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What’s Next for the Detroit Pistons?

The Detroit Pistons had an understated but important summer in their quest to build upon last year’s playoffs appearance. Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond will still lead the line, at least for now, with the remaining role players filling in around them. It’s relatively rare in the modern NBA that a team’s two best players…

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PODCAST: Deep Dives on Blazers-Thunder, Sixers-Nets, Nuggets-Spurs

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) do deep dives into the three most competitive first-round series so far before touching on the remaining five matchups. Which version of Russell Westbrook should the Oklahoma City Thunder expect moving forward? Should Jared Dudley or Jimmy Butler face additional discipline…

How Long Can Detroit Pistons Survive Blake Griffin’s Absence?

Detroit Pistons fans know that things are never quite as easy as they might look. So with a playoff likelihood of 99 percent for weeks now, per FiveThirtyEight, it hasn’t been a matter of if something would go wrong, but what would go wrong and when. What eventually went wrong was perhaps the most likely thing all…

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Wayne Ellington Proving Key to Detroit Pistons’ Surge

And just like that, the Detroit Pistons are sitting in the 6th seed… After winning five in a row and eight of their last ten, the Pistons are also the hottest team in the Eastern Conference. Their surge includes an 8-1 record since the All-Star break, scoring an average of 118.3 points per game during that…

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Veteran Options if L.A. Lakers Never Get Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers’ 2018-19 season is effectively over. If their loss to the then-12-win Phoenix Suns on Saturday night wasn’t the final nail in the coffin, their ensuing two losses to the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets were. Facing a 6.5–game deficit in the Western Conference standings with 17 games to play, the…

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Karl-Anthony Towns Can’t Be Stopped

“He can’t do s–t against me!” That emotionally-charged outburst felt like the defining moment of Karl-Anthony Towns’ season. It could’ve been, considering his God-given talents. Towns is an elite shooter and post player. It would surprise no one that a fellow giant struggled to contain the former Kentucky big man. It should’ve been, had the phrase…

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Reggie Jackson, Andre Drummond Have Figured it Out Just in Time

Since the Detroit Pistons acquired Reggie Jackson at the 2015 trade deadline, the synergy between he and Andre Drummond has been one of the franchise’s bedrocks. There just hasn’t been enough of it for a foundation. In spite of a promising start during their first full season together in 2015-16 (when they led the Pistons…

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Detroit Pistons Let You Shoot 3’s While They Win

The league’s best perimeter defense was being wasted by the Detroit Pistons. Impressive as their three-ball-killing was, it couldn’t compensate for sluggish, inefficient offense. So, they made a change: scrap the defense. And it’s working. By shifting the defensive focus from the perimeter to the interior—and the offensive focus from the interior to the perimeter—Detroit…

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Is Your Team Ready for NBA’s ‘Clean Slate Protocol’?

There are several ways to rebuild or restructure an NBA franchise. By far the most popular one, the NBA Draft is where a team may decide it’s time to establish a young core and spends a handful of years accumulating players on cheap rookie-scale contracts, allowing greater financial flexibility in free agency. Another option is…

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