The Pistons looked like they were going to cruise to an easy road win. They were up by 18 points and were moving the ball well and hitting their shots. Then it all stopped, and everybody stopped playing defense except for Andre Drummond.
The bench brigade of former Piston Anthony Tolliver and Kosta Koufos dominated the fourth. A couple of DeMarcus Cousins three pointers at the end of the game all but sealed the Pistons’ fate.
It is a very frustrating loss and one that could really bite the Pistons when they are jockeying for playoff positioning at the end of the season.
They spoiled an absolutely dominant defensive game by Andre Drummond. He finished the game with a career high 7 blocks, but altered way more shots than that. He also finished the game with 3 steals, 12 rebounds and 4-5 shooting.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also continued his scorching 3 point shooting. After hitting the game-winning three point shot in Portland on Sunday, he shot 6-8 from beyond the long line.
The Pistons dipped into their depth a bit in this game as 11 players saw minutes at some point during the game. There was a stretch in the second quarter where the Pistons played Ish Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellenson, and Boban Marjanovic and they went on a nice run.
All of these positives are overshadowed by the loss. They went away from the things that were working and tried to coast to the win. The defense was porous in the fourth, besides Andre Drummond, and the ball movement stopped. Reggie Jackson tried to play hero ball at the end and it mostly failed.
The Pistons (18-22) now head to Golden State to play on Thursday on TNT. They follow that up with a game against Utah. This game was a very important game for the Pistons to win before this tough stretch, so that makes this loss even more painful.