The Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies squared off tonight in Memphis. It was a hard fought defensive match-up with both teams locking each other down for most parts of the game. Andre Drummond continued to struggle tonight as he had substantial foul trouble against the formidable front court of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Both Randolph and Gasol had a significant effect on tonight’s game, combining for 40 points and a ridiculous 30 rebounds (Randolph by himself had 13 offensive boards). Detroit struggled to contain them while attempting to maintain the offensive effort as well.
The most concerning part of tonight’s game was the defensive lack of awareness and Drummond’s continued struggles. While Detroit was able to keep it close throughout the first half and most of the third quarter, Memphis’ offensive and defensive proficiency were able to create a large enough gap to close-out the Pistons for good. The Pistons fought valiantly to create enough offense to beat the 8-1 Grizzlies, but poor shot selection and even worse free throw shooting deteriorated any hope this team could have had to pull through for another road victory.
Tonight’s statistical leaders for the Detroit Pistons were Kyle Singler with 21 points, Greg Monroe with 11 rebounds, and D.J. Augustine with 5 assists. The Memphis Grizzlies were led by Marc Gasol with 23 points, Zach Randolph with 22 rebounds, and Mike Conley/Zach Randolph tied with 4 assists each. The loss drops the Pistons’ record down to 3-7 on the year. The Memphis Grizzlies improved their NBA-best record at 9-1.
Next game: Orlando Magic @ Pistons, Monday Nov. 17; 7:30 p.m., FSD