Well, just as Thom predicted in the pre-game — the Pistons lost. Even without their two best bench players, in Bledsoe and Crawford, the Clippers dominated.
It was to be expected.
When one of the worst teams in the NBA plays one of the best teams in the NBA, they are most likely going to lose. It’s really as simple as that.
Detroit never led in this game. That’s how bad it was. The Clippers got out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back. Some terrible defense was played in this game, ascould be seen from the 70 points the Pistons gave up in the first half. Other than Jose Calderon and Jonas Jerebko, no Pistons played well in this game. Monroe struggled against the Clippers front court scoring just 10 points on only 2-8 shooting. He did make it to the line 10 times but only managed to convert on 6 of them. The final score ended up being 129-97. Just a complete romp.
But what I stated above really wasn’t important. Tonight, what was really important was what can only be explained as DeAndre Jordan’s total annihilation of Brandon Knight
So what’s a blogger to do on a Sunday night after an embarrassing loss? Break down the incident for all to see.
First, Chris Paul begins to dribble up the right side of the court.
Next, Lamar Odom and DeAndre Jordan look like they’re getting ready to set some sort of drag screen for Chris Paul. While they’re doing that, both Greg Monroe and Charlie Villanueva step out above the free throw line. As you can see there’s not much in that thing we call “the paint”.
Jordan seems to recognize this and his eyes light up. I’d like to think he thought something like this — “OH WOW NOBODY AT THE RIM”. Then Charlie Villanueva decides that Lamar Odom could use a hug. So he hug him as DeAndre rolls to the basket. Since there’s nobody at the rim, Brandon Knight has to rotate off of Barnes who is spotting up in the corner.
Well…here we go. Is Knight going to stop the lob and prevent Jordan from scoring an easy two?
Nope. Oh my goodness, the agony. I can’t watch.
I mean, at least he tried. I know I wouldn’t have.
Things have to get better from here, right? I’m not sure they will — this season, anyway. But we can hope
Or we can hope that Otto Porter is still available come the time the Pistons are on the clock in the 2013 NBA draft.