It wasn't quite a morgue-like atmosphere, but certainly the Pistons' 98-79 loss to the Indiana Pacers felt like an afterthought, once they heard of Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye being traded to Memphis.

Other than a surge that saw the Pistons pull to within two midway through the second quarter, it was tough to get any traction as the Pacers went on an 18-3 run to close the half, and effectively, an emotionally shocked team. Pacers center Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while guard Lance Stephenson had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

"They did a good job of getting a lead early. We were able to fight back and make a few good runs at them," said center Greg Monroe, who led the Pistons with 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.

"I was proud of our effort in doing that. (The) Pacers are a physical team, we knew that coming in, and they play good defense."

Without Prince in the starting lineup, they shifted Kyle Singler to his natural position, small forward, and inserted Rodney Stuckey into the backcourt with Brandon Knight. Pistons coach Lawrence Frank didn't say how the lineup will be permanently shuffled once new acquisition Jose Calderon arrives in town.

The Pistons shot just 36 percent from the field and were outmuscled in the rebounding department, 56-44, as both teams got to the free-throw line more than 20 times.

"The locker room was obviously a whole lot different than normal," Frank said.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130130/SPORTS0102/301300457#ixzz2JZ8KEwaU