Detroit Pistons win 6th straight after waiving Josh Smith

Andre Drummond hugs Brandon Jennings Pistons Win Spurs

Andre Drummond stole a Tim Duncan inbounds pass and Brandon Jennings hit a buzzer beating runner to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 105-104 tonight. With that win, the Detroit Pistons have won their sixth straight after cutting Josh Smith on December 22nd.

Just to emphasize, the Pistons have now more than doubled their win total since waiving Josh Smith. With Josh Smith, the Pistons had just five wins in 28 games. Without Josh Smith, the Pistons have six wins in as many games. The Spurs were the best team that the Pistons have defeated, but they’ve also come out with some quality victories over the Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavs, and Sacramento Kings.

The move to rid the team of the left-handed Smith was a shock to the entire league, but in hindsight is making Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy looking like he deserves anothe title within the organization.

Obviously the Pistons can’t continue winning as they’ve been, but something has definitely jump-started the team from Motown… Kyle Singler thinks it’s all because of the coach:

“I think you’ve got to point your finger at Stan. I think it started with him,” Singler said. “He’s been great since day one, getting us in early to get us prepared, and I think he’s the main guy that you kind of have to give credit to, because he’s our leader and he’s the guy that kind of runs the show. So he’s been doing a great job.

We can’t forget that both Brandon Jennings and Andre Drummond have been playing great…  maybe it’s less SVG and Josh Smith and more Anthony Tolliver’s mojo?

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