The Detroit Pistons simply can’t afford a 4-20 start that they sustained a year ago.
However, the Pistons, who were given no favor from the schedule maker of a six-game road schedule after a tough home opener against Houston, don’t want to get too deep in the doldrums. The deeper the hole, the tougher it will be to get out of it.
Pistons coach Lawrence Frank wasn’t too happy after the loss to the Lakers, especially with his first unit of Tayshaun Prince, Brandon Knight, Jason Maxiell, Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe.
“It was total domination. I think our second unit at least played,” Frank said. “They didn’t play mistake free, but played very, very hard at least where the Lakers had to sub back in (Dwight) Howard and Kobe (Bryant). But their first 15, 16, 17, 18 points were right in the paint and they weren’t even straight post ups, they were two feet in the paint shooting 62 percent.
“They scored 80 points basically in the first 32 minutes of the game constantly taking the ball to the net because they were either scoring, or getting to the free-throw line. So, very disappointing by and large.”
Frank insists that his team has the energy to get the job done.
“Everyone should have energy and effort. Everyone on the team should be able to play and compete,” he said. “If you can’t play with 100 percent effort you shouldn’t start, or come off the bench. It’s the responsibility of each guy to give maximum effort. That’s the job description.”
Frank refuses to get discouraged.
“We’ve combed through this thing very, very closely, and we also have a vision for this team in terms of where we want to go,” he said. “We know this is a building group. It’s unacceptable to get your doors blown off, but we did, and yet we know we’re a young building group.”