San Antonio 114, Detroit 75
To quote Michael Bluth, I don’t know what I expected.
How much is there to say about a game in which the Spurs shot 50% from the field while the Pistons only managed 32%? The Spurs played a nearly flawless game on both ends of the court, while the Pistons never really gained any traction after a very brief first quarter lead.
Manu Ginobili drove the Spurs early, hitting five-of-five shots (three from behind the arc) in the first half en route to a 17-point performance. With just over a second remaining in the quarter, Ginobili hit a ridiculous three off the inbounds pass to put the Spurs up 60-40 at the half.
Spurs point guard Tony Parker missed the game with an ankle injury that’s expected to hold him out for at least four weeks. In his place, reserve guards Cory Joseph and Patrick Mills combined for 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with a combined eight assists and three steals. The ageless Tim Duncan did more than his fair share, as well, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 blocks.
It was simply a case of being shut down by a better team for the Pistons tonight. There were just not any bright spots. Greg Monroe led the team with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, and was backed up by 14 points (6-of-10 shooting) from Jose Calderon and a double-double from Charlie Villanueva (10 points, 10 rebounds).
That’s about it for the non-brutal division, though. Brandon Knight, Kyle Singler, Jason Maxiell, and Rodney Stuckey were all disasters. Knight finished 3-of-14 from the field (1-for-6 from three), Singler finished 2-of-10, and Stuckey failed to make a shot. The Jason Maxiell experience was in full effect, as he went 0-for-2 in 16 minutes with one point, two rebounds, a block, and four personal fouls. At least the fouls kept him off the court, I suppose.
The Pistons were just completely outmatched tonight, to the point where my title is probably overselling their performance. I genuinely believe they’re not this bad of a team, but the Spurs have a knack for making their opponents look their worst. It doesn’t get much easier from here, with a visit from the New York Knicks coming Wednesday night.
So that’s that. In closing, come back soon, Andre Drummond. You are missed.