The matchup marked the Hornets fourth game in five days and all of that basketball finally caught up to them against the Pistons. The defensive intensity was nowhere near what fans of Steve Clifford team’s have grown accustomed too. Detroit lost their star center Andre Drummond to a flagrant two in the first half, but still torched the Hornets defense for 112 points on 48.9% shooting.
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Key To The Contest
Rested Detroit Strikes Early And Often
The Pistons enjoyed a nice rest since their last game on Saturday and were clearly primed for this matchup. Detroit fired up long range shots at will on the Hornets throughout the first half, leading to a 54.5% mark from long range in the first half.
The barrage was led by Detroit’s premier swingman, Tobias Harris. The former Orlando Magic forward was lights out for the Pistons all night, dropping 24 points on 75% shooting. Harris also ripped down seven boards and was a marksman from downtown, canning 3-5 long range attempts.
Andre Drummond found himself in some hot water with the officials in the second quarter and was ejected from the game after a flagrant two. The Pistons star center and second-leading rebounder in the league was tossed from the game following an elbow to the back of Roy Hibbert‘s head in what appeared to be an intentional act.
The incident seemed to tip the odds in Charlotte’s favor but their exhaustion quickly took over. Aron Baynes filled in quite nicely for Drummond and was a key facilitator in the win, posting an eight point, eight rebound effort.
Frank Kaminsky had been playing some of his best basketball of late, stringing together six straight contests in double figures. All of that came crashing down against the pistons as he went 1-11 from the floor for two points.
Frank the tank was a total liability all night, missing a multitude of wide open shots from downtown and while never getting acclimated into the offense. Spencer Hawes surprisingly didn’t see an uptick in minutes with Kaminsky struggling. Coach Clifford has been reluctant to play Hawes in extended periods lately.
Jeremy Lamb suffered another injury in this contest, leaving the game with a right knee contusion early in the final quarter. The injury doesn’t appear to be very serious and he will be questionable for the Hornets Thursday night matchup with the Mavericks in the Spectrum Center. The Hornets are 1-3 on the second night of back to backs and will have to improve that mark if they want to stay among the elite in the East.