The Detroit Pistons came home following a terrible 0-4 western road trip. The Brooklyn Nets were waiting for them.
Short handed missing Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond, Jose Calderon only played the first eight minutes due to flu like symptoms. Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams cooked every defender the Pistons threw at him.
He crossed Calderon up and knocked down a jump shot, I felt sorry for Calderon’s ankles. Them Williams came running down the court, spun past Rodney Stuckey, and had a layup. He then tried to throw down over Greg Monroe, but the ball didn’t go down.
Williams then got Joe Johnson involved. He found him for a 3 and then he found him again for a jump shot. Williams ended the 1st with a 3 and Brooklyn was up 36-23 after one. In the 2nd quarter, old man Jerry Stackhouse made Kyle Singler look silly.
Stackhouse made his first 5 shots, including a shot he just flipped over his head. Singler later would foul Brooklyn guard MarShon Brooks on a 3 for a 4 point play.
Monroe tried desperately to keep the Pistons in it. He had 16 points in the first half and shot a perfect 8/8 from the field. The rest of the Pistons didn’t offer much help.
The 2nd half was a laugher as the Nets went up by as many as 43 points. Detroit fell 119-82 for their 9th straight loss. They’ve lost 12 of their last 13, giving up an average of 106 points. Their interior defense was shredded. The Nets had a layup parade.
I’m sitting here looking for a bright spot and I just can’t find one. Jason Maxiell was a non-factor against Brooklyn big men Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans. Monroe played well so I guess he’s your bright spot, but he missed the only 2 shots he took in the 2nd half and finished with 17 points. Will Bynum had 18 off the bench to lead the Pistons, but he shot 8/19 and Williams cooked him too.
Lawrence Frank was back on the sideline tonight after missing the last six games. He was in New Jersey tending to his wife who was ill.
I think at this point it’s all about competing. Competing hard every night, but tank enough so you can get another impact player in the draft. There’s nothing else this team can do.