In case you’ve been busy keeping up with other teams and other matters, the Detroit Pistons continue to depress in a multitude of different ways as the NBA season mercilessly drags on through the dog days.
The team lost their sixth straight game to the Utah Jazz last night 103-90. It was Detroit’s 10th straight loss in Utah overall, and the Pistons haven’t won in Salt Lake City since the 2002 season. In the process, the Pistons also lost Brandon Knight to an ankle injury, proving insult and injury can occasionally go hand in hand.
For the second straight game, the Pistons’ best players were Jonas Jerebko and Jose Calderon. Jerebko contributed 15 points and Calderon 14. Greg Monroe also contributed yet another double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. As for the road team’s game highlights, that was about it.
Utah was led by Mo Williams (20 points) and Al Jefferson (16 points), and paced by three solid showings off the bench by Marvin Williams, Gordon Heyward and Enes Kanter. The Jazz shot 51 percent from the floor, out-rebounded Detroit by 17 and had 12 more assists. It was complete domination by an opponent in nearly every statistical category.
Detroit’s west cost trip continues Wednesday night against Golden State, and is likely bound to get worse considering what we saw last night against Utah. The Warriors rank second in the league in rebounding, ninth in scoring and 14th in assists. After that, the Pistons will head to Portland to wrap things up out west.
Will the Pistons’ most recent losing streak manage to hit seven? Stay tuned, or don’t bother.
Last Five Games: San Antonio (L), New York Knicks (L), Dallas (L), Los Angeles Clippers (L), Utah Jazz (L).
Next Five Games: at Golden State, at Portland, vs Brooklyn, at Miami, at Charlotte.
Most Valuable Piston: Jose Calderon. The guard has been scoring (18 points in a loss to Los Angeles, 14 in a loss to Utah) and also distributing the ball incredibly well. His 16 assists against New York was impressive. In the absence of Knight given his ankle injury, Calderon will be depended on even more to play well and step up.
Powerless Piston: Charlie Villanueva. A poor effort against Los Angeles (5 points, 1 board) was followed up by an incredibly terrible effort against Utah (2 points, 1 rebound). Every time he plays lately, Villanueva makes Piston fans long for the day he can finally leave town.
Key To A Short Term Turnaround: Better rebounding. Monroe is next to the only Piston grabbing boards at this point in time, and Detroit continues to get embarrassed in the paint. Since rebounding is a skill which requires desire, this has been the biggest sign the Pistons have already given up on this season long ago.
Max DeMara is a senior editor at The Detroit Sports Site. You can find him on Twitter @SportsGuyTheMax