Detroit Pistons walloped by Golden State Warriors in opener of five-game trip
One thing about the Pistons that are sticking out earlier this season is that they haven’t had any bad one-sided games.
Gains or losses.
The largest profit margin was 15 points in the first 19 games.
Until Saturday evening that is.
The Pistons started their western journey in five games against the Golden State Warriors and just couldn’t get much of anything to work for them.
Bad shooting. Bad flow on the offensive. Blown defense tasks.
The result was their biggest margin of losses that season, a 118-91 loss to the Warriors at the Chase Center.
BOX SCORE: Warriors 118, Pistons 91
“In the first few games of the game I knew something was wrong,” said coach Dwane Casey. “There are no excuses in this league because if you do this you will embarrass the teams. It was like that tonight – they just beat us up. “
Jerami Grant had 18 points, Josh Jackson 17 points and six rebounds, and Isaiah Stewart eight points and five rebounds for the Pistons (5-15), but it was nowhere near enough when they took their best win of the season and led the Lakers at 15 Points in their last game on Thursday.
The Pistons got off to a sluggish start in the first quarter, falling 10 points behind in the first five minutes, with a blazing 3-point barrage from Steph Curry (28 points, five rebounds and seven assists), Andrew Wiggins (20 points) and Kelly Oubre (18 points).
The Warriors (11-9) won the season after a 10-point win in the first meeting on December 29 with an offensive attack in the first quarter and took the lead 29-17 after a Piston rally to fill the gap .
“We just couldn’t find a rhythm. Your guys were recording and we just didn’t have the energy and intensity we usually have, ”said Jackson. “I am confident we will find it. I’ve been with this group of people for a while and one thing I’ve learned is that they never lie down or they never give up. I’m not worried. “
Stewart had a pair of baskets in the past three minutes and Derrick Rose hit on a drive. The Pistons were able to take the lead down to single digits in the second quarter, but the Warriors infused it in the last four minutes, including a 15-3 run that helped inflate the game and increase the lead to 28 in the final two Minutes with two 3-pointers from Curry and two baskets from rookie James Wiseman (11 points and nine rebounds).
The Warriors opened the third quarter with a 10-2 lead with a floater and a 3-pointer from Curry, and the router was on, with a 74:47 lead at 8-12.
Wayne Ellington, who had played seven games with at least four 3-pointers, was kept goalless, went 6-0 off the field and missed all five of his 3-point attempts.
One could easily point out the first game on a trip to the west and the journey or the quick acclimatization to a new time zone. Whatever it was, the Piston was having its worst outing of the season and it showed clearly.
“Give credit to the Golden State – your defense had something to do with it. We were out of rhythm and out of balance, ”said Casey. “A lot was their talent, their speed, the speed with which they play. We knew that and we talked about it all day today, about how fast they play and how fast you have to make offensively and defensive decisions, and we didn’t. “
The pistons continue their journey in Denver on Monday.