Detroit Pistons Need More Than Just Greg Monroe To Play Well

By John Raffel
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons can usually rely on Greg Monroe picking up a double-double. But there’s a limit to how much the team can rely on Monroe’s talents.

On Monday night, Monroe had 17 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double. It wasn’t enough in a 105-86 NBA loss to the New Orleans Hornets, though. When Monroe’s the only player to have an exceptional effort, the Pistons aren’t going to win many games.

“I think it was more them. I have to give them a lot of credit. They came out here and wanted to win the game more than us. We started out great, but after that time out, they kind of took control,” Monroe said.

The Pistons shot 35.8 percent from the floor. One doesn’t need to look beyond that stat to figure out why Detroit lost.

“I don’t think our guys were out there taking bad shots,” Monroe said. “I don’t think that has been the case anytime this season. You make some, you miss some. They did a good job playing defense and we didn’t get as many looks as we did in previous games.”

This was a very disappointing loss for the Pistons, both Monroe and coach Lawrence Frank admitted. They’re at 20-33, trying to edge as close as they can to the .500 mark. But then they lose at home to New Orleans, an 18-34 team. Plus, in some respects, the game wasn’t close.

That’s why the Pistons aren’t a playoff team this season. They still have not found out how to win the games they should win.

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