Well, at least it was a fight.
Detroit took another loss today in Orlando, defeated by the Orlando Magic in OT, 116-112. Detroit went down big early, but thanks to some heroics from the arc, Detroit was able to make it a close game. Here are three observations from today’s loss.
First Observation: Bringing It Back Before Half
The Pistons started out this game on an awful note, as Orlando got up by as much as 22 points before the end of the first half. While this game was looking like it was going to get ugly, the Pistons suddenly brought it back to within four thanks to a three-point barrage from Markieff Morris, Reggie Jackson and Tony Snell.
Detroit got into a hole thanks to lackadaisical defense and a poor offensive approach, which has been all too common for the Pistons this year. That said, it’s always great to see the Pistons show some fight even in what seems like a lost season for Motown.
Second Observation: Three-Point Barrage
As mentioned before, the Pistons got back into this game thanks to the three-pointer, as the Pistons hit 13 threes in the first three quarters to keep the game close. Contributions from Marcus Morris, Reggie Jackson, Langston Galloway and Tony Snell went a long way for Detroit in this game.
Detroit ended the game with 18 made threes, shooting 40% from behind the arc, including this beauty from Langston Galloway:
Third Observation: Christian Wood and Thon Maker’s Strong Play
With Andre Drummond now gone for a week, Christian Wood has stepped up in a huge way for Detroit, as he dropped 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Pistons. That’s not to forget a surprising contributor in Thon Maker, who had 18 points of his own.
While both bigs struggled to get rebounds to start out the game, they slowly cleaned up the glass more and more as the game progressed. Christian Wood had several putbacks to keep Detroit in the game.
Detroit will face off against Milwaukee, the best team in the league, in Detroit on Thursday.
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