The Pistons’ offense caught fire late in the fourth quarter, but their comeback fell short as they ended the contest losing by a 112-103 score. The Clippers are clearly one of the top teams in the Western Conference, so the loss comes with no surprise. In fact, Detroit’s performance was quite refreshing in several aspects.
The offense struggled to get into any kind of rhythm, but when they did they looked like a much improved team — especially in the last 12 minutes of action. Detroit outscored the Clippers 25-18 during the final quarter, played some solid defense and many fans probably left the Palace of Auburn Hills wondering what would have happened if the Pistons had decided to play with that kind of energy throughout the entire contest.
Josh Smith and Andre Drummond also were bright spots in today’s performance. Smith finally looked like the dominant player he once was with the Atlanta Hawks as he finished the game with 24 points and six rebounds The second-year center Drummond dominated in the paint against the likes of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and he added another double-double to his resume with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Pistons have a lot of work to do if they want to become a respectable team in the NBA once again, but outings like this are a sign that the franchise is on the right track. Despite the loss there were plenty of positive aspects, and the Pistons now need to try and build from these aspects to continue their growth as a team.