Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores assured fans that "change was coming" but he didn't mean last night or anytime soon.
It was more of the same against the Nets, early turnovers, uninspired defense and a game the Pistons never had a realistic chance of winning.
They are in the gruesome history books again, now tied for the longest single-season losing streak in NBA history, a record they will almost surely break when these two teams play again in a few days.
What do you say after your team loses its 26th straight game? Cade Cunningham doesn't think words are enough:
"Everybody wants to win, everybody hates losing, so it’s hard,” guard Cade Cunningham said. “We’ve got to be realistic as well. Can’t just keep saying the same things over and over, like we’ll get the next one. There has to be like a plan of action, so we’re just trying to figure that out."
I'm not sure if this is a veiled shot at his coach, but Cade Cunningham is right, the lack of plan is evident, both in how this mismatched and awful roster was constructed and how it is being deployed.
Though it didn't end up making any difference because of the awful bench play, Monty Williams did make one change that he should stick with.
Monty Williams finally ditches the two bigs and the turnovers go back down
Turnovers have obviously been a huge problem this season, but both Cade and the team had fewer in the handful of games when Williams didn't run two bigs.
He finally went away from that mess again last night and it paid off, as Cade only had two turnovers and the team just 13 overall.
It's not as if that is something to be proud of in a game that they lost anyway, but maybe Williams is starting to figure out that having three non-shooters on the floor to start the game isn't the best strategy in 2023.
He still hasn't figured out not to use the all-bench units, which reared their ugly head again last night. The Pistons' bench has been the lynchpin of this losing streak, as they've gotten nothing from the veteran shooters who are supposed to be holding it down and the other team goes on a big run every time they come into the game.
At least the Detroit Pistons don't play tomorrow, so go out and enjoy your Xmas, drink plenty of strong nog and try to forget.