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Reggie Bullock bids farewell to Detroit Pistons

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Following the trade between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers, Reggie Bullock took to Twitter to post a heartfelt message expressing his love and appreciation for the Piston’s organization and its fans.

“My love for the city was nothing that I could explain over a tweet, THE LOVE EXTENDS BEYOND! @DetroitPistons thanks for a Lifetime MEMORY! Made me who I am today 🙏”

According to multiple reports, the Detroit Pistons agreed to trade Reggie Bullock to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a second-round pick. Bullock, who is 27 and will become a free agent this summer, spent four years with the Pistons, averaging 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. This season, the six-year veteran is currently averaging 12.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.

Los Angeles Lakers Analysis

The move comes after the Lakers lost 136-94 to the Indiana Pacers. The Lakers are currently 10th in the Western Conference, and with less than 30 games remaining, they will need all the help they can get if they want to make a playoff run.

Following multiple unsuccessful trade offers to the New Orleans Pelicans for Anothy Davis, the Lakers appear to be switching to plan B. It has been reported that the Lakers will be targeting 3-point shooters with expiring contracts before Thursday’s trade deadline. Reggie Bullock fits the criteria. He’s shooting 38% from beyond the arc this year and is in the final year of his contract.

As the Lakers try to surround LeBron James with shooters, they’ll reportedly be interested in players like Trevor Ariza (Washington Wizards), Wayne Ellington (Miami Heat), and Terrance Ross (Orlando Magic).

Detroit Pistons Analysis

From the Pistons perspective, it may appear to be a light haul for one of the team’s most productive players, but more moves could be coming. They’ve already agreed in principle to a trade that would send Stanley Johnson to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Thon Maker.

The move also allows the Pistons to replenish draft assets after surrendering all their second-round picks from 2020-23.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk hasn’t seen a lot of playing time for the Lakers this season, appearing in only 38 games. In his first year of NBA action, the Ukrainian rookie is averaging 3.2 points in 10.7 minutes per game.

At 24-29, the Pistons are one game behind the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot. Perhaps these roster changes will help the team make a push for the playoffs?

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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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