Chris Wilcox had quite a night and was the key figure as the Detroit Pistons (28-51) defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 110-100 (32-47). Wilcox scored 27 points on 12 of 18 shooting, he also grabbed 13 boards in the process. The Bucks were led by Brandon Jennings, as he scorched the Pistons for 31 points, the second consecutive game the Pistons have allowed a opposing player to score over 30 points (Brook Lopez scored 39 points on Wednesday). The game was never really in doubt, except early on in the 3rd quarter, as the Pistons led the game from the 1:21 mark in the 1st quarter all the way to the final buzzer.
The first quarter was a tightly contested contest as Brandon Jennings was keeping Milwaukee in the game, but Chris Wilcox scored 8 points early on to help spot the Pistons a 5 point lead after the first quarter. The game seemed easy for Detroit, as they were scoring easy baskets and looking like a cohesive unit. This trend continued in the second quarter as they took a 4 point lead into half time, the feeling was positive going into the half even though the Bucks closed out the first half strong, but Rodney Stuckey went the length of the court for a easy lay-up that sparked the crowd going into half-time.
The 3rd quarter started out much like the 2nd quarter ended, with Brandon Jennings making a running shot to cut the lead to 2 points at 55-53. The Pistons responded with a 9-0 run that opened their lead to 11 points and they never looked back. The Pistons ended the 3rd quarter with a 10 point lead and much to my delight they did not throw away a lead; instead they managed the game well and answered any kind of charge Milwaukee tried to make.
I am going to try to be positive as there were many positives tonight. The obvious one is Chris Wilcox having an incredibly efficient night. 12 of 18 from the field, perfect from the line and 13 rebounds (5 of which were offensive) is the definition of efficient. It is very nice to see him play so well, but the guy has never had a season where he averaged more than 14 points, and he doesn’t contribute anything spectacular on defense. What I am trying to say is we can’t count on these nights from him very often. The other positive is how well the Pistons played while leading, they stayed in control and never let the Bucks back into the game, a very good sign. The last positive, and this won the game for us tonight, was the team shooting so well from the line. 28 of 31 (90%) from the charity stripe is always a good thing.
The negatives tonight are a little harder to see, especially when dominating the game like the Pistons did. The first negative is Richard Hamilton shooting 2 for 10, but we know that is unusual and shouldn’t alarm anyone. The second negative is Greg Monroe only attempting 3 shots tonight, I just do not understand why this guy isn’t shooting more. I think it is a combination of lack of supply and him not demanding the ball. The second part can be fixed, as he is only a rookie but he is only going to get confidence if his team mates get the ball into him more often.
The third negative, and this might not be a popular opinion, but it is Rodney Stuckey. I know he scored 22 points, I know he shot 7 of 14 from the field, but he only had 4 assists in a game which they scored 110 points. On top of that, he committed 5 turnovers! Now I am no expert, but when your point guard commits 5 turnovers and only has 4 assists then that is a problem. This should illustrate our need for a point guard more than anything else.
The NBA Draft can not come soon enough.
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!