The Detroit Pistons lose their fourth straight, falling on the road to the Brooklyn Nets 125-115.
The Pistons came out of the gate sluggish and uninterested in playing basketball, trialing by as many as 12 within the first few minutes.
Fortunately, for at least a bit anyway, both the Nets and Pistons collectively decided that no defense would be played and the Nets halftime 70-68 lead was all the evidence you needed.
Detroit’s bench amassed 44 points from its five bench players in the first half. Reggie Jackson’s efficient half of 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting paced Detroit. Reggie had the touch working in his floater and was drilling his long balls (3-of-4) as well. Reggie was a step slow on defense yet his offensive burst and creativity was on full display.
Andre Drummond was very much a part of Detroit's slow start, however, he was a factor as the half went on, scoring 11 and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Sekou Doumbouya played just five first half minutes (sad face).
Brooklyn nailed 8-of-19 from downtown.
The 2nd half, surprise-surprise, belonged to the Nets. They decided to put effort into the defensive end, and once they got their cushion it was all she wrote. Spencer Dinwiddie and Kyrie Irving controlled the tempo of the game, and even with Derrick Rose (13th consecutive 20+ point game), Reggie Jackson and Christian Wood finishing with efficient numbers, there wasn’t enough defense or support.
When Markieff Morris wasn’t body-checking 3-point shooters or dropping the ball out-of-bounds, he was scoring in the post (two lefty scores) and making plays for his teammates, finishing 7-of-9 from the field to go with four assists. Markieff had most of his success in the first half but didn’t get a ton of touches in the second. +1 for tanking purposes.
During Detroit’s significant lull in the third and fourth quarter when Brooklyn extended their lead to double-digits, Bruce Brown might have been a useful spark plug, but coach Casey didn’t see it that way. Bruce was decisive getting in the lane and converting his looks earlier in the game, though only saw 18 total minutes and barely any in the second half despite starting.
Svi Mykhailiuk had a tough night with two blows to the face and no blows from the field (0-of-2) in 19 minutes.
Doumbouya played only 8 minutes. It seems the rookie is thinking too much on the offensive end and looks to be confused on the defense end.
The Pistons continue their tank-fabulous start to the new year Friday at home versus the Toronto Raptors.