By JORDAN KONIOR, Guest Writer
The Pistons lost to the Lakers 108-79 and opened up the 2012-2013 NBA season on a three game losing streak.
If it wasn’t Brandon Knight turning the ball over, Tayshaun Prince shooting an air ball repeatedly, Stuckey continuing to struggle from the offensive part of the floor and still continuing to force unintelligent shots, or Jason Maxiell shooting fade away jump shots in the post, overall the Pistons have looked down right out of it.
From the time the Pistons came out the tunnel to warm up, they looked like they did not want to be at Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers that night, and for good reason.
The Pistons and the Lakers were both opening the early part of the 2012-2013 NBA season without a win. However, the Lakers seemed like they were thirstier and hungrier for a win Sunday night.
From the start, the Lakers started off with a nice offensive flow, lead by Laker captain and 14-time NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant.
In the first quarter alone Kobe rattled off eight points, five assists, and two rebounds in twelve minutes of play, getting everybody involved early on.
Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard contributed to 20 of their teams 34 points and shot 78% from the field in the first quarter.
The Lakers hot shooting seemed to be contagious as players who don’t usually hit three pointers couldn’t seem to miss a three point shot, as seen with Metta World Peace towards the end of the second quarter and for the later parts of the game.
The Pistons on the other hand looked absolutely despicable and disgusting Sunday night. In the first quarter alone, they scored a total of 13 points. The starters were so bad offensively, defensively and effort wise that Coach Lawrence Frank ended up subbing the entire starting five with 4:48 to play in the third quarter to make a point.
The substitutions made by Coach Lawrence Frank changed the flow of the game tremendously. The reserves set the tone late in the game with defensive intensity and a high effort level, making play after play, and making the score more respectable than what it really was.
The most impressive reserve for the Detroit Pistons last night was forward Jonas Jerebko who led the Pistons with 18 points, and added two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
The Pistons season has started off rather tough, and will only continue to get tougher as they continue their West Coast road trip against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, then head out to Sacramento to play the Kings on Wednesday.
Then they fly down to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Friday, travel to Houston to play the Rockets Saturday, come back home Saturday night, have a walk through practice Sunday/Monday morning, only to play the Oklahoma City Thunder again at home Monday evening.