Pistons’ Slide Continues, Lose to Lakers 93-85


LOS ANGELES — As each game becomes more and more crucial for any hopes of a playoff berth, the Pistons’ offense continues to struggle mightily. Outside of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the team has struggled immensely during this 7-game losing streak. The loss puts the Pistons 5 1/2 games out of the 8th seed with 4 teams now in front of them. Only 19 games remain on the schedule, and their playoff chances diminish with each loss.

Monroe missed a critical pair of free throws with just over a minute left in the game, which would have brought them to within one. However, shortly thereafter, Jordan Hill drained a jumper to push the lead to 5, and that’s all they would need to seal the game given the offensive ineptitude of the Pistons.

Monroe and Drummond continue to dominate during games, combining for 38 points and 30 rebounds last night, but the rest of the team continues to struggle to make shots. Monroe and Drummond shot a combined 68% from the field. Everyone else shot a combined 26% from the field, including 23% from behind the arc.

Part of their struggles can be attributed to a lack of chemistry. There are currently only 7 players on the roster who went through training camp in Detroit. 6 players have joined the team at some point throughout the season. But eventually it comes down to putting the ball in the basket. Players will hit dry spells, but it seems everyone on the roster outside of Monroe and Drummond has gone ice cold at the same time.

Out of the 19 remaining games for Detroit, 12 are against playoff teams. The door is still cracked for the playoffs but, with each loss, the door closes that much more. At this point they are better off giving young guys like Spencer Dinwiddie and Quincy Miller increased minutes to see how they fit in the long-term plans of the organization. A lottery pick would be much more beneficial this year than limping into the playoffs and getting blown out in the first round.

Stat Line of the Night

Greg Monroe: 24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Up Next

Detroit (23-40) travels to Golden State to take on the Warriors (50-12) on Wednesday.

Los Angeles (17-46) hosts the New York Knicks (12-51) on Thursday.


– Gabe Sipes

(pic credit: Allen Einstein/NBAE/Getty)

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