It’s been almost two weeks since superstar Blake Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons by the Los Angeles Clippers and it seems like the Pistons were the winners in that trade, notching a five-game winning streak right after the exchange. They will look to push it to six games as they host the Clippers tonight. This will be the very first time that Blake Griffin will face off against the Clippers and will be the last time that these two teams will play each other this season.
The Clippers and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 114 times in the past as the Pistons won 71 games while the Clippers were limited to just 43 victories. The last time that they clashed with each other was four days before Halloween as the Pistons pulled away with a 95 to 87 win. During that game, Andre Drummond scored 15 points, pulled down 17 rebounds, gave out one assist, committed 2 steals, and blocked 3 shots. Reggie Jackson also had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal. Austin Rivers finished the game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and 4 steals.
Los Angeles Clippers:
Patrick Beverley (knee; 12.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 40.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Jawun Evans (abdominal; 5.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 34.3 FG%, 26.5 3P%)
C.J. Williams (ankle; 5.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.9 APG, 46.2 FG%, 35.0 3P%)
Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 51.9 FG%)
Milos Teodosic (foot; 9.3 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 38.2 FG%, 33.8 3P%)
Sindarius Thornwell (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
Dwight Buycks (illness; 8.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 46.2 FG%, 39.1 3P%)
Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Henry Ellenson (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 34.4 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Reggie Hearn (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Eric Moreland (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 50.9 FG%)
Jameer Nelson (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 41.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
James Ennis (acquired; 6.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 48.6 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Kay Felder (G-League; 3.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 29.4 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
The game would have a competitive start as the Detroit Pistons shot forty-eight percent from the field as the Los Angeles Clippers shot forty-four percent from the field. Montrezl Harrell ended up scoring 12 points off of the bench while grabbing three offensive rebounds. Danilo Gallinari would contribute with 10 points as he knocked down a three-pointer in the first quarter. He also had two defensive rebounds while Austin Rivers collected eight points on seventy-five percent shooting. DeAndre Jordan was kept scoreless but still managed to record three offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds. Lou Williams played 14 minutes off of the bench but was limited to just six points.
On the other end of the court, former Suns forward Reggie Bullock got extremely hot for 16 points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field. He earned 12 of those points from beyond the arc while gobbling up three defensive rebounds. Blake Griffin ended up just scoring nine points but did put up four defensive rebounds and four assists to go along with it. Ish Smith helped out with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals while Stanley Johnson had 6 points and 3 rebounds. Andre Drummond posted up five points and seven rebounds in the 20 minutes that he played. Anthony Tolliver played the most minutes off of the bench but just had five points as the Pistons went into halftime with a 56-52 lead.
The visiting team would close things out in the second half as they went on a huge 56-38 run, shooting forty-nine percent from the field. During that run, Lou Williams played the most minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 20 points. Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Danilo Gallinari, and Montrezl Harrell would all have six points each while Austin Rivers earned eight points. Blake Griffin would score 10 more points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Clippers handed the Pistons a 108-95 loss. Lou Williams finished the game with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals while Blake Griffin had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block. Reggie Bullock also had 19 points, along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Los Angeles Clippers will travel up to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (23.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.3 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (26-25) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The Clippers and the 76ers have battled each other a grand total of 130 times in the past as the Clippers won 60 games while the 76ers went on to win 70 games. November 13 was the last time they saw each as the 76ers survived that matchup with a 109 to 105 victory. Joel Embiid finished that game with 32 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block while Lou Williams had 31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals.
The Detroit Pistons will visit the Peach State to take on Dennis Schroder (19.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (17-38) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. This game between the Pistons and the Hawks will be the third of four times that these two teams will meet up this season. They have played each other a total of 463 times in the past as the Pistons won 234 games while the Hawks pulled out 229 wins. The last time they played each other was on December 14 when the Detroit team handed the Hawks a 105 to 91 loss. Tobias Harris finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal while Ersan Ilyasova settled for 23 points, 3 rebounds, and one assist.