When a team is without an MVP candidate, there's usually a noticeable drop-off in performance and a chance for a lesser team to perhaps steal a win.
When you're the San Antonio Spurs, though, there's no such thing as a night off or overlooking an opponent, or allowing Tony Parker's injury-induced absence to affect having the league's best record as they easily dispatched the Pistons on Sunday, 114-75 at AT&T Center, in what was the Pistons' worst defeat since 1995.
It prompted Lawrence Frank to call his team's performance "embarrassing," though there are stronger adjectives he could've used to describe the 48 minutes his team put together.
"The normal person everyday would be dying for the checks we get and we have to earn them," Frank said. "Tonight, we didn't earn it. I didn't. It was embarrassing. It was a clinic tape."
The clinic began when Manu Ginobili entered the game midway in the first quarter, as the Pistons (23-39) actually trailed by two .
But in the next five minutes, they scored 20, with Ginobili scoring nine including the capper, a buzzer-beating four-point play while being fouled by rookie Khris Middleton.
It wouldn't get much better, as Ginobili made his first six shots from the field in just eight minutes of play, starting a parade of open shots where an open player often passed up a shot to swing it to a more open Spur — with nary a Piston in sight.
The overall lethargy and disinterest caused Brandon Knight's frustrations to show more than usual, as he emotionally tried to get his team into the game, to no avail.
"(I was) aggravated at the fact as a professional you have to come to play every night," said Knight, who didn't have a great statistical night (eight points, six rebounds, six assists) but his effort should be well-noted. "Moreso aggravated, trying to push guys to want to play harder. Just to have respect for the game."
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130303/SPORTS0102/303030343#ixzz2MaVtkrOk
Motivated Spurs trounce hapless Pistons
Detroit News | Mar 4