Lawrence Frank admits that one aspect of the season that’s been a struggle for the Detroit Pistons is learning how to win the close games.
Lately, they’ve been successful in that respect. But earlier in the week, they missed an ideal chance in an NBA overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. They’re not at the point where they can afford to lose games like that, especially at home, and hope to be proud of their record at the end of the season.
“We definitely have to put a game like this away,” Will Bynum said. “We had them on the ropes at home, and we need to get as many wins as possible. We have to take the positives and build from it.”
Turnovers continue to plague the Pistons. It definitely cost them against Charlotte and it cost them in many other games.
What Bynum and his teammates have failed to do on a consistent basis is protect a lead.
“We’re up 13, then we lose focus,” lamented Frank. “And then you know how quickly they get right back into it. And then in the second half, those turnovers turn into easy baskets.”
Frank is beside himself with how much the turnovers are costing his team wins.
“We shoot 50 percent for the game, but those turnovers, you lose those possessions and give the second-chance opportunities for them, and you know it changes the complexion, obviously, of the game,” he said.
The Pistons have a tough stretch of games coming up with teams above .500. There’s very little room for error. If they decide to take a night off as they have on other occasions this season, it could be a blow to their already shaky postseason hopes.