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    Detroit Pistons Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Detroit Pistons 4/3/2021 7:30 pm [Game #37]





    (10-25) -- (18-18)

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    Injury Report

    Detroit Pistons New York Knicks
    Frank Jackson - Illness (Day-2-day) Mitchell Robinson - Right hand surgery (OUT)
    Delon Wright - Strained groin/adductor (OUT) Elfrid Payton - Sore right hamstring (QUEST)
    Blake Griffin - Sidelined (OUT) Taj Gibson - Sprained right ankle (QUEST)
    Jahlil Okafor - Knee surgery recovery (OUT) -
    Killian Haynes - Right hip injury (OUT) -
    Josh Jackson - Illness (OUT) -
    Jerami Grant - Left quadriceps contusion (QUEST) -


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    The New York Knicks might get Derrick Rose back for their final game before the All-Star break after all.

    The Knicks were without the veteran point guard on Tuesday due to the NBA's health and safety protocols as they took a 119-93 road loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Rose was forced to sit out because of an inconclusive COVID-19 test prior to the game.

    According to multiple media reports, however, Rose was cleared to fly back to New York with the team after multiple subsequent tests came back negative. Rose would be able to play against his former team on Thursday night when the Knicks host the Pistons if he tests negative again pregame.

    Rose was averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 assists per game while shooting 52.8 percent overall and 62.5 percent from 3-point range over the Knicks' three-game winning streak that ended Tuesday.

    New York rookie Immanuel Quickley came off the bench to score 26 points, but most of that came after the Spurs were in control. All-Star Julius Randle struggled, finishing with 14 points on 6-for-16 shooting. It was his lowest-scoring game since he was held to 12 points at Miami on Feb. 9.

    "It's nothing they did," Randle said. "I got to my spots. Missed shots. That was really it."

    Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said of the defeat, "You get what you deserve."

    The Pistons deserved their Wednesday victory largely due to their reserves yet as they routed the depleted Toronto Raptors 129-105 in Tampa.

    Detroit 3-point sharpshooter Wayne Ellington started and buried 8 of 11 from behind the arc and led the team with a season-high 25 points.

    Off the bench, though, Rodney McGruder and Saben Lee each had 20 points. The Pistons entered the game averaging 41.9 bench points, but they got 56 points from their reserves against the Raptors, who played without head coach Nick Nurse and five players, including Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby, due to health and safety protocols.

    Mason Plumlee and Dennis Smith Jr. each posted triple-doubles, the 13th time teammates have done so in the same regular-season game in NBA history. Smith finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists while Plumlee had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

    "That was really special," Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. "It was an excellent team win. I didn't think we had a snowball's chance with all our guys out."

    The Pistons were missing Jerami Grant (left quadriceps contusion) and Josh Jackson (illness).

    Smith is averaging eight points, four assists and 3.3 rebounds in 11 games since joining the Pistons following the Rose trade. He notched his third career triple-double.

    "My thing as of late has been trying to get to the ball and making a play to help us win," Smith said. "We were making shots tonight, and we kept the energy in the game from start to finish. I think that was the main thing."

    For the Knicks, Elfrid Payton has missed the past four games due to a right hamstring injury and is listed as doubtful. Taj Gibson (sprained left ankle) is also listed as doubtful. Mitchell Robinson (right hand surgery) remains out and will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break. Austin Rivers did not play against the Spurs, and Thibodeau said he had an ankle issue.

    --Field Level Media

    (STATS / cbssports.com)

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    Payton back. DSJ starting for DET. Last game before the ASG.

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    Toppin over 60% on field goals inside the 3 point line for the season. Would it kill our 2nd unit to give him a chance on offense?

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    Dombouya goes up strong to 2 hand dunk it but Noel blocks him at the rim and gives the young man the Mutombo finger wag. I hear announcers give all the ctedit to the league leading D to Thibs because he's working with the same guys Fiz and Miller had but guys like Noel have made major impact.

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    JR with 18 already a couple minutes left in the second. Knicks up 12 pts as we get to the half.

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    Knicks up 59-46 at the half on a late 11 pt run to end the half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Knicks up 59-46 at the half on a late 11 pt run to end the half.
    A 10-25 Pistons team .. You would think Thibs would give the bench players 20 or more minutes in this EASY win game.

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    Bullock hits a 3 for his 5th pt but his impact has been greater pn the defensive side, one of those guys like Noel who deserve credit for that number 1 D

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    Where's Quickley, Frank, Knox, and Toppin? waiting to be traded!
    I'm like Shaq & Barkley, "I dont want to watch this SHAT !!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    Where's Quickley, Frank, Knox, and Toppin? waiting to be traded!
    I'm like Shaq & Barkley, "I dont want to watch this SHAT !!!"
    I'm happy with how Thibs is managing the games, we're having the best season in years. Toppin came in and scored a quick 2 on a drive to the hoop.

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    Knicks increase their halftime lead to 19 to end the third.

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    Címon guys, close this one out. Donít want to go into the break blowing a big lead in our last game of the 1st half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    I'm happy with how Thibs is managing the games, we're having the best season in years. Toppin came in and scored a quick 2 on a drive to the hoop.
    Not me .. I never liked Thibs 7 man rotation on the Bulls or Wolves.
    I'm still pisssed at Thibs for the Spurs game.
    I thought the new coaching staff were hired to develop the young-core players.
    It seems like Thibs and his coaching-staff are working at making all our veteran BUST players better, I guess all that hard work doesnt leave any time to develop our young-core players.
    The last 5 seasons in the NBA Randle Payton Noel Bullock and Burks were all BUST players !!!
    Maybe when the stadium are full with fans our veterans will fall back into their bust routine.

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    Our starters score 92!

    No MRob, no Rose, IQ doesnít score, our
    lottery pick amassed 4 points.... no problema... NY wins and go into ASB 19-18 and alone in the 5th seed.

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    Frank 8-12 from Downtown since returning to the lineup.

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