While there is no evidence of an actual purchase, it’s quite clear by now that the Milwaukee Bucks own the Detroit Pistons. Pistons Twitter was in a frenzy this past week.
Since coach Dwane Casey took over in Detroit prior to the 2018-19 season, the Bucks have won 14 straight against the Pistons, usually in convincing fashion.
That run included a four-game 2019 playoff sweep of Detroit that was as lopsided as it gets, as Milwaukee won by an average of 23.8 points per game.
That dominance, in addition to the whereabouts of one young player and the emergence of another, caught the eyes of #PistonsTwitter this week.
Bucks sweep season series vs. Detroit Pistons once again
The only good news is that, for the second straight season, the pandemic has kept the Pistons from only playing the Bucks three times this regular season.
Those games all happened in a 10-game span that wrapped Wednesday with Milwaukee’s 110-101 victory at Little Caesars Arena.
Though the Bucks were in control throughout, the final score was another where the Pistons surpassed expectations.
While the Detroit Pistons are now 2-9, they are actually 7-4 against the spread this season.
Missing man: Where is Sekou Doumbouya?
Sekou Doumbouya, the Pistons’ first-round pick from 2019, has been getting the short end of the stick with minutes.
Part of this is understandable, as veteran Blake Griffin and top scorer Jerami Grant demand a certain amount of minutes as the team’s cornerstones.
But as a piece of the future, fans have been disappointed with the lack of minutes for the 20-year-old Frenchman.
Doumbouya played 5 minutes apiece in games against Phoenix and Utah over the weekend, and then did not play at all on Wednesday night.
‘Beef Stew’ (Isaiah Stewart) making his mark early on
I’m not exactly sure who coined the nickname “Beef Stew” for rookie big man Isaiah Stewart, but it’s apparently sticking.
The 16th overall pick from Washington has been just what Pistons Twitter and Detroit fans have wanted from their bigs, displaying hyper-effort in the mold of franchise icons such as Dennis Rodman and Ben Wallace.
On Wednesday, Stewart had a career-high 9 points. He also grabbed 7 rebounds, including 4 on the offensive end. He has 2.9 offensive rebounds per game.
So here’s to you, Beef Stew. Thanks for giving us Detroit Pistons fans something to look forward to.