The Detroit Pistons comeback fell short Tuesday night, as they were defeated by the Sacramento Kings 105-103. The Pistons are now 0-5 on the season, something they have accomplished twice in the past three seasons. However, there were some positive notes to take from this road loss.
One, is the fact that the Pistons have finally eclipsed the 100 point mark for the first time season. The other bright spot in their fifth consecutive loss was center Greg Monroe and his triple-double effort.
Monroe scored 21 points on 8-15 shooting, 12 rebounds, and a career-high 11 assists. Monroe was also 5-7 from the free throw line and even added a steal to the stat sheet. In terms of fantasy basketball, Monroe is proving to be the lone star on a lousy Pistons team and owners are benefiting greatly from it.
Greg Monroe is the first player on the Pistons to record a triple-double since Chauncey Billups accomplished the feat way back in 2004. This was also the first triple-double by a Pistons center since Ben Wallace recorded one back in 2002 against the Miami Heat with 12 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 blocks.
Besides this being the first Pistons triple-double in nearly a decade, it was also the NBA’s first triple-double by a player in the 2012 season. Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank finally decided to run the Detroit offense through Greg Monroe, and it paid off tonight. Monroe is really rounding into a polished center that will give you output all over the stat sheet on a nightly basis. For those who own Monroe in their fantasy basketball leagues, hold onto him very tight for the rest of the season.
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