The #Pistons did their best to keep up with the reigning Champions Monday night in Miami, but too many turnovers doomed Detroit and the Heat snapped the Pistons two game losing streak. Detroit kept it close, capturing the lead once and even overcoming a 15 point deficit at one point, but Miami was just too much for them in the 102-96 loss.
- I know we may be hard on Josh Smith at times but missing 15 of his 16 shots from outside of three feet doesn’t help his case. Smith was 5-for-20 on the night for 12 points, so explain to me why Cheeks gave him the last three-pointer to try to get Detroit within 3? He also was responsible for six of Detroit’s 21 freaking turnovers. Not Josh’s best game.
- And while we are talking about Cheeks, why did he let the Heat burn off 20 seconds of clock at the end of the game?
- Andre Drummond got two fouls within the first two minutes and another right when he went back in the game in the second quarter. Despite the limited minutes he still put up 12 and 12 with two block shots. He was putting the heat on the Heat late in the game trying to do his best to give Detroit a chance. No play more evident than the big man stealing the ball and taking it coast to coast for the jam with just 38 seconds left on the game clock.
- Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 26 points on 15 shots, adding seven assists. Jennings, who’s been playing great lately, has posted a career streak of 20 point plus games.
- Rodney Stuckey added 20 points with seven boards in 36 minutes. The Pistons needed Stuckey and Jennings to play well to give the Pistons a chance against the Heat and they did. Stuckey is also adding trade value to himself as well as some contract money in his pocket from any team willing to pay him next season. He also doesn’t believe the Pistons are on the same page or have been for quite some time.
- Jonas Jerebko saw time on the floor for Detroit and looked lost at times. It’s probably because he hasn’t had a chance in the rotation in three seasons. Jonas scored two points and added four boards in 10 minutes.
- Blaha mentioned on the broadcast that Jonas was getting time because Josh Harrellson wasn’t available, but I didn’t catch the reason why. Does anyone know?
- MVP Miguel Cabrera was in the house for the Pistons vs. Heat in Miami.
- Credit Greg Monroe for keeping Detroit in the game. With Andre out Greg to the load on himself. Greg finished with 17 points, 11 boards, two blocked shots in 24 minutes.
- Sometimes Kyle Singler looks brilliant, but some times he looks totally out of his element.
- Limited minutes for Caldwell-Pope.
- 21 turnovers for Detroit turned into 28 points for the Heat.
- The refs were questionable in this one.
- 51-44 board war won.
- Despite losing this game it was fun to watch. I felt they always had a chance to win. These are the games that give Pistons fans hope.
- Highlights via NBA.com
- I said this last night while tweeting during the game and it’s legitimately how I feel.
Sometime it’s feels awesome to be a Pistons fan and sometimes it feels like your mother dropped you off at school in her curlers and robe.
- They should win in Orlando on Wednesday night.