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  1. Brandon Jennings says he has lost confidence in his shot… but he’s still shooting

    Nov 24, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    The Detroit Pistons need floor spacing and Brandon Jennings is not providing it. He was 4-of-16 shooting with four turnovers in the Pistons loss Friday night, and in his last five games Jennings is shooting just 35.5 percent. On the season he is struggling to finish (hitting just 44.9 percent in the restricted area), struggling…

  2. Maurice Cheeks says Josh Smith will remain Detroit Pistons starting small forward

    Nov 23, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    When the Detroit Pistons tipped off against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Josh Smith was on the bench. This, naturally, raised all kinds of questions. Why wasn’t Smith starting against his former team? Had Maurice Cheeks given up on the Pistons’ big frontcourt of Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond after just 11 games? Was…

  3. The Extra Pass: Three takeaways and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    paul george

    Three takeaways from a busy Wednesday night around the league: It was Paul George, in the Garden, with the dagger It’s a crazy thing to watch an entire arena lose all hope, all at once. The Knicks were well on their way to a statement win over the Indiana Pacers. Maybe it could have been…

  4. Kobe Bryant returns to practice, but are expectations too high?

    Nov 20, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In Los Angeles, it apparently is illegal to use the words “temper” and “expectations” in the same sentence. At least when discussing the return of Kobe Bryant to the court. As you likely have heard, Kobe Bryant returned to practice on Tuesday with the Lakers and above you see the video as proof (courtesy the…

  5. The Extra Pass: Gay, Wallace and D-Will on notice, plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    It’s early. Early, early, early. I don’t want to condemn anyone based on ten games, but it’s time to wonder what’s going on with Rudy Gay, Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams. Rudy Gay – He’s been chucking, but his chucking has now reached historic levels. Through 11 games, Gay has shot under 40 percent from…

  6. Josh Smith says what we all knew: Atlanta made no effort to re-sign him

    Nov 19, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Atlanta Hawks were moving on. Danny Ferry, formerly of the Spurs organization, went and poached Gregg Popovich’s lead assistant Mike Budenholzer, and they are trying to create San Antonio East in the ATL. With Al Horford in the role of Tim Duncan. Josh Smith wasn’t part of those plans. Smith will face the Hawks…

  7. Kobe medically cleared for everything; Chauncey Billups talks about Kobe’s challenges ahead.

    Nov 18, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant has been fully medically cleared to return to practice — and that is going to mean a big push this week with the Lakers off for four days. Tuesday through Thursday Kobe is going to get a good workout in with the team and see how it goes. But there are still challenges…

  8. PBT NBA Power Rankings: San Antonio slides into top slot

    Nov 18, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Another season, another year of the Spurs just making teams pay with their execution. Portland is flying up the rankings, on the other end Utah continues to anchor the bottom.   1. Spurs (9-1, Last Week No. 2). The winners of seven in a row, they move into the top spot as they appear the…

  9. Joe Dumars told Brandon Jennings to shoot more

    Nov 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Jermaine O'Neal

    Brandon Jennings shoots too much. That’s a commonly accepted assessment of his game, to the point Jennings addressed his shot selection at his introductory news conference with the Pistons. There, Jennings pledged to shoot less. Pistons general manager Joe Dumars, sitting beside Jennings, didn’t seem to disagree with that plan. But behind closed doors, at…

  10. The Extra Pass: Motown’s meltdown and Sunday’s recaps

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    What’s going on with the Detroit Pistons? D.J. Foster breaks down the unexpected issues hampering the team early on this season. Video courtesy of My Synergy Sports, stats via NBA.com/stats.  Trail Blazers 118, Raptors 110 (OT): Portland is now 8-2 on the young season because their offense is lighting up opposing teams — and that…

  11. Sunday night NBA grades: The Pistons’ “three bigs” lineup is a mess

    Nov 18, 2013, 12:52 AM EDT

    Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, Maurice Cheeks

    Our grades for what happened around the NBA Sunday….  Pistons’ “three bigs” lineup of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith. The Pistons are force-feeding this trio, trying to get it to work, but it remains a mess on the defensive end. Check out these numbers from Sunday night: When they were together the Lakers…

  12. Brandon Jennings with off-the-backboard alley-oop to Andre Drummond (VIDEO)

    Nov 18, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Here is an early “Dunk of the Year” candidate. Detroit made a point of running on the Lakers “transition defense” on Sunday night (the Lakers did the same thing to the Pistons) and the result was some very entertaining dunks in an otherwise sloppy game. This was the best one — Brandon Jennings off the…

  13. Rasheed Wallace dunks at Pistons practice (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace, now an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons, decided to show the young fellas at practice that even though his playing days are over and he’s fairly out of shape, he can still throw it down reverse-style with two hands. OK, just barely. Pistons big man Andre Drummond posted the hilarious clip to…

  14. J.R. Smith fined $25,000 by league for “hostile and inappropriate language” in tweet

    Nov 15, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    Might call some of my Number street homies an put #Detroit on smash for a min!#DeadSerious—  JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) November 14, 2013 We told you that the Knicks’ J.R. Smith and the Pistons’s Brandon Jennings got into a little twitter beef when Jennings questioned whether J.R.’s brother Chris Smith deserved to be in the NBA? (He’s not the…

  15. NBA All-Star balloting opens with some interesting questions

    Nov 15, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    If he doesn’t come back until December, is Kobe Bryant still a starting All-Star guard in the West? Or should Stephen Curry or James Harden have that spot? Does Kevin Love move past Tim Duncan into the starting lineup? Is Paul George a starter in the East? Is it time for a Derrick Rose/Kyrie Irving…

  16. League investigating twitter “threat” from J.R. Smith to Brandon Jennings

    Nov 15, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    Brandon Jennings took to twitter to fire a shot at Chris Smith being on the Knicks roster (he’s not alone), a tweet he has since deleted. J.R. Smith came to his defense. And suddenly we had a twitter feud. But did Smith cross the line in this? One of his tweets said he would send…

  17. Brandon Jennings starts Twitter beef with J.R. Smith

    Nov 14, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Star players get special treatment in the NBA. Everyone just accepts that. But when merely above-average players like J.R. Smith get significant special favors, the floodgates open. The inclusion of Chris Smith, J.R. Smith’s brother, on the Knicks’ roster is a running joke around the league. Unless you’re Brandon Jennings, whose stature is similar to…

  18. All the new pieces in Detroit not fitting together well

    Nov 13, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, Maurice Cheeks

    When the Detroit Pistons went out to get Josh Smith to pair with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, then added Brandon Jennings to the backcourt, it looked like they had something. It looked like they had a playoff team. Instead the Pistons are off to a bumpy 2-5 start and they have the worst defense…

  19. The Extra Pass: Five observations from the East and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    After a busy Monday night in the NBA, let’s swing around the Eastern Conference for a few observations. Indiana: If Roy Hibbert keeps getting that “verticality” respect from officials, it’s goodnight, Irene time for all of the other the Defensive Player of the Year candidates. Look at these numbers: Per 36 minutes on his career: 2.6…

  20. Pistons asking Greg Monroe to work on elbow jumper

    Nov 8, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe

    Greg Monroe is putting up numbers again — 17.3 points and 11 rebounds per game. He’s efficient doing that, as evidenced by a PER of 19.1 (a borderline All-Star kind of number). Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks wants more — he wants a midrange jumper. Monroe has taken 36 shots this season inside 8 feet (hitting…

  21. Roy Hibbert doesn’t like Andre Drummond anymore

    Nov 7, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Andre Drummond

    Roy Hibbert has been an All-Star. He’d probably be a U.S. Olympian if he were allowed to be. He’s one of the top players on one of the NBA’s top teams. He’s what Andre Drummond wanted to be. So how does Drummond go about rising to that stature? Well, he worked on his conditioning so…

  22. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Rockets, T-Wolves and Sixers on top

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    The first few weeks of the Power Rankings see crazy fluctuations — teams that aren’t really that good start off hot, teams that are good start cold, so teams bounce up and down the rankings like they are on a bungee cord the first few weeks. Eventually things find their level. But this week was…

  23. The Extra Pass Weekend Roundup: Seven storylines from Week 1 and Sunday recaps

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    One week down, 23 more to go. Let’s look at some of the emerging storylines from the first week of the season. A Sneaky MVP Candidate Emerges There’s a real struggle to discern what’s real and what isn’t in the early part of the season, and the standings are almost a totem of sorts. If…

  24. Brandon Knight likely out Friday night for Bucks with hamstring injury

    Nov 1, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

    Brandon Knight

    Brandon Knight played just 1:45 of the Bucks season opener against the Knicks Wednesday night before he tweaked his hamstring and had to leave the game, not to return. Now he is likely out Friday night as the Bucks are in Boston — officially he is doubtful so there is a chance, but a slim…

  25. John Wall warned by NBA for flopping

    Oct 31, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall missed the Wizards’ first 33 games last season. He made a much quicker mark on a league-wide level this season. Wall became the first player warned by the NBA for flopping. Late in Washington’s loss the Pistons on Wednesday, Wall fell to the court as Kyle Singler ran by him. It’s possible Wall…

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