March 6th, 2014 at 12:52 PM
By Max DeMara
Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons lost another basketball game in ugly fashion, this one to the rival Chicago Bulls by a score of 105-94.
More important than the box score or the who, what, where and why was the how. Detroit, after hanging tight for three quarters and winning the first and the third didn't bother to play the fourth, getting steam rolled by the Bulls and outscored by 10 points, 34-24 en-route to the 11 point loss.
The game before, Detroit closed out the New York Knicks with a solid final stanza after getting off to a terrible early start. Why the ugly letdown on Wednesday? What gives? Mental lapses against better competition speak to a weakened mindset with the team. Simply, the Pistons aren't capable of playing a full game because their minds rarely allow them to.
As Detroit will begin their search for a new coach in a few months, the most important type of person they'll need to hire is someone who can instill a fire and passion within the team to compete hard every single quarter. A dominating personalty is needed, who won't allow the player to check in and out of games. Quiet Maurice Cheeks wasn't that guy, nor were the other bevy of passive career assistants that came before him.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 4th, 2014 at 10:11 AM
By Max DeMara
In a matchup of two equally confused Eastern Conference teams, the Detroit Pistons were the ones sleepwalking through the first two quarters against the New York Knicks, but managed to wake up in time to end their own ugly losing streak and extend New York's.
Andre Drummond was the star of the night, making his presence felt on both ends of the floor. Not only did he collect three blocks and 26 rebounds, Drummond showed off some impressive moves around the basket, reversing and scoring 17 points on his way to an impressive double-double.
Though Detroit trailed at halftime, they put away the Knicks with a solid third quarter explosion. Will Bynum and Rodney Stuckey scored 16 points apiece off the bench. Greg Monroe nearly contributed a double-double himself, and while Carmello Anthony scored 28, the Knicks made enough mistakes and got stagnant enough on offense to fall apart.
How were the Pistons able to get back in the win column? Take a look inside the key points of Monday night's game.
Prime Time Piston: Andre Drummond. With 17 points and an eye-popping 26 rebounds, Drummond was the star on Monday night, and continues to show his value. Drummond grabbed every rebound in sight and also showed some solid versatility on the offensive end. Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 3rd, 2014 at 12:48 PM
By Max DeMara
Might the Detroit Pistons be considering one former guard to replace another in the front office? Despite the assurances of Mitch Lawrence of The New York Daily News, the report isn't true according to sources within the Pistons.
Saturday, Lawrence reported that the Pistons would consider hiring Isiah Thomas to be the team's next general manager. As Lawrence explained, Tom Gores tends to get a bit star-struck as an owner, meaning he might be inclined to look into Thomas, a Piston legend, as an ideal replacement for Joe Dumars later this spring who's still likely on the way out.
Thomas has been a career failure in the front office, including disastrous stops in Toronto and most recently in New York. The Knicks had miserable seasons from 2003-2008, and didn't fare much better with Thomas on the sidelines. Either did the Indiana Pacers, who employed Thomas before that.
Some other quiet bombshells from the article? Lawrence commented that many players have a "direct pipeline" to Gores, including last year's expensive, embattled free agent addition Josh Smith. Lawrence also stated that Gores's pro basketball knowledge could "fit in a thimble." Read more... Join the Conversation...
February 28th, 2014 at 12:48 PM
By Max DeMara
At 23-35, the Detroit Pistons are hovering right around the ninth worst record in the NBA. They're three games out of eighth place in a pathetic Eastern Conference and in the midst of another elongated losing streak, falling fast.
Though sports purists will disagree with the principals of actively trying to lose, it's in the best interest of the franchise to bottom out. Fact is, even if the Pistons made a miracle run through March and scrapped back into playoff contention, they would likely bow out of the first round. Since Joe Dumars has never allowed it to happen, it's finally time for the organization to hit rock bottom.
There's nothing to be gained from playing to win, both in the short and long term. Even though Tom Gores essentially issues a "playoffs or else" edict at the beginning of this season, the ship has sailed on Detroit making a run considering Gores pulled the plug on Maurice Cheeks earlier this month. That move also helped Dumars look like a marked man for a firing come April.Read more... Join the Conversation...
February 25th, 2014 at 10:34 AM
By Max DeMara
At halftime, the Detroit Pistons were in the game against a powerful Western Conference foe in the Golden State Warriors, trailing 63-62. Detroit rebounded to take an 83-81 lead prior to the fourth quarter. Again, the team must have forgotten how much the money quarter counts for.
Defensively, the Pistons fell apart in the fourth, allowing Harrison Barnes, Stephen Curry and Steve Blake to take over down the stretch. Blake hit a huge three pointer to give the Warriors a 92-90 lead with around six minutes left in the quarter, and offensively, Detroit failed to respond. The Pistons never led again, and were closed out easily by a more mentally sound team.
Here's more inside Detroit's second straight loss, this one a frustrating 104-96 defeat at the hands of the plucky Warriors.
Prime Time Piston: Kyle Singler. It was a big night for Singler, who played 44 minutes and managed to score 18 points on a solid 7-11 shooting while making 2-4 from three point land. It was arguably Singler's best game as a Piston, and definitely something to build upon for the young player.Read more... Join the Conversation...