So I might’ve gone a little crazy on Pistons Twitter tonight and people suggested I do the game recap. Here it is.
The Detroit Pistons got absolutely punked on their home court by the Washington Wizards, losing 122-112. This team should be blown up by morning. Stan Van Gundy has lost this team. He needs to be fired immediately. Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley are charlatans who trick us with box scores. We as a fan base need to embrace (another) rebuild. A new culture is needed. Kennard & Drummond are the future.
Ok I wrote that in the 3rd quarter. The third quarter also happened to be when the Pistons gave up 45 points to the Wizards after allowing them to score 46 in the entire first half.
In actuality, the Pistons fought back and made it in the game in the final frame. Somehow. Some way. Largely thanks to Stanley Johnson, Anthony Tolliver, Luke Kennard, and Andre Drummond. These four were the core unit that stayed out for much of the 4th quarter. Let me be crystal clear in saying that Stan Van Gundy deserves zero credit for any redeeming aspects of this game.
The Pistons put together not one but two quarters under 20 points in offense. The offense is a complete mess at the moment but the defense is also an abomination far too often.
Most people will scan the box score tonight and say, “Hey, that’s not a bad game from Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley. Tobias finished with 17 points and Bradley with 15.” What you won’t see is the numerous corner 3s Tobias gave up to Washington by sinking too far into the paint on defense. Or the numerous mid-range jumpers Bradley missed in transition leading to fastbreaks for the Wizards, on his way to a 7-of-16 shooting night. Or the times Harris closed out too hard and got burned for easy drives to the rim. Or the times he was slow on rotations to help out his teammates on defense.
You ever wonder why Milwaukee and Orlando moved Tobias with no questions asked?
Meanwhile, Kelly Oubre, the Wave Papi, made it look like the LA All-Star Weekend 3-point contest out there. He finished with a career-high 26 points.
If you’re going to twist my arm into a silver lining, as I mentioned, Stanley Johnson came off the bench and breathed some life into the perpetual morgue that is Little Caesars Arena during NBA games. We don’t deserve Stanley Johnson. I genuinely want to see the kid do well in the NBA and I can tell you that Stan Van Gundy is not the coach to help him see that through. Regardless, he finished the game with 5 points and 2 steals, but anyone who watched this game will tell you how big of an impact he had.
With this loss the Pistons are now .500 and staring down the barrel of a pressure-packed Brooklyn Nets matchup on Sunday. Best believe the Dinwiddie revenge game is coming.