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.