Stuckey, going into that last timeout, asked me who won the Kentucky game.
Kentucky 69, Louisville 61 in the main event. Pistons 110, Bobcats 107 in the undercard.
By hosting the Bobcats and not leading after regulation, the Pistons join a prestigious group that previously included just the pre-Linsanity Knicks, Raptors and Hornets.
On one hand – with Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon out injured – that’s somewhat understandable. On the other hand, even without those two, the Pistons probably should put away a team like Charlotte sooner.
During Detroit’s run, though, D.J. Augustin drove for a layup. Mayo:
BK and Greg Monroe argue about that defensive lapse, no help on the Augustin drive. Jawed at each other a bit. 95-91
#Bobcats, 1:15 left.
In itself, that’s no big deal. Teammates, caught up in competition, clash all the time.
But on losing teams, those types of problems can fester, intensify and become significant. Obviously, the Pistons don’t need a rift between their two most promising players.
But by the time Will Bynum made a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime and the Bobcats missed two 3-pointers on their final possession, I bet Monroe and Knight had forgotten about the exchange.
Certainly, Stuckey wasn’t the only one with an eye on the Final Four tonight. Even Pistons fans who don’t like college basketball are intrigued by Detroit’s potential first-round draft picks playing for Kentucky, Kansas and Ohio State.
With tonight’s win, Detroit hurt its odds of having its choice between those Final Four stars. But the Pistons also avoided another potential problem, which has real value.
And, of course, they didn’t lose to the Bobcats