If the Detroit Pistons want to keep winning, they need to play defense.
Gee, what a complicated statement. But how true. The Pistons, off to a 2-9 start, netted an impressive 103-83 NBA win over the Boston Celtics earlier this week and it didn’t take coach Lawrence Frank long to explain why.
“It all stems from that (defense),” he said. “That’s what it’s going to take for us. It’s not about getting the ball or getting your touches, it’s about getting stops. The two games that we’ve won we’ve seen a defensive commitment and that’s what it has to be about. We all have to do our part, starting with me, to make sure that we’re all accountable defensively.”
On Friday, the Pistons played horrible defense in a loss to the Orlando Magic.
“I think it opened our eyes. Those are games we should have won and we could’ve controlled that. I wouldn’t say it’s a good thing, but it was an eye-opener,” center Greg Monroe said.
Frank obviously needs to focus on his players that have a true sense of what defense is all about. Monroe and Will Bynum had two steals apiece for the Pistons, who slowed the Celtics’ three-point shooting to a 4-of-17 clip. On defensive rebounds, it was 32-23, Detroit.
“We have to be consistent,” Monroe said. “We have to play with the same effort and energy on Wednesday and the game after that and the game after that. It’s a good win, a good win at home; we just have to play like this every game.”