With Jonas Jerebko’s injury, Greg Monroe will probably be pressed into the rotation sooner than expected. There are still concerns (five turnovers and four fouls), but Monroe’s 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists made a good impression.
Monroe has a tough time finishing in traffic, but he displayed the great passing skills that made the Pistons pick him seventh in the June draft. He found Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton for easy lay-ups off back-door cuts. He creates contact and gets to the line.
Monroe showed his vast array of skills, from his passing to becoming more assertive on offense. He looked to score first as opposed to getting rid of the ball. He even beat the Hawks’ big men downcourt for easy layups, a rarity for a Pistons center the past couple of years.
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