The Pistons got pummeled Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 103-80 in what may have been one of the worst showings by a Pistons team that I witnessed since the dreaded teal years.
- It was actually 25-24 after the first quarter. I left my seat for five minutes and the Knicks had already started the beat down. They blew the score wide open in about a three minutes span going on a 16-0 run.
- New York outscored the Pistons 39 to 18 in the second quarter and 22-to-15 in the third.
- The dunks and open look shots the Knicks put up on the Pistons were demoralizing. Every time it happened the Palace crowd gave an awe in unison.
- At one point this team was shooting about 27% from the floor. They finished shooting 37%.
- This little stat was just really a first quarter thing. The game was tied 7 times with 5 lead changes.
- I think I saw “angry” Lawrence Frank more time than I wanted to last night.
- Careless with the ball. A disgusting 20 turnovers.
- Brandon Knight, who started again in place or Rodney Stuckey, led the Pistons with 19 points, 6 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals. The kid is good and has a very bright future, but he needs work. Knight launched 13 3-point shots and didn’t get to the foul line.
- Austin Daye in street clothes, though the score might have been worse if he had played.
- Murdered on the boards, that was one reason the Knicks were able to build their massive lead.
- Shame on this team for letting Mike Bibby kill them from downtown. He’s almost as old as Lawrence Frank.
- Greg Monroe with 15 points and 5 boards.
- When the team has to count on Jason Maxiell and Damian Wilkins, there is serious trouble. No disrespect to either of them but Tayshaun and others need to start producing.
- Want to talk about Turrrrable…Ben Gordon committed 9 of Detroit’s turnovers and was 5-for-12 with 12 points. His shot selection is suspect.
- Jonas and Prince were both 1-for-6.
- BTW in the official box score Charlie V is a DNP because of a sore right ankle. Did he catch that from Daye?
- Highlights of the game via Pistons.com
- 50 points in the paint for the Knicks.
- The game was getting so out of hand that my math skills + a drink wasn’t allowing me to keep up with the deficit. The Knicks led by as much as 30 in this one.
Lawrence Frank: “This is not representative of who we want to be. We all have to own it. This is going to be a long season, so what we have to do is figure out all the things that are going to be part of the solution.”
- I can’t really spin any positives on this one, especially since the loudest roar I’ve heard at the Palace in quite some time was when they showed that the Lions had scored their first touchdown.
To me, booing your favorite team is something you should never do. Especially when that team has given you more good reasons than bad to cheer for them. Let’s face it folks, the Atlanta Hawks are one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference who give the Pistons matchup problems at 4 out of 5 positions on the floor. Losing a lead is unacceptable but even worse is sapping all of the home court advantage out of the arena by booing is even worse.
Will Bynum was the player of the night for the Pistons with his 7 assists and 8 points in 21 minutes off the bench. Bynum put together a complete “point guard” effort by also contributing 3 steals. Let’s look at the lowlights, shan’t we?:
- The play of Josh Smith, Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson were the reason the Hawks were able to come back and win the game. All 3 players had a +/- of +25 or better. All 3 were able to take advantage of mismatches on the floor.
- I thought Ben Wallace was an offensive black hole in the paint for the Pistons, until I saw Jason Collins. Ben Wallace was 1 of 2 players on the Pistons to turn out a positive +/-
- 2 Pistons players played 30 minutes or more – out of 11 players. I’m happy the team has such depth available use, I’m not happy that Coach Kuester doesn’t know how to utilize them properly.
- 11,844 people attended the game – I feel sorry for those that spent their hard earned money to watch that game.
- 27, 24, 17, 11. Those were the point totals for each of the quarters last night. 28 total 2nd half points for the Pistons, after scoring 27 in the 1st quarter.
- 1 reason for the failure? 14 assists at halftime, and only 6 in the 2nd half. The ball has to move.
- Pistons outrebounded 39-26.
- This win was Atlanta’s 8th out of their last 10 games – and this loss gave the Pistons losses in back to back home games.
- Richard Hamilton sat out the game due to a sore groin.
The Pistons have 1 more home game this week, and it comes Wednesday against one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have been on a tear ever since they fired Jim O’Brien, so it will not be an easy game the Pistons.