Yeah, that sucked.
Sure, Derrick Rose kept his 20 points-per-game streak alive, and Andre Drummond put up a 20 point, 20 rebound game after being held scoreless in the first half, but it didn’t MATTER. The Toronto Raptors, led by their two All-Stars in Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry, jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, winning 105-92. Svi Mykhailiuk was the only other Piston in double-figures scoring.
At least the crowd at Little Caesars Arena got what they paid to see:
Christian Wood on hearing all of the pro-Raptors chants at LCA: "That was first for me, especially being at a home game. I was a little surprised. We had more Raptors fans in here than Detroit Pistons fans. That's a first."— Brian Chapman (@bchapsports) February 1, 2020
Then Reggie Jackson chimed in: "Get used to it."
“Get used to it,” the unofficial motto for the rest of this season.
Look, this team isn’t very good. That’s perhaps why the whole team (including guys we previously thought wouldn’t be) are available to be traded. That’s why they look headed straight for a nine-game losing streak playing the Western Conference (vs Denver, at Memphis, vs Phoenix, at Oklahoma City). And that’s why Toronto only had to play really hard for four minutes at the beginning of the fourth quarter to take this one going away.
Even if the team is undergoing a rebuild by accident, they ARE rebuilding. And rebuilding is just different flavors of losing, over and over again, until the season ends. Some of the losses have had a lot of Bruce Brown Jr. or Svi Mykhailiuk in them. Some of the losses have a pinch too much Markieff Morris or Tony Snell. This loss had 30 minutes of BOTH Reggie Jackson and Derrick Rose, somehow, even as the team alleges they want to keep both guys healthy, and 14 Thon Maker minutes as Dwane Casey said Sekou Doumbouya needed to “breathe.”
The NBA trade deadline is February 6. Maybe this team will look different on February 7 against Oklahoma City. Maybe they won’t. Either way, get used to it.
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