NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, March 31st (All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (14-59) at Detroit Pistons (26-47), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Two teams coming off horrendous performances last time out will jump it up Monday night when the Detroit Pistons host the Milwaukee Bucks at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Pistons have lost three in a row and the most recent was a historical loss. Detroit became the footnote of immortality as they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly to snap the Sixers' 26-game losing streak, which equaled the longest in NBA history.
The Pistons not only ended Philly's streak, but did so in pathetic fashion, losing at the Wells Fargo Center, 123-98, on Saturday night.
This came one night after a 32-point home loss to the Miami Heat.
"I mean, there was no effort tonight. Absolutely no effort," Greg Monroe said after the Sixers loss. "It's really tough. It definitely hurts after how we played last night. To play like that two nights in a row is something I'd say I'm disappointed in."
Monroe led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey finished with 17 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 16 off the bench. Kyle Singler and Jonas Jerebko both had 10.
Brandon Jennings was ejected after receiving two quick technical fouls and Josh Smith was hit with one as well. The two combined for just six points against the 76ers.
The Bucks, the league's worst team record-wise, followed up a win against the Lakers on Thursday with an 88-67 home loss to the Heat. The 67 points were a season-low as Milwaukee shot 34 percent from the field.
Ramon Sessions scored 15 to lead the Bucks, who only managed 29 points in the first half and 38 in the second.
"We couldn't hit shots and we just couldn't recover," said Milwaukee's John Henson, who had a double-double off the bench (12 points, 10 rebounds). "A good team like that, you get down 10 or 15 points it's hard to come back."
Brandon Knight chipped in 12 points and Khris Middleton scored 10.
The Bucks' loss, coupled with the Sixers' victory on Saturday, puts them two games clear of Philly for the worst record, and thus, the most ping-pong balls come draft lottery time.
The Pistons have won two of three this season against their Central Division rivals. Detroit is 5-2 in its last seven against the Bucks and 5-2 in the previous seven as the host in this series.
03/31 10:21:00 ET