The Detroit Pistons are winning games they perhaps shouldn’t be winning.
That’s a mark of a good team.
Greg Monroe knows more than anyone that it wasn’t too long ago that the Pistons were making a habit of losing games in the final seconds.
But things have changed.
“It was huge,” Monroe said. “We found a way to get another win. Guys did well and the team had rhythm. We had a letdown coming down the stretch, but we found a way to finish the game.”
The Pistons still seem to lack that killer instinct.
“We’ve been improving, but obviously we have a ways to go,” Monroe said. “We are finding ways to win now, which is always the most important thing.”
Ironically, when the Pistons lost 126-119 at Atlanta Dec. 26, it signaled the start of a turnaround for the team. Friday night’s performance verified the fact that the Pistons have indeed arrived. “That game could have gone either way, obviously,” Monroe said. “Tonight we just wanted to continue what we’ve been doing the past few games. That was a few games back. We’ve gotten a lot better since that game.”
Coach Lawrence Frank has something to smile about when talking about the way the Pistons play down the stretch.
“I thought the intensity was there, we just took some gambles on a couple of them.” he said. “You just got to give them credit, some good ball movement possessions for them. Like I said, down the stretch, obviously, we’re going to have to be sharper and better.”