How quickly things can change from one half to another in one single game.
The Detroit Pistons had an encouraging first half against the Memphis Grizzlies, and they even went leading into halftime, but something changed afterwards. The team disappeared offensively in the final 24 minutes, and the Grizzlies cruised their way to a solid 112-84 win on the road.
Detroit was solid on the offensive side of the ball during the first two quarters and they had a five-point lead going into halftime, but they couldn’t replicate the same effort or intensity through the reminder of the game. Detroit only scored 28 points in the second half –and only 11 in the third quarter – as they were outplayed by Memphis on both ends of the court.
Nobody can say the Pistons don’t have good players, but they clearly have deeper issues in creating the offense. Brandon Jennings doesn’t seem to be very comfortable being the leader of the half-court set, Andre Drummond brings energy but he’s still very raw, and Josh Smith – a player that was supposed to be a leader – is playing out of position and hurting the overall performance of the franchise on a nightly basis.
Jennings’ struggles are fairly noticeable, and today he had one of his worst outings in years. He only made two of his 14 shots – including 0-of-6 from three-point land – and finished the game with only four points. He dished 11 assists, but since he’s the most dangerous scorer on the perimeter from this team, he needs to put the team on his back on a consistent basis.
The Pistons have a lot of work to do if they want to be relevant this season. They are six games under .500 and unless the team changes their offensive execution, Detroit could miss the playoffs once it’s all said and done.