The Detroit Pistons held an 11 point lead in the second quarter of Friday’s game against the Miami Heat, but couldn’t hold on in the second half. The Heat turned up the defense, holding the Pistons to only 35 second half points, and coasted to 103-89 victory over Detroit.
Miami’s win extends their streak to 25 straight and Detroit’s loss extends theirs to 10 straight. These were two teams on two clearly different paths.
Vince Ellis of the Free Press says the Pistons are killing the small hopes that fans had for this season and the future.
Coming into this season, reasonable folks didn’t expect much. Just show a little promise and establish a couple of young pieces and least give a little hope that the team could make a playoff run next season.
But the Pistons have completely collapsed since the All-Star break. They have won only two of 15 games. But it’s more than the losing — even with the better effort Friday night it was the Pistons’ 11th double-digit loss in the time period.
The goal of the season wasn’t even to make the playoffs. It was to get better, show some promise, and see that the team was positioned well for a year, two years, or three years down the road. Another lottery pick, a free agent or two, and perhaps the team would turn into something competitive.
They still have a few nice young pieces to build around, but the youngsters need to realize their potential on the floor. It never needed to all come together for them this season, but some signs that it eventually will would be nice.