The Pistons blew out the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. They had the favor returned tonight in Los Angeles, kicking off their four game Western Conference tour with a brutal loss to the Clippers.
It wasn't one of those games to knock the Pistons effort. Even when the game was well out of hand - which could be considered to be even before halftime - Detroit still played with energy. And that's the end of the list of nice things that can be said.
The Clippers sprinted out to a big first quarter lead thanks to a 24-2 run. And that was pretty much it.
Detroit showed some signs of life in the second quarter behind a few nice plays from Andre Drummond, but Los Angeles responded with 10-0 run to close the half. Eight of those points came from Chris Paul.
The starting backcourt was a disaster for the Pistons. Ish Smith and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went 1-15 from the field for 3 points. They also weren't able to slow down their counterparts Chris Paul or J.J. Redick.
Andre Drummond played reasonably well, posting 15 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block - all in 25 minutes of work. He looked reasonably competent from the free throw line too, shooting 3-5.
Stanley Johnson also used the margin to play aggressively, scoring 11 points on 4-7 shooting.
At the end of the day, the Pistons couldn't stop the Clippers or put the ball through the hoop. 36 percent from the field to 54 percent from the field. Let's just forget this one happened. I guess if you didn't stay up for the late 10:30 Eastern start time, this would have been a good one to miss.
Game two of the road swing goes through Phoenix, taking on the Suns on Wednesday with a more civilized 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time tip.
Here's a roll call cause y'all earned it:
|8||The Notorious S.V.G||13|
|30||OK from J||2|
|33||The Better Morris Twin||1|