DJ Augustin has been here before. A team loses its starting point guard and most dynamic playmaker to a season-ending injury.
Last year, Augustin broke out with the Chicago Bulls after stepping in for the injured Derrick Rose. In his first game as the starting point guard for a Pistons team that just lost Brandon Jennings to an achilles injury, Augustin delivered his best game in a Detroit uniform and scored a career-high 35 points.
Unfortunately, his offensive efforts weren't enough as the Pistons fell 114-110 to the Toronto Raptors thanks to some truly dreadful defense and a no-show performance from the team's shooting guards.
"Our defense is terrible. It really is. It's terrible," Van Gundy said after the game, per NBA.com. "If you can't win scoring 110 then you don't deserve to."
The Raptors entered the game as one of the NBA's top defenses and the team got contributions from all over the floor. DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 20, Amir Johnson scored 17 and Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams had 13 and 12 points, respectively. The Raptors as a team shot 53 percent from the floor.
Augustin was everywhere on the floor, chipping in five 3s and eight assists to just two turnovers during his career-high night. Unfortunately, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jodie Meeks were a combined 8-for-30. In his first serious playing time in weeks, rookie Spencer Dinwiddie played 10 minutes and scored two points.
Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond again looked like a dominating pair of big men on the offensive end. Monroe had 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 16 rebounds and four assists while Drummond was 7-for-11, scoring 14 points to go with eight boards.
But the defense was again AWOL, with Detroit allowing its third straight opponent to easily eclipse the 100-point plateau. The Pistons were trailing by around 10 points throughout the second half before another customary late-game surge brought them within four points with four minutes left. But every time they needed a stop Detroit either gave up a basket, fouled a shooter or surrendered the rebound.
"We just played no defense. We couldn't stop them at all," Van Gundy said, per NBA.com. "It's discouraging to be that close and not to get any stops. It's just discouraging."