Brandon Jennings Sidelined With Achilles Injury; Detroit Pistons Must Now Dig Deep to Respond

pistons-logo1Not two days after lauding his sudden personal growth and commitment in 2015, Detroit Pistons’ point guard Brandon Jennings hit another bit of adversity.

Saturday night, as the Pistons were in the middle of being blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks, Jennings went down. Immediately, things didn’t look good, as a wheelchair was needed to remove Jennings from the court.

Sunday, it was revealed Jennings would miss the rest of the season with a torn left Achilles. Gone is the Pistons’ recent heartbeat, the leader of the offense and a player inspiring plenty of team confidence. Now, Detroit has the unenviable task of trying to overcome a significant injury. Continue reading

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Wolverine Walkthrough, Game 20: Wisconsin at Michigan Preview and Prediction

MICHIGAN-Wolverines-LOGODespite bad injury news regarding Caris LeVert this week, the Michigan Wolverines have held together solidly, scoring a 54-50 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Such games will be considered must-win if the Wolverines are to hang on to their tournament hopes. Additionally, the team will have to score an upset or two along the way, and that opportunity presents itself in the form of the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday night.

Will they get the job done? Wolverine Walkthrough previews a big night for both the Wolverines and the rest of the Big Ten. Continue reading

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Brandon Jennings’ Confident, Selfless Play At Point Guard Helping Revive Detroit Pistons

Brandon Jennings is showing signs of evovling into the Pistons' go-to point guard of the future. (sskumars11, Flickr)

Brandon Jennings is showing signs of evovling into the Pistons’ go-to point guard of the future. (sskumars11, Flickr)

For the first part of 2014, many (yours truly certainly included) were calling for Brandon Jennings to be shipped far, far away from the Detroit Pistons.

He wasn’t playing well, didn’t look engaged with his teammates on the court and was appearing the part of a major problem-child off the court for a team that certainly looked content to float through another forgettable season, winning and losing aside.

The first part of Jennings’ tenure in Detroit was a disaster, and plenty wondered if he would get it. Would he be able to do what it took to lead his team like a true point guard does? Could he inspire unbridled confidence with his teammates, finding balance between being a scorer and a distributor? Continue reading

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Rapping Red Wings: Detroit’s Early Survival Without Jimmy Howard Impressive

detroit_red_wings_logoLast week, the Detroit Red Wings lost all-star representative goaltender Jimmy Howard in crushing fashion, but you’d never know by looking at the standings.

Instead of falling flat post-Howard, Detroit has survived and adapted quite well with the tandem of Petr Mrazek and Tom McColllum. They’re 4-0 since tragety struck last Saturday, getting wins of all different kinds and remaining near the upper-crust of the Eastern Conference with 61 points. They’re just one point shy of top billing in the conference, and three points away from being the best team in hockey.

Early, Mrazek was spectacular in his first start against the Buffalo Sabres and red hot St. Louis Blues, holding the opposition to just three total goals in two games. The Nashville Predators took their shot at Mrazek Saturday, but failed to break through but twice on the goaltender in a 5-2 loss. Continue reading

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Spartan Jump Shots, Terrapin Edition: Michigan State vs. Maryland Preview

Michigan-State-Spartans-Logo-jpgFor the first time as fellow members of the Big Ten, the Michigan State Spartans will hit the road to tangle with the Maryland Terrapins Saturday afternoon.

Earlier this season, Maryland snuck out of East Lansing with a double overtime win thanks to Michigan State’s down-the-stretch collapse. This time around, the Spartans will have to be more engaged from start to finish to put a nail in Maryland and keep their current Big Ten hot streak rolling.

How will Maryland sweep the series? What can Michigan State do to ensure a bit of revenge? Spartan Jump Shots returns to provide the lowdown on another tough Big Ten road battle. Continue reading

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Local Big Ten Hoops Review: Michigan State Shows Toughness, Resilience Key To Turnaround

big-ten-logo-pentagramFor some, it’s hard to conceive that a gut check would come for a basketball team in early January during only the second week of the conference slate.

It can happen, and did to the Michigan State Spartans, who rallied to win a pair of Big Ten games that could have gone either way. On Thursday, the Spartans knocked off the Iowa Hawkeyes on the road after falling behind by double-digits at halftime. In some sense, it was astounding that Michigan State turned the game into a massive blowout. Continue reading

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Jimmy Howard’s Injury Presents Latest Key Moment For Detroit Red Wings

detroit_red_wings_logoRight up there with the changing of the seasons, taxes and death on life’s certainties scale should be injuries to significant Detroit Red Wings’ contributors.

Here we go again. This time, the injury bug struck the goaltender position in a significant way Saturday night. Early against the Washington Capitals, Jimmy Howard was wiped out and lay motionless on the ice. After several minutes, a stretcher was brought out to manually move Howard. It was a bad scene rarely witnessed in hockey. Continue reading

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Spartan Jump Shots, Hawkeye Edition: Michigan State vs. Iowa Preview

Michigan-State-Spartans-Logo-jpgThe Michigan State Spartans’ climb back from a pair of humbling home losses saw an important first step on Monday night. The Spartans throttled the Indiana Hoosiers 70-50 en-route to their first Big Ten win.

Now, they must hit the road to tangle with the Iowa Hawkeyes, a foe who has given Michigan State plenty of fight whether at home or on the road. The fact that the Spartans must play away early against the Hawkeyes could complicate things, or it could serve as a nice wake up call for a team that has struggled on their own floor.

What will happen in a significant early season Big Ten battle? Spartan Jump Shots makes its first appearance of 2015 to provide the road map. Continue reading

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