Most people will talk about the DeAndre Jordan dunk on Brandon Knight -- it was our recap placeholder -- but that was only one dunk and ultimately three points in a much bigger, more embarrassing steamrolling. "RIP Brandon Knight" may have been trending worldwide on Twitter during the game, but the entire Detroit Pistons team was playing dead.
According to Vince Ellis (via Vincent Goodwill), the Clippers had 14 dunks to go along with their 14 three pointers, which accounted for more than half of the Clippers' baskets. Lobs, dunks and three bombs. The Clippers shot 63-percent (50 from downtown) and had 37 assists. Chris Paul alone had 14 assists and zero turnovers. SIX (6) Pistons guards combined for 15 assists and seven turnovers. The Pistons were allowed 42 free throws, 17 more than the Clippers, and they still lost by 32. Ouch.
Greg Monroe, who was by no means a model of strong play, aired his frustrations with the team after the game [quotes via MLIVE]:
"Just no effort, no fight," he said. "It was an embarrassment."
"I don't know, maybe guys don't care," he said. "Something has to change, though. This can't continue. If you don't want to play, just say it. This has got to stop. It's unacceptable."
Monroe was 2 for 8, turned the ball over three times and got blocked three times. He was also a no show in the middle on defense. If he had been where he should have been, he would have been Knight on a poster (again). As prolific DBBer Kriz put it in the GameThread, he looked far more pathetic than what any poster could do.
But I don't want to make it seem like I'm piling on Monroe, because he's Moosey more times than not and we know he cares. It's just hard to single anyone out after a game like this because if there was any effort from the Pistons on Sunday night, it was a team effort in futility.
No time to dwell, though. The Pistons had to scrape their road-kill bodies from the Staples Center floor after the game and head to Utah, where they play the Jazz on Monday night.
* Hard to take much from quality garbage outings in a blow out like this, but Jonas Jerebko and Viacheslav Kravtsov had nice lines.
* Rodney Stuckey was 2 for 3 and had five assists opposite no turnovers. These were his first two baskets in over 60 minutes of playing time dating back to March 1.
* Box score, if you dare.
* Roll Call
Kudos to those who stuck it out on a late Sunday night.