They come in all shapes and sizes — some have a pattern and some you can see coming.
When Will Bynum's contested corner 3-pointer came up short, it sealed the Pistons' 93-90 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at the Palace Wednesday — and more alarmingly, their 12th loss when leading by double-digits, a trend that didn't end when Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye left town.
It's the Pistons' seventh loss in nine games (18-32 overall), a far cry from where they sat a couple weeks ago, feeling good about themselves and their chances of overtaking the Boston Celtics for the eighth playoff spot.
And what's worse, their prized rookie and probable franchise player, Andre Drummond, only played four minutes before having to sit out with a sore back, his second straight game where his back ailment rendered him inactive during a game.
Taking a charge against Andray Blatche in the second quarter re-aggravated a tailbone injury he suffered Sunday and he didn't return.
"I just need a day or two so I'm good," said Drummond, who's injury is termed "day to day" and he said it won't affect his status in next week's Rookie Challenge at All-Star weekend. "I felt good and then it hit me again, so I said I'll just chill. It's tough not being out there to help my teammates."
Greg Monroe, who led the Pistons with 23 points and 10 rebounds, missed the back end of two free throws with 33 seconds left, with the Pistons in position to tie the game at 89.
On the next possession, his counterpart Brook Lopez overpowered him for an inside basket to give the Nets (29-20) their biggest lead of the evening—one they wouldn't relinquish.
Lopez led the Nets with 17 and nine rebounds, as all five starters scored in double-figures. Bynum scored 13, while Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler each scored 12.
The Nets outscored the Pistons 24-17 in the fourth, but this game could very well have been lost in the second quarter, after the Pistons took a 46-33 lead against a tired Nets team that played the Lakers Tuesday night.
In Drummond's stead, Slava Kravstov played 10 minutes, scoring four points and even dunking on Lopez to the delight of the bench, and Pistons coach Lawrence Frank credited the big man for performing in a tough spot.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130206/SPORTS0102/302060471#ixzz2KDy0m6VZ
Shaky fourth quarter dooms Pistons in loss to Nets
Detroit News | Feb 7