Last season, Phoenix traded Marcus Morris in unglamorous fashion away from his twin brother and to the Detroit Pistons.
As Justin White would say in a really cheesy voice: “Their loss. (Awkwardly long pause) And our gain.”
True, though. Morris was determined to make a statement in his return to battle the Suns last night. He struggled a bit early, but Detroit did not, taking a quick lead. We rode strong defense through some lapses offensively in the first half, leading by two at the break.
Our bench responded from a poor effort against Indiana to excel in Phoenix. Steve Blake found his stroke while we continue to wait for Brandon Jennings.
Unfortunately, Andre Drummond was called for his 4th foul early in the 3rd quarter. For practically the first time all year, we picked up the slack without him, working a big quarter to a decent lead.
The Pistons held the Suns in check all game long, keeping the trend they’ve established of effort and intensity on defense. It was still overall low-scoring heading into the 4th.
The final quarter was a shootout after all that d. Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight (our ex-G) rained some 3s to keep within clawing distance. However, timely buckets from Morris and Reggie Jackson were too much for Jeff Hornacek’s snarfs to overcome.
In his postgame interview, Morris said, There’s something wrong with Phoenix; this sure ain’t Detroit, I’ll tell you that. Something wrong with these folks here. POW.
From an honestly very empty arena, Pistons win.