The first quarter is too terrible to beat the Detroit Pistons in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks

In the better part of two months, the Detroit Pistons haven’t played like one of the worst teams in the NBA. Heading into Friday night’s final at home against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Pistons have run a record 10-12 since the NBA’s All-Star break in February.

They seemed to have crossed the corner.

However, they still boast one of the worst records in the league. And in this league, to be one of the worst teams to play like.

The Pistons remembered it against the Bucks.

Detroit scored eight points in the league in the first quarter as the defending champions qualified for an easy 131-101 win at Little Caesars Arena.

We’ll start with the good, who was basically one man: Rodney McGruder.

The veteran goalkeeper, who was dealt a canceled Paul Poole deal, has had some lovely moments this season. Tonight was his best. After a foul start, he gave them a shot of adrenaline in the second quarter as he scored 14 of the best 26 points of his career.

The Pistons canceled out to an 8-point lead in the quarter, but it was a mirage. It was as bad as the first quarter…and honestly, I’m not sure it would have looked any worse.

Sure, the Bucks walked away by 30-8 when all was said and done, but it was the first game in a while that the effort and energy of the Pistons wasn’t there. They settled on hard jumpers, succumbing to open shot after open shot. It was universally bad.

Killian Hayes threw in a nice base jam at 10:25 in the first…and they didn’t make another field goal until Kid Cunningham’s throw with 1:49 left.

But the job they put on Giannis Antikonmo in the first quarter continued throughout the first half. Bucks MVP has ripped pistons to shreds over the years, but hasn’t been able to get to the edge at will or make himself home at the free throw line.

Adaptation in the second quarter – big time. After opening the match he lost 4 of his first 5 shots, he came back in the second half and dominated. He scored 8 of 11 in the third and fourth quarters, and finished the match with 30-point shots, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The only starting players were Cady (14 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds) and Siddiq Bay (18 points but 2/12 of 3), but it was good to see Kelly Olynik back and playing well off the bench. He scored 17 in 4 of 6 shots, hit the streak nine times (!!), while collecting five boards and four assists.

It’s been a total game, but when you’re after the best lottery odds, you need it. With the loss, the Pistons sit 1.5 games ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder for third-best odds, depending on what the Oklahoma team does against the exhausted and struggling Lakers later.

We’re about to hit the finish line – what do you think of tonight’s effort? Let us know in the comments.