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Detroit Pistons pull the ultimate tank move in loss to Pelicans

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So there they were, the Detroit Pistons down 103-101 with 1.9 seconds left and two timeouts. A timeout would’ve advanced the ball into the front court and the Pistons would’ve had a real chance at going for the tie or the win with a triple.

Instead, no timeout was called, Brandon Jennings fired up a prayer from half court that fell short and the Pistons lost 103-101 to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Why wasn’t the timeout called? Head coach Maurice Cheeks was trying to call a timeout, but he was on the other side of the court and the referees couldn’t hear or see him. Why didn’t Jennings or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope call a timeout? Did Cheeks not go over the timeout situation with his young guards?

The Pistons went on a 30-4 run in the third quarter and still lost. How does that happen? In that third quarter, Jennings was electric, Andre Drummond dominated Anthony Davis, and the Pistons actually played defense. No really, they played defense! I was surprised too.

In the fourth, as it always happens, the Pistons blew it. They left Anthony Morrow open for 3′s, they let Austin Rivers get easy buckets, and they even let Alexis Ajinca score some buckets. Only die hard basketball junkies like myself know who Alexis Ajinca is.

The Pistons still had a shot to win after Josh Smith banked in a put back to tie the game 101 with 19 seconds left before Eric Gordon’s drive it the rim for the game winner. Another thing, after Gordon drove past Caldwell-Pope, where was the rim protection? Where was it? It wasn’t there and Gordon had an easy layup. The Pistons have led after the third quarter 23 times this season and have lost seven times. Seven times! That’s unacceptable.

It was the ultimate tank move in my eyes. It looked the Pistons have given up and wanted to lose. Up 16 in the third, up eight with 8:10 left in the fourth, and they still found a way to lose. Well, it might be better to tank anyway. The team isn’t as good as we expected and the Smith/Greg Monroe/Drummond experiment isn’t working. The Pistons’ draft pick is only top 8 protected due to the infamous Ben Gordon trade to the Charlotte Bobcats.

If they make the playoffs, they’ll get destroyed by much better teams like Miami or Indiana, and then they’ll have no draft pick. They’ll have plenty of cap room after Rodney Stuckey’s and Charlie Villanueva’s contracts come off the books, but who will come here?

The only positive on tonight was Drummond’s terrific game of 21 points and 20 rebounds. It was the first 20-20 game by a Piston since Antonio McDyess in 2009 against the New York Knicks.

-Ky Carlin

Twitter: @Ky_Carlin/@gettinbuckets91

@detsportsnation

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29 Comments

  1. Travisto Newville

    January 24, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    And the worst possible 1 on 1 defense to lose the game.

  2. Derrick L. Davis

    January 24, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    concurs…… MO hasn’t yet found a way to close a deal this season. He’s a joker coach. He wins against the Heat, but loses to scrubby ass teams. Another bad choice for a head guy. IMV

  3. Michael Mott

    January 24, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Dumars hasn’t had the success needed to run this team ever since he passed on picking Carmelo Anthony years ago

  4. Noah Edney

    January 24, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Ridiculous are these pros our high schoolers

  5. Noah Edney

    January 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Darko Darko Darko

  6. Michael Broughton

    January 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    They won the title in 04. The iverson trade ruined this team.

  7. Joe Diriex

    January 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Mo has to go!

  8. Colleen Murphy

    January 24, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Dumars is not in his right mind. IMO Cheeks & Dumars needs to be replaced.

  9. Adam Radlick

    January 24, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    They need to tank so we don’t lose our 1st round pick. Great coaching move by Mo Cheeks.

  10. Gino Tozzi Jr.

    January 24, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Dumars 4ever!

  11. Scott Murray

    January 24, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    How about billups plays more

  12. Joe Huff

    January 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Cheeks and dumars are gone

  13. Chris Budd

    January 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Who the @% are the Pelicans

  14. MikeandCrystal Hudick

    January 24, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Firesale and Mo is first in the hot seat! !!!

  15. Bigmanoncampus Terry

    January 25, 2014 at 12:29 am

    We did right. Passing melo up we got a ring out the deal how many rings melo got we just need a coach that no the talent we got keep dumars he got more rings than most do y’all no its 8 teams won n the last 30years

  16. George Wardle

    January 25, 2014 at 12:38 am

    totally agree with you on that.

  17. Gale Marion

    January 25, 2014 at 12:39 am

    It almost seems like Maurice Cheeks is getting paid to make this team a disaster.

  18. Ben Swastek

    January 25, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Hire Jim Shwartz!!!!

  19. Ray Reynolds

    January 25, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Billups has absolutely nothing left in the tank. Guy is a Detroit legend, but he has nothing left to offer.

  20. Tyler Cobb

    January 25, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Will never do anything as long as joe d is in officd

  21. Alan Yike

    January 25, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Good keep losing

  22. Frank Gillis

    January 25, 2014 at 2:47 am

    They been screwed since losing Billups the first time

  23. Ahmed Eddie Legins

    January 25, 2014 at 5:37 am

    They are the reason I don’t watch basket ball…

  24. Xavier Germany

    January 25, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Good job!

  25. Bob Parker

    January 25, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Let’s get Bruce Pearl to coach them

  26. Detroit Gary

    January 25, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Blow ckeeks

  27. Scott Murray

    January 25, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Ur wrong he needs to play 6 minutes a quarter.

  28. Mike Hengy

    January 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Good let them tank

  29. Tony Santo

    January 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I agree with that 110%!