It takes a special type of bad for a team to lose by 30 points to a squad that hasn’t won in two months, but the Pistons rose — or lowered themselves — to the occasion in ending the Philadelphia 76ers’ national nightmare. Now, one has to wonder if this past weekend was the start of a different kind of nightmare for the Pistons, one that will have a segment of fans happy if they can keep their top-eight protected draft pick. One has to wonder when Friday’s Bad Boys celebration ended if the tanking began, starting with a 32-point loss to the Miami Heat on Friday, followed by a similar fate to one of the worst teams in this millennium, a team that lost 26 consecutive games before the Pistons strolled into town. Losing by 30 to a team that’s in the hunt for a third straight NBA title is bad enough, but losing by 25 to a team that hasn’t won three games this calendar year should be unacceptable, starting with the players in the locker room. While the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks are still trying to catch the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot — with the Cavs pulling to 2½ games of the Hawks without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving — the Pistons are owners of the eighth-worst record in the NBA. “It’s tough. It’s really tough. It definitely hurts after how we played last night,” said Pistons forward Greg Monroe, who scored 20 points and 10 rebounds in the streak-breaking 123-98 loss to the 76ers in Philly on Saturday night. “To play like that two nights in a row is something I’d say I’m disappointed in. Yeah. I mean, there was no effort tonight. Absolutely no effort.” Brandon Jennings’ frustration from Friday carried over to Saturday’s game, where he picked up two quick technical fouls and was ejected 11 minutes into the game.
Greg Monroe disturbed by Pistons' lack of effort
Detroit News | Mar 31