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Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan Attendance: 15,246
Pistons, Wizards putting puzzle pieces together
Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons
- These teams have split their two games this season, with both winning at home. Washington is 11-5 against Detroit over the last five seasons, with all five defeats coming in Detroit.
- The Wizards won both games of their back-to-back this weekend with a 119-106 win over the Cavaliers on Friday and a 134-125 victory in Chicago on Saturday. Washington has scored at least 115 points in all five games this month where they are averaging a league-high 125.2 points per game.
- The Pistons have won three games in a row for the first time since winning five straight from November 23 to December 1. All three wins have come by double figures, giving Detroit its first three-game streak of double-digit victories since another three-game streak in October-November 2016.
- Jabari Parker and Chasson Randle each scored 20 points on Saturday, becoming the 14th and 15th Wizards to have a 20-point game this season. No other team this season has more than 12 such players, and no team over the last 40 seasons has had more than 15.
- Bradley Beal and Blake Griffin are two of six players this season averaging at least 25.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and James Harden (minimum 70 percent of team games played).
- Andre Drummond posted his league-high 12th 20-rebound game on Saturday while also adding 29 points. He is averaging 21.7 points per game while shooting 68.8 percent from the field in seven games since returning from a concussion after averaging 16.3 ppg on 49.8-percent shooting prior to his injury.
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A pair of trades last week resulted in a muddled rotation for the Detroit Pistons. And another addition over the weekend will provide yet another option for coach Dwane Casey to ponder.
The Pistons signed Wayne Ellington after he cleared waivers on Saturday. Ellington was traded by Miami last week to rebuilding Phoenix, which had no intention of retaining the 31-year-old shooting guard.
Ellington could make his Detroit debut when the Pistons host Washington on Monday.
Ellington bounced in and out of Miami's rotation this season, appearing in 25 games, including 12 starts. He averaged a career-high 11.2 points last season and could replace Reggie Bullock in the Pistons' lineup. Bullock was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, and key reserve Stanley Johnson was dealt to New Orleans in a three-team swap.
Detroit picked up rookie swingman Svi Mykhailiuk and 7-foot-1 Thon Maker in those deals. Both made their debuts on Friday when the Pistons defeated the woeful New York Knicks 120-103 for their third straight victory.
Mykhailiuk made a 3-pointer in nine minutes, while Maker was scoreless in eight minutes. Casey used 12 of his 13 available players in the first half alone.
"Just trying to find out who can do what," Casey said. "I want to see what Svi can do. I wanted to see Thon and how he fit in. I know who he is. I just wanted to see how he would fit in during a game situation."
Maker likely will remain in the rotation as a reserve power forward who can stretch the defense and block shots. Mykhailiuk might have trouble getting playing time with Ellington, Luke Kennard, Langston Galloway and rookies Bruce Brown and Khyri Thomas battling for playing time at the wing spots.
"As players, you've got to trust the front office," All-Star power forward Blake Griffin said. "They know what they're doing. Obviously, we miss those guys (Bullock and Johnson) a lot. I wish them the best. But you hope to get some guys that come in right away and help out."
Center Andre Drummond has helped the Pistons (25-29) get back in the playoff picture. Drummond recorded his league-best ninth 20-20 game of the season with 29 points and 20 rebounds against the Knicks. He's averaging 24.3 points on 75.6 percent shooting, 16 rebounds and 3.7 blocks during the winning streak.
The teams split their first two meetings on the season, with Detroit winning at home 106-95 on Dec. 26 and Washington securing a 101-87 decision on its home floor on Jan. 21.
The Wizards (24-32) have gotten a boost from two players they acquired from Chicago for starting forward Otto Porter Jr. Power forward Bobby Portis is averaging 20 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two wins since the trade, while small forward Jabari Parker has averaged 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.0 steals.
Parker had fallen out of favor with the Bulls, but the Wizards have given him a major bench role.
"He's a playmaker," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Parker. "We're lucky to have him. He does a lot of good things for us. We're going to use him as we have used him the last couple of games."
Parker had 20 points in a 134-125 victory over the Bulls on Saturday night. Starting forward Jeff Green suffered a hip injury earlier in the game and Parker played 35 minutes.
"He's a good fit for us," Brooks said. "It's something that we need. We need bench scoring. We need a guy like that and we found him."
--Field Level Media
Updated February 10, 2019