Detroit Pistons : 95 : : Golden State Warriors : 113 — November 12, 2013
As we’ve seen them do this season, the Warriors jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and the game was over from there. They’ve only played the Lakers, Kings, and now the Pistons at home, but they didn’t give up more than 17 points to any of those teams in the first quarter and few teams are as likely to go from small lead to laugher quite like the Warriors. They’ll race out, take quick shots and, most importantly, make those shots no matter what the defense does.
Stephen Curry was 7-of-10 for 25 points and 8 assists; Andrea Iguodala (handling the ball more in lieu of the injured Toney Douglas) had 11 assists; and the Warriors as a team shot 60% from the field and 50% from behind the arc. That can happen to anyone, but Jermaine O’Neal scoring 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting with 6 rebounds in 2013 can only happen if an opponent lets it happen.
The Pistons alternated between trying to keep up with the foot race (and shot rate) and settling for jumpers in the half court early in the game with what could be considered minimal success. They got it together as the game went on as Drummond snuck in a 16/14 double-double on 8-of-10 and Will Bynum had an efficient 14 points, but other than that, the highlight might be Kentavious Caldwell-Pope getting 24 minutes of action (nothing special; 9 points, 3 rebounds on 11 attempts) and that’s not nearly enough good news for the amount of money they put into free agency this offseason. I know that’s not something you’d expect to hear about Detroit, the team or the city, but then again, here we are.
If you aren’t challenging the Warriors defense and making sure they work on that end, they’re going to devour you on the other and you’re going to get blown out. The Pistons know what I’m talking about. Though they probably don’t see how that’s relevant to this situation because self-awareness, unlike the Ford F-150, isn’t always made in the USA.