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MUST SEE: Hield’s buzzer beater sinks Pistons, but was it legal?

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The Detroit Pistons had their third consecutive victory within grasp, but lost it in the fourth quarter culminating in a miraculous buzzer-beating shot from Sacramento Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield.

With 3.4 seconds remaining and Detroit leading by a point, Hield took an in-bounds pass from Bogdan Bogdanovic. He bobbled the initial pass, took one dribble, picked up the ball and appeared to take another dribble before launching a shot that caught nothing but net, giving the Kings the win and stunning the crowd at Little Ceasars Arena.

But was it legal?

Not surprisingly, the Pistons didn’t think so.

“Fumbling the ball, taking a controlled dribble to gather the ball, picking it up with two hands then taking another dribble definitely works to your advantage,” a visibly frustrated Blake Griffin said in the locker room following the game.

Additionally, Pistons center Zaza Pachulia echoed his teammate’s sentiments.

“Once he picked up the ball, he couldn’t dribble anymore,” Pachulia said. “That’s messed up. Unfortunately he did. He got by me easy because it was sort of surprising. One-foot floater from (three-point range)? C’mon.”

Hield, however, had a different recollection.

“It still doesn’t feel real to me,” Hield said after the game. “It feels like they were supposed to call traveling or something like that…..I lost the ball, I didn’t have possession of the ball. I just tried to catch it, and I lost it. It’s whatever. It counts as a win, so we’ll take it.”

“As a kid, you always dream of hitting one of those types of shots, especially at a high level like this,” Hield continued. “It’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”

“It just always gives us a chance to win,” guard De’Aaron Fox said of Hield’s shooting. “We go into every game feeling like we can win.”

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BREAKING: Detroit Pistons match NBA record in Game 3 loss to Bucks

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The Detroit Pistons are one loss away from setting an NBA record they would rather not have.

With their loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons have now dropped 13-straight playoff games, tying the New York Knicks for the longest playoff losing streak in NBA history.

Game 4 will be at Little Caesars Arena on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

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WATCH: Chauncey Billups rips Pistons’ Andre Drummond for being lazy

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Saturday night marked the first NBA Playoff game ever at Little Ceasars Arena for the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons came out swinging in front of a loud, sold-out crowd as they jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead. Unfortunately, that lead did not last long as the Milwaukee Bucks weathered the early storm before building a 67-54 halftime lead.

One reason for the halftime deficit was the Pistons lack of defensive intensity, especially from Andre Drummond, who looked to sleepwalk through the first half.

One person who noticed Drummond’s laziness was former Pistons’ legend, Chauncey Billups.

Check it out.

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BREAKING: Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin to start Game 3 vs. Bucks

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The Detroit Pistons were without their best player Blake Griffin as they were blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

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On Saturday night, the Pistons will look to get back into the series when they host their first ever playoff game at Little Caesars Arena.

According to reports, Griffin is crime tonight’s game.

This does not guarantee Blake will play but it’s a good sign.

Let’s go, Pistons!

UPDATE:

Blake is starting!


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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

*Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.

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