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Pistons vs Timberwolves final score: If Pistons can’t defend, returns from injury don’t matter, lose 120-114

The Pistons offense survived admirably without Blake Griffin to start the season. Andre Drummond had some monster games. Luke Kennard was living his best life.

Getting Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose back makes the Detroit Pistons better. To be sure. But does their return do what the Pistons need? Well. Not tonight.

It was a game that was rarely competitive, thanks to what is becoming a recurring problem in the team’s defense - not to mention lousy games from Derrick Rose and Andre Drummond.