Greg Monroe has proven with the Detroit Pistons that he is a quality NBA player. But his team’s 110-88 Friday loss to the Miami Heat proved that Monroe can’t carry a team by himself, not that anyone can, but especially not Monroe.
Against the Heat, Monroe had an impressive performance going 12-of-17 from the floor and
7-of-8 from the free throw line while scoring 31 points.
“I always try to play with confidence. Today I just got into a good rhythm,” he said
But as well as Monroe played, the killer for his team was turnovers. 18 to be exact.
“As a team we need to do a better job of taking care of the ball,” he said. “That’s definitely turnovers. When we had the ball we were able to get stuff done. Turnovers killed us tonight.”
The Miami Heat has built a solid reputation on offense. But as Monroe pointed out, the team isn’t doing too badly on defense.
“They did everything tonight,” Monroe said. “That’s what they take pride in, switching a lot of stuff, rotations. They took away some things that we were successful in the last game.”
But taking care of the ball is critical for the Pistons, Monroe noted.
“The turnovers killed us. We shot well from the field. They got a lot of points off of (turnovers),” he said. “They got a lot of points in the paint also. That was a big thing too. I think half of their points were in the paint.”
It’s why the Pistons are 16-27. Turnovers continue to plague Monroe and his team and they can forget about the playoffs if that continues.