The Pistons were already a man down heading into the game, as Shawne Williams was suspended a game by the League for exchanging headbutts with the Blazers' Joel Freeland in the dying minutes of last night's Portland debacle, but Detroit pushed through and lost yet another game in disappointing fashion.
Without being overly pessimistic, there really weren't many highlights from Saturday night's demoralizing loss. Greg Monroe continued to be Motown's steadying force, scoring 16 points and adding 13 rebounds, and was one of the lone Pistons to fight throughout the game before receiving help from Joel Anthony (10 points 5 rebounds), Tayshaun Prince (8 points 9 rebounds) and Spencer Dinwiddie (9 points 6 assists), who all showed up to play in the fourth quarter.
Caron Butler only played 13 minutes, and wasn't very effective, scoring a basket and collecting two rebounds in that time. The main Pistons guards continued to struggle mightily, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (0-5, 1 point), Reggie Jackson (4-11, 10 points) and Jodie Meeks (2-9, 11 points) still unable to find the hoop. Jackson continued his post-deadline form, needing 11 shots to score 10 points, and adding 5 turnovers across from 0 (!) assists. Dinwiddie played well in his absence, and almost led the Pistons to an upset over the red-hot Jazz, who were led by Derrick Favors' 26 points and 4 blocks. Rodney Hood, Rudy Gobert and Gordon Hayward were all pivotal for Utah in the final minutes as they pulled away with a 88-85 win.
- Andre Drummond was limited to only 11 minutes before being benched with a concussion in the second half.
- Reggie Jackson was benched after failing to hustle back on a loose ball, and later jacking up a long desperation three-pointer after failing to initiate the offense.
- Michigan product Trey Burke scored the decisive basket in the dying minutes of the game.
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