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November 10, 2014 Updates
November 8, 2014 Updates

Josh Smith knows that his shooting slump is hurting the Detroit Pistons. Friday, he found other ways to help them win. Smith, who is 7-of-31 shooting in the last two games, had key plays on both ends in the final 20 seconds, allowing the Pistons to escape with a 98-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. "I'm struggling to put the ball in the basket, but winning isn't only about making shots," he said. "I know that I've still got intangibles that I can bring to the floor." ESPN.com

November 6, 2014 Updates
November 5, 2014 Updates

Head coach Stan Van Gundy went with Smith at small forward primarily to account for the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony. "Josh will play real hard," Van Gundy said. "I think he's got good size on him and the whole thing. But there's nobody who shuts the guy (Anthony) down. You need a lot of help, your team defense has got to be good, you want to be really disciplined against him, and you hope he misses some shots." Booth Newspapers

NY's J.R. Smith suspended one game w/o pay (to be served tonight at DET) for striking WAS's Glen Rice Jr. in the groin during game on Nov. 4. Link to play leading to J.R. Smith suspension: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/originals/2014/11/05/bbops-jr-smith-groin-hit-110414-pr.nba/ Twitter

November 3, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy said Martin is feeling better and Meeks can now begin some more aggressive conditioning work. Even Gigi Datome is in the mix, he said. And he blamed himself for not getting Jonas Jerebko--a 3-point threat from the power forward position--in Saturday'’s game while playing Josh Smith 44 minutes. "“I didn’'t find minutes for him and I think that was a mistake,"” he said. "“As I told these guys today, we are truly in this together. They'’ve got to get better at some things, but it'’s not like I’m laying it all on them. There are some things where I'’ve got to get better and one of them is, at some point here in the near future, I'’ve got to do a better job with our rotation and who we’re going to play.”" NBA.com

November 2, 2014 Updates

Just before that, the big TV showed a clip from a press conference when Van Gundy was introduced by owner Tom Gores. "This is the defining moment," Gores said on video. "We are re-setting the culture of the franchise." A half-hour before, in addressing the media, Gores had said similar things. "I'm happy with the culture," Gores said. "It's being re-set here." Booth Newspapers

Gores conceded: "Business is not always fun. Being successful is not always fun." But he added, "Stan has made me a better owner." He said they exchange text messages daily, meet frequently in person and talk on the phone when they can. "We should be at the forefront," Gores said of his franchise. "We have a history. We have a legacy." Booth Newspapers

Brooklyn's Joe Johnson didn't help him find any, scoring 14 points of a decisive 16-2 fourth-quarter run, and 34 for the game, but it's the offensive end where the Pistons have struggled even more. They are averaging 86.7 points and shooting 21.9 percent on 3-pointers. "I just don't have a great handle on our team, especially at the offensive end," Van Gundy said. Defensively, tonight, we got tuned up by a great player. But offensively, I've got to get a better handle, and I will. I'll keep working my butt off and we'll get it figured out. But I don't have it figured out right now. We'll get it rolling at times and not at other times." Booth Newspapers

November 1, 2014 Updates

But that doesn't change the fact that Van Gundy has turned to backup point guard D.J. Augustin for a majority of minutes in the first two games of the 0-2 start. And it's obvious that Van Gundy's decision-making process is bothering Jennings. When told that Van Gundy said that Augustin has been the better point guard the first two games, Jennings quietly said: "Then he should start and I'll be the backup, if that's the case." And with that Jennings added: "That's all I've got." Detroit Free Press

October 31, 2014 Updates

"We just absolutely melted down, hung our heads, and basically, the group on the floor were willing to let the game go. They were willing to let the game go," Van Gundy said. "We got five guys in there who weren't willing to let the game go and we got back in it. "But that was very, very disappointing. That was the first adversity we hit this year and we failed the test badly." Booth Newspapers

Walking off the floor after the Nuggets' 89-79 win in Denver on opening night Wednesday with 22 points and 17 rebounds to his name, Faried mouthed off about Smith's evening. "Josh Smith, we let him keep shooting," Faried said on the team's website after the game. "And he ended up with 25, but he still kept shooting. He shot them out of the game." Detroit News

Smith, who started off hitting six of his first 10 shots but made just three of his final 12, heard of Faried's comments Thursday afternoon from a friend, and fired back in kind before the Pistons played the Minnesota Timberwolves. "I don't respond to nobody with dreadlocks who plays basketball," Smith said, referring to Faried's hairdo. "He's a clown, quote me on that." Detroit News

"He fears me," Smith said. "He's scared of me, so, of course, he'll talk about me in the paper. He won't do it to me in my face. If you have to hide behind a microphone or smartphone, so be it. I don't mind." Detroit News

October 30, 2014 Updates
 

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