Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe Frustrated That Team Keeps Squandering Leads

By John Raffel
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

It’s one thing to get a lead. It’s another thing to hang onto that lead as Greg Monroe and the Detroit Pistons are finding out.

The Pistons just aren’t playing very smart when they’re in front. A case in point was Friday when the Chicago Bulls came from behind to post a 108-104 NBA victory.

It was a game the Pistons should have won. But, again, they failed to hang onto a lead down the stretch.

“They made a run and we let down. We could have done a few things better,” said Monroe, adding that among those things was giving the Bulls too many second chances. “Coming into the game that was something we knew we had to control, but we didn’t.

Coach Lawrence Frank seems to be getting more and more frustrated at his team giving up leads.

“I don’t think the game is lost (after their run), it’s a game of runs,” he said. “Obviously they made a really good run there; then in the third quarter they scored seven of their first nine possessions, so I think you bridge the gaps there. Obviously, we did a lot of good things to go up 17, but obviously not so many good things.”

Many of the leads the Pistons are blowing are double-digit margins.

“I don’t think the leads get into it, but I think our guys went down with it,” Frank said. “That being said, you come out of the third quarter and it’s who is going to turn up the intensity first and we kept on trading blows, but they kept on delivering more body blows than we could.”

If this keeps up, the Pistons could find themselves out of playoff contention before their season really even gets going.

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