Things have certainly been tough for Lawrence Frank and the Pistons so far this season. After starting the season with just two wins in the first 11 games, Detroit was looking to capitalize on a dominating effort against Boston from the other night.
However, it was the Pistons dominating themselves Wednesday night in Orlando.
After connecting on just 28 of their 85 field goal attempts in the game, the Pistons fell to the Orlando Magic for the second time in a week 90-74. This included going 8 for 44 in the second half and a highlighted third quarter collapse which saw the Pistons score just 8 total points.
And to make matters worse Detroit actually controlled the game in the first half before totally falling apart in the second. Leading by as many as 10 points, Detroit only trailed for 73 seconds in the first while taking a 48-45 lead into the half.
From there though things quickly went south for the Pistons.
To open the third quarter, Detroit allowed Orlando to score 21 straight points turning their halftime lead into a 66-48 deficit. And from there Orlando didn’t look back while Frank was looking for answers on the floor.
“I wish I could explain it to you. I can’t,” said Frank, whose case of indigestion came one day earlier than expected. “To open up the third quarter (like that) was embarrassing. We had no energy to start. They scored six points like this (snapping fingers).
“Once they hit us, we just kind of lost our poise. We stopped helping each other and doing the things we needed to do. We lost our way out there. It’s a game of runs but it can’t be a game of (21-0) runs, especially when the flow of the game was different in the first half.
“We just weren’t ready to start. We didn’t start the second quarter well and obviously the third quarter was deplorable.”
Turnovers also continued to be a problem for the Pistons as they turned the ball over six times in 10 minutes while accumulating 14 for the game.
Greg Monroe led all scorers in the game with 19 points and 8 rebounds while Tayshaun Prince added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey had 13 points off the bench as the 74 points was the lowest point total for the Pistons so far this season.
h/t: Mlive.com, Associated Press, Detroit News