and the Clippers were forced to foul. Brown's been giving the Pistons good energy and some solid defensive moments as a starter but is only a deep-league fantasy option as the low man on the totem pole in Detroit.