Pistons Final Score: Brooklyn 119, Detroit 82

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

This may sound impossible, but the thirty-seven point defeat doesn't illustrate just how poorly the Pistons played against the Nets on Monday. The losing streak extends to 9 consecutive, and 12 of the last 14.

Brook Lopez provided the only recap this game deserves:

We controlled the game the entire game. There was a purpose to get last night out of our minds and set the right foot forward to the road trip.

The Nets scored 36 (!!) first-quarter points and never looked back. The Nets controlled everything: they shot better, they rebounded better, they defended better, they played harder. To say they merely controlled the game is an understatement. They were dominant and embarrassed the Pistons in front of their home crowd.

Game Bullets:

  • Greg Monroe was the lone bright spot (though mostly early). He scored 17 points on 10 shots, but that was offset by 6 turnovers. The next step in Moose's development must be to eliminate some of these turnovers.
  • Jose Calderon left the game with flu-like symptoms but hopes to be ready to by Friday.
  • Rookies Khris Middleton and Kim English both got significant burn. English didn't suck, and Middleton mostly did.
  • Whither Jonas Jerebko? He continues to look nothing like the player we all loved for two seasons.
  • Deron Williams cut the Pistons' defense like a warm knife through butter, putting up 31 points in a mere 28 minutes.
  • Jerry Stackhouse embarrassed the Pistons with 10 points on 5-6 shooting in just under 20 minutes. If you can't stop Jerry Stackhouse, you're doing it wrong. Or in Rodney Stuckey's case, if you can't outproduce Stack in 14 more minutes, you're doing it very, very wrong.
  • Brook Lopez had a field day, putting up a mostly uncontested 18 points on 7-10 shooting in 23 minutes.
  • Box Score.
  • Advanced Box Score for those who aren't feint of heart.
  • If for some reason you thought Brian Hill was the problem, I'd recommend watching this game on repeat for a day or two. Lawrence Frank didn't have any answers either.
If the Pistons care this little about the rest of the season as they cared about this game, it's going to be a very painful road to the lottery for Pistons fans. This game, like far too many of late, was unwatchable and frankly, a disgrace to this storied franchise.

When it's more enjoyable to flip over to ESPN to watch the Celtics host the Heat, there's a massive problem with the way the Pistons are going about their business.

The Pistons will be paying a visit to Miami to play the Heat, who just won their 23rd consecutive game against the aforementioned Celtics. If they play like they did against the Nets, expect them to lose by 60+.

Even lottery balls can't console me right now. Now. Your. Thoughts.
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