Just when it looked like the #Pistons were going to get their second win of the season, the Magic did something ridiculous. Orlando scored 48 points in the final 15 minutes of the game to win 110-106.
- Clearly there was a defensive breakdown late in the game. Something has to change in Detroit’s defensive strategy, you certainly can’t let a team like the Magic, who have an anemic offense score like that on you in so little time. It was even more surprising after the great defensively played game Detroit put up against the Sixers.
- Great games from both Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe who combined for 21 third quarter points.
- A Play 48 Minutes neon sign should take up an entire wall of the Pistons locker room.
- Detroit has been outscored 102-63 in their three home games this season, squandering leads to lose each time.
Lawrence Frank: “I guess we need these lessons to remind us what it’s going to take to win, you score 106 points, shoot 53 percent from the field and lose the game. What is evident is that when you don’t defend, you’re going to lose, in the fourth quarter, everything is played harder, tougher, more intense and smarter. It’s evident what we need to do. We just have to continue to work at it and get better at it.”
- The smaller team won the war of the boards, Orlando outrebounded Detroit 44-30.
- One of the better performances from Tayshaun Prince, who I called out as a Dud this season. I hope he makes me eat my words. Price scored 18 with three assists and three boards, doing a great job defensivly on our old friend Arron Afflalo.
- Highlights via NBA.com
- Andre is improving every game. I know we want to see a lot of him, but I’m happy to let him take it slow and learn. Drummond put up 10 points, with three boards and two blocked shots. Check out his block and put-back in the highlights, he’s going to be a monster.
- I’ll take a double-double from Brandon Knight every night. Brandon with 10 points, 12 assists and 4 boards away from a triple-double. I’m GuaranSheeding that he’s going to put up a triple very soon.
- Kyle Singler finished his second NBA start with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting, with two boards, an assist and a steal.
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- Rodney Stuckey off the bench with nine points on 4-for-7 shooing with an assist and a board. Let’s give Rodney the benefit of the doubt, but he was a -19 while Singler was a +17 while on the floor.
- Congrats to Corey Maggette who grabbed his 4,000th board Friday night. Maggette may be the surprise of the season. We thought he was just a throw in to get rid of Ben Gordon, but it looks like he’ll be a real asset to the team. Corey put up seven points in 14 minutes.
- Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting, with seven boards and an assist. He really is putting this team on his shoulders this season.
- Jason Maxiell with 11 points, five boards, two steals and a blocked shot in 31 minutes. I’m fine with Max in the starting lineup.
- PS, I still can’t stand J.J. Redick.
- Thirteen lead changes in this one, while being tied 14 times.
- The Magic, averaging 88 points per game, scored 66 in the second half.
- 64 points in the paint for Detroit.
- Detroit’s biggest lead in this one was 13.
- Sunday night against the Celtics at the Palace. Can they get #2?