Josh Smith must be kidding. How does an NBA player sign a huge free agent contract as he did with the Detroit Pistons during the offseason, then play as poorly as he did Friday and Saturday? Does he not care?
Perhaps Smith has the answer. Then again, maybe not.
He was dreary Friday in a 109-92 loss to the Orlando Magic. In more than 22 minutes of action, Smith was 2-for-13 from the floor and had five points and seven rebounds. He wasn’t much better on Saturday when the Pistons lost to the Washington Wizards 106-82. In slightly less than 18 minutes of action, Smith was 2-of-7 from the floor, shot no free throws and had four points and four rebounds.
He’s not the only Piston who played poorly. But Smith obviously hasn’t been doing his fair share lately to help his team in its bid to cross the .500 mark and stay there. His shooting has not been consistent all season and it was very poor in two games against opponents that the Pistons should have fared against much better than they did. It’s not easy beating any NBA team on the road, and the Magic and Wizards were both in a hungry mood when they got to face the Pistons.
The Pistons have lost four of their last five games. They’ve been a streaky team of sorts this season. Smith has been a streaky player. The two streaks are going hand-in-hand and that’s not very good news for the struggling Pistons.
What Detroit needs now is to go on a lengthy winning streak. But a player like Smith needs to start shooting way more consistently than he has been.