Pistons’ Stewart to miss 2-3 weeks with sprained toe

Detroit Pistons forward/center Isaiah Stewart will miss the team’s west coast road trip after being diagnosed with a sprained right big toe.

Stewart left the second quarter of Monday’s game against Toronto and, according to the team, will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.

According to the Pistons, testing conducted by team doctors following the game diagnosed the injury as a sprain of the right big toe.  

In 10 games this season, Stewart is averaging 12.0 and 9.3 rebounds per contest.

The Pistons return to action on Thursday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and Bottom Line of Cavs’ win over Pistons

No Donovan Mitchell(ankle sprain), no Darius Garland(knee sprain), and no problems as the Cavs went into Detroit(2-8) without its two top scorers and got their seventh straight win as they routed the Pistons 112-88.

Cleveland(7-1), who led by as many as 30 points, had all hands on deck as they had six players in double figures.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over Toronto:

Great:

Evan Mobley was a beast on defense! He had a career-high eight blocks as he became the youngest player in Cavs history to record that many blocks in a game. In addition, he had 11 points and eight rebounds. Cleveland was tough on defense as they recorded 13 blocks, held Detroit to 37% shooting, and forced 19 turnovers that led to 28 points.

Kevin Love almost messed around and had a triple-double, as he had 21 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists off the bench. Love stepped up and handled his business for Cleveland. In addition, Love was a game-high plus-30. The Cavs got 54 points from its bench, including 15 points from Cedi Osman. 

Jarrett Allen had 17 of his season-high 23 points in the first half, seven rebounds, and two blocks.

Caris LeVert started at point guard and had 15 points, six rebounds, and six assists.

Second quarter: Cleveland blew the game open in the second quarter. The Cavs led 24-21 after the first quarter. They went on a 23-5 run to take a 21-point lead in the second. Cleveland outscored the Pistons 33-18 in the quarter. They shot 63% in the second and held the Pistons to 32% from the field. The Cavs led 57-39 at the break.

Not So Great:

It’s all great!! Nothing to see here!

Bottom Line:

The Cavs came together as a team, and great things happened. Everyone stepped up their game, and that’s what you need to do when your top players are down. The NBA is weird like that sometimes. When the chips are down, the other guys get it done.

What’s Next:

The Cavs head west as they battle LeBron and the Lakers on Sunday at Crypto.com Arena.

Best of the Rest: 

Cade Cunningham led the Pistons with 19 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Jaden Ivey and Saddiq Bey had 18 apiece.

According to Elias Sports, Love (21 PTS, 10 AST, 8 REB) became the first Cavs player ever to record 20-plus 10-plus assists and eight-plus rebounds off the bench. Love’s time-on-court (23:26) is the lowest of any player in the shot clock era (1954-55) to hit those minimums.

Junkyard Dog:

Everybody gets the award! J.B. Bickerstaff gave the prize to the whole team.

Detroit Pistons extend Bogdanović

The Detroit Pistons have signed Bojan Bogdanović to a contract extension, the team announced Monday.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a two-year, $39.1 million extension.

In September, the Pistons acquired Bogdanović from the Utah Jazz, and he’s off to a good start.  In seven games this season, the eight-year veteran is averaging a team and career-high 22.7 points per game while shooting 53% from the field and 51% from 3-point range.

The 33-year-old has been one of the best players on this team, and the Pistons rewarded him with an extension.

Last season, the 6-7 Bogdanović averaged 18.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 30.9 minutes per game with the Jazz.  He averaged 18.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists over the previous three seasons in Utah while shooting 45% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc.

Drafted 31st overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, Bogdanović played professionally overseas before coming to the NBA in 2014. He began his professional career in Europe, most notably, with Real Madrid in Spain and Fenerbahce in Turkey.

Pistons unveil Statement Edition uniforms for 2022-23 season

On Wednesday, the Detroit Pistons unveiled their Statement Edition uniforms for the 2022-23 NBA season.

The black uniforms feature “DET” across the chest in white lettering, with a blue and red stripe across the jersey. The stripes pay homage to the warmup tops the Pistons wore during the late 80’s and early 90’s.

The uniform also features blue trim and the Pistons 313 logo on the shorts. United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM), the Pistons official jersey patch and exclusive mortgage partner, is featured prominently on the jersey’s left front strap.

The Statement Edition jerseys will be worn during every “In It For My City” promotional game throughout the season.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Guard (2) Cade Cunningham and forward (41) Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons pose during a photoshoot, Tuesday, August 16, 2022, in Beverly Hills, CA. (Jeff Lewis)
Guard (2) Cade Cunningham and forward (41) Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons pose during a photoshoot, Tuesday, August 16, 2022, in Beverly Hills, CA. (Jeff Lewis)
Guard (2) Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons poses during a photoshoot, Tuesday, August 16, 2022, in Beverly Hills, CA. (Jeff Lewis)
Forward (41) Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons poses during a photoshoot, Tuesday, August 16, 2022, in Beverly Hills, CA. (Jeff Lewis)

Pistons, Suns, Mavs announce preseason schedules

The NBA season is almost upon us, but before we get to the regular season, teams must prepare during training camp and preseason.

The Mavericks, Pistons, and Suns announced their preseason schedules on Thursday.

The NBA regular season begins on October 18.

Dallas Mavericks:

The Dallas Mavericks  preseason schedule tips off on October 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the BOK Center.

Following their matchup with the Thunder, the Mavericks will host No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Center on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. CT. Dallas will then conclude its exhibition season with a playoff rematch against the Jazz in Utah on Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. CT.

2022 DALLAS MAVERICKS PRESEASON SCHEDULE:

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME (CT)

LOCATION

VENUE

TV

Wed. Oct. 5

@ Oklahoma City

7:00 p.m.

Tulsa, OK

BOK Center

Mavs.com

Fri. Oct. 7

vs. Orlando

7:30 p.m.

Dallas

American Airlines Center

BSSW

Fri., Oct. 14

@ Utah

8:00 p.m.

Salt Lake City

Vivint Arena

BSSW

Detroit Pistons:

The Detroit Pistons preseason schedule features two home and two away games. Detroit will host the Oklahoma City Thunder (10/11) and the Memphis Grizzlies (10/13).

The Pistons will first travel to New York (10/4) to take on the Knicks and then to New Orleans (10/7) to face the Pelicans before returning to Detroit for the home slate. The Knicks game will be televised nationally on TNT.

Phoenix Suns:

The Phoenix Suns will play a four-game preseason schedule in preparation for the 2022-23 regular season, playing two home games at Footprint Center and two road games.

The Suns’ full 2022 preseason schedule is listed below.

DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME (PT)

Sun., Oct. 2

Adelaide 36ers (NBL)

Footprint Center, Phoenix

7:00 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 5

Los Angeles Lakers

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

7:00 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 10

Denver Nuggets

Ball Arena, Denver

6:00 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 12

Sacramento Kings

Footprint Center, Phoenix

7:00 p.m.

 

Pistons re-sign McGruder, add Kevin Knox

The Detroit Pistons have signed forward Kevin Knox and re-signed guard Rodney McGruder, the team announced Tuesday.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal for Knox, while McGruder reportedly signed a one-year contract.

Last season, the 6-7 Knox spent time with the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks. He averaged 3.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.4 minutes over 30 games. The 22-year-old played in two games for the Hawks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, recording double-digit scoring in both outings.

The Phoenix native, who was drafted ninth overall out of Kentucky in the 2018 draft, was traded on Jan. 13 of this previous season from New York to Atlanta after spending three-plus NBA seasons with the Knicks. In his rookie campaign with New York in 2018-19, Knox tallied clips of 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 28.8 minutes through 75 games (57 starts). 

McGruder, 31, has averaged 5.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 14.1 minutes through 67 games (four starts) for Detroit from 2020-22. McGruder holds shooting clips of .458 from the field and .406 from 3-point range while with the Pistons over the last two seasons. His 3-point shooting percentage marks the fifth-highest in Pistons history by a player with a minimum of 150 3-point attempts. Last season, McGruder averaged 5.4 points and 1.6 rebounds over 51 games.

The six-year NBA veteran was originally acquired by Detroit from the L.A. Clippers via a three-team trade also involving the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 19, 2020. He played three seasons for Miami before suiting up for the Clippers for the 2019-20 campaign. 

Pistons unveil retro teal uniforms for 2022-23 NBA season

On Monday night, the Detroit Pistons unveiled their Classic Edition uniforms for the 2022-23 NBA season, a replica of the road uniforms the Pistons donned from 1996 – 2001.

The Pistons unveiled the jerseys during a launch party at the Renaissance Center. Jerry Stackhouse, who began his time with the Pistons organization in the teal jersey, was on-site to showcase the Classic Edition uniform.

“To Pistons fans everywhere – we heard you, and this is for you,” said Mike Zavodsky, Chief Business Officer for the Detroit Pistons, via a press release announcing the uniforms. “The teal jerseys represent a ‘colorful’ time in Pistons basketball and NBA history.

The teal jersey represents its own unique era in Detroit Pistons history. The team clinched postseason berths on three separate occasions, with franchise standouts such as Grant Hill, Jerry Stackhouse, Lindsey Hunter, and Ben Wallace suiting up in the teal horsehead threads.

The uniform is a direct replica of the original – black, yellow, and red trim on a teal jersey that features the famed flaming horsehead. United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM), the Pistons’ official jersey patch and exclusive mortgage partner, is featured prominently on the jersey’s left front strap. The team is expected to sport the teal jerseys in approximately 10 games during the upcoming season as part of their 2022-23 uniform rotation.

Photos of retro uniforms below:

Cavs’ Garland: ‘We’ve got the bark and the bite right now’

The Cleveland Cavaliers were looking for a bounce-back performance on Friday night against the visiting Detroit Pistons, and they got it. 

Cleveland(8-5) led by as many as 27 points and defeated the Pistons(2-9) 98-78.

Here is the Great, Not so Great, and the Bottom Line of Cleveland’s win over the Pistons.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-Darius Garland did it all for Cleveland on Friday night. He scored 21 points, including four threes, and dished out seven assists as he was lobbing it left and right to Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley at the rim. Garland also added two rebounds and two steals.

-Evan Mobley, who was the third overall pick, got a chance to face the number one overall pick in Cade Cunningham on Friday night, and as he has done all year long, Mobley filled out the stat sheet. He had 16 points, seven rebounds, three blocks, and two steals. According to the team, Mobley became the fastest Cavs rookie to grab 100 rebounds since Brad Daugherty (12 games) and Hot Rod Williams (13 games) in 1986.

-Cedi Osman was outstanding off the Cavs’ bench. He scored 17 points.

Defense: Cleveland held the Pistons to 78 points on .367% shooting from the field. In addition, they forced 23 turnovers, which turned into 27 points. The 78 points are the lowest amount of points they’ve allowed in a game since 2016.

Third Quarter Defense: The Cavaliers held the Pistons to 11 points in the third. Detroit(5/20) shot 25% from the floor. Cleveland led by as much as 22 in the quarter and took complete control of the game.

Not so Great for the Cavaliers:

-Cleveland did have 21 turnovers on Friday. Not a big deal on this night because it only led to 11 Piston points, but against a better team, this could have been a problem.

Bottom Line:

The Cavs did what good teams do to a bad team, and that’s beat them up. In addition, it was good to see this team come out with a level of anger after the tough loss to the Wizards that snapped their four-game winning streak. 

“We’ve got the bark and the bite right now,” Garland said postgame. “Everybody is jelling and is fun to be around. It’s a lot of fun.”

What’s Next:

Cleveland gets back at it on Saturday night at home against the Boston Celtics.

Best of the Rest:

Jarrett Allen’s streak of five straight double-doubles ended on Friday night as he chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds, and this beautiful dunk below:

-Isaac Okoro added nine points and nine rebounds.

-Ricky Rubio had five points, nine assists, and five steals off the bench.

-Lamar Stevens left with a right ankle sprain in the second quarter and did not return.

-Kevin Love (Health and Safety Protocols) and Lauri Markkanen (Health and Safety Protocols) are still out. However, Love was in the arena on Friday night and joined the team on the bench.

-Jerami Grant led the Pistons with 16 points and Cunningham added nine points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Watch below as Garland, Mobley, and Osman react to team’s win over Pistons:

 

Cavs’ Bickerstaff: ‘We gotta grow up, and it’s that simple’

After their disappointing loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, the thought from the coaching staff and team is that the Cavaliers would be much better against the depleted Detroit Pistons on Monday night. 

Detroit(18-40) has the worst record in the Eastern Conference and was without seven players, including their leading scorer Jerami Grant and their top rebounder in Mason Plumlee. However, none of that mattered on Monday night, especially in the first quarter. Detroit led by as much as 23 points in that quarter, and while the Cavs(20-37) would take their first  lead midway through the fourth, Detroit was able to take control down the stretch and win 109-105 at Little Caesars Arena.

Detroit’s Saddiq Bey and Frank Jackson had 20 points apiece. Bey had 18 points in the first quarter, including six threes. Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 28 points, and Darius Garland added 23.

Cleveland, who has lost three straight, outscored Detroit in every quarter after their bad start. However, according to Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, Cleveland was done in by the first quarter. 

“It was the first quarter that did us in,” Bickerstaff said. “To me, all that other stuff that happens afterward is irrelevant.”

The team’s approach to the game let Bickerstaff down, and according to him, it shows that the team has to grow up.

“It’s a conversation about our approach and a maturity level that we’ve yet reach,” he said. “And the thought that we wouldn’t come out tonight and play spirited basketball is disappointing…

“I love the dudes in that locker room. I think their heart and minds are in the right place, but we gotta grow up, and it’s that simple.”

Considering what was at stake regarding the playoffs, Monday night’s performance was unacceptable. However, it’s all a part of the process. Hopefully, these young guys can use this moment as a learning experience for the rest of this season and beyond.

Cleveland is now four games behind the Bulls for the 10th and final playoff spot with 15 games remaining. Cleveland will host the Bulls on Wednesday night.

Report: Blake Griffin to sign with Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have another piece to the puzzle. According to The Athletic’s Sham Charania, Blake Griffin has cleared free agency waivers, and the six-time NBA All-Star is expected to sign with the Nets.

The 31-year-old Griffin and the Detroit Pistons agreed to a buyout on Friday. 

During three-plus years with the Pistons (2018-21), Griffin posted averages of 20.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 33.3 minutes over 138 games (all starts). He earned All-NBA Third Team honors and his sixth NBA All-Star selection while averaging a career-best 24.5 points and leading the Pistons to the NBA Playoffs in 2018-19.  

In 20 games with the Pistons this season, Griffin averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game.

It should be interesting to see what role Griffin will have in Brooklyn, but the assumption is he will probably be a starter. With what they have in terms of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant, Griffin will get a lot of good looks. If he can stay healthy, Griffin can definitely help the Nets. He gives them depth and another guy who can score the ball.

Drafted first overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Clippers, Griffin holds averages of 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 34.7 minutes in 642 career NBA games.