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Pistons drop fifth game in six tries, barely hang on to playoff position

Washington Wizards 106 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Detroit Pistons
Greg Monroe, PF Shot Chart 38 MIN | 7-17 FG | 8-12 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +8Monroe played like a team’s best player. He called for the ball early and often and aggressively went into the teeth of the defense. You’d like to see him make some more of his shots, but this was the attitude so many have been claiming he is missing.

Josh Smith, SF Shot Chart 43 MIN | 6-19 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -1Smith has been playing better perimeter defense of late, but not in this one as any Wizard playing SF burned Detroit from beyond the arc.

Andre Drummond, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 16 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -16Drummond once again put up a fabulous line, especially for his minutes. But his defense was not all that stout and, on a related note, he was picking up too many fouls.

Brandon Jennings, PG Shot Chart 39 MIN | 5-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 14 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | +7Jennings played how we want him to, but it didn’t go well in this one. Those were good shots he was missing, but he still missed them. He didn’t play particularly turnover prone ball, but still got 6 of them. And his defense was no worse than normal, but Wall requires better D.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +8KCP had an incredible first half. He was the main reason the Pistons led after 24. He was good enough that, even after a complete dud of a second half, it was still a good game for him. But he did nothing, on either end, in that second half.

Josh Harrellson, PF Shot Chart 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2Harrellson didn’t make any meaningful impact in 3 minutes.

Kyle Singler, SF Shot Chart 26 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -7Some players are referred to as “quietly putting up (whatever numbers)”. Singler must put his up very noisily, because he always makes a couple impressive plays and then I look at the stat sheet and it’s highly underwhelming.

Luigi Datome, SF 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -3The Pistons should have gone to the break up 12. Datome did a great job of getting past his defender on an inbounds play with a couple seconds on the shot clock. But when he got hacked, he missed both free throws. The Pistons needed those freebies from their best shooter (on paper) on a night when missing free throws was the primary reason for the loss.
Will Bynum, PG Shot Chart 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -14Bynum got torched on D every moment he was on the floor.

Chauncey Billups, SG Shot Chart 12 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -15See Bynum above. Also, Billups missed his shots.

Maurice Cheeks
The Pistons looked much more prepared and played much better against the Wizards than they did in their last game. The Wizards are just playing really, really well these days. In spite of that, the Pistons might would have won if they just hit their normal, league-worst free throw percentage. And much as I’m not a Cheeks fan, I can’t put missed free throws on him.My main gripe is that he didn’t try putting KCP on Wall, who was torching all the lousy defenders (Jennings, Bynum, Billups) he did use.


  • Dec 31, 201310:53 am
    by Brigs


    pistons need a New Years resolution.

  • Dec 31, 201311:08 am
    by MitchEPooh


    Alarming: FT%, perimeter D, FG% of our 2 highest paid players, turnovers.
    Stupidly, I thought this one was in the bag. But the stones came out in the 3rd Qtr unprepared to play basketball. We simply can’t afford to have Josh and Jennings shoot so many missed shots, especially early in the shot clock. And I’m sorry, but Billips is DONE. His effort tonight was embarassing.
    It has become quite clear to me that Mo is not using his personal correctly. There IS talent here. He has not figured out how to gel them together. I like the suggestion of using KCP on Wall but it would be nice if we could guard anyone on the perimeter, and if they get by us, have someone step up into the lane strong and stop the layup.
    And tell Josh he is not allowed to shoot a jump shot unless he is shooting at least 50% for the game. We simply can’t win if he and Jennings continue to shoot 30% and take most of the shots.
    Make Mr. Big Shot an asst. coach. The team fell apart when he entered the game last night. Whatever he was suppossed to bring to the table this year has not materialized.

  • Dec 31, 201311:12 am
    by jacob


    Outta the playoffs outta our pick. Damn!

  • Dec 31, 201311:16 am
    by MitchEPooh


    What does Datome have to do to be graded an “F”. He said before the game that he is having the most fun in his entire life. He must not be watching game film.

    • Dec 31, 201312:02 pm
      by Otis


      I agree with this. I just heard the quote second-hand on the radio, but I was expecting his response to a question about “adjusting to the NBA” might have something to do with the tougher competition, the shock to the system of a league MVP rotting at the end of a bad team’s bench… but no he’s all about fun. That was a real head scratcher. I feel like if you’re a veteran ball player who’s happy not playing on a bad team you’re not doing it right.

  • Dec 31, 201311:40 am
    by Vic


    DBB put together some great research and analysis on why the Pistons are the worst 4th quarter team in the leaguehttp://www.detroitbadboys.com/2013/12/31/5260098/pistons-and-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-fourth-quarters

    • Dec 31, 20131:09 pm
      by Otis


      There are a few problems here: First, DBB is highly agenda-driven, and that agenda is that Jennings and Smith are worthless and Monroe is infallible and worth building a franchise around. In their dream world, Monroe would take 100% of the shots for the team and I’d blow my goddamn brains out. Of course there are inherent reasons Monroe can’t quite prove them right or wrong, and they’re based on his own limitations. He touches the ball ALL the time, but for physical and mental reasons, most of his touches are worthless. If he had the mobility, versatility and drive to put this team on his back, we wouldn’t be in the shape we’re in right now. And he’s not some “best kept secret.” Everybody knows he’s here, and they know what he can do. I often see him passed the ball in the hopes he can create something and he defers. Because he stinks.
      More importantly: We all know that good teams can coast for three quarters and then put the pedal to the metal in the fourth to win games. We also know that good teams are in control of games, not bad teams. Therefore, it’s not that much of a stretch to say that this trend is simply explained by us being a BAD team and being unable to control the game or execute. Because we’re awful. And most teams can toy with us like a cat with a mouse and just snuff us out in the final eight minutes. It’s not worth dissecting any further than that. Teams spend the first half feeling each other out and seeing what each other is trying to do, then they come out of halftime with adjustments and knuckle down in crunch time. This team doesn’t have the talent, balance, leadership, etc. to take control of their own fate. It’s as simple as that.

    • Dec 31, 20131:13 pm
      by Otis


      I mean, just look at the comment that Monroe and Drummond should be leading the team in field goal attempts. The reason these guys are so efficient is that they take the shots that come to them. If you jacked up their shot attempts and force-fed them the ball, they’d shoot like Josh Smith. It’s not even worth debating. You can’t just force Monroe to jack up shot after shot, or he’s going to start missing them all. And double that for Drummond. I’m getting really sick of this bullshit propaganda. I wish people just took the basics concerning what they know about the game of basketball and started from that point when they analyze things, rather than rely on deceptive numbers that have been twisted to prop up flimsy arguments.

      • Dec 31, 20134:39 pm
        by Vic


        Everything you say is flimsy and based on sarcasm and persistent vitriol. I’ve been pushing for rhe successful game plan for the pistons since before the season even started.  When they do it, it works when they don’t it doesn’t work.
        Every single type of data analysis and video review of what happens in actual game proves exactly what many people Including myself have been saying since before the season started.
        Josh Smith played last year with a quality big man in Horford, and THE MOST SHARPSHOOTING SMALL FORWARD iN THE LEAGUE – Kyle Korver.
        So putting him at the four isn’t going to do CRAP unless he plays basketball differently, or a coach forces him to play the game of basketball in a different manner.
        The pistons imported 2 basketball players that are known for having low basketball IQs and bad shot selections. 
        Those two players’ low basketball IQ and bad shot selection are costing the Pistons games this year.
        Is this really that hard to understand? If not, what’s your agenda? 
        Oh yeah let’s trade Greg Monroe!!! The Olympic tryout big man.
        Maybe he can go develop into an Olympian for another team while we suffer through 10 more years of Josh Smith trying to figure out his strengths and weaknesses while he gets old.

  • Dec 31, 201312:11 pm
    by MitchEPooh


    Nice link Vic. I’m glad to see the stats back up my inklings.

  • Dec 31, 20135:09 pm
    by jacob


    The real problem is that neither Monroe or Smith fit. Drummond needs shooters. So to argue which player (Monroe or Smith) should be traded is dumb. Answer is both.

  • Jan 2, 20143:38 pm
    by markbutter


    I watched this game and it was just like so many others this season.
    Jennings continues to dribble the air out of the ball and either jacks up a shot late in the clock or passes to someone with 5 ticks left.
    We’re not even a “running” team and he still averages 3.5 T/O in 36 mins.  Granted, he gets 8.3 assists, but take 1 or two away because anyone can lob a pass to a trailing Drummond or throw it towards the rim.
    We had the chance to take Trey Burke and Joe didn’t. 

  • Jan 2, 20149:41 pm
    by jamesjones_det


    KCP was extremely disappointing to me.  I didn’t expected him to keep playing at the same rate as he did in the first half but I didn’t expect him to disappear either.
    I’ve missed the last few weeks of games but as I watched the last two it seems like this team has not progressing at all.  I see the same mistakes I saw two weeks ago and that just can’t happen if this team is going to go anywhere.  As we get closer to the deadline I think we have to make a move ASAP if we expect to play in the post season.  I will have to start scouting for trade ideas before I open my mouth on whom.

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