41.2 F
Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Pistons aren’t tanking, they’re imploding

Just two weeks ago, the Detroit Pistons were back at .500 at 33-33 and were sitting comfortably as the 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It finally seemed that the Pistons were turning that corner and finish the season strong.

We thought wrong.

They ran into a buzz saw in Cleveland where the Cavaliers made 23 of their first 26 shots and absolutely annihilated the Pistons. Detroit followed that up with dismal efforts against the Jazz, the Suns, the Nets, the Bulls, and most recently the Magic. The one win during this stretch, a 112-95 win over the Suns at the Palace, wasn’t all that impressive considering Phoenix was missing Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, Leandro Barbosa, and Dragan Bender and they led by 12 midway through the 3rd quarter.

Then came the loss in Brooklyn where Brook Lopez hit a buzzer beater to win it for Brooklyn. That was followed by head coach Stan Van Gundy making yet another starting lineup change, benching Reggie Jackson in favor of Ish Smith. That didn’t work either as they were blown out by the Bulls and the Magic.

This isn’t tanking by any means, this is a straight implosion. Somewhere along the way, these guys quit. They were right there in the thick of the playoffs and then the bottom fell out. It was as if somebody told them all that they’re no good and that they can’t do it. Their body language is awful, hanging their heads after every opponent run and it has been pretty pathetic to watch.

There’s been constant chemistry issues that began as soon as Jackson came back from knee tendinitis in December and it’s clear that things aren’t getting any better. Ever since that “players only” meeting, which ended up not being players “players only” since we all knew what was said in the meeting, it just seems that guys really don’t want to play with each other.

Just looking at the way the Pistons have been playing offense lately, it looks as if they’re playing pickup at a local gym. They don’t move the ball, they all think they’re superstars, and that is not how you win in the NBA. Most of the time, it’s one pass then shoot and that just doesn’t work. They don’t play together as a team, they play individually and for their stats.

They are only a game and a half out of the 8 seed in the East and they do own the tiebreaker over the Heat, but with 9 games left and 5 blowout losses in the past 7 games, it’s highly unlikely that these guys will figure it out and make a push. It will take these guys looking in the mirror and really reevaluating themselves, because no amount of yelling from Van Gundy is going to change this situation.

-Ky Carlin

Twitter: @gettinbuckets91/@Ky_Carlin

- Advertisement -
Ky Carlin
Detroit Pistons and Michigan Wolverines basketball beat writer along with being the host of the radio show "Gettin Buckets". Basketball fanatic who spends most of my spare time looking at stats and watching YouTube highlights. Follow me on twitter @gettinbuckets91.

Latest news

Terry Foster discusses why he is banned from 97.1 The Ticket

For 13 years, Terry Foster co-hosted the Valenti & Foster show on 97.1 The Ticket with Mike Valenti. Eventually, Foster left The Ticket and...
- Advertisement -

Detroit Tigers place Daniel Norris on Injured List

According to reports, the Detroit Tigers have placed LHP Daniel Norris on the 10-day Injured List. The reason for Norris being placed on on the...

Rochester Adams sports put on hold as football coach tests positive for COVID-19

According to an email sent out by Rochester Community Schools superintendent Robert Shaner, a member of the Rochester Adams High School football coaching staff...

Highlights of today’s Detroit Tigers intrasquad game (VIDEO)

We're getting closer and closer to the official start for the 2020 MLB season, slated to kick off later this month on July 23....

Related news

Game of the Day: Pistons advance to ECF with Game 7 win over Nets at Palace of Auburn Hills (VIDEO)

Our Game of the Day series continues by going back to the legendary 2004 Detroit Pistons season, and re-living them punching their ticket to...

Footage of the abandoned Palace of Auburn Hills will be difficult to see (VIDEO)

It will officially be the end of a Michigan sports and entertainment era on Saturday, as the official demolition date was set for the...

Palace of Auburn Hills implosion date announced

If you want to get one last look at what is left of the Palace of Auburn Hills, your time is limited. According to reports,...

Report: Detroit Pistons poach Bucks’ front office man to become assistant GM

According to reports, the Detroit Pistons are hiring Milwaukee Bucks executive David Mincberg to become an assistant general manager. Mincberg was the Bucks' Vice President...