The frequency in which the Pistons get run out of their own building hasn't been as plentiful as last year, but when it happens, boy does it look ugly.
The Memphis Grizzlies methodically and systematically pounded the Pistons (21-34) into submission, 105-91, Tuesday at The Palace in the first game since the All-Star break.
After the first quarter, there wasn't much drama in the Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye's return to The Palace. The Pistons allowed the Grizzlies to go on a 23-3 run to end the first half, scoring just 30 points in the second and third quarters while getting outscored by 32.
"Everything was on their terms," said a very subdued Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. "The game changed in the second (quarter). Once we lost the lead and they became the instigators, Tony Allen and Quincy Pondexter changed the whole game, just by playing hard."
"It's no secret to what they're gonna do. You have to own your space, you have to screen bodies and execute what you do."
The Pistons didn't, and the end result was what Frank termed as "gifts," and the Pistons were in the spirit like it was Christmas. Frank gushed over the effort of Allen, a defensive-minded guard who's a free agent after the season.
Allen scored just 10 points but was a one-man wrecking crew defensively.
"Tony Allen, come on, man. This guy's really good," Frank said. "It's not about stats, it's about wins. We haven't had a ton of games like this but we need a better response."
The Pistons actually had a 39-30 lead before turnovers, indecisiveness and ineffectiveness began taking hold yet again.
The Pistons were outrebounded by 15, allowed the Grizzlies (34-18) to shoot 56 percent, and gave up 62 points in the paint.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130219/SPORTS0102/302190439#ixzz2LSL9tLB3
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