The Detroit Pistons have to learn that getting off to early leads won’t guarantee victory.
What’s it going to take for them to realize this?
Is there any other team in the NBA that squanders a lead as quickly as it builds one up like the Pistons?
I don’t think so.
It happened again earlier this week in a 101-94 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
“We got off to a great start,” said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. “You’re not going to win a game 150 to 14. The key is when they made their run, even the last four minutes of the first quarter, the key is that a team is going to make a run, it’s the mistakes we made and how they got them. With that, the mistakes multiplied and came in succession, so they become a little bit deflating. This game is about resolve and mental toughness.”
But resolves and mental toughness is something the Pistons don’t have now and Frank realizes it.
“It’s a six-point game at half, a six-point game at the end of the third quarter, and then we cut it to two, and at the end of the day in the fourth quarter we could not control the penetration off of the pick-and-roll. It’s a game of runs; we just didn’t have enough to get it done,” he said.
The Pistons are also forcing shots. That’s bad news. There’s no patience in taking shots by this team.
“In the first half alone, I think we had 22 shots at the rim, but we couldn’t convert them,” Frank said. “So when you put in making defensive mistakes on some coverages, giving up easy baskets, and on the other end when you’re not finishing as well as you’d like, it’s dealing with that frustration within the course of the game.”