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Pistons need to go to Greg Monroe often against depleted Bucks


  • Teams: Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks
  • Date: Jan. 30, 2012
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit


  • Pistons: 4-17
  • Bucks: 8-11

Probable starters



  • Brandon Jennings
  • Shaun Livingston
  • Carlos Delfino
  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
  • Drew Gooden

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +7

Over/under: 181

Score: Bucks win, 94-87

Three things to watch

1. Injuries in Milwaukee

The first time Detroit played Milwaukee, Greg Monroe had a great game against a good defensive center in Andrew Bogut. Monroe should have an easier go of it with Bogut injured and out of the lineup. Milwaukee’s frontcourt is small, with Drew Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova getting minutes at the center spot.

2. You think the Pistons jerk around their young players?

Jon Leuer of the Milwaukee Bucks is one of the most surprising rookies in the league this season. Still, for some inexplicable reason, he’s yet to crack Scott Skiles’ regular rotation. Check out Leuer’s last four games: DNP-CD; 0-for-1 in 2 minutes; 19 points in 19 minutes (9-for-11 shooting); 0 points in 6 minutes.

Here was Ian Segovia of Bucksketball after Leuer’s 19-point performance:

It took a Bogut injury and Ilyasova foul trouble, but Leuer finally got back on the floor after he was benched for no discernibly good reason at all. The dude just knows how to ball: has a wonderful understanding of floor spacing and how to cut. Plus he has a swell jumper.

People were getting on Lawrence Frank for not playing Austin Daye, and Daye wasn’t even playing well in the bit minutes he was getting. I can’t imagine the reaction Skiles must be getting for keeping Leuer, who is performing at a high level in his spot minutes, must be getting for keeping him out of the lineup.

3. Watch out for those assistant coaches

From Zack Lowe of Sports Illustrated:

4. Coaches screaming/clapping at opposing shooters

It’s unbecoming of a retired player in a suit. It happens across the league, and I caught a Bucks assistant jumping off his seat and screaming just a foot or so away from Josh Smith last Monday, as Smith attempted a key fourth-quarter three. It’s one thing for players to do this; they are generally very young, competitive and enjoy goofing around. But the coaches should cut it out.

But who was it?! I assume, since Lowe mentions “retired player” that would narrow the choices down on the Bucks staff to Joe Wolf, Anthony Goldwire or Sidney Moncrief. Anyway, watch out for those guys if you shoot near them.


  • Jan 30, 20126:28 pm
    by JT's Hoops Blog


    The Pistons should definitely go to Monroe since he will not have much opposition.  Whether the players do so or not is another story.

  • Jan 30, 20128:36 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    The Pistons have a clear advantage with Monroe in the middle. So it makes total sense that Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey combined to take 12 perimeter shots to Monroe’s three attempts (two of which he hit) to start the game.

  • Jan 30, 20128:37 pm
    by gerdz


    wow getting pounded by a mediocre team.

  • Jan 30, 201210:02 pm
    by Daye and Knight


    Greg Monroe ballin so hard he scored for the other team, thats hustle!

  • Jan 30, 201210:09 pm
    by gmehl1977


    I am not watching this game live but looking at the box scores we have made 29-75 FG to there 32-60 and are down by 19pts. It is totally clear we cannot put the ball in the hoop. I really want us to get a shit load of ping pong balls and keep losing but I thought with them missing Bogut and Jackson today we would of won easily. As far as utilizing Monroe that to me is on coach Frank. That should of been a no brainer in the pre-game and something the VETRAN on this team should be making sure happens. Yes I said it and we all know who I’m taking about…the biggest BAFOON of all

  • Jan 30, 201210:14 pm
    by Willie


    Did coach Frank just give up on this game or what?  News flash Jennings will beats WR Jr 99 out of a 100 times.  Killed the any momentum and you left WR Jr in?!  Bucks had starters in and they were are up by 20 in the forth.  Unless he is resting the starters Frank killed this game.

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