The Pistons decided to try a different strategy for this game. Instead of starting out hot and fading down the stretch, like the have their last few games, they started out cold. The Lakers did as well and the Pistons were able to get out to a 24-20 lead.
However, and stop me if you have heard this one before, the Lakers went on a huge run in the second quarter to take control of the game and never looked back. For this game, it was a 16-2 Lakers run that was the knockout punch for the Pistons. The Pistons managed to keep the game close at times with short runs, but they went into halftime trailing 55-47.
The Pistons went into halftime shooting a vomit-inducing 6-of-24 from three-point range. The Lakers also had a layup line out there with 40 points in the paint. Nobody on the Pistons could be bothered to play any defense. And they wonder why nobody in the city cares about them.
The third quarter came and they decided that they didn’t want to defend Kyle Kuzma, he scored 19 points in the quarter and would end the game with 41 points after sitting for the entire fourth quarter.
The Pistons were down 89-77 heading into the fourth, but it should have been a lot more with how awful they played and it was only that close because Langston Galloway came off the bench and hit three threes in a one minute span at the end of the third.
The Lakers put down their foot harder on the Pistons’ throats in the fourth quarter and were able to get the score to what is should have looked like for all of the game. Of course, the Pistons went on a late run to make it look like they weren’t utterly dominated from start to finish.
The only Pistons player who deserves any kind of recognition after yet another pathetic performance is Langston Galloway. He was 5-of-6 from three and ended the game with 15 points in only 14 minutes.
As for the Lakers, the aforementioned Kyle Kuzma had 41 points in only 29 minutes. Michael Beasley torched the Pistons with 15 points off the bench as well as former Piston Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who also had 15 points.
The Pistons have a game tomorrow night against the Kings, but does anybody actually care? The players surely don’t with how little effort they have put into playing basketball since the month of December started.
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