The Detroit Pistons scored 9 points in the 4th quarter of last night’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls, which went from a 20 point lead to a 10 point loss for the Pistons.
Ben Gordon picked up in the first half where he left off on Friday night, hitting all 5 of his first half field goal attempts for 21 points off the bench. Rodney Stuckey was driving the ball and drawing contact for the foul or converting easy baskets at the rim. Tayshaun started off looking good as well, but in the end it’s all about how you finish the game and that is something that hasn’t happened for the Pistons in the last 3 games. Detroit has had the chance to win all 3 games but for whatever reason, either coaching or execution, the team just can’t finish.
- Will Bynum missed his 2nd straight game. With Bynum out, the Bulls backcourt was able to get to the rim at will.
- Either play him or don’t – Austin Daye started at PF again but was limited to only 17 minutes and 5 points with 6 rebounds.
- Tracy McGrady scored his first field goal in the regular season as a Piston, and was a team high +12 on the night.
- Anytime you have more turnovers than assists, you’re not distributing the ball well. Usually, it’s the PG’s fault for the poor distribution but, Rodney Stuckey lead the team with 7 assists and only 1 turnover.
- Rodney Stuckey had his 3rd straight good game with 18 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
- Derrick Rose scored 39 points on 13-27 shooting.
- Bulls 2nd year forward, James Johnson, played well off the bench for the Bulls (8 points, 9 rebounds, +24 +/-) and was the main reason for their comeback due to his energy off the bench.
- Questionable rotations on the floor at times for the Pistons – Tayshaun at PF, Coach Kuester?
- We know the starting PF is hurt (Jonas Jerebko), but that doesn’t mean other legitimate PF aren’t available to start, instead of Daye. Charlie Villanueva scored 15 points off the bench for Detroit.
- Outrebounded, again: 51-44.
- Ben Wallace had 13 rebounds in 26 minutes on the floor.
After the game, Detroit returns back home to face the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night at The Palace. The team could go either way at this point – at times they’ve played good enough to win, at other times they’ve brain farted enough to give up the game during a stretch of time as little as 5 minutes that allows for momentum to shift.
It should be interesting to see what kind of rotation Coach Kuester employs against a more traditional roster like the Celtics (PF and C who play in the post, strong rebounding team, etc…. as opposed to teams that start a SF as the PF)