Pistons Out Paced, Lose 102-101 To Indiana On The Road

Ryan RosenburgCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18:  Greg Monroe #10 of the Detroit Pistons and the Rookie Team moves the ball up court in the first half during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam at Staples Center on February 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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A career-best game for Greg Monroe, combined with a double-double from Tracy McGrady, was still not enough for the Pistons to defeat the Pacers in Indiana on Wednesday night. 

This was Detroit's second straight loss, despite the fact it has reached the 100-point mark in both games.

Keuster's kids gave the typical ray of hope, only to once again disappoint in the end. 

Down by 16 points at two different occasions, the Pistons mustered comebacks each time, and even took the lead for a fleeting second in the fourth, but Brandon Rush's driving, relatively uncontested dunk sealed their fate with just over five seconds remaining.

Rodney Stuckey turned the ball over on a drive into the lane on the Piston's last-gasp attempt, failing to find the smoking hot Monroe, who put up 27 points and 12 rebounds in a game which could easily be his career best thus far in his rookie season.

The blame for the loss can be put solely on the defensive effort, or lack thereof. 

The Pistons allowed a number of easy driving scores throughout the duration of the game, including the hoop that eventually sunk them. Their effort to come back twice at times when it seemed like the game was out of reach should be commended; however, at season's end, it will be looked back on as just another loss that should have been tallied in the opposite column.

Sitting at 21-38, Detroit is 11th in the Eastern Conference, 6.5 games back of the eighth and final playoff spot. While promising performances from Monroe and McGrady give some incentive to watch for the remainder of the season, it appears that based on Wednesday's performance, the Pistons are poised to close out the second half of the season in similar fashion to the first half. 

If the Pistons can't eek out a playoff spot by the end of the season, it will be their second consecutive year failing to do so. 

This following a historically successful run through the 2000s in which they reached a handful of Eastern Conference Finals, winning one NBA championship.

It is clear that the Pistons' glory days are behind them, and they have completely lost their footing as one of the league's premier organizations.

They are truly in rebuilding mode moving forward this season and into the foreseeable future.