Battered, bruised and deflated.

That's the feeling Indiana gave Detroit in their home-and-home, which saw the Pacers beat up their Central foe by a total of 50 points —which almost is unheard of.

"They just had our number from start to finish," reserve guard Will Bynum said. "No other way to look at it."

Bynum was one of the few who played with both spunk and effectiveness in Saturday's 90-72 loss, the lesser of the two beatings.

He single-handedly brought the Pistons back in the second quarter when it looked like they were headed to another embarrassing loss. And when Tyler Hansbrough's physical play went from chippy to over the line, Bynum caught him with a shot to the stomach, resulting in an ejection. (And later, a one-game suspension.)

Otherwise, the Pistons couldn't match the Pacers' physicality — or the Grizzlies', as those two play a hard-nosed style that makes up for their lack of superstar talent.

"This is a very good lesson for us in terms of what playoff basketball is like," coach Lawrence Frank said. "It's a grind."

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Being six games behind Milwaukee for the final playoff spot, it's a grind — and the Pistons most likely will miss out for the fourth straight year. But these losses could provide a blueprint to the future.

The Pistons could stand to be what the Pacers are. Despite the Pacers' relative lack of playoff success, they have an identity. When they walk in, you'd better be ready to fight. And if you're not equipped or willing, you'll get punked.

"That's their style, the way that they play," Bynum said. "Evidently, it works for them."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130225/OPINION03/302250347#ixzz2LvBj5LeX