The Detroit Pistons continued their interesting 2017 season with another up and down game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs came into the game with the 2nd best record in the NBA at 41-11 and showed the Pistons why that is true. The Spurs minus now retired Tim Duncan still put out on the floor one of the best line-ups around. By midway through the second quarter the Spurs put the game away building a large lead and went into the halftime with a 60-41 lead.
The Palace had a good sized crowd in attendance for the Friday night contest and the George Blaha bobble head give-away. The best that the Pistons could do in the second half was to pull within ten points and then Spurs turned on the gas again. Tobias Harris lead the Pistons in scoring with 16 points and Andre Drummond again had a double/double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. There are times when Drummond is going full speed and then other's when it seems like he is just gliding along. This is the face of the franchise and he should be leading by example.
The Pistons fall to 25-29 on the season but are still on the bubble for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It was hoped the the Pistons would improve upon the 44 win season from a year ago. That now seems like a long shot. The goal now is to again qualify for the playoffs like them did last season but fell to the eventual NBA Champions Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round (4-0). I have not seen the improvement in this season's team to go farther in the playoffs and right now I seriously doubt that they will qualify again this year.