Detroit Pistons fans fed up after another ugly loss: ‘This is unacceptable’

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The Detroit Pistons built a double-digit cushion for the third straight game.

And for the third straight game, they fell apart down the stretch, losing for the 11th straight time in what has quickly become a more painful than expected season.

The rebuilding Pistons (4-21) are owners of the NBA’s worst record after Friday night’s agonizing 109-93 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans — without their best player, Zion Williamson — the worst team in the Western Conference at 8-20. The game wasn’t even that close, as the Pels led by 27 in the fourth quarter and the Pistons scored the final 10 points in garbage time.

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The Pistons started hot in building a 15-point lead at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, scoring 43 points in the game’s first 15:30. But they quickly squandered the advantage, and took a mere 55-54 lead into halftime.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram shoots against Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart in the first half in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram shoots against Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart in the first half in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.

The Pistons’ starters hit one basket from the field in a horrific third quarter, allowing the Pelicans to crush them 29-12, for an 83-67 lead. The Pistons scored 15 points in 16 minutes of game time, from the middle of the second quarter to late in the third, turning a 43-28 lead into a 73-58 deficit — an extended 45-15 run.

As you can imagine, the Pistons fans still tuned in weren’t happy with the performance. #PistonsTwitter grew more frustrated with each passing minute in the second half, with some looking big picture and questioning the “restoration” under veteran coach Dwane Casey and second-year general manager Troy Weaver — a man who said after last season’s plucky 20-52 performance: “I don’t like the way it smells. I don’t like anything about it. The only way to improve that is I gotta come back better. I’m looking forward to coming back better.”

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Though expectations were low for this young team — I ranked them 14th of 15 teams entering the season in a suddenly deep Eastern Conference — despite relatively good health, the Pistons have been the league’s worst shooting team, second-worst on offense and second-worst in net rating at minus-9.8, and have rarely been fun to watch. They were booed at home last month, and have lost an NBA-high nine games by 15 points or more.

All this despite the excitement of No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham and all three of last year’s first-round draft picks starting and earning significant minutes.

Is it time to panic? No. Rebuilds are painful. But this has been a dispiriting season thus far, and it’s fair to question the performance of everyone.

A rundown of reactions in real time from Friday’s defeat:

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Our Pistons beat writer Omari Sankofa II was on the scene and tweeted reactions from Casey and Cunningham after the game:

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Pistons fans fed up after another ‘unacceptable’ loss

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