The Detroit Pistons lost to the Miami Heat, 108-74, by virtue of getting outscored 30-18 in the first quarter and 33-8 (yes, eight whole points in 12 whole minutes) in the third quarter, and it was not the worst news of the night.
THIS was the worst news of the night:
#Pistons Reggie Jackson is down. It looks like another ankle injury...and it doesn't look good. At all.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) March 14, 2019
Down what might as well have been 50, Reggie Jackson was somehow still in the game, stepped on the foot of Zaza Pachulia, and is now injured. Y’all are on Detroit Bad Boys, I don’t have to tell you what a Reggie Jackson injury usually spells for the Pistons’ chances at winning games.
If I have to watch Jose Calderon for 18 minutes a night, I might commit an homicide.
Update: Reggie says he’s fine. I don’t trust him:
#Pistons Reggie Jackson is icing his right ankle. He said he stepped on Zaza Pachulia's ankle and turned his. He said he'll be okay.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) March 14, 2019
I don’t have a lot of hard-hitting, in-depth analysis for you. Miami defended their butts off and Detroit didn’t make the shots they took and didn’t do a great job creating easy shots. Scoring < 80 points in consecutive games is sub-optimal. Detroit looked more like the team they were in January than the team they were in February. Hopefully that doesn’t continue. Maybe it does. It’s impossible to tell with this team.
Pistons play the Lakers in Detroit on Friday. Maybe they’ll score more than 80 points in that game.