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Detroit Bad Boys Apr 17, 2014

Pistons post-mortem: Players seem to be pointing at Josh Smith as source of on-court failures, locker room drama

It's not a surprise that Josh Smith is the primary reason the Piston were a bad basketball team. But Smith could be the source for locker-room drama as well. Josh Smith had one of the worst offensive basketball season in NBA history. And it was a huge contributing factor to the disappointing season the Detroit Pistons recently wrapped up. Now that the season is over, though, beat writers are asking players just what went wrong. And those answers seem to be pointing primarily in one direction -- right at Smith. When asked about whether the team had good locker room chemistry Greg Monroe was...
Detroit Bad Boys Apr 13, 2014
Can Detroit trade Josh Smith?

Can Detroit trade Josh Smith?

If the Pistons decide to part ways with their most highly paid player, what teams might be interested?When the 2013-14 NBA season began last fall, one of the top story lines was the Pistons “Big Three” line-up of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith. When he signed Smith to a four year/$54 million contract last summer, Joe Dumars indicated that the plan was for Smith to start at small forward. While he had played that position fairly frequently his first few years in the league, most observers felt that power forward was his more natural spot. Speculation was that Detroit would...
Peachtree Hoops Apr 8, 2014

Pistons vs Hawks preview: Atlanta faces Detroit in rescheduled battle

After a hugely important road win in Indiana, the Atlanta Hawks return home for a date against old friend Josh Smith and the Detroit Pistons at Philips Arena. Things looked quite sketchy for the Atlanta Hawks less than a week ago with regard to playoff positioning, but after an important (and surprising) road win in Indiana on Sunday night, the team returns home with new optimism. The opponent in this match-up is, of course, highlighted by old pal Josh Smith, but the Detroit Pistons have little to play for otherwise, as their 28-49 mark keeps them resting far outside the playoff...
Detroit Bad Boys Apr 4, 2014

Josh Smith on disappointing season: 'It's not all my fault'

From Vinnie Goodwill at the Detroit News: "I am an easy target to be able to blame. I’m very outspoken," Smith said. "I’m an emotional player. I can easily be a target night in and out." With the exception of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, Smith is taking the most shots per game of his career, shooting the lowest percentage of his career (41.8) and taking the most 3-point attempts (3.4 per game). So who is the problem, Josh? "There’s a lot of young guys that don’t understand the importance of understanding your opponent, it’s still fun for them," Smith said. "What we...
Detroit News Apr 3, 2014

Pistons forward Josh Smith says he's not the only culprit

He arrived in Motown the recipient of a $54 million contract last summer, expecting to help a young and nondescript Pistons team rise from the ashes of the lottery, and back to the relevance of the postseason. It hasn't gone as planned and considering Smith is the most experienced Piston amongst the starting five, along with his credentials of being known as a talented, versatile and mercurial player, he makes an easy villain.
Detroit Bad Boys Apr 1, 2014
Pistons vs. Bucks final score: Strong fourth quarter, Josh Smith lifts Detroit to sad victory

Pistons vs. Bucks final score: Strong fourth quarter, Josh Smith lifts Detroit to sad victory

The Bucks failed to win No. 15 in their 74th game of the season. What happened: The Pistons trailed by nine at the half and by as many as 11 in the third quarter before mounting a comeback against the 14-win Milwaukee Bucks. After the Bucks went up 11 early in the third quarter, the Pistons outscored the Bucks 27-17 the rest of the frame behind ... I'm not sure what exactly. The Pistons only shot 39 percent in the quarter, but the Bucks are the Bucks. In the fourth quarter, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith combined to shoot 11-for-16 and score 25 of the Pistons' 35 points in making up the final...
Detroit Free Press Apr 1, 2014

Detroit 116, Milwaukee 111: Josh Smith slams home his points in 4th-quarter surge

After getting blown out by 25 points on Saturday to a team that lost 26 straight games, the Pistons couldn't come home and lose to the worst team in the league, could they? No, Josh Smith said with a slam dunk. No, he said with a jump shot, then another, then a three-pointer, then another dunk.
Brew Hoop Mar 31, 2014

Recap | Pistons 116, Bucks 111: Pistons' frontcourt outduels Bucks' backcourt

After their embarrassing blowout loss in Philly on Saturday, the Pistons needed every bit of Josh Smith's jump-shooting (huh?) and Greg Monroe's power game to hold off a pesky Bucks team led by Ramon Sessions, Brandon Knight and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Box Score Consider the plight of the Piston fan. Back when Detroit actually had playoff aspirations--surprisingly not as long ago as you might think--Josh Smith's penchant for wayward jump-shooting was a source of constant frustration. By now you probably know the story: Smith's lack of touch from the perimeter this season has been matched...

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