Paul George and the Indiana Pacers sink spiraling Pistons 121-116

Tonight, the Detroit Pistons (16-21) lost another winnable game to the Indiana Pacers (18-18) 121-116. During his postgame interview, Reggie Jackson, who scored 24 points, along with 12 assists and 7 rebounds, summed up the Pistons’ effort:

Jackson continued stating, “we just have to be better; we have to come out and want to stop somebody – all of us, especially the five that start – and everybody just follow the lead from there.”

Paul George dominated the Pistons scoring a game-high 32 points. Jeff Teague scored 17 points and dished out 8 dimes. Myles Turner, sophomore from Texas, posted 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Off the bench, Monta Ellis had one of his games of the year scoring 16 points on nearly perfect shooting (6-6fg, 4-5ft).

The Pistons did win the war on the glass, out-rebounding the Pacers 42 to 34 while obtaining 31 assists to the Pacers’ 26. Unfortunately, the Pacers cashed-in on 18 more points at the free throw line because the Pistons did not, or quite possibly cannot, play defense. Over the last 4 games, the Pistons have given up 110.7 points per game to opponents.

Outside of Tobias Harris (22 points), the Pistons’ bench  (Ish Smith, Stanley Johnson, and Boban Marjanovic) was nearly nonexistent. Smith, Johnson, and Marjanovic combed for only 10 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds while posting a net +/- rating of -7. Backup point guard, Ish Smith nearly had as many assists as turnovers (4:3).

Simply put, this team is not getting the job done on either side of the ball and no one is sure what to do. After the game, Stan Van Gundy stated, “we just haven’t been able to stop anybody.” SVG and his players will have to look deep within themselves to get this year turned around before it is too late.

On Thursday night, the Pistons will stay home to face the Charlotte Hornets (19-16) at 4:30pm EST.

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