The Detroit Pistons trailed from wire to wire, losing a laugher to the Charlotte Hornets 87-76 in front of a sparse Little Caesars Arena crowd. The Pistons shot 35% from the field and 20% from 3. The leading scorer was Thon Maker with 12 points and 12 rebounds in just under 24 minutes.
It is the first time since coming to the Pistons that Maker has led the Pistons in both points and rebounds. The Pistons trailed 21-11 after the first quarter and, inexplicably, it went downhill from there. And everything is getting just a little more depressing by the day.
The Pistons’ 76 points represents a season low, but that doesn’t really do the pitiful number justice. It turns out that if you look at the top two offenses in the NBA — the Dallas Mavericks and the Milwaukee Bucks, the offense output of Detroit is put into sharp focus.
Only eight times all season ahve the Mavs and Bucks have scored 76 points or less ... through three quarters.
Yes, it was a night absolute sucktitude and the only relief is that: 1. The loss and season sweep comes at the hands of the Hornets, and if you’re going to get swept by a team it might as well be a team you’re fighting with for lottery position, and 2. somehow starters Christian Wood and Thon Maker were a plus-8 and plus-5, respectively, on the night.
The “Thin Towers” are intimidating, indeed. Other lowlights include Sekou Doumbouya looking absolutely lost on the floor yet again and three starters (Reggie Jackson, Bruce Brown and Tony Snell) each having more shot attempts than points scored.
The Hornets were led by former Michigan State Spartan Miles Bridges with 18 points. The loss puts the Pistons at 19-37 overall and just a half game up on the Hornets in the standings.
Detroit currently has the seventh worst record in the NBA and has a really excellent shot of having a bottom-four record. So there’s that!