The Detroit Pistons finished last season winning four of its final five regular season games, but after a long lockout, all of that momentum felt many months away in a 91-79 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night in Indiana.
Detroit shot just 36.0 % from the field and the team's bench combined to shoot 22.7 % from the field as the Pistons failed to eclipse 21 points in any of the four quarters. Detroit also finished with almost as many turnovers (16) as assists (17) on a poor offensive night all around.
On a down night overall, the Pistons could find at least one reason for optimism: Jonas Jerebko, who missed all of last season after tearing his ACL, made an effective return in a starting role, scoring 17 points on 7-11 shooting from the field along with 7 rebounds and zero turnovers. Rodney Stuckey tied for the lead in scoring for Detroit with Jerebko with 17 points.