The Detroit Pistons were in a absolute dogfight tonight with the Washington Wizards as two rookies were on full display in the nations capital. The Wizards were led by John Wall as he scored 26 points and dished out 12 assists, his aggressive play was well rewarded tonight as he went 14 for 16 from the line. He was in the paint the entire night, as the Pistons simply couldn’t stop him from penetrating.
Greg Monroe had the honor of being Detroit’s standout player as well as their scapegoat. Monroe scored 22 points and grabbed 14 boards (9 of them being offensive rebounds), he was a big reason the Pistons attempted 21 more shots than the Wizards. Despite his great night, he missed two critical free throws late in the game that proved to be the difference.
The 1st quarter was easily forgettable as the Wizards jumped all over the Pistons and took a 9-point lead into the 2nd quarter. The Pistons came out determined and slowly chipped away at the lead and they eventually took back the lead late in the quarter. The positive play was sparked by Ben Gordon, who has struggled this year, he knocked down a couple of three pointers and scored 9 points in the quarter overall.
He has been struggling this year, but it was a good sign to see him contributing. I still believe we overpaid for him, but he still has one heck of a shot and could be a great asset to this team.
The second half was action packed as both teams were playing hard and refused to give up any ground. The game was back and forth heading into the 4th quarter and then John Wall took over for the Wizards. The kid is flat out good, he knows how to score and he is very good at distributing the ball. 16 of his 26 points came in the 4th quarter and he made critical basket after critical basket, it was almost annoying to watch because the Pistons could not get a stop, Wall being the reason.
The critical part of the game was when it was tied 102-102. John Wall slammed home the ball with his usual style and gave the Wizards a two-point lead with only 14 seconds left. The Pistons came out of their timeout and they got the ball into Greg Monroe and JaVale McGee then fouled him with only 10 seconds left in the game. Monroe missed both free throws and the Wizards went on to win.
The worst part about it was that Monroe was 8 for 8 from the line prior to the free throws; he simply cracked under the pressure. I will not take the easy way out and make him the scapegoat, he was great for the Pistons tonight, especially on the offensive glass. We attempted 21 more field goals, yet we still lost the game.
On a positive note, we didn’t give up any big runs at a critical point in the game, but we played hard on the road and we saw what some of these guys are capable of. I just hope this team can find itself next year, I still think the answer is going to be Monroe, but only time will tell.
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!