The aftermath of the game against Detroit Pistons shows strange ways of the NBA

The Detroit Pistons’ last two opponents, the New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks, then faced each other. Every team looked a lot of unlike when they played Detroit.

There are many Detroit Pistons fans who only watch their team’s games. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s sometimes interesting to see how their opponents fared right after they faced Detroit.

If you’ve been watching Detroit sternly for the past week, you probably think the Knicks are a great team. They ripped the Pistons apart and won by 30 points, and the score doesn’t even reflect how superior they played.

(The Knicks have really been a thorn in Detroit’s side all season, starting with their TNT-broadcast preseason game, they’ve beaten them pretty much every time.)

They probably also consider the Mavericks to be some kind of “meh”. They let Killian Hayes (!) shoot them in the clutch and lost to the Pistons in overtime. It was Dallas’ sixth loss in seven games, so they were obviously licking oil.

Perhaps Dallas shouldn’t have hung up the phone from Pistons general manager Troy Weaver when he inquired about Jalen Brunson (whom they later lost in free hands) in February.

When the Mavericks went to Madison Square Garden to play the Knicks on December 3, we know what should have happened based on how they performed against the Pistons. Of course, being the NBA, the exact opposite has happened:

Dallas Mavericks 121, New York Knicks 100

The Mavericks opened the game by scoring New York 41-15 in the third quarter.

Similar to the Pistons, Knicks forward Julius Randle was on fire at the beginning. He scored 14 points in the first period and the Knicks held a 15-point lead midway through the second quarter. But things went downhill from there, with Dallas’ Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. starting to heat up.

After beating the Pistons, the Knicks had gone on the next night to play the Milwaukee Bucks hard in a close loss, so they’d looked around before taking on Dallas. They also had the home crowd.

However, the result was unexpected based on how everyone looked against the Pistons. The reason: the path of the NBA.

Why The Knicks And Mavericks’ Fortunes Are Changing Quickly After Playing Detroit Pistons

  • This isn’t the NFL: The Lions only play 17 games, so every game is extremely valuable. NBA teams go through a long, grueling 82 games. With so many, you have ups and downs during a season. A loss to Dallas, even at home, in early December doesn’t ruin the Knicks season, while the Lions are still paying for that narrow loss to the Eagles in their opener in terms of reaching the playoffs.
  • planned loss: Packing 82 games into seven months, trying to navigate other events in an arena, and having to play four to three games per conference opponent and two against non-conference teams is a tall order. Sometimes games get so crowded that teams are just exhausted.

Pistons coach Dwane Casey mentioned that the poor performance against the Knicks may have been the aftermath of the long 12-day Western road trip they came from. They had given Cleveland a good game immediately after returning and may have fallen and burned against the Knicks. With some rest, Detroit looked like a different team against Dallas.

  • It’s the NBA: Bad teams always beat good teams. To be on an NBA roster, a player has to be very good, even on a team with a lousy record. Whether a team is overwhelmed on any given night, the heavily favored team isn’t performing well, or the home crowd inspires the less talented side, surprises happen.

The top two teams currently in the Western Conference are the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets. Both were beaten on their home court by an understaffed Pistons roster that hadn’t won an away game all season. things happen.

Realistically, Dallas’ win over the Knicks wasn’t exactly a David versus Goliath situation. The Mavericks have a better record (11-11 to 10-13) and reached the Western Conference Finals last year. But it’s interesting how different teams that just played the Pistons looked when they faced each other.

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