Pistons 32-point comeback falls just short

It’s late so this recap is going to be quick and to the (bullet)point:

  • Pistons fell behind big early, trailing by 32-points in the first half and it looked to be a laugher.
  • Tension among the team appeared to boil over to the breaking point (not to mix metaphors) when Prince and Kuester got into a shouting match and K. had to apparently be restrained by assistant coaches.
  • Despite benching Rodney Stuckey and sitting him for a game following his insubordination earlier in the season, Kuester allowed Prince to start the second half and he was on the court to end the game after sitting for most of a big 32-point comeback.
  • Austin Daye was still blistering hot from the floor, and hit his first two 3-point attempts to tie the Pistons record of 10 consecutive makes from the long line. Daye was 5-7 on the night for 14 points.
  • Will Bynum had a horrendous night, continuing a recent trend. He doesn’t appear to be 100 percent healthy, but he needs to sit if this is what he can offer the team. I know the team doesn’t have a true back-up point guard, but I’d rather have McGrady running the team if this is the best Bynum has to offer.
  • Monta Ellis had a 21-point third quarter, but a combination of sitting during “garbage time” in the third quarter, and foul trouble once the Pistons were able to make it close meant Ellis scored only 28 points on the night.
  • Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey were the Pistons’ best players tonight. Charlie with his continued clutch shooting and Stuckey with a solid game as a floor general and a great eight rebounds on the night.
  • Pistons’ horrible transition defense was again a big reason for the loss tonight, but not quite as big as the fact that the Pistons shot just 24-36 from the free-throw line, including big misses late from Greg Monroe and Tracy McGrady.
  • Kuester was in danger of losing this team and possibly getting fired before the all-star break with the Prince situation. I’m not sure if how he handled it will help him or hit him from a team perspective in the long run, but the fact that the team was able to man up and stage a comeback says a lot, I think.
  • That being said, Prince must be disciplined in some way. And I look forward to what the beat writers can ferret out of the normally tight-lipped team as this situation simply can’t be ignored.

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