Pistons dropped their first game of the Orlando Summer League to the hands of the Boston Celtics by a score of 93-63. That marked just the sixth time in Summer League history that a team has lost by 30 points or more.
The Pistons struggled tremendously on the glass early on in the absence of All-Rookie Second Teamer Andre Drummond. Drummond sat out game 2 of the Orlando Summer League, and may be done for the week. With Team USA Mini Camp later this summer, Pistons will likely rest Drummond the rest of the week.
Head Coach Mo Cheeks confirmed reports that Rasheed Wallace has joined the Pistons coaching staff as an Assistant Coach. Sheed was on hand Monday, as the Pistons were crushed by the hands of the Boston Celtics. Coach Wallace (now that’s weird) was heard several times yelling his famous phrase “Ball Don’t Lie” to the officials, who seemed to struggle tremendously today.
This game wasn’t even competitive from the get go. The Pistons found themselves looking at an 8-0 deficit out of the gate, and never recovered. The Celtics closed the first quarter on a huge run, and led 30-9 after one. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the only Piston who made a field goal in the first quarter. KCP hit his first triple of the week early in the first, but continued to struggle with his shot in day 2. KCP finished the day shooting 30% from the field, but showed active hands on the defensive end, recording 4 steals on the day.
The Pistons cut the Boston 23 point lead to 15 heading into the break off strong play from rookie point guard Peyton Siva, and big man Tony Mitchell. The Pistons would later cut the lead to 11 more than once, but the strong play of Celtic forward Darius Johnson-Odom kept the Pistons at bay. Boston extended their lead to as much as 32 in the fourth quarter, as they defeated the Pistons by a score of 93-63.
The Pistons face off next against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 1:00 P.M. ET on NBA TV. Detroit will look to get back on tract against the Thunder, as they try to gain ground on 1st place.
* Detroit received 1 point today, for outscoring the Celtics in the second quarter 21-15. That leaves the Pistons with a total of 7 points through the first two days of the Orlando Summer League.