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Pistons' Simone Fontecchio: Moves to bench
Fontecchio will move to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Bulls.
The Pistons are starting Isaiah Stewart in the frontcourt alongside Jalen Duren, while Ausar Thompson will start at small forward. Fontecchio has been excellent since arriving to Detroit and is likely to play a key role off the bench.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Isaiah Stewart: Starting Tuesday
Stewart will start Tuesday's game against the Bulls.
Stewart will be making his first appearance since Jan. 28, as he served a three-game suspension after his ankle injury due to an altercation with Drew Eubanks. With Stewart back with the starters, Simone Fontecchio will join the second unit.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Jaden Ivey: Good to go against Chicago
Ivey (ankle) is available for Tuesday's game versus the Bulls.
Ivey has been upgraded from probable to available Tuesday despite dealing with right ankle soreness. The 21-year-old guard is averaging 18.5 points, 3.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 32.4 minutes across his last 10 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Cade Cunningham: Good to go Tuesday
Cunningham (knee) will play Tuesday against the Bulls.
Cunningham was carrying a probable tag prior to this update, which suggests that the Pistons contemplated a maintenance day for the second leg of this back-to-back set. However, Cunningham has the green light to suit up and there's no mention of any restrictions.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Mike Muscala: Sits third straight
Muscala is averaging 3.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists since being traded from the Wizards on Jan. 14.
Muscala averaged 12.1 minutes per game in January, filling in at both center and forward with Detroit's depth in shambles. However, with the acquisition of Simone Fontecchio from the Jazz at the deadline, Muscala has been restricted to backup center minutes. The 32-year-old is expected to see another decline with Isaiah Stewart (ankle) set to make his return soon coupled with more playing time devoted to James Wiseman (averaging 16.3 minutes per game in February).... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Troy Brown: Increase in minutes
Brown is averaging 5.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in his five appearances since being traded to the Pistons from the Timberwolves on Feb. 7.
The 24-year-old has bounced around the league since 2020, landing on his fifth team in four seasons. Going from the Timberwolves to the last-place Pistons, Brown was seeing an uptick in minutes from 11.0 to 14.8 per game. However, the return of Isaiah Stewart (ankle) plus the logjam at forward with Ausar Thompson, Simone Fontecchio and Evan Fournier all expected to get minutes likely means Brown could see a significant decrease in playing time.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Jaden Ivey: Dealing with ankle soreness
Ivey is probable for Tuesday's game against Chicago due to right ankle soreness.
Ivey did not play in the final 16 minutes of Monday's loss to the Knicks, although no in-game injury was reported. His final possession featured diving to the court for a loose ball, but it's unclear if that incident led to his current ankle soreness. Ivey's status should be monitored even though he is on track to play.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Isaiah Stewart: Not listed on injury report
Stewart (suspension/ankle) isn't listed on Detroit's injury report ahead of Tuesday's game against the Bulls.
Stewart hasn't played since Jan. 28. He was initially sidelined by an ankle injury but was suspended for the first three games after the All-Star break due to an altercation with Phoenix's Drew Eubanks following a Feb. 14 loss to the Suns. He returned to practice during the break, so he's had plenty of time to ramp up his conditioning while serving his suspension, though it wouldn't be surprising to see Stewart limited in his first game back. Stewart's return will likely mean fewer minutes for Simone Fontecchio, Ausar Thompson and Troy Brown.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Cade Cunningham: Tagged as probable
Cunningham is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against Chicago due to left knee injury management.
Cunningham logged a hefty 36-minute workload in Monday's loss to New York at the buzzer, but he appears on track to play in the second half of Detroit's back-to-back Tuesday. It's worth noting that there has been prior precedent this season for Cunningham to be downgraded from probable to out, so his status will need to be monitored.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Malachi Flynn: Chips in eight points
Flynn registered eight points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and two assists over 12 minutes during Monday's 113-111 loss to the Knicks.
Flynn is a defensively-oriented guard, but he has quietly connected on 35.2 percent of his threes across the past two seasons at low volume. Flynn and Evan Fournier will both receive small upticks in roles over the next week-plus while Marcus Sasser is sidelined by a knee injury.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' James Wiseman: Sees 17 minutes off bench
Wiseman closed with four points (2-4 FG), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 17 minutes during Monday's 113-111 loss to the Knicks.
For the fourth game in a row, Wiseman was limited to minutes in the teens off the bench. He's struggled to make a real impact in Detroit, and it's hard to see that changing as long as Jalen Duren is healthy.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Evan Fournier: Booed extensively
Fournier logged seven points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt), one assist and two steals in 20 minutes during Monday's 113-111 loss to the Knicks.
Fournier was not warmly received upon his return to Madison Square Garden, but he scored effectively in his fifth game as a Piston. Marcus Sasser (knee) is expected to miss the next week, which should lead to a rotational role for the Frenchman.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Jaden Ivey: Subpar in loss
Ivey provided 14 points (3-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), two rebounds, three assists and one steal across 24 minutes during Monday's 113-111 loss to the Knicks.
Ivey did the majority of his damage at the free-throw line but failed to step up as New York diverted defensive attention to Cade Cunningham down the stretch -- holding Detroit's alpha scoreless in the fourth quarter. Ivey is averaging 12.0 points and 4.3 assists on a lowly 31.4 percent shooting in three games since the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Jalen Duren: Another double-double Monday
Duren amassed 11 points (4-11 FG, 3-4 FT), 16 rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal across 31 minutes during Monday's 113-111 loss to New York.
Duren notched his 30th double of the season Monday, tying him with Jonas Valanciunas for the 11th most leaguewide. Detroit was still out rebounded by New York as a team Monday, which signifies Duren's importance to the rotation as a potential cornerstone of the frontcourt.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Cade Cunningham: Excellent but fades late
Cunningham finished Monday's 113-111 loss to the Knicks with 32 points (10-19 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 7-8 FT), five rebounds, eight assists and two blocks over 36 minutes. He also had five turnovers.
Cunningham sunk his first eight shots of the game and was perfect from the field until the third quarter, but he was ultimately held scoreless for the final 15 minutes of the game, representing two distinct sides of the coin in another narrow defeat for Detroit. Cunningham was surgical in the midrange and confident pulling up from three, but his late-game execution, shot selection and turnover prevention are skills that have room to grow moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Quentin Grimes: Fuels near comeback
Grimes had 14 points (4-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one steal over 24 minutes during Monday's 113-111 loss to New York.
Grimes poured in all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, ultimately finishing with a well-rounded two-way performance. Grimes' first game back in New York after being dealt by the Knicks at the trade deadline lacked a happy ending for the Pistons, but he is carving out a relevant role as Detroit's sixth man.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Marcus Sasser: Out at least one week
The Pistons announced Monday that Sasser (knee) will be re-evaluated in one week, Mike Curtis of The Detroit News reports.
Sasser had already been ruled out for a second consecutive game Monday against the Knicks on account of the right knee contusion he suffered in the fourth quarter of Thursday's 129-115 loss to the Pacers. The rookie guard was already expected to get his minutes squeezed to some degree after trade-deadline pickup Quentin Grimes made his Pistons debut in Saturday's loss to the Magic, so Sasser's absence won't necessarily open up major playing time for any of Detroit's reserve backcourt players.... See More ... See Less