Interestingly enough, the Pistons made the same number of baskets as the Bobcats - both teams had 39. The Pistons, however, got their buckets on 23 more field goal attempts. How did this happen? Two ways: 1) Drummond's 11 offensive rebounds turned missed shots into second possessions, and 2) Charlotte had 14 more free throw attempts (fouled shot attempts aren't FGAs and become FTs) Both Monroe and Drummond were great, going a combined 16/31 with 34 points and 32 rebounds. Those 34 points on 31 shots basically neutralized Al Jefferson's 32 points on 28 shots (actually, as good a game as Jefferson looks like he had, that wasn't a crazy ratio). So how about the rest of the team? Well, Jennings and Walker basically countered each other with 22 and 24 points, respectively. Singler had as many buckets as Gilchrist and Henderson combined (5/9 Singler, 5/10 combined for the other two), although those two guys made 9 FTs to Singler's 0 (and therefore outscored him 19-13). Be that as it may, those four starters for each team effectively countered each other all out; Drummond, Monroe, Singler, and Jennings combined for 71 points on 28/58 shooting, while Walker, Gilchrist, Henderson, and Jefferson combined for 73 points on 28/54 shooting. Then you look at McRoberts vs. Smith and the Pistons' bench vs. Charlotte's bench. While the Joshes scored about the same number of points (14 to 12), Smith got his on 17 shots while McRoberts got his on 5. 5 shots. All three-pointers. If Smith hits three more of his shots he's at 18 points while still under 50%, and the game is a lot closer. The other culprit? The bench. Stuckey was responsible for 10 misses and 1 make. Even with Drummond grabbing over 20% of the available rebounds, Stuckey dropping a giant egg like that hurts the team. Without three-point or free-throw shooters, the team has to shoot well and grab misses more effectively than other teams if they want to have a chance to win. You can't have a guy miss 10 shots. Ever. And it's not like Stuckey's good enough on the defensive end to in any way make up for that. Bynum was okay offensively, going 9/6, but the dude just doesn't have a clue on defense. It's like he doesn't even try. He was standing still in that zone in the fourth (that seemed to help limit Jefferson, btw, and when they're running the big three they might want to break it out more on occasion since they'll always have a good weakside rim-protector down low and can't defend the perimeter anyway). Pope did nothing in his 10 minutes. Seriously: 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0 Enjoy that line while you see it because it's rare. So Jefferson wasn't exactly unstoppable, and Detroit did a decent chance of containing him even though he had 32/12, and Walker had a moderately good 22/7 game. Stuckey and Smith killed Detroit offensively yesterday, taking bad shot after bad shot, and there was no way that Drummond could make up for all of that inaccuracy. Jennings, for his part, looks depressed out there. It's clear that he misses Cheeks, and is probably angry that Cheeks was thrown under the bus for the team not improving when it's clear that he is. He took that frustration tech at the end, and I get the feeling that he realizes that his teammates aren't playing hard. He has to know how important these two games are for the season, and if they lose both, given the schedule difference the rest of the way, the playoffs become a huge longshot. P.S. The Pistons only had 7 turnovers. That's not bad.