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Detroit Pistons’ Jerami Grant: ‘We’re right there at the end of games’
Jerami Grant answers questions after his 27 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks in loss to Warriors, praises Isaiah Stewart, Dec. 29, 2020.
Jerami Grant is destroying the Boston Celtics.
And he put one Celtic on a poster Friday night.
Grant, the Detroit Pistons‘ big free agency signing in November, continued his hot start as a Piston, driving from the 3-point line down the right side and slamming all over the 6-foot-8 Daniel Theis, Boston’s starting big man.
It was the highlight of the Pistons’ impressive first half, as they try to upset the Celtics (3-2) for their first win of the young season. They led, 27-12, after the first quarter, and upped the lead to 36-15 early in the second quarter, holding a 55-40 halftime lead at Little Caesars Arena.
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Grant’s dunk was part of an 18-point first-half performance, shooting 7-for-11 overall and 2-for-4 from 3-point range.
Through four games, the 26-year-old Grant was averaging 22.8 points, six rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in an increased role from his time with the Denver Nuggets.
He signed a stunning three-year, $60 million deal with the Pistons (officially a sign-and-trade) for general manager Troy Weaver’s first free agency splash.
The Pistons (0-4) and 0-5 Washington Wizards are the league’s only winless teams remaining.
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