In a feature I really hope continues all season, Andrew Unterberger of The Basketball Jones ranked all 40 NBA games from the first week of the season. Here are where the Pistons’ games stacked up:
37. Phoenix Suns 92, Detroit Pistons 89 (Friday)
Not a particularly bad game per se, just not a particularly compelling one — a sloppy game between two bottom-five teams, in both League Pass watchability and likely NBA standing. When the fate of the game is being decided by the likes of Jonas Jerebko and P.J. Tucker, chances are you’re not going to be terribly invested in the final result.
Best Moment: Goran Dragic and Michael Beasley hooked up on an alley-oop at some point. Should’ve been more resounding than it was, but still.
26. Los Angeles Lakers 108, Detroit Pistons 79 (Sunday)
Nobody goes 0-82, I guess.
Best Moment: Kobe behind-the-back to Pau, alley-oop to Dwight. See guys, was that so hard?
9. Houston Rockets 105, Detroit Pistons 96 (Wednesday)
The Rockets debut of James Harden, which you’ve probably heard something about by now. He scored 34, handed out 12 assists, grabbed seven boards and cured two infants sitting in the first row of a nasty case of the croup. Watching it, it didn’t even seem all that surprising. James Harden was just doing James Harden things, only more of them, and with a point guard in Jeremy Lin that was making it easier for him do them. If you’d told anyone that this wouldn’t even be The Beard’s best game this week…
Best Moment: Your call.
Well, the Pistons helped NBA fans that the sky isn’t falling for the Lakers and that James Harden is a legit franchise player. A pretty eventful first week, if you ask me. Maybe they can work on some positive accomplishments that don’t involve making other teams look good in week two.