The Pistons played the Indiana Pacers in a home and home series to end their season series, and both results were the same as the first two. The Pistons lost 114-82 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indiana (2/22) before coming back the next night, and losing 90-72 at the Palace.
The Red, White, and Blue allowed 32 points to Pacers' guard George Hill in the two games, and 34 and 16 rebounds to David West. The Pistons did they best to limit Indiana's best player Paul George, as he had 12 in both games, but he played his typical all round game, as he collected seven rebounds on 2/22, and 12 rebounds and eight assists in the latter. Brandon Knight was missed, as Rodney Stuckey was forced to start both games, which 1) limited the bench of the Pistons, and 2) put a non-consistent shooter into the game, as Stuckey finished 8-20 (0-3 from deep) for 22, while his starting counterpart Lance Stephenson went 6-11, for 15 points. To make matters worse, Stuckey didn't exactly help the team out while he was on the court either, posting the worst +/- on the team, at -54 (Stephenson went +52).
This wasn't the major problem though, as the Pistons, as of late had been getting gashed up the middle by teams, whether it's guards getting to the basket, or dominating big men. Against the Pacers, the Pistons gave up an astounding 52 points in the paint their first meeting of the weekend. They limited the opportunities of Indiana the next game, allowing only 36.
Both games showed how far the Pistons have to go as a team, as both first their defense failed them, then the following game, their offense failed them, as they amassed nine points in the first quarter. The game was not over at that point however, as they had only given up 16. Their offensive ineffective also showed up in their leading scorer for the night, Will Bynum. Bynum played 37 minutes (only 15 in the second matchup), and contributed the most points for the team (17, then 15). This stat is both puzzling (because Lawrence Frank left him on the bench for the majority of the first quarter, and the majority of the of the third quarter) and disturbing (because Bynum was ejected in the second matchup for taking a swing at Tyler Hansbrough…for which it's pretty apparent he will hear from David Stern about). Greg Monroe was hardly there, as he went 2-9 in the first matchup (five points and four rebounds), to follow that up with a 4-16 showing (12 points, 12 rebounds). His play was better in the second game, but still sporadic at best, as he also had five turnovers and five fouls. Usually consistent Kyle Singler also was ineffective, finishing at 2-14 for the two-game series, and a -40 to boot.
The Pistons fixed up their way, and did not just get abused like they did on the 22nd, but still played an ugly game, and took two loses.
(A late note, with 9:26 left in the game, Danny Granger hit his first basket of the season, a 15 footer from the left wing, as he had been out all year with a knee injury.)
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