You can’t really expect a team to win a game when they score just 10 points in the entire first quarter. That’s what Detroit did at the United Center Wednesday night. Coming out more than cold, Detroit was down by 14 points after the first quarter, and though they got close a couple of times they never looked sharp in their 85-92 loss to The Bulls.
- Watching the first quarter of basketball as a Pistons fan was similar to watching someone trip and fall. You wanted to laugh and cry at the same time, and it was a mess watching it unfold. Nothing really went right.
- Though Ben Gordon did play, Kuester had to get him in early after the Pistons starting five couldn’t score at all.
- Detroit shot 25% in the first quarter.
- This is not a dig, but when Kwame Brown, Chris Wilcox and Austin Daye are playing well and nobody else is…that’s a problem.
- Jason Maxiell was a spark in the third by getting the Pistons within three, but the Bulls promptly took off running. He finished with 6 points and 6 boards, playing just 15 minutes.
- Need4Swede – Nice turn around glasser for Jonas who scored 7 points with 2 boards.
Video Courtesy of The NBA, FSN and The Detroit Pistons
- Rodney Stuckey put up 17 on 4-for-16 shooting with 4 assists and 4 turnovers. This wasn’t a great one for Rodney, in fact I wonder if he was trying to do too much to try to keep up with Derrick Rose. The positive is that he did get to the line eleven times.
- 15 turnovers for Detroit on the night and it seemed like the bulk of them came in the fourth when they were trying to claw their way back.
- Another game with zero blocked shots for Detroit while Chicago had 6.
- Brad Miller really can throw a nice ally-oop to Derrick Rose.
- Detroit got within 5 points with less than 20 seconds left.
- They fought hard down the stretch, but you actually saw their shortcomings when they tried to pull it out. Missed opportunities, sloppy play and turnovers did them in.
- Ben Gordon, on an injured ankle, faced his old team with a smattering of boos and cheers for the first time since leaving the Bulls and signing with the Pistons. Ben led Detroit with 18 points on 6-for-16 shooing. Sure he led Detroit, but you could just tell he wanted to do a lot more than he did against his old team.
- 36 points in the paint mostly thanks to some scrappy play from Chris Wilcox (9) and Kwame Brown (10).
- Thank Austin Daye for scoring his 5 points right when Detroit needed them to make it a closer game before the half.
- A non-Bynumite game for Will, who wasn’t the usual spark. Will scored 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting with 7 assists.
- 38% shooting on the night for Detroit.
- As for the assist department, just 17 total for Detroit.
- Big Ben, 7 boards, 2 steals and an assist. He looked a bit tired in the Windy City. I was trying to pay attention to boo’s for Ben, but I didn’t really pick many up. Did they boo Wallace too?
- I don’t care what kind of year Joakim Noah is having….he still bothers me.
- No Charlie V, but the Pistons hope to have him back against the Bucks Friday.
- First Half Mess Highlights via NBA.com
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- If you watched that video and the game…you can sympathize how Coach Kue felt.