Finishing games is something this young Pistons team will have to grasp after blowing a second half 11 point lead en route to a 105-96 loss to the Houston Rockets opening night from The Palace.
The Pistons will also need to learn how to limit the open looks beyond the arc.
Recently acquired James Harden was 4 for 10 beyond three-point range to finish the night with 37 points and 12 assists. It got even worse with former Piston Carlos Delfino who was 5 for 6 in three-point land with 15 points off the bench.
But it wasn’t entirely bad for the Pistons who showed plenty of promise at times, especially with some of younger reserve players.
Kyle Singler, who spent last season in Spain had 10 points, 8 of which came in the second quarter off consecutive three pointers. Rookie Kim English added 8 points including a very impressive three over James Harden in the second half.
First round selection Andre Drummond also got time on the floor playing a total of 12 minutes with 2 points and 2 rebounds. As expected he looked very raw but should continue to be a high-ceiling project as the season progresses.
Second year guard Brandon Knight led the way for the Pistons with 15 points but only 4 assists. Furthermore it also wasn’t a good night for the Pistons’ starting back court as Rodney Suckey and Knight combined to make just 6 of 25 shots in the loss.
Greg Monroe had 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Notes: In his Rockets debut Jeremy Lin had 12 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. Lin also had 4 turnovers which continues to be a problem for him going back to last season with the Knicks.
h/t: Associated Press, Detroit News