Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
One day after the Wizards made a trade with the woeful Pistons to send Mike Muscala and Danilo Gallinari to the Pistons in exchange for Marvin Bagley III, Isaiah Liver and some future draft considerations, they gave them something else too… a victory.
While neither of the players acquired in the trade were in uniform, it didn’t matter, as the Pistons dominated in the rebounding department and knocked off the Wizards, 129-117, giving the Pistons just their 4th victory on the season.
Her are a few things that came out of the game today for the Pistons. They snapped a 7-game losing streak along with getting out of an 18-game road losing streak and leave DC with a victory for first time since 2014.
Jalen Duren had 20 points and 19 rebounds and Jaden Ivey had 24 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Burks hit 8 of 12 from 3-point range as Detroit shot almost 56% from the field. Opposing teams don’t win many games with percentages like that. Perhaps that is why the Wizards have just 7 of their own this season.
“You could point to a number of things,” Washington’s Landry Shamet (11 points) said. “We had too many stretches where our attention to detail kind of fell off. Our attention to physicality.”
Washington’s Kyle Kuzma (21 points and eight rebounds) was ejected with 2:37 left and his team trailing 120-110 after receiving two technical fouls, the first for clapping in the face of an official and the second for continuing to argue. You could sense the frustration on his face way before the ejection.
So, does it get any worse for the Wizards? Or is this rock bottom and perhaps they turn the corner at this point? Some think this will go down as the worst season in franchise history and others think Kuz and Poole are here as part of what they have planned.