Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Greg Monroe's 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists weren't enough as the Pistons dropped to 0-5 on Wednesday night in Sacramento, 105-103.
Pistons fans witnessed some history on Wednesday night, and sadly 0-5 isn't it (the Pistons started 0-5 as recent as two years ago, the year of the reported mutiny). I'm talking about a piece of positive franchise history. Greg Monroe, the Pistons' starting
center frontcourt, recorded his first career triple double -- 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. The Pistons lost, but let's not talk about that right now.
As Mike Payne pointed out, Greg Monroe became the Pistons' first big man in franchise history to record a triple double with assists. You heard it here first. It was the first triple double in the NBA this season. It was the Pistons' first triple double since Chauncey Billups did it in February 2004 (20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists) and the first from a Pistons center since Ben Wallace in November 2002 (12 points, 19 rebounds and 10 BLOCKS).
Monroe's assist on Brandon Knight's three-pointer with 23 seconds left in the game helped trim the Kings' lead to two, but more importantly, feeling the Pistons would find a way to lose anyway, it brought home the curly fries. It's literally the best thing to happen to the Pistons this season. It might be the best thing to happen to the Pistons when we look back on this season in April. Those fries are going to be delicious. (Do they even do that promotion anymore?)
Overall, this was probably the Pistons' best game of the season. In addition to Monroe, five other Pistons were in double figures, the team shot over 49-percent and had 23 assists. The game was lost in the second quarter, though, when Detroit was outscored 29-19 (8-0 on second chances) and turned the ball over eight times. Those sort of things can't happen over the course of a basketball game.
More in a minute. Now, your thoughts.