Pistons’ losing streak more about opponents than Detroit

I was naive.

I was really excited for the Pistons-Lakers game last night. Like many fan bases around the league, I think it’s always a big game against L.A. And I tried to talk myself into believe the Pistons had a chance.

  • The game was at home.
  • The Lakers were in the tail end of a road trip and played in New Jersey the night before.
  • And, well, I just wanted Detroit to win.

In hindsight, it wasn’t logical. At this point in the season, most teams are what they are.

The Lakers are very good. The Pistons, when so many of their top players continue to miss games to injury, are not. So, it shouldn’t have been surprising Los Angeles won, 93-81.

I can’t wait for Detroit to be at the level where games like this are winnable, but we’re not there yet. That’s just part of the rebuilding process.

There’s no reason to panic – even though straight off winning five games in a row, Detroit has lost four straight.

The Pistons aren’t in a tailspin. They’re just ebbing and flowing with their schedule, like mediocre teams do.

Combined record of opponents during their winning streak: 52-79 (.397).

Combined record of opponents during their losing streak: 63-42 (.600).

Number of home games during their winning streak: four (80 percent)

Number of home games during their losing streak: one (25 percent)

You just can’t take learn from this game, especially because the Lakers built a 15-point lead with 10:14 left in the second quarter. The game was basically over at that point.

So, we didn’t get to figure out much about the biggest drama facing the team right now.

John Kuester calls out Rodney Stuckey

If you haven’t seen it by now, Pistons coach John Kuester took a shot at Rodney Stuckey after Detroit’s loss to the Thunder on Friday. Need4Sheed has video of this:

Reporter: “Stuckey continuing to play a high level regardless.”

Kuester: “Uh (looks away, pauses, then back toward reporter), he scored points.”

After the next question took Kuester off topic, the coach expressed disappointment in Stuckey’s leadership, and a little indirectly, his body language.

On top of the Lakers leading big most of the game, Stuckey picked up his second foul 4:36 into the game and came out. So, it was tough to gauge his play.

He was a team-best plus 10, but that was probably influenced by him being on the bench while the Lakers were playing hard early. He also didn’t have any turnovers in 27 minutes, but only one assist.

And not that Kuester necessarily cares, but Stuckey led Detroit with 16 points.

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