The odds were stacked against Detroit Pistons on Monday. They had been Down two starters In Blake Griffin and Josh Jackson. They were playing the second night from way back to back. And they were playing with Milwaukee Bucks, the Eastern Conference’s best team, last season.
The Pistons lost to the Pax, 125–115, But he had strong performances from Jeremy Grant (24 points, three blocks) and Derek Rose (24 points from the bench), and narrowed his 18 points behind to eight in the last three minutes of the night.
The Pistons (1-6) lost 12 straight to the Bucks including after-season, and their last win was on February 28, 2018.
Giannis Antiteconmo scored 30 points in the first half and finished the team with 43 points (4-3).
Killian Hayes Affects the right thighLeaves the game
The biggest story from the Monday game is Hayes’ right hip injury. It’s possible, similar to the ankle injury he suffered last Tuesday, that Hayes is fine and he wouldn’t waste much time, if any. But offline injuries are always a concern, and they will be something to watch.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Hayes turned the ball and lost his balance as he pulled back in defense for a Giro Holliday attempt. Before hitting the ground, he was startled with pain and began to grab his right area. The Pistons later announced that he would not be returning to the game.
“He’s going to have an MRI tomorrow, and we’ll find out tomorrow,” Duan Casey said after the match. “They thought it was a hip flex, but they weren’t sure.”
Hayes finished the match with seven points, an assist, and three turns. Show flashes of increased confidence to score the ball. It hit 3-catch-and-shoot-two pointer and floats in the lane. He often made it to buoy this season, but wasn’t able to constantly hit it.
The first half gave him a blueprint for him to build on once he got back.
Rose has the best performance of the season
With Hayes missing most of the second half, Rose made his best match of the year. He scored 24 points on 9-to-18 shots and eight assists, both of which are season highs.
Rose has had a slow start to the season, but he’s improving. Two of his best performances came in his last three matches. It was a good model Derrick Rose with some challenging finishes from the midrange and at the tip. It was a major reason the Pistons were able to stay within close range for much of the night, despite having fewer crews and playing the second night of a game in a row.
Grant eliminates the bad start
With Monday’s entry, Grant averaged 22.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 pieces per match. National opinion has been divided, to say the least, over Troy Weaver’s decision to sign Grant to a three-year, $ 60 million contract after a strong season as a player with the Denver Nuggets.
It lives up to the challenge, then some. He scored at least 20 points for the sixth game in a row on Monday, and is proving he can thrive as a leading choice.
Grant made a shaky start against Bucks, making two mistakes and knocking out the game at 10:10 a.m. on the first quarter. He returned to the game at the start of the second quarter, and restarted from where he left off on Sunday.