On a night when the Memphis Grizzlies were wearing their throwback Vancouver jerseys, there was definitely a 90s vibe wafting through the FedEx Forum during Detroit’s 96-82 loss.
The two teams played what might be the ugliest NBA quarter for either squad, a combined 29-point disaster, and things didn’t get much better in the fourth quarter. This is especially true for the team on the losing side of the ledger as Detroit just played an awful game in myriad ways.
Things started out promising with a 36-32 first quarter that saw Detroit down but Andre Drummond dominating and players flying all over the court. Drummond had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in the first quarter.
That ended the good news for the night as far as the Pistons were concerned. Detroit shot under 30% and scored 50 points the rest of the way.
Nobody struggled more than poor Sekou Doumbouya. The overwhelmed rookie who can sometimes look invisible on the court as at least active. Extremely active. He just couldn’t get out of his own way.
Doumbouya was 2-of-15 overall and had his shot blocked five times. These were typically at hard cuts to the basket he tried to turn into feathery floaters, but Grizzlies defenders made quick work of the shots.
The rest of the starting lineup, outside of Drummond wasn’t much better than Sekou. Doumbouya (2-for-15), Reggie Jackson (1-of-16), Bruce Brown (4-of-12) and Tony Snell (1-for-7) combined to shoot 8-of-50 and 16% from the floor.
I’d laugh if I didn’t actually have to watch all the shots with my own eyes.
The Pistons were led by Drummond’s 25 points and 18 rebounds. Both Christian Wood and Langston Galloway scored 17 points on efficient shooting off the bench for Detroit. The Grizzlies were led by Jonas Valinciunas with 26 points and 17 rebounds.