The Detroit Pistons (25-46) took the floor against the Miami Heat (49-22) looking for a big win as they continue to push for the playoffs. The Pistons looked like a team that wanted to get into the playoffs and cause some trouble, except they forgot to play the fourth quarter. Richard Hamilton scored 27 points on a night where the Pistons looked like they would pull an upset, except they were playing the Miami Heat. The Pistons played the type of basketball we all envision them playing, but they only played for three quarters as they took an 8 point lead into the fourth quarter, only to lost by 6 points.
The game started out well for the Pistons as they led by 6 points after the first quarter, only allowing the Heat to score 21 points. They took the momentum into the second quarter, only to watch the Heat close out the half on a tear, as they narrowed their deficit to only two points going into the half. The Pistons came out in the third quarter with some fire and seemed like they actually wanted to win a game. They started out the quarter with 5 straight points and looked to walk into the fourth quarter with an 11 point lead, after Richard Hamilton made both of his free throws with 23 seconds left, but Mike Miller took the momentum and put in Miami’s favor. With only seconds left in the third quarter, LeBron James set up Miller for a three point shot that changed the landscape of this game.
The momentum Miami gained with Millers last second shot, they decided to put it to good use as they went on a 15 to 0 run to start the fourth quarter, a run in which the Pistons did not score a single point until the 6:20 mark in the fourth quarter. The drought lasted for 5 minutes and 40 seconds of game time. The drought saw the Pistons go 0 for 6 from the field, commit 3 turnovers and also concede two technical fouls due to illegal defense. The Pistons were self destructing and the rest of the game was in the control of the Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 24 points and made some crucial free throws down the stretch.
My player of the game has to be Richard Hamilton as he scored 27 points on 9 of 16 shooting and Detroit would have never been in this game if Hamilton weren’t knocking down shots all game long. The player I would like to criticize is Tayshaun Prince as he showed up in the first half with 9 points on 4 of 5 shooting, but struggled in the second half as he only scored 4 points on 1 of 7 shooting. He did not knock down any big shots and consistently let the team down in the second half. Hopefully the Pistons can get a good pick in the upcoming lottery as they are desperate need of a big time player, hopefully they can find that player in this draft. The Pistons need to start thinking about next year, as this year is clearly over. I am crossing my fingers we can get a good pick in the lottery and bring a game changer into Detroit; we need it in the worst kind of way.
About the Author
Written by Colton Turnquist
I have been an avid sports fan my entire life and even pursued a professional sports career in golf. I played professionally for three and half years trying to make it on the PGA Tour, but never broke through. I want to stay involved with sports and what better way than writing about them!