Even in overtime, the Pistons refuse to win. Plus, will Jamal Murray, others be NBA award eligible?

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Ja Morant, who returned 10 days ago, has 2 much wins than nan Pistons this season.


28 Straight

Pistons pushed Celtics to overtime … and lost

The Celtics (24-6) were 14-0 astatine location heading into past night’s crippled against a Pistons squad sitting connected 27 consecutive losses, an NBA single-season record. Yet pinch nan Pistons up 66-47 by halftime, you wondered if past nighttime would beryllium nan night.

Though nan Celtics erased that shortage successful nan 3rd quarter, nan Pistons took nan crippled to overtime. After nan Celtics ended up winning 128-122, we’re back wondering if any night will ever beryllium nan nighttime for this Pistons squad. Twenty-eight consecutive losses ties nan record for immoderate NBA losing streak. Last night’s loss was a communicative of 2 halves:

Cade Cunningham

First half: 22 points, 9-of-13 shooting | Second half: nine points, 3-of-9 shooting

Rotation choices

First half: Steady fare of Cunningham attacking Celtics | Second half: Sooo overmuch Alec Burks, Jaden Ivey and Bojan Bogdanović.

Shooting

First half: Detroit changeable 61 percent, Boston changeable 39 percent | Second half: Detroit changeable 36.8 percent, Boston changeable 56.6 percent

Turnovers

First half: Celtics gave up 14 points connected 10 turnovers | Second half: They allowed 3 points connected 2 turnovers

Four of nan past 5 Pistons losses person been by azygous digits. This was their first overtime loss, but it each adds up to 28 straight. Kyle Kuzma tweeted, “At this constituent its for illustration ‘dont beryllium that team’ 🤣” during nan loss. His Wizards (5-25) are conscionable 3.5 games up of a squad losing 28 straight.

Saturday night, nan 2-29 Pistons big nan 12-18 Raptors for their past crippled of 2023. Back successful 2011-12, nan Raptors did suffer doubly to nan Bobcats squad that went 7-59 for nan lowest triumph percent (.106) successful immoderate NBA season. Maybe that will yet beryllium nan Pistons’ night. Otherwise, a nonaccomplishment sets nan grounds for longest NBA losing streak of immoderate kind.

More from Thursday: 

  • Tyrese Haliburton had 21 points, 20 assists and zero turnovers successful the 16-15 Pacers’ 120-104 triumph complete 14-19 Chicago. Chris Paul (2016) is nan only different subordinate to do 20-20-0.
  • Victor Wembanyama had 30 points, 7 blocks, six rebounds and six assists successful 24 minutes successful nan 5-25 Spurs’ 118-105 triumph complete Portland (8-22).

The Latest From Shams

1-on-1 pinch Julius Randle, updates from Phoenix

The Knicks were 1 of nan last 4 teams opinionated successful nan East past season. For them to scope aliases surpass that successful 2023-24, they’ll request two-time All-Star Julius Randle to play astatine a precocious level.

Knicks All-NBA Julius Randle sits down pinch @Stadium: “New York has decidedly been nan astir challenging…I want to triumph truthful bad. There’s thing much that I want to do different than triumph a title present successful nan city.”

On slow commencement to uncovering rhythm, NY fans, Jalen Brunson, more: pic.twitter.com/XKJSkaYrHa

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 26, 2023

And aft a unsmooth first fewer games of nan season, nan 29-year-old has done that for nan 17-13 Knicks, averaging 22.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. I precocious sat down pinch Randle to talk that slow commencement to nan season, teammate Jalen Brunson, nan NYC spotlight and more. Check retired our speech correct here.

* Out west, Suns defender Bradley Beal has been upgraded to questionable for Phoenix’s crippled coming against Charlotte, and I’m told nan three-time All-Star is progressing from his sprained ankle up of schedule and could perchance return either against nan Hornets aliases perchance Sunday against nan Magic.


Missing Work

Will anybody miss retired connected awards?

Wednesday night, Mikal Bridges extended his games-played streak to 423 consecutive games. In fact, he hasn’t missed a azygous crippled successful his career. And it really made Bridges mad. Why? He played nan first 12 minutes of nan crippled and past didn’t spot immoderate action aft nan first quarter.

Nets coach Jacque Vaughn played Bridges, Cam Thomas and Royce O’Neale successful nan first 4th and didn’t play them after. The Nets were connected a back-to-back aft extending nan Pistons’ grounds losing streak Tuesday night. And Vaughn confirmed he only played Bridges because of his games-played streak. Bridges voiced his displeasure astir really nan streak was extended.

This sewage maine wondering, though. Remember nan caller norm astir a minimum number of games to suffice for MVP, Defensive Player of nan Year, Most Improved Player and nan All-NBA and All-Defense teams? Players request to play astatine slightest 20 minutes successful 65 games to suffice for those awards.

We’re astir 30 games into nan play for each teams, truthful let’s cheque successful connected players successful nan threat area of not qualifying for those awards. Keep successful mind you tin only miss 17 games to officially qualify. These are imaginable grant finalists:

  • Ja Morant, Grizzlies: That 25-game suspension put him retired immediately.
  • Draymond Green, Warriors: Current indefinite suspension apt eliminates him from immoderate DPOY convos, if he would’ve moreover been successful them. He’s already missed 16 games.
  • Bam Adebayo, Heat: He tin only miss 7 much games this play for DPOY consideration.
  • Jamal Murray, Nuggets: He’s already missed 14 games but could’ve made a tally astatine All-NBA.
  • Jaden McDaniels, Wolves: He’s missed 10 games, and All-Defense teams could beryllium successful jeopardy.
  • Kyrie Irving, Mavs: He’s missed 14 games and is usually successful nan operation for All-NBA.
  • Ben Simmons, Nets; Bradley Beal, Suns: Both person only played six games, truthful they’re retired for All-Defense and All-NBA, respectively.

Goodbye, Glen Taylor

New Wolves ownership is in. Now what?

It’s astir to beryllium nan extremity of an era successful Minnesota. Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez will workout their action to acquisition nan mostly liking of nan Minnesota Timberwolves, according to ESPN, a move that’s been expected for months. It will springiness them nan last 40 percent of nan sale, bringing their ownership of nan Wolves and Minnesota Lynx to 80 percent, meaning we’re connected nan verge of bidding adieu to Glen Taylor.

The Wolves nether Taylor’s ownership were successful a connection … a disaster. To his credit, he purchased nan squad successful 1994 for $88 million, and that kept nan franchise from moving to New Orleans. However from 1994 to 2021 (when Lore and A-Rod started nan purchasing process), nan Wolves saw unprecedented failure.

  • Lowest triumph percentage (.425) successful nan NBA, tied pinch nan Wizards.
  • Third-fewest wins. Only nan Grizzlies (joined successful 1995) and New Orleans franchise (2002) had less wins.
  • Third-fewest playoff games (58). Charlotte (54) and New Orleans (55) had fewer. Enes Freedom played successful 59.
  • Second-fewest playoff wins (20). Only Charlotte (19) has had little luck.
  • Third-longest playoff drought (13 years) in NBA history.
  • Alienated Kevin Garnett.

The existent type of nan Wolves seems to beryllium successful stark opposition to nan Wolves nether Taylor. Minnesota (23-7) presently has nan champion grounds successful nan West. They animate dream of a alteration successful nan franchise’s culture, acknowledgment to Anthony Edwards, Rudy Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns, executive Tim Connelly and coach Chris Finch.

So, what needs to beryllium done to guarantee growth, not regression?

  • Spend, but wisely. The Wolves are nether nan luxury taxation this year, but starting adjacent season, they will perfectly beryllium taxpayers. And they’ll beryllium approaching nan nefarious luxury-tax 2nd apron, which could lead to nonaccomplishment of statement exceptions and impact first-round picks.
  • Allow continuity. Committing to nan taxation furthers this, but nan Wolves request to make judge they support their bully players happy and together. Remember: KG only played 2 seasons pinch Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell.
  • Accountability. The Wolves nether Taylor had almost nary accountability. People were kept successful positions they nary longer deserved.
  • Avoid David Kahn. Heard that name? Fun small travel down representation lane.

Other than those, nan Wolves are successful a bully but tricky roster-construction spot. If they move toward title contention for nan first clip since 2004, it’ll each beryllium worthy it and past some.


Bounce Passes

The Warriors person different concerning loss – this clip to nan undermanned Heat. 

The Knicks should astir apt play their champion lineups more, right?

Aaron Gordon apparently was bitten successful nan look by a dog. He’s retired indefinitely. 


Screen Game (All times Eastern)

  • Main Screen: Thunder-Nuggets (9 p.m.). Legitimately could beryllium a Western Conference finals preview.
  • Second Screen: Kings-Hawks (7:30 p.m.). We mightiness spot 280-plus points successful this one. Vegas has nan over/under astatine 251.5.
  • League Pass Game of nan Night: 76ers-Rockets (8 p.m.). If Joel Embiid plays, this will beryllium a awesome battle. Full schedule here.

(Top photo: Brian Fluharty / Getty Images)

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