Comeback Falls Short: Pistons 103, Nets 99 (GAME GRADES)

Paul Pierce


Moved well in the first half with a couple of nice spin moves and made two huge plays in crunch time: drawing a charge on Josh Smith and hitting a clutch three-pointer to cut a once-21 point deficit to two.


Didn’t do much, but he did do this:


Hit more shots in the first two and a half minutes than he did in all of yesterday’s game, so that’s progress, but didn’t hit another. Liked his effort throughout defensively but wasn’t a game-changer.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Looked spry early with some spin moves and drives to the basket to open up looks for himself and others, but struggled to make an imprint on tonight’s game like he did against the Clippers Thursday. Not a bad game by any means, but not a dominant one, though he did make two big plays down the stretch: the first a foul drawn on Brandon Jennings on a three-pointer (he hit all three free throws to cut the Pistons lead to 100-96), the second an atrocious non-call on Jennings that should have resulted in Nets ball. You know what? For that alone, I’m bumping Williams’s grade up. He did the right thing and got jobbed.


Got some good looks early and established offense in the post against Kentavious Caldwell-Pope but thought he went to Iso-Joe just a bit too much down the stretch. Took a tough shot off the inbounds with 10.4 seconds left and it didn’t fall.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

Started the game terribly, missing his first five shots, before making his next three and somehow drawing a foul on the weirdest #PointBlatche in some time. Struggled to rebound throughout the game until he began controlling the glass for possessions at a time in the fourth. He picked up key offensive rebounds throughout the fourth, and missed two crucial free throws that could have cut the Pistons lead to three with under two minutes left. He’s an atomic clock encrusted with $1.4 million worth of diamonds that only tells time four days a week. Give him a ton of credit for helping bring the team back in the fourth quarter, and take some away for his ridiculous mistakes in the first half. I give him a “B,” which equates to “Scattered Elephant” at the Milford School.


Started in place of the injured Brook Lopez and other than drawing a foul in the first quarter I don’t really remember much else. Kidd elected to bring Teletovic off the bench to start the second half with the other four starters over Evans, which gives you an idea of how impactful he was.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Shot really well in the second half, hitting a career-high five three-pointers, and looked incredibly comfortable as a spot-up shooter.