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Pistons Give Thunder A Good Fight But Ultimately Fall Short

Oklahoma City Thunder 119

Final
Recap | Box Score

110 Detroit Pistons
Greg Monroe, C 39 MIN | 8-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 15 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +6Monroe did everything we could ask of him in this game. His work around the rim was inspired. Most of his shots came against two or three defenders but his post moves allowed him to repeatedly make just enough space to get off a clean shot. He even did a good job defending one-on-one, although he needs to work on his adjustments when the ball comes in and out of the post. Monroe also had three pokes that I saw leading to steals by his teammates.
Josh Smith, PF 33 MIN | 10-20 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 25 PTS | 0I would harp on his shot selection, but if he were more discriminating, he probably would have finished 6-14. Smith hit a lot of bad shots and missed a lot of good shots. In the third quarter, he nearly blocked Durant with his foot. It was an obvious foul, but a thing of beauty nonetheless. I’d give him a B+ if he hadn’t bitten on Durant’s pump fake when the Pistons were trying to claw their way back into the game.
Andre Drummond, C 23 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -9Drummond played 23 minutes? He did not make his presence known.
Brandon Jennings, PG 35 MIN | 7-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 5 REB | 11 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTS | +4This is basically what you hope for from Jennings. The efficiency wasn’t great but he was drawing lots of attention away from inside and making quick decisions (whether to shoot or pass). He got the ball to his teammates in good positions and his shooting was solid.
Chauncey Billups, SG 28 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 3 PTS | +13Billups looked a lot better than his stats. But that doesn’t take much. If in and outs were worth a point, he would have scored every time he put it up. You don’t get a good grade when you’re scoreless until the last three and a half minutes, though.
Jonas Jerebko, SF 4 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -10Accomplished nothing in his cameo.
Luigi Datome, SF 12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -18Datome wasn’t accomplishing anything on D, so he really needed to be knocking down some shots. The FG% is alright, but he was terrible at getting open on the perimeter. His teammates could get him the ball from up top, but he didn’t seem to realize that he needed to be a safety valve for bigs down low.
Kyle Singler, SF 23 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +4Singler took good shots, but the Pistons needed him to hit more. His defense was very shaky, his only way to slow anyone down was by fouling them. And his unnecessary foul with 17 seconds remaining sealed the Pistons’ loss.
Will Bynum, PG 13 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -13Bynum played like Bynum: wild and exciting. Against the Thunder, it was not very effective. He was very lucky to have no TOs.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4Pope didn’t give Westbrook much trouble so there was no reason for Cheeks to keep him in.
Rodney Stuckey, SG 23 MIN | 5-7 FG | 5-7 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -18Stuckey was fantastic. He has been the best shooter on the Pistons this season and it isn’t close.
Maurice CheeksCheeks should have taken a time out during the Thunder’s killer 17-2 run. He should have played Drummond more with one of Monroe and Smith and less with both. But overall, he did a solid job and didn’t set the Pistons back. My standards for him are low and he reached them.

Three Things We Saw

    1. Whew… that 17-2 run to close out the third quarter and open the fourth was a killer. The Pistons recovered and got back in the game, but they’d just given up too much ground to ever retake the lead.
    2. After an initial rash of TOs, I was pleased by the ball security. But the Pistons got beat up on the boards. They won’t win many games when that happens.
    3. The Pistons managed to hold Westbrook without an assist. Durant was incredible–as he is wont to be. Adams really impressed, he looked about as good as Ibaka. Watch his progress going forward. If he can keep this level of play up, the Thunder should be favorites to come out of the West.

56 Comments

  • Nov 9, 20139:09 am
    by Brigs

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    Basically who we thought they were. Able to beat bad and mediocre teams but just can’t pull it out against the good teams. with that being said it’s still early so their should be plenty of time for improvment and the way Monroe is playing I could definetly see anthor team giving us a lot of assets for him, same goes for stuckey, hopefully they both keep it up.

  • Nov 9, 20139:23 am
    by Corey

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    Ok the “someone will give us a lot of assets for Monroe” thing has to stop. He is CLEARLY the best player on this team. His D is significantly better than last year. The only thing left is improving his J and he’s a frequent all-star- and if the pistons keep their head above water he’ll be an all star without the J.. You build around that- you don’t trade that for assets.

    Billups is done. Can’t play D any more. He needs to be the backup PG. sit Bynum- he does nothing Jennings doesn’t do better. Play KCP 15 mpg- he’ll improve- and ride Stuckey at SG as long as he keeps playing this well. 

    wasn’t Datome’s fast break incredible? In one play he proved he has some serious ball-handling skills. I pray Mo keeps playing him until he gets comfortable with his shot. We really have something there. If KCP and Datome can get comfortable and start hitting some 3′s, this will be a real basketball team. 

    • Nov 9, 201311:50 am
      by brigs

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      yea monroe is playing great but guess what, we are still losing. if we were 4-1 then nobody would be calling for a trade but seeing as we aren’t then it looks likes moves have got to be made. also its been made pretty clear that moose is getting a max contract from somebody next year and I just don’t see the pistons matching it, so why lose him for nothing when we can get those assets, hell the way hes playing we could get a star player for him

      • Nov 9, 20131:11 pm
        by Some Dude

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        So you’re blaming the losing on the big 3? Even if you didn’t specifically say that. You’re implying that the Monroe/Smith/Drummond tandem is not work that well and that Monroe needs to be moved. You’re wrong. I think they’ve play well together so far. They are putting up gaudy numbers and doing everything in their power to win these games.
        That’s not the problem. The problem is that , as a team, they aren’t playing defense as well as they were expected to. This team can score, averaging over 100 points in 5 games. And people said this team would have a hard time scoring. Well that’s not the case. Defense is the issue, needs to improve. They could easy be 4-1 right now if they played better D.
        Monroe has been playing great, no reason to move him. And you give him his contract next year. UNLESS you get some all-star caliber player for him in a trade which is unlikely. So Monroe is the best player you can get, and he’s already on the team, so you keep him. This team is trying to win now, and getting assets won’t help. You need a player(s) that can come in and be a stud immediately which there aren’t many, if at all out there.

        • Nov 9, 20133:48 pm
          by Brigs

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          U know why the defense isn’t working great because smith isn’t a sf and although he has improved Monroe isn’t a good defender. I don’t think u understand the concept of free agency and cap space, it would destroy our team to have two guys (smith & Monroe) making max money when they are best suited to play the position plus whats gonna happen in a few years when it’s drummonds turn to get a raise, you think he’s not gonna want Max money? Look all I’m saying is if we can get equal value back in a trade then we should do it this year if we can’t then keep him and try to work out In the summer

          • Nov 10, 20131:25 pm
            by frankie d

            the entire “trade monroe” discussion is so insane, it is hard to imagine that some detroit fans even seriously entertain it.
            nba teams sometimes go for decades trying to find young big men like monroe, and detroit fans are talking about trading him?
            as i said, it is hard to believe that anyone who is truly a pistons’ fan would seriously believe that trading monroe would actually improve the team. 
            the problem is exactly what anyone watching the team has long argued:
            the team still needs an athletic wing shooter who can keep defenses from packing the paint,
            and the team still needs a point guard who can consistently run the offense and knock down the 3 pointer.
            what is truly crazy about the pistons’ dilema  is that the team had the same problems last year and after spending all of his cap space, dumars did not really address the teams’ main problems.  instead, he created others.
            unfortunately, i will be surprised if dumars does not trade monroe, if he is still the gm next summer.  the real solution would be to trade smith – who is the true problem piece on the team – but smith is much more the quintessential dumars player – long, athletic, versatile – than monroe ever has been.  as crazy as it seems to this fan, when it comes to chosing between monroe and smith, dumars is likely to choose smith.
            i am simply preparing my self for the day when the trade is announced. 

          • Nov 10, 201311:24 pm
            by oats

            Affording Drummond shouldn’t be too hard if the team plans correctly. The only guys currently on the roster that will still be on the books when it is time to give him his raise will be Josh Smith and Monroe, assuming of course the team still has Monroe. The team should be able to afford Drummond unless they make some really bad moves between now and then. I don’t know if they’ll be able to afford the big 3 + Jennings on his next deal, but if the cap continues to go up and Jennings doesn’t require double his salary then even that should be possible. They might have to do some serious bargain shopping after those 4, but even that’s not the end of the world since Smith will be expiring that season. Affording the big 3 should be possible, assuming the team isn’t dumb of course.

      • Nov 10, 201310:03 pm
        by jamesjones_det

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        I’m sorry but anyone making moves because they are 2-3 after 5 games with an entirely new team is completely moronic and should not hold a GM job at the pro level.  We are at least 20-30 games from panic mode, there is no good reason to make a move right now unless it’s a significant upgrade.

  • Nov 9, 201310:07 am
    by Junior

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    ^^^^Most spot on post Ive ever seen on here^^^^

  • Nov 9, 201311:14 am
    by frankie d

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    B for cheeks?
    Seriously?
    The team had a lead and was in the game and his incredibly dumb line ups and refusal to take that time out led directly to OKC going on the run that won the game.
    I would argue that this was one of those handful of games where the coach made a real difference and for detroit his decisionmaking helped lose the game.

    • Nov 9, 20134:52 pm
      by Moonchild

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      I agree, Cheeks blew it with that 3rd quarter lineup, Luigi playing the four doesnt work against a team playing big, we couldn’t get a rebound….Also Jerekbo is pretty bad at this point, its time to try harrelson in my opinion because hes a better shooter and rebounder…

  • Nov 9, 201311:18 am
    by Linda Williams

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    KCP was defending Jeremy Lamb, not Russell Westbrook. He did good on defense. How do they expect him to be on coming in cold & be all world, while he is still learning how to play in the NBA.

    • Nov 9, 20132:21 pm
      by Tim Thielke

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      He spent some time on Westbrook, but that’s not the point. My point was that all he contributes right now is D. Guarding Lamb is not a big deal. It would be easy to stick Singler, Jerebko, Datome, or Stuckey on him. For KCP to justify playing time right now, he needs to be slowing down an opponent who is actually a threat.

      • Nov 9, 20136:21 pm
        by gmehl

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        Tim I don’t think it matters if KCP was guarding Lamb or Westbrook… grading him an F was a little bit harsh. I think with the limited amount of minutes the kid played anything from a C to D was warranted.

        • Nov 9, 20136:58 pm
          by Tim Thielke

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          I can see the case for giving him the same grade as Jerebko, whether a D or an F or anything in between. Neither played much, but both were only negatives when on the floor.

          Pope got the worse grade just because I have higher expectations of him. That’s the real problem with assigning grades, figuring out what each player’s scale ought to be. But unless I become utterly convinced that Pope is a bust, I’ll grade him as a lottery pick.

          • Nov 10, 20134:34 am
            by gmehl

            I understand your thinking but I still think its a little harsh

  • Nov 9, 201311:33 am
    by MrBlockedShot

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    In spite of the loss, I love how the Pistons put a good fight against a much better team. Thunder, Heat, Pacers, Spurs, are teams we are not supossed to fight against for a spot in the playoffs. We are supposed to beat other teams, and that’s what we must focus on. I love the fact that so far we are not being blown up by elite teams, and that we  even have had some chances against them, but very few anyway. Cheeks must adjust the lineup, Billups is no longer a valid starter. Insert KCP and take advantage of Billups against second units. KCP Aand Datome just need minutes. Billups and Singler must take a step back in terms of role playing. And on Monroe, well, simply our best player by far In the season.Can’t see him going away unless we get something better in return. At this point I would let Drummond go before letting go the skillset Monroe provides.

    • Nov 9, 20136:33 pm
      by gmehl

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      At this point I would let Drummond go before letting go the skillset Monroe provides.
       
      I’m glad I’m not the only one that is seeing it this way. Yes Drummond has the potential to be the best centre on the planet but there’s no guarantee that he’ll ever get there. If we were made to choose 2 out of the 3 of our big 3 then I’d be choosing 1) Monroe 2) Drummond in that order.

      • Nov 9, 20139:44 pm
        by Jon

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        agreed. if either one of them could get a top 5 pick in this draft, i think i’d rather give up dre due to the immense amount of athleticism in this draft. either way i don’t think either of them would fetch a top 5 pick in which case i probably wouldn’t trade either

    • Nov 10, 20137:20 am
      by Lexstarbuck

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      Finally started reading some sense on here. It’s funny how many fans already want to destroy a team that has shown some improvement personel wise. Monroe is clearly our best player but ppl want to trade him for assets. How long do they want us to stay in the cellar. We will never get anything more than 7th or 8th in the draft, but all you keep hearing trade away our best player before we lose him. I bet there’s plenty of Andre Drummonds coming out of the draft in the next few years. Great athletic rebounders and shot blockers, but how many  are coming out with a viable skillset. D Howard is an incredible basketball player, but he still hasn’t shown any skill with the ball in his hands. I view drummond the same way. He’s not a person you rely on in the post like you do Moose.

  • Nov 9, 201311:33 am
    by Afochtman

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    Man,
    Bynum didn’t have a prayer staying in front of Westbrook, but didn’t even seem like he was trying…so ineffective.
    I hate seeing Bynum and Stuckey in the lineup together.  How many people can you fit in the paint at one time?
    There has been some crazy line-ups the last few games.  I think at one time it was Monroe, Jerebko, Singler, Stuckey & Bynum.   Can’t see that beating anyone,

  • Nov 9, 201312:11 pm
    by anacaniwelk

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    We really aren’t going to be able to take the next step until Andre Drummond figures out how to shoot a basketball. And yes I realize that is never gonna happen. 

    • Nov 9, 201312:55 pm
      by T Casey

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      That’s a bit of a problem. But the bigger problem is our poor guardplay. They just aren’t taking enough pressure off of the bigs. Stuckey’s been good so far off the bench and Jennings put it on late to actually end up having a great game overall. But the backcourt is a bigger problem for sure.

    • Nov 9, 20131:52 pm
      by MrBlockedShot

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      Didn’t he take some classes from Olajuwon this summer? he has been just a finisher so far. He’s waiting for his teammates to pass him the ball and take it to the rim. But when they can’t find him he usually has an off night cos that affects to his defense too. The oppponents know that it’s better to foul him rather leting him  go to the rack and he’s at his worst from the free throw line. So yes, he has a great upside and higher ceiling than anybody in this team, but…

    • Nov 10, 201310:11 pm
      by jamesjones_det

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      I disagree, the best defensive players ever to play in the league couldn’t shoot a lick and help their respective teams with championships.  Dre needs to learn to play within himself and stick to his strengths, he doesn’t need to be a scoring machine for this team to win.
       
      I don’t expect Dre to ever be a scoring machine no matter who he gets lessons from, if it was as easy as getting personal lessons from someone Shaq would have been a 90% FT shooter by the end of his career.

  • Nov 9, 20131:03 pm
    by T Casey

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    I still say Dre needs more shots. He’s our most efficient starter on offense, probably even on isolation plays. But he usually only has the 2nd or 3rd most shots on the team. Somehow, they’ve got to find him more when he’s got it going on offense. If a guy is hot, give him the ball.
    If Villanueva could find his way out of the dog house, he could help a lot with floor spacing as a stretch floor. It’d also cut down on our other bigs minutes. I still think KCP needs more run, especially early in games. 5/6 minutes in the 4th quarter isn’t a lot to get into a groove for a rookie. 

    • Nov 9, 20131:04 pm
      by T Casey

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      That was supposed to be Moose, not Dre.

      • Nov 9, 20131:54 pm
        by MrBlockedShot

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        Totally agree. Should Monroe get 15-20 shots per game he would be among the top-10 scorers in the league

      • Nov 10, 201310:13 pm
        by jamesjones_det

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        Agree, the offense should run through Monroe, I much rather he be our volume shooter on most nights instead JS.

        • Nov 10, 201311:48 pm
          by frankie d

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          Unfortunately, monroe is revwrting to his rookie year “garbage man” role out of necessity.
          The team rarely runs plays for him and the only way he is getting shots is by getting on the boards and getting his own shots off rebounds. 
          It is just tough to see the team turning away from what should be its strength in order to feature a horribly inefficient player like smith.  In fact, what is happening is even worse than what i had feared.  

  • Nov 9, 20132:02 pm
    by smackdab

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    just dont see how billups got a c-… 

  • Nov 9, 20132:57 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    shooting is the concern…. Singler, Billups and Datome had great looks and did not knock them down….
    Also Adams dominated us, it was like we even game plan for him and…when we got within four or 6 points…. Bynum blew the game…he looked horrible against Reggie Jackson
     

  • Nov 9, 20133:08 pm
    by Max

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    Bynum was playing as if he thought he was wearing #11.   What the hell was the matter with him with those reckless drives into traffic?  Someone has to tell him he’s not the star of the team.  
    On the plus side, Monroe looks like a better player defensively and Datome looks special–he hasn’t put up stats yet but he adds a little pizzazz to nearly everything he does.   
    And thank you Tim for pointing out the obvious that Stuckey has been the best shooter on the team this year so far.  He’s been awesome.   

  • Nov 9, 20135:41 pm
    by Jack56

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    Only a few games in and people are screaming for a trade…ugh. Then when they don’t get Lebron for Monroe they scream how bad a GM Joe is. I am so glad none of you are making decisions. At this point Monroe is the best player on the team. Let’s wait and see where the Pistons are in a month or so.
    Those who are moaning and complaining just stop. We won’t win the championship this year. Sorry, to ruin your hopes…our goal is making the playoffs, so this mean we should beat most teams, but lose to the best teams. The fact that so far…the games with the best teams have been at least close should be a huge victory. Enjoy that there is something to cheer about and watch the growing stages rather than gripe.

    • Nov 9, 20136:05 pm
      by joe dumars

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      If Monroe is the Pistons best player for the next 4-5 years we’re looking at a treadmill team along with him.

      • Nov 9, 20136:07 pm
        by Jack56

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        Based on what?

        • Nov 9, 20136:17 pm
          by joe dumars

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          Because hes never been able to elevate the team before. Hes not a superstar. Putting up 16/10 or 17/10 are nice number, but they don’t matter if you don’t win.

          • Nov 9, 20136:22 pm
            by Corey

            Did you expect him to take the crap sandwich that was the pistons roster in his second year and make them great? He’s STILL about 3-4 years from his peak.

          • Nov 9, 20136:44 pm
            by joe dumars

            He showed no improvement between the time he got starts in his first season and the end of his 3rd season, so I don’t see why that might be so hard to fathom he might of peaked or close to his peak. Hes still not showing anything that resembles a reliable jump shot either, and that’s key for him to be playing power forward on this team.

            I honestly don’t want to see this team get in similar situation they had with Stuckey where they paid him for potential when he never showed a consistant improvement through his first contract.

          • Nov 10, 20134:39 am
            by gmehl

            @joe dumars – I have a really bad feeling that Monroe actually doesn’t want to be playing PF. I am starting wonder if that’s why he wouldn’t have signed an extension if it was offered. the one thing that will make a player want to leave is playing out of position and you’d have to wonder if he is an issue with it. I hope I’m wrong but I have my suspicions.

          • Nov 10, 20131:29 pm
            by MrBlockedShot

            @gmehl Monroe might not be playing at where he wishes, but he has become a better player this season and is putting up better numbers. I think his renovation has nothing to do with that.I think that any of us in his possition would select the same option:just wait for the season to end and then take the best offer.

          • Nov 10, 20131:32 pm
            by MrBlockedShot

            Sorry for the bold font, don’t know how I got it…

  • Nov 9, 20138:00 pm
    by Hook Shot

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    In defense of  Cheeks he is still feeling his way with his players but his lack of time outs during runs with Indiana and now OKC were inexcusable. Phil Jackson uses to do the same thing and allow the players to play out of it  it, but he needs to exert more control. Bynum needs to ride the pine and KCP needs to play. 

  • Nov 10, 20133:44 am
    by Saul

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     I’ve noticed Moose needs more shots too. Run the offense through him. If he doesn’t have 20 shots a night something is wrong. He’d average over 20 points a game easily if allowed, we need to quit this ‘teamball’ crap we have going now and get the ball to our best scorer.

    • Nov 11, 20139:00 am
      by Tim Thielke

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      Most of Monroe’s value comes from taking such a high percentage of his shots at the rim. Those attempts aren’t easy to generate. You could probably make a case to give him the ball a couple more times per game. But most of those would probably add to to the already significant number of times when he passes it back out because he just doesn’t have a shot.

      • Nov 11, 201312:46 pm
        by frankie d

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        The only reason he passes it out so often is because the offense is a mess.  Unless chauncy is on the floor it looks like total chaos and accidental offense.  Agsinst bad teams they may be able to out-talent teams but against better teams they need to exploit the real strengths of the team:  interior scoring.  Josh smith taking 7 3 pointers a game and jennings taking 16 shots a game is ultimately kill any chance the team has for a good year.

  • Nov 10, 20136:27 am
    by Lethal Leeroy

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    Our perimeter D is hurting us just as bad as the (lack of) 3 ball… If we got a real SF in there to manage the perimeter threats and a decent 3 ball clip to supercharge our scoring… We could be anything!!

    I think Datome offers our best chance of both…although, I’m ok if we stick to the big 3 starters, I just don’t want to see singler as 6th man like last game. He doesn’t add the shooting so it has to be datome (I’m sure he’ll eventually knock down the 3 with regularity) as 1st in off the bench. Give him extended minutes at the 3 to prove it…

    I know players still have to earn the PT but would we not look better with moose, jsmith, datome, stuckey, Jennings starting… Dre, harrelson, singler, kcp, billups as a second unit meshed with returning starters as appropriate? Both units would have a better balance of offense, defense, youth and experience.

    Also, I don’t see a need for WB getting minutes as the 3rd or 4th best pg on this team. Dont really care about the so called pick and roll chem with Dre… It hasn’t really worked anyway!

    WB and JJ are the archetypical junk minute eaters… Will is watchable, but i just cant look when jonas is in the game. 

    • Nov 10, 20138:25 am
      by Vic

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      KCP given respectable minutes: perimeter D and 3 point threat

    • Nov 10, 20138:38 am
      by sebastian

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      Joe should fire Mo’ and hire Letahl Leroy. The suggested line-up/rotation is what OUR Pistons should be rolling with going forward. It makes for a much more controlled and defined roster.
      As it stands now, there is absolutely no definition in the way that WE are playing.

  • Nov 10, 20137:52 am
    by Lexstarbuck

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    I know a lot of you won’t believe this, but he goes. THE DETROIT PISTONS ARE A SMALL MARKET TEAM. What BIG NAMES actually want to come here. UMMMMMM, NOONE. Who really wants to do Lasik eye commercials or campaign for Quicken Loans. Right now the biggest asset for any team is shooters or big men who can get buckets in the paint. As I see it so far we have one of those. Why give him up for some semblance of “What we could get”. Makes no sense what so ever. Right now I only see two guards on the team that actually knows how to play inside out, but he chucks up more first opputunity 3′s than the law allows and the other looks as old and slow as Jesus. Getting the ball into the post is an afterthought. We actually have two skilled bigs that can have a field day in the post, but one’s playing small forward. Josh Smith is a good post player but he keeps getting the ball on the perimeter with every touch, forced to try to make a play or a bucket, when that’s our guards responsibity to handle the ball and make good solid decisions concerning play calling. BTW, does  Cheeks even run plays, doesn’t seem like it.
     

  • Nov 10, 20139:15 pm
    by danny

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    It’s five games into the season and people want to jump ship.  There are times when the loyalty of this team’s fans never seem solidified.  Everyone is ready to talk about drastic moves when the season just started.  We are playing a lot better and there is still a lot of room for improvement,  Jennings played 3 or 4 games with this squad, it will take time to learn each others preferences.  Yes he needs to do a better job and take less shots but, he is getting to the bucket and causing the defense to react, and that is desperately needed. 

    • Nov 11, 20134:55 am
      by gmehl

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      Yep the panic merchants are already in full swing that’s for sure. Jennings also had 11 assists so it’s not like he’s a total ball hog. What we really kind of need is to play against some teams that are on our level like Atlanta so we can get some wins so we can build up the teams confidence. Winning cures everything.

    • Nov 11, 20139:02 am
      by Tim Thielke

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      To be fair, I don’t think anyone is “jumping ship” after 5 games who wasn’t before the season started.

      • Nov 11, 20132:55 pm
        by Danny

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        Very very good point, agreed as well.

  • Nov 10, 201310:00 pm
    by jamesjones_det

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    Actually I was very encourage by what I saw in this game.  The TOs were low, assists were good, we got beat a bit on the boards but nothing to worry about.  Take away the 17 more FTs by OKC and the Pistons win the game.
     
    The big thing here is we are seeing some progression, if they can just tighten up their D a bit I think they will smooth out these erratic runs they are going through right now and maybe you start to win some of these tight ballgames.

  • Nov 11, 20135:01 am
    by gmehl

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    Durant is such a good player that when his team needs a basket he almost always delivers it. That pump fake that Josh Smith bit on actually made me bite too. I instantly wanted Smith to contest it but geez it was a great play by KD. As fans of the Pistons we just have to realise that we are not yet as good as the elite teams in the NBA. Baby steps!

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