The Oklahoma City Thunder lost its recent NBA record of 73 points. NS Detroit Pistons Such defeats should be avoided with such a young team.
There is a bad NBA basketball team, and then there are pathetic excuses for a basketball team. On December 3, the Oklahoma City Thunder made a pathetic excuse, losing to the Memphis Grizzlies, 152-79.
The loss of 73 points is a defeat record (the old record was 68 points, beaten by Miami against Cleveland in December 1991). and received the Thunder’s unwanted publicity across the country.
Most NBA teams struggle and lose in relative peace and quiet. No one usually cares except for their own fans, and fans of the opponent, who wonder why they have to pay $100 a ticket to watch a non-competitive game.
You might be surprised to learn that Oklahoma City actually had two more wins in the season (6 to 4) followed by the Pistons. Now, the Thunder are missing some of their top players, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, but, they’re still NBA players, you need to equal an opponent who is nearly 70 years old. And they’re playing the Grizzlies, a team that can score, but also give up tons of points.
In case you wondered, the Pistons’ worst loss this season was 28 points to the Milwaukee Bucks champions on November 2, following a 27-point loss to the Brooklyn Nets in the previous game.
When people think of Detroit, they immediately think of terms like ‘shabby’, ‘hustle’ and ‘competition’. The past few seasons under coach Dwane Casey, the Pistons have displayed a “never say die” attitude, just not a lot of wins due to all the work.
But the confidence level of a young team is very fragile. They are playing against the teams and big names they grew up watching. They need to see for themselves that they can compete with the best in the league. Being slapped game after game by embarrassing margins can bring an inexperienced team down.
In recent games against the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns, the Pistons competed (and it didn’t LeBron James’ antics, could have won that). Simply being able to play with the top dogs is the tournament is Step 1 in building a team. Step 2 is really beating them up.
With so much money for free agents next season, Detroit doesn’t want to be the laughing stock of the nation either. Players, as Jerami Grant has shown, have no problem joining teams that are losing (because of money and playing time). But no one wants to sign with a team that has embarrassed themselves, and they will be mocked for signing.
Detroit may lose, a lot, for the rest of the season, but the growth comes from close games, not a 73-point loss.
https://pistonpowered.com/2021/12/05/important-detroit-pistons-lose-73-points/ It is important that the Detroit Pistons do not lose 73 points to continue rebuilding