The Pistons hit a new low last night in front of a riveting crowd of like 243 people. Not only did they lose an early 15-point lead, they let Milwaukee jump them for a 44-point turnaround as the visitors rode a fire-breathing Brandon Jennings to a huge win. Detroit played defense like a bunch of lawn gnomes. They couldn’t rebound, couldn’t move very fast, and gave virtually no effort. They stood there looking pretty. The third quarter started off with a Lawrence Frank timeout less than two minutes in, and before long it was a 17-point Milwaukee lead. After a brief burst from Detroit, Jennings (30 points) closed the door. He had 19 in the third, and it felt like all of them came from 20 feet out or farther. It sucks that virtually no one saw it, either … Detroit’s lone bright spot was Andre Drummond. It took the rook like 10 minutes of floor time in the first half to notch a double-double, and he ended up with 18 and 18 in just 27 minutes for the game. Drummond was all over the offensive glass, and had two more dunks to add to his season-long highlight reel. Have we mentioned he should play more? … The Pistons honored reigning NASCAR champ Brad Keselowski, presenting him with a checkered flag autographed by the team. What has more mileage at this point: Keselowski’s car or Tayshaun Prince‘s body? … Would Kobe keep passing? He answered the question early in the Lakers five-point win against the Hornets/Pelicans, ringing up five assists to just two shots in the first quarter. Outside of a bad spell during the middle of the second quarter, Bryant (14 points, eight boards, 11 dimes) and the Lakers put on an offensive clinic in the first half. New Orleans did make a big run in the fourth quarter, but had dug themselves too deep of a hole … Eric Gordon has looked every bit like a player coming off a bad injury this season, but he was flowing last night (25 points). It obviously helped having Kobe guarding him since Bryant hasn’t played defense in about two years, and Earl Clark (20 points, 12 boards), who probably should never guard Eric Gordon. Ever … In an upset last night, No. 19 N.C. State blew a nice first half cushion against Virginia, losing by three despite 20 points and 14 boards from C.J. Leslie. This up-n-down tendency is quietly becoming a trend. We’re already taking bets on which cinderella team surprises the Wolfpack in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It feels like a lock to happen … And in another upset, unranked Kentucky knocked off No. 16 Ole Miss. (That still doesn’t sound right.) Archie Goodwin probably secured his invitation to the NBA Draft green room with 24 points and several clutch free throws down the stretch, but he wasn’t even the most impressive UK freshman on the floor. That would be Nerlens Noel, who blocked 12 shots and grabbed seven boards despite scoring just two points. Noel was so good that Ole Miss senior star Murphy Holloway said afterward that Noel is better than Anthony Davis … We’re out like Mark Jackson at the YMCA.
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