Can this season be over already? This game was just like any game the Pistons play against an inferior team. They came out cold, didn’t impose their will on them and let them hang around the whole game.
This was a game that the Pistons needed to put away early in order to save energy for tomorrow’s huge game at Miami. Instead, they lost to an Orlando Magic team that was 18-43 and on a seven-game losing streak.
The Pistons only managed to score two points in overtime after choking away an eight-point 4th quarter lead. That is an effort you would expect from a team like Orlando, not one fighting for the playoffs like the Pistons.
The only bright spots in this game were James Ennis and Reggie Bullock. Ennis had 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-4 from beyond the arc. Bullock couldn’t buy a bucket in overtime, but he had 21 and hit a couple threes that gave the Pistons a bit of momentum when it looked like Orlando might start pulling away.
The Pistons decided not to defend Aaron Gordon, as he had 27 points. Nikola Vucevic and DJ Augustin also had 20 points for Orlando.
There isn’t really much more to say. This game pretty much ends any hope of the Pistons making the playoffs, which was already a very unlikely scenario. The significance of the Miami game tomorrow has been lessened due to the Pistons once again failing to take down an inferior team when it matters the most.