Poor Defensive Outing Costs Pistons Against Tanking Grizzlies
In a matinee game today the Detroit Pistons (38-42) blew their chance to finish the season at the .500 mark by losing 130 – 117 against the tanking Memphis Grizzlies (22-58) who had won exactly three games since the all-star break heading into the game.
23 threes today, but Memphis wins this one.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) April 8, 2018
The Pistons set a franchise record by hitting 23 shots from deep, but they could not ever muster enough defense to stop a Memphis layup line.
Luke Kennard had a nice bounce-back game by scoring 18 points and Andre Drummond snagged 18 rebounds to put himself in a good spot to potentially become the first NBA player to average 16 rebounds per game since Dennis Rodman.
Henry Ellenson also continued to look like a real player as he put in 17 points off the bench.
The Memphis got 20 or more from four players and had six total in double figures.
In the end the loss does not really mean anything since the Pistons are already out of the playoffs, but it would’ve been nice to say the Pistons managed to fight their way back to .500 to finish the season.
Reggie Jackson was questionable before the game with sickness and ended up playing just 20 largely ineffective minutes.
The Pistons will have a quick turnaround to host the Toronto Raptors tomorrow in Detroit.
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