With a few days’ rest from the NBA All-Star break, you would think that the Detroit Pistons would be ready to re-emerge into the playoff mix. They started the unofficial second half stretch of the season with back-to-back, crucial games against the current 8th seed, the Charlotte Bobcats.
Instead of taking advantage of this golden opportunity, the Pistons decided to do the complete opposite. Not only did they lose both games of the home-and-home series with Charlotte, they didn’t even show up. Each loss came by double digits and as a result, Detroit now stands 2.5 games out of the Eastern Conference‘s final playoff spot.
It would be one thing if these games were hard-fought and played with a sense of passion, but hey were highlighted by a very lackadaisical effort, which is simply unacceptable given the circumstances.
Josh Smith put up a very poor performance in tonight’s game, as he finished with just 14 points on 18 shots. He also grabbed just four rebounds, despite playing 41 minutes.
Even the usually consistent Andre Drummond played out of character. The Rising Stars MVP didn’t record double figures in points or rebounds, as he finished with only eight points and six boards.
Detroit’s current deficit in the standings is surely not insurmountable. However, right now it feels more like 12.5 than 2.5 games out of the playoff picture.
Simply put, the Pistons let a great opportunity slip away. In order to regain the ground they just lost, they’ll have to meet up with the Dallas Mavericks, the San Antonio Spurs and the red-hot Houston Rockets in the coming weeks.
Best of luck to Detroit, they’ll certainly need it.