The Pistons didn’t have multiple All-Stars for the first time in four years. So they waited an extra two days to play a game they weren’t interested in until it was almost over.
And in doing so, they provided the perfect metaphor for Anonio McDyess’s stint in Detroit.
The Pistons were outscored in the first and second quarters for the first time since the Mavericks beat them in every quarter on Jan. 23.
At halftime, the Bucks led 50-37 and had out-rebounded Detroit, 24-18. After George Blaha relayed these stats on Fox Sports Detroit, Greg Kelser chimed in.
“The Pistons are also trailing in the physicality department,” Kelser said.
Tayshaun Prince’s defensive effort on Richard Jefferson was most disappointing. Jefferson scored 19 first-half points on 5-of-6 shooting. He finished with 29 points on 13 shots.
And Allen Iverson (4-for-13), Rasheed Wallace (4-for-11) and Rodney Stuckey (1-for-6) turned in largely uninspired performances.
The Pistons’ play was so pathetic, they went on a 19-5 run in the fourth quarer and still never led after the game’s first minute.
McDyess, on the other hand, played with tremendous passion. He easily could have been upset about his teammates’ effort, his uncomfortable role as a starter or the dwindling chances he will ever win a title.
Instead, he just played hard. Nothing fancy. No mismatch he repeatedly exploited. No tricks. Just old-fashioned effort.
McDyess finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks. But it was for all naught because, once again, the rest of the Pistons played flat.
Wonder if he’s regretting his decision to come back to Detroit after the Nuggets waived him?
After scoring 44 points and dishing 12 assists in the teams’ last matchup, Ramon Sessions finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists tonight.
He was particularly bothered by the Pistons’ zone defense in the fourth quarter. He didn’t make a shot after Detroit changed schemes.
Richard Hamilton was second on the Pistons with 22 points. He scored 10 straight Detroit points late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to keep the Pistons within striking distance.
He now averages 19.6 points per game in 12 games off the bench. He scored 16.7 points per game in 32 games as a starter.
- In his first game since McDyess replaced him in the starting lineup, Amir Johnson had two points, three rebounds, two blocks and two fouls in 14 minutes.
- Malik Allen had season highs with 14 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench for the Bucks.
- The Pistons won the rebounding battle, 43-41. They have out-rebounded five of their last six opponents.