The Detroit Pistons dropped game 2 of the regular season to the Memphis Grizzles 111-108. Chalk this one up as a learning experience for the new-look Pistons as they try to gel as a team.
The Pistons will be beating themselves up for letting this one get away. At a couple of points in the game the D-Town Ballers had 7 point lead but poor field goal and free throw shooting down the stretch helped the Memphis Grizzlies to force overtime. It was then a former Piston came back to haunt his old club and plunge a dagger into any hopes for a win.
As Overtime started the Pistons field goal shooting woes continued and the Grizzlies quickly jumped out to an 8 point lead. The pistons were able to cut the lead to five but with around a minute to go in OT Tayshaun Prince drained a long shot to put the Griz back up by 8. A lead the Pistons could not overcome.
Other than the late shooting drought that effected the entire team, the Detroit Pistons front court was dominant again. In the opener it was Greg Monroe taking care of the glass but against the Grizzlies it was Andre Drummond doing the hard work above the rim. Drummond had 12 points and 16 rebounds to record his first double-double of the season. Josh smith was the scoring leader among Pistons starters with 19 points.
Rodney Stuckey made his season debut after recovering from a broken thumb and was brilliant off the bench. Stuckey scored 19 points in 23 minutes and looked like a different player than last year. Rookie guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was also impressive with 13 off the bench including a spectacular windmill dunk from a Bynum feed.
Will Bynum and Chauncey Billips combined for 12 assists. Bynum had a couple of highlight worthy dishes to Drummond and Caldwell-Pope that lead to fast break jams.
The Detroit Pistons continue the season on sunday when they take on the rebuilding Boston Celtics at the Palace of Auburn Hills.