The Orlando Magic turned out to be a nice remedy for a Detroit Pistons squad that has struggled as of late. Entering Tuesday night, Detroit had won just three of their past 14 games. However, a strong night on the boards led by Andre Drummond and five players scoring in double-digits was enough to at least momentarily end their losing ways.
The main takeaway from tonight was Detroit’s utter dominance on the offensive glass. The team finished with 56 boards with 17 coming offensively. For a squad that struggles to get second-chance points, tonight was clearly a sign of progress.
Drummond’s stellar rebounding performances are starting to become commonplace on a team that otherwise lacks any form of consistency on a nightly basis. He finished with 17 boards and is averaging over 12 a game on the season.
The Pistons were also able to defend their home court, a task that’s proven to be surprisingly difficult. Sitting at just 7-15 at the Palace of Auburn Hills prior to tonight, Detroit will certainly have to climb back close to .500 if they have any dreams of participating in playoff basketball come April.
Even if this particular performance comes at the expense of the lottery-bound Magic, it’s still comforting to see Detroit putting together a complete game. There have been numerous instances this season where the Pistons built strong first-half leads only to see them evaporate in the latter stages of the game. Tonight, Detroit was able to expand upon their first-half lead.
The playoffs will be here before we know it. The Pistons must build upon this and establish a level of consistency to achieve long-term success.