The Pistons time in the Las Vegas Summer League has mercifully come to an end. The Pistons have shot the ball poorly the entire time they have been in in Las Vegas, and they continued that trend in this game.
The Pistons started off this game cold as they were down 23 points in the 1st quarter. They went on a 17-4 run to cut the Laker lead down to 10, but that would be the closest they would get as the Lakers pulled away as the game went on.
It never looked like the Pistons had a chance at winning this game because nobody on their team has been capable of consistently shooting the ball well. The Pistons have been pretty good defensively during Summer League, but their offense has been bad. The Pistons were just bad on both ends in this game.
The only players that showed up for the Pistons were Zack Lofton and Henry Ellenson. Ellenson still did not shoot the ball great, but he was at least capable of making some shots and was 10 for 11 from the free throw line. He finished the game with a team-high 22 points
Zack Lofton was fantastic and might have played himself into at least a training camp invite with a team. He finished the game with 21 points and 5 rebounds and was a reliable shooter the last couple games.
Bruce Brown has been fantastic throughout Summer League, but could not hit the broad side of a barn with his shot today. He bricked every three that he shot and had a lot of trouble finishing around the basket. He did a good job attacking and creating opportunities around the basket, but just could not finish them.
Josh Hart did for the Lakers what Henry Ellenson should have been doing for the Pistons, which is dominating inferior competition. Hart is a clear rotation player in the NBA and it was very easy to tell by just watching this game.
We won’t be able to see any more Pistons basketball until next season starts, which is sad.