The Pistons Lose!
It was going to come. Now we will see how the Detroit Pistons respond. After blowing a 22-point third quarter lead in Friday night’s 107-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Pistons (10-5) have their first two-game losing streak of the season. It was the second tough loss of the three-game trip that kicks off arguably the toughest stretch of the season. No time to panic people there are 67 games left of the season and we are tired for 2nd place in the east. But with a game at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night remaining on the trip, the Pistons are facing the first adversity of the season. And it comes on a night of role reversal for the Pistons, they have five victories this season where they overcame leads of double-digits of more. The Pistons were on cruise control late in the third quarter when an Avery Bradley jump shot gave the Pistons a 78-56 lead with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter.
But the Pistons were outscored by 29 points in the last 18 minutes of the game. There were three factors. Lance Stephenson boosted the Pacers with energy, hustle and grit. He scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and was a plus-15 in the fourth quarter. Rookie Luke Kennard struggled keeping him off the glass, as Stephenson grabbed three offensive rebounds. The Ish Smith led-reserves were in the game as the lead evaporated, a main culprit being an inability to get back on defense to match-up against shooters. The Pacers were 6-for-7 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter. And when Reggie Jackson entered the game with 5:23 remaining and the Pistons trailing, 93-92, he endured his worst stretch of the season. He had two turnovers and an attempted an ill-advised 29-footer. After the stretch, the Pistons trailed by five with 1:49 left. Andre Drummond was the Pistons’ best player with 11 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots, although he committed five turnovers. The next game is tomorrow night at Minnesota! #DetroitBasketBall #3ChampionshipDrive #BetChipsOnPistons #Detroit #DVE #Banners #DetroitBadBoys #MotorCity #TheDistrict #BadBoys #Back2Back #NBAFinals #LittleCaesarsArena #Downtown #ILoveThisGame #DetroitGrind