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Pistons acceptably defended Damian Lillard’s game-winner

SB Nation’s Coach Nick broke down Damian Lillard’s game-winner in the Pistons’ loss to the Trail Blazers last night (hat tip: Matt Watson of Detroit Bad Boys):

Excuse Nick saying Andre Drummond when it’s clearly Greg Monroe. You get the point.

Moral of the story: The Pistons, Josh Smith excepted, defended the play pretty well, and Smith’s error was far from egregious. Damian Lillard just made a play.

If anything, the Maurice Cheeks could have had Monroe trap and force the ball from Lillard, but leaving LaMarcus Aldridge space probably wouldn’t have been a great strategy.

3 Comments

  • Dec 16, 20132:20 pm
    by apa8ren9

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    Good defense, better offense.  End of story.  The game was won and lost prior to that possession. The pistons actually did a good job of defending that play, unlike the prior possessions that led them to that point.   Lilliard was not having a great shooting night so there was no indication that he could hit a tough shot like that so the commentator is wrong with that opinion.  Lilliard had missed more wide open looks than that in this game.   Lets move on to the Pacers and give great effort and not get blown out by 20 in the first quarter. 

  • Dec 16, 20133:11 pm
    by Drew

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    I am still proud even though they lost. This was the first game i have seen the Pistons naturally competitive as a whole rather than relying on a couple hot streaky guys. last night was not another one of those games carried by one person or losses because of players being off
    the Pistons could probably win nearly Twice as many games if they played less selfishly instead of shoot first or making their own shots.  that was essentially lebron’s advice for this team when he spoke on the pistons this year

  • Dec 16, 20136:30 pm
    by CityofKlompton

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    I am beginning to love these vids from SBNation.

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