Tonight was the fatal blow to the Detroit Pistons (26-48) playoff hopes as the Indiana Pacers (34-42) ran away with the game early and never looked back. Rodney Stuckey did his best to pull the Pistons back into the game with 20 of his 24 points coming in the second half as the Pistons tried to climb back into the game. They trailed by 23 points going into the 4th quarter and were still trailing by the same margin with 8:07 left, they suddenly decided to wake up and start playing some aggressive basketball. The Pistons slowly closed the gap, narrowing the deficit to 8 points, but the game was already over at that point as Indiana was knocking down all of their free throws.
The game started off on a promising note as Greg Monroe was involved early, scoring 6 points in the opening 5 minutes on 3 of 4 shooting. He was getting easy buckets and working hard on the boards, but he simply disappeared for the rest of the game. He contributed some points here and there, but he was never involved the rest of the game (attempted only 3 more shots the rest of the game) and it showed.
The Pistons were leading early in the 2nd quarter 29-24 when the Pacers went on a 17-4 run, one that was fueled by good shooting and hustle plays. Jeff Foster was the catalyst as he was everywhere on the floor causing the Pistons all sorts of problems. The Pacers never looked back.
The Pacers opened up the second half with a 17-5 run and put the game to rest. The Pistons went ice cold during this spell as they shot 2 for 9 from the field and committed 4 turnovers. The Pistons couldn’t point the finger at anyone else except themselves.
As I have said before, Greg Monroe needs to be more involved in the offense and the Pistons started out the game with him being involved, but as the game went on he faded and was almost invisible by the end of the game. The remaining pieces from the championship teams (Hamilton and Prince to be precise) need to step up and realize what they have in the low post.
This team needs to establish a dominance down low and if they can give Monroe some more touches then maybe he can gain so more confidence. If the Pistons do this, they can become a more consistent team on the road because shooting teams always struggle on the road in this league, the Pistons can attest to that, as they are 7-30 on the road this year. Hopefully we have an active off-season because this team needs a shake-up in the worst kind of way.
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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!