To say the Detroit Pistons‘ season so far has been disappointing would be an understatement. This past week was an eye-opening display to why this team isn’t working and why they’re more than likely on their way to another summer of golf instead of contending for a title in the postseason.
It started with their Monday matinee against the Lob City Clippers which seen them lose 112-103 at home. Although losing to a team as talented as the Clips shouldn’t be disappointing, they failed to take advantage of a team that was missing their perennial All-Star point guard Chris Paul. They instead failed to keep DeAndre Jordan off the glass (21 rebounds, nine offensive) and he helped dunk the Clips to an easy victory. Brandon Jennings should have led the charge for the Pistons due to the absence of Paul, but he instead put up an O-fer (0 points on 0-for-7 shooting). Not only was he extinct, Greg Monroe only managed six points and three rebounds in 30 minutes of action. This game was the start of an up-and-down week for Moose who’s battling the uncertainty of his future in Detroit with the barrage of trade rumors.
The Pistons had a perfect opportunity to get things back on track with a road game against the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Instead, the Pistons laid another egg and the Bucks snapped a nine-game slide with a 104-101 victory. The Pistons opened up a 76-63 lead in the third-quarter by the hot hand of Jennings, but blew another big lead as Caron Butler poured in 30 points for the Bucks. This game was bar none the Pistons’ most aggravating loss of the season.
Last night, the Pistons played their Western Conference doppelganger in the New Orleans Pelicans. Both teams in terms of their records have been morbidly underachieving when you look at the amount of talent that exudes on both rosters. Both teams feature young big men in Andre Drummond and Anthony Davis that will both become regulars in the NBA All-Star game and they have lineups that just don’t seem to fit. The Pelicans held a ten point lead in the third quarter until the curtains unveiled for the Brandon Jennings show. Jennings absolutely owned Austin Rivers in the third quarter going off for 18 points and locking down defensively. This run sparked an 18-0 run and seen the Pistons play their best stretch of basketball all season. The run featured the Pistons starters all on the floor and seemed to signal the moment of awakening where they all finally figured it out together.
Was it that moment? Nope, we were teased again.
The Pelicans ripped off a 32-21 scoring advantage in the fourth-quarter, and yet again the Pistons blow another lead down the stretch. Eric Gordon hit the game-winning bucket with 1.9 seconds left on a gorgeously patient drive to the hoop on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Caldwell-Pope probably guarded him as well as one could, but Gordon wasn’t having none of it. That shot was the final dagger to a head-scratching 0-3 week for the Pistons and left a lot of doubt and discouragement swirling in the air. With about three weeks left until the All-Star break and a looming Feb. 20 trade deadline, the Pistons have some decisions to make. A 17-26 record was not be expected for this type of roster and an atrocious 7-15 record at home is not what the fans want to pay their hard earned money for.
Enough of the negativity, here’s some positives…a positive
Andre Drummond doesn’t even get plays called for him in the post and the 20-year-old kid is putting up monster numbers. Against the Pelicans last night he put together his first career 20-20 game (21 points and 20 rebounds). Amongst all the negativity that’s being directed at this basketball team, it’s certainly comforting knowing that Drummond is a Piston and hopefully will be for a long time. He’s continuing to shape himself into the type of player that will have his jersey hung from the Palace rafters some day.
What do ya’ll think?
With the deadline quickly approaching and the Pistons finding themselves in some murky waters, what kind of moves do you think they should explore? I’d personally like to see a deal for Chandler Parsons (although very unlikely), get out the trade machine and show off what you come up with.