Pistons vs. Cavs final rating: Detroit brought back to reality with brutal loss to Cleveland, 98-78
After a morale boosting win against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons stepped into the night for a second street win of the season. Unfortunately, there weren’t many reasons to watch the game tonight. The Cleveland Cavaliers were able to tackle the Detroit Pistons with relative ease behind an exceptional watch game and a dominant display of the central defense of their twin towers Evan Mobley and Jarret Allen.
The first quarter got off to a difficult start when Isaiah Stewart committed his second foul after 10:40 minutes. The worrying thing for Stewart was that each foul was blatant, and the second one in particular had to be frustrating for the coaching staff. He has to be selective about his fouls, now more than ever with the loss of Kelly Olynyk.
For the first six minutes of the quarter, the Cavs flexed their muscles in defense, the length of Allen and Mobley putting the pistons off the paint. This resulted in a piston offensive that looked extremely clunky and disjointed, with most possessions ending in a chucks out of three.
The poor shooting continued for the Pistons out of the gate. In what was probably the only pleasant phase of the night, however, a bench line-up with Cade Cunningham and Killian Hayes broke the offensive glass and increased the pace, ending the quarter just six behind.
Unfortunately, after fighting some early fouls against key players, the Pistons gave up an immediate 9-3 run to begin the second run. The loss of Kelly Olynyk was particularly evident during this stretch; Without his playmaking skills, there was little to no ball movement in the best of times.
For the Cavs, point guard duo Darius Garland and Ricky Rubio could get into the paint at will, collapsing the Detroit defense and either hitting open shooters or praising Allen or Mobley. The Pistons were able to bounce back, however, closing half behind superb individual defense by Killian Hayes and a 10-point quarter by Jerami Grant.
The second half was bad, possibly the worst of the season. In the third quarter alone, the Pistons scored 11 points. Once again; bad shooting, bad perimeter defense and ball losses sank the pistons.
The filming at this point is historically bad. In fact, this Detroit squad shoots the ball with the worst accuracy in sixty years:
The Pistons are shooting 39.6% this season, the worst of any team since 1960.
That was more than 60 years ago. The Lakers were still in Minneapolis then.
They also shoot 28.6% of three, the worst of any team in the last 20 seasons. pic.twitter.com/mTUWV2Cvln
– StatMuse (@statmuse) November 13, 2021
Cade Cunningham had his worst night handling the ball, committing a seven-loss game. Cunningham often looked split in two when attacking the edge, resulting in some wild passes. But, due to the defense of the Cavs, they were strong all night and did not allow easy possession of the Pistons.
To make matters worse, there was an odd interaction between Hamidou Diallo and Dwane Casey halfway through their last tenure. Still playing at about 7:15 a.m., Casey called Diallo’s name to get into the game. Casey then called Rodney McGruder to join the game:
A fan present reported that shortly after Diallo sat back on the bench, Troy Weaver came to Pistons GM, Troy Weaver and took Diallo back to the locker room:
Troy Weaver and Hamidou Diallo just got off the floor and went into the locker room.
– LN (BA Insider). (@ ellenk124) November 13, 2021
It will be interesting to see what happens to Diallo’s playing time in the future. It is understandable that Diallo would be frustrated by his role, it is unacceptable to bring these issues to the surface during a game.
A silver lining in the evening was that Frank Jackson got rolling in the fourth quarter and scored eight of his twelve points in the quarter. Hopefully he can build on that, and this Piston team is in dire need of shooting.
The Pistons now cross the border to face the Scottie Barnes and Toronto Raptors back to back on the second night.