The #Pistons are now 0-2 on the season after Friday night’s 89-92 loss to the Suns.  Despite an 18 point game from Tayshaun Prince, the Pistons couldn’t hold it together to pick up the win.

Key Points:

  • This wasn’t all Phoenix, down 39-28 with 8:00 left in the first half, the Suns, led by Scola, outscored the Pistons 26-7 the rest of the half to take a 54-46 lead at the break.
  • After going 1 of 10 against Houston, Rodney Stuckey was 0 of 7 against Phoenix and didn’t play after coming out midway through the third quarter with a terrible migraine headache. You can see that when Stuckey doesn’t play well that this teams chances to win severely diminish.  He’s got to get going for the Pistons to have a successful season.
  • Solid game from Brandon Knight who scored 13 points with 10 points.  Nice to see him bounce back with a  double-double after the sub par game Wednesday night.
  • What’s up with Bynum?  He’s really seemed to learn what his role with the team is.  Will scored 10 points, three assists and one assist in 16:40 on the floor.
  • Andre Drummond led Detroit’s rebounding with eight in 19 minutes. Andre the Giant finished with 5 points on 2 of 3 shooting with 2 blocked shots and an assist.

Andre Drummond against the Suns

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  • Greg Monroe scored 10 on 5 of 17 shooting with 6 boards.
  • I’m going to put this note on my desktop so I can copy and paste it every game.  Ready?
    Charlie Villanueva, and Austin Daye – DNP Coach’s Decision
  • I’m hoping that when Maggette comes back that Daye and Villanueva get “injured” and both Corey and Kravtsov dress for games.
  • They never really threatened the Suns in the second half until the final minute. Brandon Knight’s triple at the buzzer didn’t come close, though, after Kyle Singler’s three with 4.2 seconds left pulled them within two points.
  • Atrocious shooting in the paint.  You can’t miss 24 shots down low and expect to win.
  • When Jason Maxiell (bless him) had another solid night. Jason scored 16 points, with six boards and a blocked shot. He’s looking just fine sharing minutes with Jonas. When he’s hot, he’s always good for a highlight.

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  • Jonas was solid and full of energy. He scored 11 points and grabbed one board in 16:36 on the floor.
  • Every time I see Kyle Single it’s more and more evident that he’s going to be solid and that he did the right thing by playing in Europe last season. He finished with 5 points on 2 of 2 shooting in 23:55 on the floor.
  • Out rebounded 39-52
  • Biggest lead for both teams was 11 points.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • The Pistons didn’t want to go into Staples Center to play the Lakers by losing to the Suns. The second of the six game road trip isn’t going to be easy for the Pistons on Sunday.
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4 Responses to The Suns prove too much for the Pistons

  1. ali says:

    Every yr I say its our yr. We always start of slow. Last yr we started 4-20 then end off 21-21. Slow starts kill us. Stuckey has to step up. I’m starting to think this yr it’s all about developing drummind. He played solid. But waiting kills me

  2. Corey says:

    A few typos in the stat lines (assists and assists). Overall what got to me the most about last night’s game was just watching Brandon Knight’s play. His stats turned out decent but I cringed at almost every drive and every pass. His passes were constantly deflected and there were a lot of missed shots from BK as well as Greg Monroe, who looked (I hate to say it) uncomfortable in the post. His back to the basket moves were not effective and he passed the ball out almost every occasion when he couldn’t make a move. I’m not going to criticize too harshly, as I know that there’s going to be a “break-in” period, but the rooks so far are showing up more than the starters (exception: Jason Maxiell). Hopefully we’ll see some more consistent play at the guard position, and Moose gets back to his ways. Oh, and a side note, Kyle Singler is a beast. Good things happen when he’s on the floor.

  3. evan says:

    coach has to put Drummond into the starting line up. yea Maxiell is going great but Monroe and Maxiell are being undersized for us in the post. our team would do so much better if stuckey gets back on track and Knight plays the way he was playing last night and Drummond starts instead of Maxiell.

  4. Jo-El says:

    I’d give this a week or two before rethinking the rotation. Sooner or later, Drummond will break into the starting lineup. Keeping the faith that LFrank knows what he’s doing.

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