This was not a pretty sight, as the game was basically over after the first quarter with the Sacramento Kings blowing past the Detroit Pistons, 129-107, at Little Caesars Arena. Buddy Hield had 22 points to lead the way, with Tyrese Haliburton adding a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists. The Kings had six players with at least 15 points, including Richaun Holmes and De’Aaron Fox with 19 points apiece, as they snapped their losing streak at four games. Despite the 10th loss of the season, the Pistons did get solid performances from Cade Cunningham, who had a career-high 25 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists, and Saddiq Bey, who finished with 28 points. Although, not one other player scored in double figures in the loss.
What We Saw
As was mentioned early, this was ugly. See the 31-12 first quarter score, and remember that 10 of those points came in the opening four minutes of the quarter. At this point, the talent is there, outside of Kelly Olynyk, the players we are excited about are playing. Cunningham and Bey did their part, but the rest of the team was just not hitting shots. That simple. No crazy amount of turnovers or mistakes, just rushed possessions, horrible shot selections, which led to missed shots and more opportunities for the Kings to extend the lead to as large as 34 points. It was unbelievable to think this was the same team that went shot for shot in a road win over the Toronto Raptors. But then again, it is the same team that posted 78 points the night before in Cleveland.
The Pistons stay home to host the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night. The Pacers are overcoming a slow start to their season, but have come on strong as of late, sitting at 6-9on the year.