"I mean, my focus would be on the things that I needed to do and what we needed to do to win the game".
The pistons went on to loss 105-102 and are now three games behind the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. "We ended up playing well in the fourth quarter, but we can't live that way and expect to go anywhere".
Jonas Valanciunas had 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for Toronto, and Cory Joseph added 15 for the Raptors. But games like tonight, we have to have. No words can put in context to explain it. The Pistons dropped to 11th in the conference, three games behind Miami, Chicago and in with four games to play.
"It's not going to be easy; we need a lot of help", coach Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday. "Our offense wasn't great, but we went into the quarter with a 12-point lead and scored 22 points". It's darn near impossible, but should Charlotte and the Pistons win out and Chicago, Miami and IN lose their final 12 games Detroit would claim the seventh seed. On a back-to-back, the Raptors looked to be cooked in the first half, as the Pistons took a 20-point lead.
The Toronto Raptors welcomed back Kyle Lowry to the team, then shot the ball like he had to win the game by himself.
The Pistons would get within two, but Valanciunas would hit a free throw to give Toronto a three-point lead with 7.1 seconds and the Pistons could not connect on multiple attempts from beyond the arc.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was not at the game when it started for good reason. Toronto has won eight of its last 10 games with DeMar DeRozan taking on an even larger offensive burden, so it will be interesting to note how Lowry's presence will impact his backcourt mate's production over the final four games of the regular season.
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When told it wasn't, she said "This is ridiculous". "[The fans] got me through the whole round", Thompson said after the playoff. She was trailing by one stroke as she approached the 18th green, the crowd chanted her name as she gave some of them high-fives.
The numbers are ugly and yet Toronto is two wins away from its second consecutive 50-win season, and wrapping up the No. 3 seed.
AUBURN HILLS Andre Drummond remembers the first time he stepped on the court at The Palace.
Should they get some help in a Pacers or Bulls loss, and happen to win Friday against the Rockets, a playoff-eligible Memphis team is on deck, followed by a run-hungry Washington Wizards team on Monday to close out the Palace. The Pistons and Detroit Red Wings will both move to Little Caesars Arena this fall.
The officials had to change the game ball early in the second quarter, when an errant Toronto pass sent it sailing into a courtside fan's beverage.
Although the Pistons would stretch their lead to 20 points early in the second quarter, the Raptors started to wake up. He joined the Pistons' bench late in the first half and started the second half.
Raptors: Host the Miami Heat on Friday night.
Chicago and IN both play Thursday night, the Bulls at Philadelphia and Pacers hosting Milwaukee, and wins would mathematically eliminate the Pistons.