Road Reaction Show: Pistons 114, Kings 95
The Sacramento Kings (14-20) fall apart in the fourth quarter on the road tonight in Detroit (10-23) and lose to the Pistons 114-95. Brandon Jennings went off for 35 points and seven assists as the Kings looked listless and disinterested.
Join James Ham and Rui Thomas for the Road Reaction Postgame Show on Google+ after the game. The show can be watched on the video player embedded below. You can also join the discussion of tonight’s game by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.
What to watch
1. Addition by subtraction
Since waiving Josh Smith on December 22, the Pistons have geared into overdrive. They’re 4-0, shooting 49 percent from the floor, holding opponents to 41.9 percent, and winning by an average of 18 points. Now Detroit will face its first Western Conference foe in Sacramento since ridding themselves of the faulty part.
2. Point guard duel
Brandon Jennings hasn’t shot over 40 percent in a season for three years. But in the absence of Smith, the talented ball handler is averaging 18.3 points on 51.8 percent field goal and 44.4 percent 3-point shooting, adding 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals and only two turnovers in 25.6 minutes per game. Jennings is a more than capable defender, and held Darren Collison to 1-of-10 field goals when they played on December 13.
3. Running wild
When the Kings lost to the Pistons on December 13, Detroit trampled Sacramento to the tune of 31 fast break points. The Pistons have continued to run without Smith, and are containing opposing transitions to a crawl. Allowing Jennings and company to spearhead the break as they did last time will spell doom for the visiting Kings.