Game Recap: Detroit Pistons Blown Out by LA Clippers
Tonight the Detroit Pistons (4-3) were destroyed by the Los Angeles Clippers (6-1) 114-82. The Pistons did not look ready to play this game and it was over by halftime. Chris Paul showed why he is arguably the best point guard in the league. Simply put, Paul dominated the whole game. On offense, he conducted his orchestra of JJ Redick jump shots, DeAndre Jordan lob passes, and Blake Griffin pick-n-rolls. Paul finished with 24 points on 8-10 shooting, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in only 25 minutes of play. Paul’s double-teams also caused havoc forcing three Pistons turnovers.
JJ Redick broke out of his shooting slump and poured in 20 points on 6-9 shooting with 3 three pointers. Blake Griffin exposed both Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer with his dribbling moves in space while dominating the glass. Griffin finished with a near triple double with 14 points, 9 assists and 10 rebounds.
Tonight the Detroit Pistons lost to one of the best teams in the NBA and unfortunately, this lost could have been easily predicted. Without Reggie Jackson the Pistons cannot contend with the elite teams of the NBA. Stan Van Gundy helplessly watched as Ish Smith shot 1-9 from the field and didn’t even take a three pointer. Chris Paul had more assists (8) than all Pistons starters combined (4). Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went 0-6 and no Piston starter made a three pointer.
On Wednesday, the Pistons fly to Phoenix where they face a much easier match up against the (2-5) Suns. Expect the Pistons to bounce back quickly from this game.