Andre Drummond was fighting a cold Tuesday, so he might've had an excuse. Except he didn't really need one.

The rest of his teammates did, though. And none was readily apparent after a lifeless performance at The Palace led to their worst home loss of the season, 117-90, to the Bucks.

"We laid down today," said Drummond, the rookie center who posted another impressive — if meaningless — stat line with 18 points and 18 rebounds in less than 28 minutes on the floor. "We just let them do whatever they wanted to."

That reality left their coach shaking his head in disgust on the sideline. And it probably didn't sit well with owner Tom Gores, who also was in the building Tuesday night, making a cameo appearance at The Palace.

It was Gores, you'll remember, who said last spring that he expected this team to make the playoffs this season. He reiterated that point back in October — "We have to have high standards," Gores insisted — while admitting his job is "to be the impatient owner that wants to deliver a championship."