Jonas Jerebko Lone Bright Spot For Woeful Detroit Pistons

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Jonas Jerebko had one of his best NBA games since early in the season when he netted 13 points for the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies 105-91.

But they were like the Pistons of old. No defense and no offense when they needed it.

“You look at the game as a whole, they score 44 points on extra possessions or turnovers, which were obviously a big problem,” said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. “After that 62 points in the paint, 30 points on the break, 34 points off pick-and-roll. The game changed in the second quarter. Turnovers, not moving the ball and defensively giving up easy paint scores. Once we lost the lead, they totally became the instigators and aggressors.

“When we subbed back in, we never trusted the pass, our effort started to wane. The third quarter they score six straight like that. It was a very, very disappointing effort, other than the start.”

This sounds too familiar and it appears this Pistons team, at 21-34, will be lucky to get in the mid-30s for wins. Memphis shot nearly 55 percent from the floor thanks to Detroit’s awful defense.

The only bright spot was Jerebko’s play.

In 10 minutes of action, he made all five shots he put up, including three triples and had four assists.

Jerebko has only seen action in 23 of Detroit’s 55 ballgames this season. He’s averaging 5.4 points and 29 rebounds a game. Jerebko had been an instrumental part of the Pistons attack until early in the season then didn’t dress for many games. Now he’s back and after hitting all five shots against Memphis, he might be deserving of some more playing time.

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