The Detroit Pistons were coming into Sam Antonio looking for a sweep of the season series over the team with the best record in the NBA. The Spurs were missing point guard Tony Parker and they didn’t miss a beat.
It was competitive early as the Pistons led 6-2 on some Jose Calderon 3’s and they later led 10-7 on a Brandon Knight floater. Greg Monroe laid it up and in around Tim Duncan to tie the game at 12 then it was all Spurs from there.
San Antonio went on a 12-0 run. Manu Ginobili came off the bench and wrecked havoc. After Duncan started the run with free throws, Ginobili knocked down a 3, assisted on a DeJuan Blair jump shot, and then had an And-1.
Monroe had a tip in to bring Detroit to within 26-19, but that’s as close as they’d get the entire night. The exclamation point on the 1st quarter was Ginobili knocking down a 3 at the buzzer while he was fouled by Khris Middleton. San Antonio led 32-19 after one and it was a laugher from there.
The Spurs led by as many as 39 and that was the final margin 114-75 over Detroit. Ginobili scored all 17 of his points in the 1st half. The 2nd half was dominated by lesser known players like Cory Joseph, who started for the injured Parker, Nando De Colo, Aron Baynes, and Patti Mills.
Monroe had 16 and eight rebounds, Calderon had 14, and Charlie Villanueva had 10 and 10 boards for the visiting Pistons, who have yet to win a road game against a Western Conference opponent.
I’m sitting here desperately looking for a bright spot to talk about and I just can’t find one. The Spurs shot 50.6% from the field and 9/20 from deep, Detroit shot 32.6% from the field and 6/19 from deep. They had 25 fast break points, compared to six for the Pistons. They had a whopping 35 assists, Detroit had 17.
The big thing that jumped out at me was that the Spurs had 58 points in the paint. 58 points in the paint! That’s where Andre Drummond is missed the most. He puts a scare into opposing teams because of his tremendous shot blocking ability. Opposing teams aren’t going to be scared to drive against Monroe or Jason Maxiell, who once again was a non-factor in 15 minutes of playing time.
Middleton was terrible tonight as was Kim English. They’re both very raw offensively and it’s just not working yet for those two. Then there’s Rodney Stuckey who shot 0/5 tonight and made absolutely zero impact on this game.
Up next is the New York Knicks at the Palace on Wednesday.