The #Pistons lost to the Pacers Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 88-77. I could go into my normal recap style of why, how and who did what, but I just feel like venting frustrations a little.
As a fan who goes to her fair share of games for more than 20 years, it’s getting pretty depressing at The Palace of Auburn Hills. It’s rough heading out to a mid-week game against the Cavaliers. I had my pick of parking spaces, I didn’t wait in line at any time for a beverage. Heck I never even had to wait in line to use the restroom. But most of all, I didn’t get threatened by a rabid Cavs fan who infiltrated our home court.
Those things may sound petty, but it just goes to show you the state of our beloved team. It’s not like this team hasn’t gone though tough times. Most of us remember the “Teal Years” and some of us even remember the pre-Isiah days. But there is something a bit different about what’s going on and how it unfolded the past few seasons.
Sure we miss Chauncey, and it’s nice to see Rasheed back screaming “Ball Don’t Lie” for the Knicks, but it was time to move on from a team that just couldn’t win together anymore. The thing that bothers me is the way it happened was almost spirit crushing from a fans perspective. As we watched the team go from contenders to pretenders in a little more than a season, I don’t think we actually thought it would get as bad as it did.
We had a first time NBA coach who really was in over his head. We had another coach that had a horrible and public fight with a star player that led to a mutiny. We had a beloved owner pass away that left an unbelievable legacy and the team in limbo until his widow could sell the team.
We also have Bandwagon fans, you know it and I know it. If you’re reading this, you’re probably not one of them, but the Piston have the biggest “Bandwagon Cats” (as Sheed would say) as fans as any team in Michigan. I’m almost embarrassed by it. I hate everything about the Cleveland Cavaliers, the building they play in and their fans, but kudos to them for packing The Q on a week day game against the Pistons.
Are you depressed yet?
I could go and on and on.
I think what’s bothering me most of all lately is the fact that I think this team is on the cusp. I think they should be winning more than they are. I’m so over the company line of why they aren’t winning, they’re tired, they’re on long road trip…blah blah blah. They have young talent that just needs the right direction. They need to learn how to win and they need something or someone to help them do that.
We all think that Andre Drummond should play more, he’s even has heard the rumblings. It doesn’t look like this team is playoff bound so why not see what kind of players we have and what we need to do to get to the next level? Sure they sent Middletion and English to the D-League to get playing time and we know that Kravtsov is a project but that’s not everything.
Why is Jerebko the new Charlie V? What’s going on with Greg Monroe’s regression? Why play Maggette so much when he’s really just a one and done? Can the Pistons ever get anything for Austin Day? Will Dumars ever make a move? When will Frank show us that he’s the guy for the job?
Has the holiday depression set in yet?
I know it’s tough to keep supporting a team when they’re not winning, but it’s what real fans do. Sure there isn’t the fire (literally they don’t have the pre-game fire anymore) there once was at the Palace, but it’s still great heading out to the Palace to support your team, not just the Bel Biv Devoe half time show. You really should take advantage of going to a game if you haven’t in a while, they’re begging for people in the seats and are practically giving tickets away. When you can go to a Pistons game for less than going to a movie you know times are really tough.
Heck if you head out to the game and see me we can commiserate together.
So don’t let the Pistons get you down this holiday season, just enjoy them for what they are. But make sure you ask Santa to give them a hand.