The only thing briefer Monday night than Stan Van Gundy's postgame press conference? The amount of competitive basketball between the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons.
Marcin Gortat's jumper 21 seconds into the game gave the Wizards the lead for good. The margin ballooned to 44 in the 124-81 win.
Following the game, Detroit's coach saw no need for a long rehash. Far more efficient than his players, Van Gundy made his points during a blistering 37-second session with reporters.
"We got our ass kicked on both ends," the coach fumed.
Any attempt at insight into Detroit's third straight loss to Washington received a blunt response.
"Look they dominated. I’m not going to do a lot of analysis on this. There is none. They dominated us on both ends," Van Gundy stated.
That domination assertion is both accurate and stunning, and not just because 43-point losses don't grow on trees.
The Pistons (34-33) entered with a one-game lead over the Chicago Bulls and 3 1/2 over the Wizards for the eighth and final playoff spot, yet showed no urgency against one of the two teams in close pursuit.
Chicago moved into a tie with a win Monday against the Toronto Raptors.
The Wizards remain behind both, but now own the head-to-head tiebreakers over the Pistons.
Washington returned home reeling after a brutal 0-3 road trip, which extended its losing streak to five games.
Detroit started its road trip 2-1, but signs of struggles existed. There was no point in ignoring concerns after a start-to-finish annihilation.
Washington started with a 30-7 lead in the first quarter during which Van Gundy called two timeouts 26 seconds apart.
"We didn’t come out ready to play today," center Andre Drummond said in a somber Pistons locker room. "When they were aggressive with us we didn’t show any fight."
The Wizards outscored the Pistons in every quarter while shooting 56.7 percent from the field. Detroit went 3 of 23 on 3-pointers and committed 21 turnovers.
"We still have a really good chance [at the playoffs], but three games straight we haven’t had an identity," point guard Reggie Jackson said. "I don’t think anybody in the world really knows who the Pistons are right now. We gotta figure out who we are. We really gotta figure out what we want to do and where we want to be."
Jackson came out on the short end of the game and the matchup of $80 million point guards with John Wall. Jackson scored eight points --11 below his season average. Wall finished with 15 points and 12 assists despite resting the fourth quarter.
The good news is that the Pistons return home for a franchise-record nine-game homestand starting Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks. Detroit is 18-11 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Van Gundy didn't see the point in talking about the potential home-court positives or, talking.
"That means nothing the nine game homestand," Van Gundy barked seconds before exiting. "You play like that you’ll go 0-9. Thank you."
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