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
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- 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.