Looking at the starting lineup for the Pelicans, you would think they were trying to outtank the Pistons, but they sure didn’t play that way. The game started out back-and-forth, but New Orleans was able to pull away by the end of the first and led 32-23 after the first quarter. Jahlil Okafor dominated Andre Drummond in the first after Andre Drummond did this to him:
Okafor would end the first quarter with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Two-way player Jordan Bone got some playing time in the 1st quarter and shared the backcourt with Derrick Rose, which is not something I thought I would ever type this year. He didn’t look overly impressive, but that lineup probably looked the best out of any of the lineups that played in the first half, mainly because Langston Galloway brought out his flamethrower and went on a personal 8-0 run. That made the game 38-33, but that was the closest the Pistons would get during that quarter. They entered halftime down 63-52 as Jahlil Okafor continued his domination. He had 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting at the halfway point if the game.
The Pistons came out for the 3rd quarter and were playing some pretty good defense. However, they couldn’t make any shots for the first five minutes of the quarter, so they couldn’t do much to cut into the league. When the Pistons finally started hitting some shots, so did New Orleans. They would take an 89-77 lead into the 4th quarter.
The Pistons were able to get the Pelicans lead down to six points at the halfway point of the 4th quarter because New Orleans couldn’t take care of the ball. They ended the game with 19 turnovers as a team and the Pistons scored 29 points off of them. It is usually the Pistons leading the game in turnovers, but they only had nine in this game.
However, the Pistons were not quite able to make enough plays down the stretch to steal this game in regulation. They had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Derrick Rose missed unlike last game against New Orleans, so we would get overtime. A thing of note is that Andre Drummond did not play in the 4th quarter. He was not very good in this game and struggled mightily defending Jahlil Okafor.
The Pistons would ultimately fall in overtime 117-110.
Sekou Doumbouya was once again impressive as he had 16 points on only 6-of-9 shooting. The more impressive stat for him was only four personal fouls (he only had two heading into overtime). Derrick Rose was once again dominant in the 4th against New Orleans and was almost able to help the Pistons steal this one. He ended the game with 23 points.
Bruce Brown and Svi Mykhailiuk both had very good games once again and appear to be two more building blocks for the future. Brown had 12 points and 5 assists and Svi had 13 points and was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Another player who wasn’t very good is Markieff Morris. He was 2-of-12 in this game and has been absolutely awful since returning from injury. He needs to turn it around soon to recoup some of the trade value he had before the injury.
The Pistons will travel to Boston on Wednesday for a game they are very unlikely to win.