Shorthanded Detroit Pistons fall to Denver Nuggets at residence, 104-91
The Detroit Pistons have often been understaffed over the past three weeks, with nearly all veterans on the bench due to injuries and calm. But even by this new standard, there weren’t many pistons available on Friday.
Sekou Doumbouya was a last minute scrape ahead of the game due to personal reasons leaving the Pistons with eight players on their hands. Then Deividas Sirvydis left the game in the middle of a career night after landing awkwardly in the third quarter.
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The Denver Nuggets, who had control of the fourth seed in the Western Conference, left the Little Caesars Arena beating the Pistons (104-91).
Hamidou Diallo returned after a four game absence to score 18 points and score 12 rebounds. Sirvydis hit a career high of 16 points in 19 minutes. Tyler Cook also had a career high with 17 points and five rebounds and Josh Jackson added a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Nikola Jokic led the nuggets with a triple-double – 20 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists.
Deividas Sirvydis hits a career high from injury
With only eight players active on Friday, the Pistons (20-51) needed someone to step up. Sirvydis was that player for almost 20 minutes. He scored all 16 points in the first half and showed more than just the ability to get outside shots.
Sirvydis also completed two difficult layups in the second quarter, including a Eurostep through traffic. He hit two 3-point points in the last two minutes of the first quarter to get started and added two more before half-time.
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He left the game in the third quarter with a left leg injury. If Sirvydis misses Sunday’s season finale against the Miami Heat, his performance will be a good start to his rookie season. After being out of rotation for most of the year, the coaching team tried hard to give him more minutes this week. He will end the week with the best game of his young career.
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After reaching a career high of 35 points on May 4, Diallo missed the next four Detroit games for personal reasons and due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Despite having missed a little over a week of action, he immediately picked up where he left off. Diallo made his first four shots of the night and finished the first quarter with 10 points. He gave the pistons the punch they needed by doing what he did best – get to the edge. All eight of his brands were only a few meters away from the basket.
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Diallo was also impressive as a rebounder, winning at least seven in six games for the fifth time. It can be argued that he is the third best rebounder on the roster. He has a great nose for the ball and often hits his own teammates. When he got into the game, he was tied with Cook for the fourth best rebound percentage (12.5%) on the roster, with the exception of Sirvydis as no games were played.
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