This game was over in the 1st quarter.
The Lakers were able to score anywhere on the floor they wanted – in the paint, on the perimeter, and a little bit from 3. It’s nice that Coach Kuester thinks this team has enough talent to play everyone but, let’s face it, that’s not how championship teams are put together. Sure, teams need depth and strong benches to find success in the playoffs but… there’s really no reason to split the minutes so evenly among the starters and the backups.
Let’s get to the game’s lowlights, shall we?:
- Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combined to shoot 13 of 17 from the floor for a combined 34 points. They scored 6 more combined points than the 2 highest Pistons’ scorers on the night
- Rookie Greg Monroe nabbed his 1st career double-double last night (14 points and 11 rebounds). His night was MOOSE-TASTIC!
- Tracy McGrady started at point guard again for the Pistons and scored 14 points and had 6 assists to go along with 6 turnovers
- Rodney Stuckey was back after missing a game with a stomach virus – he played 13 minutes off the bench and had 0 points
KardashianOdom always seems to get to the loose balls and hustle points against the Pistons – he poured in 16 and had 9 boards on the night
- Another game, another lost rebounding battle: Pistons 37 – Lakers 41
- Pistons had 22 assists to go along with 16 turnovers
- Kobe had an off night but he still contributed a near triple double with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
- Isn’t it funny how the Clippers play at the Staples Center too, and when the Lakers play it looks like a completely different arena?
- “Bosom Buddies” star Tom Hanks joined the 18,996 others in attendance to see this game
- McGrady drew a technical foul in the 2nd quarter by arguing a foul call against Kobe. It was pretty ticky tack, and if Sheed were on the floor you would’ve heard the emphatic “BALL DON’T LIE” shout since Kobe failed to convert the free throw attempt.
- Where was the D? Detroit blocked 2 shots and forced only 6 turnovers.
Lowlights of the gave via NBA.com
The Pistons are done with the West Coast for the rest of the year, thank goodness.
The tough part about this loss is knowing that now the Pistons are off for 3 days before playing again back home in Detroit. While most teams come out sharp after some extended rest, Detroit has shown time off is almost worse for them than playing on back to back nights.
Detroit returns home to face Jason Kapono and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday at The Palace.
Whenever teams matchup that have faced off against each other in an NBA Finals, the commentators often say “tonight features a rematch of the ________ NBA Finals between the _________ and the __________”. Well people, those days are over.
Some prominent players remain from the 2004 Finals like Kobe Bryant, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace who has since completed a tour of duty among other Central Division teams from 2006-2009 before coming back to Detroit. The last few years have featured Detroit getting whooped either at the Forum or at the Palace (or both), but either way Detroit has been outmatched in recent years due to the Lakers acquisition of Pau Gasol. Let’s re-cap some of the more notable parts of the game last night, shall we?:
- Richard Hamilton was ejected 5 minutes into the game for what appeared to be doing next to nothing. The referees seem to be a little sensitive, and the technical foul calls are not consistent from ref to ref. Hamilton, however, does have a history of complaining to the refs.
- Kobe was Kobe: 33 points on 11-20 shooting with 9 rebounds. Kuester played Tayshaun, Hamilton, and Stuckey on him but it didn’t matter.
- Lamar Odom, who came in averaging nearly 15 points and 9 rebounds a night against the Pistons for his career – matched his career point per game total while also pulling down 14 rebounds.
- No surprise here – Pistons outrebounded 55-41.
- The ball movement was there for Detroit as they racked up 18 assists compared to only 5 turnovers.
- Rodney Stuckey lead all scorers for Detroit with 18 points on 7-17 from the field. Stuckey needs to go back to finishing strong at the rim.
- Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon shot a combined 5-22 from the field for a total of 16 points off the bench.
- Chris Won’t Wilcox made his first appearance of the season. He played 3 minutes and had 1 rebound.
- Thank goodness Andrew Bynum wasn’t playing, that’s all I have to say.
- Will Bynum was playing though, and whiffed badly on a breakaway dunk that officially sealed the night for the fans and the game’s outcome.
- Austin Daye had a flagrant foul against Pau Gasol which made me “LOL”.
- Laker rookie Derrick Caracter matched a career high with 6 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes.
- Tayshaun Prince had the worst +/- in the game: -24.
- Derek Fisher and Ron Artest tied for best +/- in the game: +26.
This was not the way the Pistons wanted to return home after the circus act they provided in Golden State at the end of the West Coast trip. The game was close for the first quarter and a half, and then the Lakers pulled away for good.
This team needs help, and they need it quick before this season gets away from them.