Can we just call this game a loss for both teams? The Pistons were coming off a game last night, but that is not an excuse for how poorly they played on offense. Charlotte last played on Monday, so they really do not have an excuse.
It looked like any other NBA game after the first quarter, it was 24-23 and both teams did not look too bad. However, the 2nd quarter really set the tone for the rest of the game and not in a good way.
Both teams clanked their way to a 15-15 tie in the 2nd quarter and a 39-38 halftime score. This one looked like it was going to be one of the lowest scoring games in the NBA.
The 3rd quarter was not much different as both teams continued to play putrid offense. The score at the end of the 3rd quarter looked like a halftime score for what has been a pretty high-scoring NBA season, 61-58 Charlotte.
The Pistons did a pretty good job containing Kemba Walker for the first three quarters. Walker went off in the 4th quarter to the tune of 15 points to finish the game with 25. Marco Bellinelli also hit some tough shots down the stretch and finished with 13 points.
This game was so miserable to watch, I can’t even really make a determination if it was good defense or just horrible offense (editor’s note: it was horrible offense). The Pistons shot 38 percent from the field and a paltry 14 percent from three (4-27). Charlotte shot even worse from the field at 34 percent, although they shot 28 percent from three (6-21).
It could be argued that the difference in the game was the free throw discrepancy. The Pistons only attempted 8(!) free throws while the Hornets shot 29 free throws. Some will blame it on the refs, but the Pistons players did a poor job of trying to draw contact. It is important to be able to do that when you are struggling so much on offense, and the Pistons do not have a player who can do that reliably.
This game wasn’t all bad for the Pistons as Andre Drummond had arguably his best game of the season. He finished with yet another 20-20 with 26 points and 20 rebounds on 11 of 14 shooting. It is overshadowed by the ineptitude of the rest of his team, but it is definitely worth mentioning.
Luckily, the Pistons head into a relatively easy stretch of games over the next week. Hopefully they can turn things around and string together a few wins. Although playing that poorly on offense will not beat even the worst teams in the league.
The Pistons (12-12) will face the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday.