With a 92-86 victory Tuesday night, the Pistons beat the Knicks for the first time since March 18, 2011.
Yes, the Knicks are only 3-7 on the season, but this was a huge step in the right direction for the Pistons after losing 5 of their previous 6 games. By looking solely at this game, the Pistons have begun to answer some questions that have been formulated about the team.
Brandon Jennings proved that he can be a contributing member of the team without shooting the ball at will. In 27 minutes, the Pistons starting point guard was only 1-3 from the field, but recorded 7 assists.
Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond both recorded double-doubles. The big men combined for 29 points, shooting 12-15, and gathered 11 rebounds each.
The Pistons also showed they are capable of distributing the ball to the hot hand, whoever that may be. Rodney Stuckey was the team’s leading scorer with 21 points, scoring 15 of those points in the second half.
Unfortunately, winning one game does not qualify a team for the playoffs. 10 games into the season, the team is 4-6, and Pistons fans have already experienced a roller coaster of emotions.
With the additions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings during the offseason, Pistons’ fans expect big things out of this young team.
Five games into the season, the Pistons started off 2-3. The victories were against the Wizards and Celtics and the losses came against the Grizzlies, Pacers, and Thunder.
2-3 isn’t quite the start fans in Detroit were hoping for. Winning two games against awful opponents and losing three close games against three of the best teams in the NBA didn’t provide the world with any answers in regards to the legitimacy of the Pistons.
When Detroit headed to the west coast, all the high hopes went down the drain for many Pistons fans. The ‘Stones only claimed one victory on the trip, against the Kings, and fell to the Trail Blazers, Warriors, and Lakers.
Needless to say, the team’s victory over the Knicks was much needed.
Since the Pistons have established they are not going to reveal their true identity anytime soon, it may be hard for some to label them as a playoff team.
Statistically, it is comical to even consider the Pistons reaching the postseason.
The team ranks in the middle of the league in field goal percentage and points per game, that’s the good news. The bad news is that Pistons are dead last in the league in 3-point and free throw shooting percentage.
The Pistons’ 4-6 start along with their poor offensive statistics have steered many people away from considering them as a playoff team, let alone a contender to the Heat and Pacers.
Maybe these people should watch the Pistons play.
This Detroit Pistons team is a playoff team. Going forward, they will shoot the ball better as a team, there’s no doubt in my mind. As soon as each player’s role is defined, this team will be a force to reckon with in the NBA. Detroit’s offense is capable of scoring with any team and the roster is full of players who can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court. Not only can they score, but they can play defense as well as any other team when absolutely needed.
Detroit fans should be excited, the Pistons are young and extremely talented. I’m not saying this team will raise a championship banner in the near future, but they have the right pieces in place to reach the playoffs and make some noise.
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