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Stucky and Monroe struggle to lead Detroit to 0-2 start.
Phoenix took over early in the second quarter, and never really looked back. Detroit trimmed the lead a few times, including with a Kyle Singler three with four seconds left to trim the lead to two. But the threats never quite seemed serious.
-Tayshaun Prince and Jason Maxiell led the way for the Pistons offensively. Never a good sign.
-The rookies were bright spots. Drummond put up 5 points, 8 rebounds, and two blocks. The blocks both came in one dominant possession, and one of the buckets came on a nice and-one in traffic. He went down after taking a blow in the second half, but nothing serious. English had another solid game defensively and facilitating the offense. Singler got solid minutes, including the big three pointer previously mentioned.
-Monroe had a rough game, struggling offensively and on the boards. He didn’t play too badly defensively though at least.
-Stuckey is off to a lousy start to begin the season. An 0-7 shooting performance moves him to 1-17.
-Gortat did most of the damage for the Suns, as predicted by Garrett Elliott. 16/16/3, and looked mighty good throughout. He’s better than Andrew Bynum. That’s all.
-Dragic looks legit, like he’s on his way to a very nice season.
-The Suns managed figuring out the two toughest positions, and Scola has some basketball left in him. But for the rest of it, as far as I can tell, the Pistons lost to a bad basketball team.