It’s easy to fall into a rut when your team is tanking. The losses pile up like so many lottery balls and a type of Stockholm syndrome develops. Not only are losses inevitable, they’re welcome.
When Josh McRoberts’ last second layup fell short, I was initially a bit disappointed. Now Phoenix and New Orleans gained the upper hand in the lottery race! After taking a bit of time to really think about it, though, I’m ready to appreciate the Pistons’ first win in the month of March (seriously, their last win before tonight was February 27th in Washington).
Expectations for a Bobcats-Pistons game should always be low, but tonight’s game found a few… unconventional ways to be entertaining. Byron Mullens air-balled a wide open three pointer. Jeff Adrien got called for goal-tending on his own dunk. Brandon Knight clanged a layup attempt off the front of the rim. It was basketball the Tommy Wiseau way, where Jannero Pargo dominates for stretches, Charlie Villanueva scores 15 points in a quarter, Pistons sideline reporter Ryan Field calls the aforementioned Villanueva “a prankster of sorts,” and everyone is wearing tuxedos for no reason.
Basketball-as-weird-performance-art poetic waxings aside, it legitimately is nice to see a win for once. The Pistons’ bench significantly outplayed their opponent’s counterparts for the first time in ages, led by Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey, largely because Charlotte’s non-Pargo members were 2-17 from the field. The Bobcats’ starting five outplayed Detroit’s, but no amount of Gerald Henderson being incredibly solid — more on this soon — could earn them a victory.
A one point win against the NBA’s worst team isn’t exactly a towering achievement, but it’s at least slight improvement. This might be the last win we see for awhile with the way Detroit’s been playing, and fortunately it came in a weirdly enjoyable game. By next fall I’ll have successfully repressed the memories of all the 30-40 point blowouts the Pistons suffered late in the season, but I like to think I’ll remember the game where Charlie Villanueva went HAM for absolutely no reason and dunked on Jannero Pargo.