Detroit Pistons' Play Called Unacceptable By Tayshaun Prince

By John Raffel
Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

These are not the best of times for the Detroit Pistons.

Veteran player Tayshaun Prince would subscribe to that belief.

The Pistons returned Sunday to Detroit from an awful six-game road trip in which they lost every game to fall to 0-7.

In their 96-82 NBA  loss Sunday to the Houston Rockets, they allowed a 22-1 run.

“There was more to it than just tired legs,” Prince said. “Playing against (the Oklahoma City Thunder) yesterday our guys were enthused playing against them and we had a lot more energy. It seems like we’ve been playing the teams that are so called lesser teams. Our energy has dropped. That’s where our inconsistency has set in.

“I think we’ve been not necessarily losing games but it seems like just from the jump ball our energy hasn’t been there. We have to do a better job understanding what it takes to win. I knew we would have trouble playing consistently for 48 minutes but sometimes inconsistent for 48 minutes still wins. The way we’re playing right now is unacceptable. Guys should be upset right now.”

Prince is averaging 11.7 points per game but clearly is devastated with his team’s poor start.

So is promising rookie Andre Drummond.

“Houston made some adjustments to put a stop to some of our offense in transition that we had going on,” Drummond said. “That’s a good team out there. The Rockets are a great team and they execute all their stuff well and they got a lot of fast break points. We just have to get better everyday and that’s what it comes down to.

“A lot of us are coming from winning teams but all of that is in the past. This is a whole new program and family so I’m not worried about what we have here.”

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