The Detroit Pistons are obviously uninterested in competing as it plays out the final string of games in the 2017-18 season. The playoffs are already out of the question and the team is without its draft pick. There is literally nothing to play for — and the players’ acted accordingly, at least based on their effort level.
The Pistons were down 20 midway through the second quarter — occasionally crawling back into it but then always sliding back due to a complete lack of giving a crap. Eventually, the Grizzlies won 130-117 - a season-high point total for the Grizzlies and a season-high allowed for the Pistons.
Detroit allowed the Grizzlies to shoot 57 percent from the floor and 48 percent from 3. Memphis doubled-up Detroit in the paint 52 points to 26. The Grizz had 36 assists on just 48 made baskets.
All signs of the Pistons absolutely putting in minimal effort. It also offers little hope that they will increase their intensity in the final two meaningless games of the season.
Detroit was led by rookie Luke Kennard with 18 points and four assists. So that’s something, at least. Henry Ellenson had 17 points in just 18 minutes off the bench. He probably would have played more if he was able to muster any semblance of competence on the defensive end but he’s not there yet.
Two games to go — mercifully.