Lawrence Frank's press conference lasted just two questions Tuesday. The Detroit Pistons' head coach didn't have many answers during 48 minutes of utter meltdown against the Memphis Grizzlies, so why would he have any afterward?

Instead, the Pistons were left to celebrate the performances of some of their lesser-used players and their ability to make a 105-91 score artificially reflective of a game that wasn't competitive.

That's all they had.

It ranked right alongside the most inexplicable performances of the year, one easy Memphis basket after another, one passing lane interrupted after another, until the onslaught of turnovers and fast breaks took a predictable toll.

"We no longer trusted the pass," Frank said. "Our effort started to wane."

That was after the Pistons built an early 11-point lead -- so, technically, this was yet another blown double-digit lead in a loss -- but by late in the first quarter, the flow had begun to turn.

"It was 25-16 at 1:40, 1:30, whatever it was, and from that point on, everything was on their terms," Frank said.

The Pistons (21-34) returned from the All-Star break with a performance that made it appear they hadn't yet rinsed the sand from between their toes, with only one more game, tonight at Charlotte, remaining before the NBA's annual day of reckoning, Thursday's 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline.

The Grizzlies (34-18) outscored the Pistons 31-12 in the second quarter but the onslaught was not limited to that period.