Seeing the Detroit Pistons fall to inferior teams isn’t too surprising these days, but the headline from their loss Wednesday night to the Orlando Magic was the dreadful shooting performance at the hands of Brandon Jennings.
He finished just 5-23 from the field, including 2-of-10 from the three point range. Jennings was known for his questionable shot selection before joining Detroit and this particular outing was reminiscent of his stint with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jennings has a role on this team and it should be that of a facilitator. He has dished out nearly eight assists a game, which puts him near the Eastern Conference leaders. Hoisting up more than 20 shots a game will not lead to many Pistons victories.
Another takeaway from tonight’s loss was Detroit’s lackluster defensive effort. On the season, Orlando was averaging only 96 points per contest; they blew past that number this evening with 112 points against Motown.
Detroit’s poor defensive outing was also evident by their numbers on the glass. Despite their sub .500 record, Detroit is usually near the top of the league in total rebounds as a team. However, the Magic won this category with a 44-36 advantage.
Orlando is far from a playoff team. In fact, they should be a top contender for a high lottery draft slot come seasons end. Against Detroit, they out-hustled, outworked and simply outplayed the Pistons. By previously having a day off, Detroit should have been ready to compete.
Hopefully, a better effort will be seen as they host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.