A good test for the Pistons to see where the post-Smith era (PSE) Pistons stack up in the Eastern Conference turned disappointingly ugly and then just flat-out tragic on Saturday night. The Pistons lost the basketball game 101-86, but the much bigger loss was starting point guard Brandon Jennings, who had to be wheelchaired to the locker room near the end of the third quarter.
The Pistons carried a 28-23 lead into the second quarter and led 38-36 seven minutes before halftime, but they were outscored 65-48 the final 31 minutes of the game. The Bucks put up a 40 spot in the second quarter and led by 14 at the half. A halftime pep talk did the Pistons no good, as they promptly fell behind by another 16 in the third. The Pistons simply had no answers for the hot-shooting Bucks. (Box Score)
Despite being down 30, Brandon Jennings was trying to rally the team, vocally and with his play. He scored five straight Pistons points and was pressing the inbounds pass in a 24-point game when a misstep and sadness happened.
The injury appears serious. According to Stan Van Gundy after the game, Jennings will be out for the foreseeable future and will be evaluated more extensively on Sunday when the Pistons have another test in Toronto.
All of the crying GIFs.
Now your tears.