Game Recap: Pistons Fall to Suns, Detroit Still Winless on the Road (0-4)
Tonight, the Detroit Pistons suffered another disappointing defeat, losing 107-100 to the Phoenix Suns. Similar to their game against the Clippers on Monday, the Pistons never looked in sync on either side of the ball.
The Detroit Pistons shot a dismal 36% from the field while the Suns, coming off a back-to-back, shot 45%. The Suns out-rebounded the Pistons 49-41 while scoring more points in the paint, 38 to 32. Most importantly, during clutch time, the Pistons could not stop Eric Bledsoe.
Eric Bledsoe, Suns hybrid point/shooting guard, dominated the Pistons posting 21 points, 8 assists, and 11 rebounds. During the 4th quarter, Bledsoe scorched the Pistons for 14 points, his last bucket coming off a long floater to seal the Suns victory. Veteran Jared Dudley scored a season high 19 points off the bench while Alex Len (playing for Tyson Chandler) exposed Andre Drummond for 16 points and 14 rebounds. Former-Piston Brandon Knight scored 14 points in 17 minutes off the bench.
On the bright side, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope might have broken out of his shooting slump. Kentavious had a game high 27 points, shooting 9-22 from the field and 5-10 from behind the arc. On the defensive end, KCP was the only Piston starter to have a positive +/- rating (1).
Unfortunately, KCP missed two crucial three pointers in the last two minutes of the game.
Andre Drummond posted another double-double with 18 points (7-13) and 14 rebounds. Drummond also tied his career high with 4 assists. Former-Suns Marcus Morris and Jon Leuer also had good offensive games. Morris had 16 points while Leuer poured in 11 points with 9 rebounds.
Overall, Stan Van Gundy’s team showed mediocre effort and energy tonight. Beno Udrih, Aron Baynes, and Stanley Johnson combined for 10 points off the bench. Johnson only played 6 minutes posting a +/- of -10.
The Pistons are still winless on the road at 0-4 and their next game does not look too promising. The Pistons head to San Antonio on Friday to face the always dangerous (5-3) Spurs.