Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pistons edge Warriors 102-97

The road can be cruel in the NBA, as the Warriors found out in a frustrating loss to a previously 1-5 Pistons team in Detroit Sunday. It was poor shooting and a low field goal percentage which hurt the Warriors in the first half, but it was ugly giveaways that made the difference in a five point loss.

It was apparent from opening tip the Warriors were not on their game. Dorell Wright was the only player who could get anything going. Monta Ellis still got a team high 24 points, but he shot 11-23 from the field and missed all five of his three point attempts-something that wouldn't likely happen at Oracle.

Statistically the game was even, yet ugly, with no flow or rhythm. Both teams finished with 46 rebounds. The Warriors committed 14 turnovers to the Pistons 13, the Warriors shot 42 percent from the field to Detroit's 45, and the Pistons shot 28 free throws to the Warriors 23.

Detroit's Rip Hamilton had a solid game, going for a game high 27 points. He killed the Warriors with his midrange jumper. Rodney Stuckey's penetration crated matchup problems and opened up the game for Hamilton. The Pistons game plan was to attack Steph Curry and his injured ankle, whether it was Hamilton or Stuckey. It worked. Also, the Pistons made 9-17 three pointers to the Warriors 6-23.

The loss hurt as it could easily have been a win if the Warriors would have taken better care of the ball. This Eastern conference road trip only gets tougher as the Warriors play the Raptors tomorrow followed by the Knicks and Bulls on Wednesday and Thursday. They finish up against the Bucks on Saturday. These are difficult games and should give us a clue of how good the Warriors are. Right now, they are 0-2 on the road.

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