Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe Admits Team Defense Is Costing Games

By John Raffel
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Monroe admits, in a mild way, that his Detroit Pistons need to play better defense than they have been if they’re to recover from their awful NBA start, which now stands at 7-16.

The Pistons lost 104-97 to the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night. The Sixers shot 53 percent from the the floor. The last time the two teams  met in Philly, the 76ers shot only 29 percent. This time, the Pistons defense was either not nearly as good, or the Sixers offense wasn’t nearly as bad…take your pick.

“They definitely were in a rhythm tonight,” Monroe said. “We have to do a better job of disrupting that rhythm. They definitely made some shots. They made some tough ones, and some of them we have to do a better job of defending.”

Reporters are getting tired of hearing Pistons coach Lawrence Frank complain about his defense. Obviously, Frank is tired of talking about it.

“We had some great looks at the rim that unfortunately didn’t go our way,” he said. “We had a big possession where a potential foul going one way led to their break. But at the end of the day, we just have to be cleaner. We gave up 58 points in the second half, so we fought, but we have to just keep working to win the game.”

The 7-16 record is deceiving in some respects but for the most part, the Pistons deserve it. Like against the Sixers Monday night, they give up too many points at times in which they were right on the verge of taking a step forward.

“We had enough offense,” he said. “Unfortunately, we missed some timely baskets but again, defensively, we have to be a little bit sharper.”

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