The Detroit Pistons have started out 5-12 and it’s no secret what one of the reasons remains behind such a shaky start: defense and turnovers.
It seems to happen on the road all the time and is becoming too habitual for Detroit.
That was very indicative in Friday’s 90-78 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Pistons could have come close to pulling off an upset against one of the NBA‘s elite teams. But a turnover here and defensive lapses there shreds those hopes at critical times.
“We definitely had a chance to win the game if we didn’t turn the ball over as many times as we did.” said Greg Monroe.
Point guard Brandon Knight had six turnovers while Monroe was guilty of seven. As a team, the Pistons had 22 turnovers.
“A lot of these games we have lost because of things that we can control,” Monroe said. “Tonight was definitely one of those games where we can control a little bit more. Not to take anything away from them (Grizzlies), because they are definitely one of the best teams in the league, but tonight we took the chance away from ourselves.”
Despite the massive amount of turnovers he and his team made, Monroe took comfort in the way his team improved in the second half.
“We had a little miscommunication with how we wanted to guard the post in the first half,” he said. “We changed it and had a little success. It was really more about energy than how we were playing above anything else.”