Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose unhappy with Pistons’ effort
The Pistons lost by a final score of 120-114. The Timberwolves scored at will against Detroit for 48 minutes.
“Just ask the question — do we want to win?” Rose said. “Do we want to come out and play hard or do we want to get spanked like this every night. We need everybody to be on the same page and working to move as a collective group. We’ve got to figure this out.”
“We talked about it before, and we talked about it after — it’s just tough to get into a rhythm,” said Griffin, who played in only two preseason games last month after offseason knee surgery. “We have to use this time as well as we possibly can and figure stuff out. But I’m not discouraged by anything, other than our lack of effort.”
Making his season debut, Griffin finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 23 minutes. He missed the first 10 games of the season due to hamstring and knee issues.
Rose, meanwhile, returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games with a hamstring strain. The former MVP was very rusty, as Rose put up just six points and five assists on 3-of-13 shooting from the field.
The Pistons are 4-7 on the season. They face the Miami Heat on Tuesday, but both Griffin and Rose won’t play since it’s the second night of a back-to-back.