The Detroit Pistons needed a win in their season opener against the Houston Rockets.
They didn’t get it.
Now they embark on a tough six-game road trip which could be painful by the time they return to Detroit. The Pistons played well in the preseason at home and not well on the road. Hopefully the road part will change during the NBA regular season.
Veteran player Tayshaun Prince was among the Pistons frustrated with the 105-96 loss to the Houston Rockets and not looking forward to the six-game road swing.
“It was a circus out there the whole game,” Prince said. “They hit threes and went up, then we came back. We kept going back and forth. We had a good end to the third quarter. They started the fourth real well and made some big shots. From that point on we just couldn’t gain control. A couple bad turnovers here and there and then the offense shut down.
“A young team needs to know that you have to play consistent basketball, and if you don’t, this can happen. We have a lot of work to do. Obviously, we wish we could have won this game at home before we go on this road trip. It’s going to make it even tougher for us.”
The Pistons were outscored 33-15 in the fourth quarter in the season opener.
“The difference is that they stuck to their offense and kept us spread out, allowing them to get penetration,” Prince said. “If you sagged in, they found three-point shooters, if you stayed out they got to the rim and created and-ones and got to the foul line. Their offense picked up at the start of the fourth and they found their rhythm. We couldn’t counter balance that.”