Detroit Pistons Not Happy With Greg Monroe's Poor Shooting

By John Raffel
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe doesn’t like the way he’s shooting the ball, especially after his most recent NBA game.

He shouldn’t like it either.

Monroe was 4-of-17 and his team was 29-of-85 for 34.1 percent in a dismal performance and 92-77 NBA setback against the Dallas Mavericks

Monroe especially missed some key close shots.

“I made a few early ones, but then I started rushing my shots,” he said. “I wasn’t taking my time on the floor…It did start to snowball on me. When you miss a few, it makes it worse.”

Monroe, who had 15 rebounds, admitted that offensive problems also led to team defensive breakdowns.

“It did definitely,” he said. “When missing close shots like that you put yourself in trouble to get back in transition. I was trying to play aggressive and get to the rim and they didn’t fall.”

It was a nightmare for coach Lawrence Frank.

“Well, guys, did you see the types of shots we were getting? We missed 29 shots within two feet of the basket. So, the problem is we’ve got to make those shots. Then the next thing is that we’ve got to get back. We gave up 35 fast break points.

“And then once frustration mounted because of our inability to make shots, and subsequently we started forcing things and having turnovers; whereas we need to be able to collect ourselves and find ways to impact the game – everyone – when the tide starts to turn.”

The Pistons have got to cash in on their easy shots or a long season is gong to get even longer.

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