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Pistons F Josh Smith solid Tuesday except at the foul line
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(11/25/14) Pistons forward Josh Smith recorded a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) in Tuesday's loss at Milwaukee, but he was atrocious from the foul line, making 2 of 10. Smith shot 4 of 10 from the field and added eight assists, three blocks and a steal.
Smith has hit 41.4 percent (24 of 58) of his free throws this season. He'll play the Clippers on Wednesday.
Pistons' Smith: 'I've got to figure out ways to get myself involved'
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(11/20/14) Pistons forward Josh Smith was removed from Wednesday's loss vs. Phoenix with 4:04 left in the third quarter and did not return to the game after getting into a verbal exchange with coach Stan Van Gundy.
Van Gundy said Smith didn't return to the game because he wanted to use players who he felt gave them the best chance to win. Surprisingly, Smith agreed, and added he is struggling "to find where I belong in the offensive flow of what he's teaching us."
"I've got to figure out ways to get myself involved, whether it's transition or crashing the boards," Smith said, per MLive.com. "I've been in this game a long time, so all I've got to do is go back to the film and watch it, and see what I need to do to make myself the most effective as possible for this team."
Pistons coach backs Josh Smith
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(11/6/14) Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy defended forward Josh Smith after a poor shooting night Wednesday, according to NBA.com.
Smith shot just 2-17 from the floor, but Van Gundy praised his work on the defensive end.
"Nobody’s talking about the fact that one of the top three scorers in the league went 5 for (21), only got to the free-throw line four times," Van Gundy said of Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. Smith guarded Anthony most of the game.
Van Gundy continued to support Smith, saying "he had a lot to do with us winning the game." Smith admitted he was "rushing a little bit" on the court. He said his early missing started impacting his game, and he found himself speeding things up too much.
Pistons start Smith, Monroe, Drummond Wednesday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(11/5/14) The Pistons have chosen to go with a jumbo front line Wednesday, starting Josh Smith at small forward, Greg Monroe at power forward and Andre Drummond at center against the Knicks.
Monroe came off the bench in his season debut Saturday, scoring 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting and grabbing 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. Smith has averaged 16.3 points and 7.0 rebounds over the team's first three games, while Drummond has delivered 12.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
Josh Smith sitting out fifth and final game
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(4/16/14) Pistons forward Josh Smith is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, the final game of the season. Smith ended up missing the last five games of the season due to tendinitis in his knee, after appearing in each of the season's first 77.
Smith struggles through a disastrous first season as a Piston, averaging 16.4 points per game but shooting just 41.9 percent from the field and 26.4 percent from three-point range. He added 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks and steals in 35.5 minutes per game.
|From a per-game perspective, Josh Smith didn't have a bad year. For most players, averaging 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game would be a career year, especially if you added 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks on top. Unfortunately, that was a nearly across-the-board drop for Smith, who also put together one of his least-efficient seasons ever as he attempted to make the switch to small forward. Smith shot just 41.9 percent from the field and 26.4 percent from three-point range, while shooting 3.4 times per game, a career-high mark. The addition of Stan Van Gundy should help goose the Pistons offense, and there has been talk of him spending more time as a power forward in the new offense. Unfortunately, the Pistons' frontcourt remains as crowded as it was last season, so many of the same problems will still exist. You might not feel great about it, but Smith will be worth targeting in the early-middle rounds on Draft Day.
(Updated 8/26/14) |
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