The Detroit Pistons will take every victory they can get as they try to establish winning habits as a young team during what is anticipated to be a protracted rebuild. And on Monday night, they were in a prime position to score a rare victory—against the Los Angeles Clippers, no less—against a competitive team.
The Pistons were still in the lead by 12 with just over two minutes remaining in the game. But the Clippers, who are known for their incredible comebacks, roared back to win 142-131 in overtime. And this sad turn of events didn’t exactly satisfy Isaiah Stewart.
After the game, Stewart was critical of both himself and his team, telling reporters that the Pistons needed to stop playing with their food, especially since they were on a five-game winning streak.
“That win was just what we needed to boost our morale. We didn’t complete the game. Not the coach’s fault. According to James L. Edwards III, Stewart said, “That’s on us. “We assumed the advantage. They removed their starters.
The Clippers did appear to give up the game when they pulled Paul George from it in the closing minutes, and Isaiah Stewart is correct in that. The Clippers then went on a 13-1 run, which was capped off by a Terance Mann jumper, to force overtime. Paul George managed just one point during that time period, and in the last seconds of the game, he even let the Pistons win by missing a free throw.
Detroit was unable to profit, though. They were outscored 14-3 in the extra frame as they went completely cold. Additionally, head coach Dwane Casey is aware that the Pistons’ defeat was the result of a group failure.
But these are the contests that make a squad more resilient. When the Detroit Pistons play the Orlando Magic, who have won eight out of their last nine games, on Wednesday night, they must quickly learn from their failures.