Certainly, the Western Conference has plenty of quality teams with dreams of knocking off the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, and this isn't the first time there's been conference imbalance. But now, it looks so pronounced.
Hitting a tough shot over one of the NBA's best defenders is a boost to any ego. For Bryant, it's a sign he's getting back to his own personal standard.
The Pistons had to stare their fourth-quarter demons in the face, one night after a debilitating collapse against the NBA's second-best team. But when it looked like the Pistons would wilt under the pressure of playing the Pacers, a team that's undefeated at home, they pulled out an improbable win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 101-96 Monday night.
Although Cheeks doesn't appear to be the preachy type, he can take his time before sitting a player down and giving a long-winded but much needed talk. His conversation with Smith prompted the forward into doing what Pistons fans expected him to since his arrival in free agency — put the ball on the block to punish smaller and lesser defenders.
Auburn Hills — Tragedy touches people in different ways, and for Pistons center Andre Drummond, every name written on his shoes for Sunday's game showed tragedy wasn't far from his mind.
The Pistons blew another game they had no business losing because they lost focus of what pushed them to the brink of beating the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers.
Billups pointed to what's clear to everybody that's watched the Pistons play this year. For their improvement in terms of talent and even the connection coach Maurice Cheeks has made with this team, the fourth quarter has become a mental hurdle.
Damian Lillard had Rodney Stuckey in his chest, but his turnaround 14-footer with 0.1 seconds left sent the Pistons packing to Indianapolis smarting and discouraged after leading for most of the game.
Bledsoe scored seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Dragic added 21 points to help the Phoenix Suns hold off Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors 106-102 Sunday night for their fifth straight win.
The questions persist for the Detroit Pistons. Twenty-four games into the season there hasn't been much clarity from this team. How much should be expected is certainly up for debate, but if there's one player who should qualify as a veteran voice for this team, it's Chauncey Billups.
About fifty Detroit youths were able to shop with Detroit Pistons players Saturday during a shopping spree at the Meijer on 8 Mile and Woodward Avenue.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat benefited from their three-day break, beginning a five-game homestand with a hard-fought win over a pesky opponent. James scored 25 points against his former team, leading the energized Heat to a 114-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
With the Pistons resorting to isolation basketball and Nets reserve forward Mirza Teletovic shooting out of his mind in the fourth quarter, Detroit essentially was saved by the bell Friday, winning 103-99 at The Palace, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings is well aware his defense has been an early point of contention on a team whose overall defense has been less than stellar recently.
'Unreal.' The one word from then-Pistons color analyst and current Detroit Mayor Dave Bing when George Blaha signed off after a marathon, triple-overtime game ...
With point guard being the deepest position in the league, one where there's very few easy nights, Jennings can't be a freeway to the lane, forcing teammates ...
The Pistons clawed themselves back into the game against the New Orleans Pelicans, only to squander a chance to win it in regulation before falling in overtime, ...
Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and added nine assists to lead Oklahoma City to a 116-100 victory over Memphis on Wednesday night.
These weren't exactly the big, bad Wolves. But Minnesota's bigs certainly made Detroit's look bad for much of Tuesday night's game at the Palace of Auburn ...
The Pistons gave their fans very little to cheer Tuesday for the second straight home outing, falling 121-94 at The Palace. Kevin Love led the Timberwolves ...
Rasheed Wallace is barking and pouncing. But gone are the days he did this on the court — as a player. Now, he's doing it as a teacher. As a coach.
Roy Hibbert threw all the inside body jabs Tuesday night. Paul George finished it off with the knockout blow.
Miami blew out the Pistons 110-95 Sunday, but the Pistons left a lasting impression the past week by winning a game in Miami. The Heat can't take this team for ...
The other eight players might as well have been on the bench watching in the final few minutes, when Walker scored Charlotte's final 15 points to lead the ...
The Pistons' four-game winning streak came to an unceremonious halt Sunday, as the Miami Heat gave the Pistons a little payback from the Pistons' upset in ...
If there's one player who can relate to Andre Drummond's plight — if you want to call it that — of being a big kid in a man's body and a man's game, LeBron ...
Nearly eight months after Kobe Bryant limped off the Lakers' home court with a torn Achilles tendon and a career in doubt, he struggled to keep his composure ...
The Kings have reached an agreement to acquire forward Rudy Gay from Toronto in a multiplayer trade, a person familiar with the deal said Sunday night.
If you looked at the box score and saw Jennings' numbers compared to the offensive production of Greg Monroe, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond (nine for 32, 23 ...
After dealing with some lethargy and ineffectiveness in the first half, the Pistons shook off their Chicago cold to get themselves to the .500 mark (10-10), ...
AP NBA Headlines
- Clippers wrap up trip with 113-97 win over Wizards - 09:43 PM
- Bryant scores 21 points, Lakers top Bobcats 88-85 - 09:38 PM
- Harden helps Houston hold off Warriors, 116-112 - 01:28 AM
- Hayward has big night, Jazz top Nuggets 103-93 - 11:52 PM
- Dragic, Bledsoe lead Suns to 4th straight victory - 11:47 PM
- Dunleavy hits late 3, Bulls beat Bucks 91-90 - 11:24 PM
- Parker helps Spurs keep 'Wolves at bay 117-110 - 11:08 PM
Pistons' salary cap corner
- 2013-14 salary cap: $58.5 million (2012-13 cap was $58.044 million).
- Current Piston salaries for 2013-14 season: $35,045,558.
- Approximate salary cap space for 2013-14 season: $22,998,442 (not including slotted salary for 2013 first-round draft pick).
- PF Charlie Villanueva: $8,580,000
- SG/PG Rodney Stuckey: $8,500,000 (not fully guaranteed)
- PF/SF Jonas Jerebko: $4,500,000 PF/C
- Greg Monroe: $4,086,454 PG/SG
- Brandon Knight: $2,793,960 C
- Andre Drummond: $2,462,400 C
- Slava Kravtsov: $1,500,000 (not fully guaranteed)
- SF/SG Kyle Singler: $1,045,000
- SF Khris Middleton: $788,872 SG
- Kim English: $788,872 (not fully guaranteed)
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Sports on TV
Where to watch the big game in Metro Detroit
- ■7 Texas at North Carolina, ESPN2
- ■7 N.C. State at Tennessee, ESPNU
- ■7 Mississippi at Baylor, women, FSD+
- ■7 Delaware at Ohio State, BTN
- ■8 South Florida at St. John’s, FS1
- ■9 Stanford at Connecticut, ESPN2
- ■9 LSU at Texas Tech, ESPNU
- ■9:30 Northwestern State at Baylor, FSD+
- ■7 Indiana at Miami, ESPN
- ■7:30 Detroit at Boston, FSD/97.1
- ■9:30 Chicago at Houston, ESPN
- ■8 Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, NBCSN
- ■2:30 FIFA Club World Cup, Raja Casablanca vs. Atletico Mineiro, FS1
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