It should be common knowledge by now that even in the NBA, defense wins games.
The Pistons should be winning games like this one, even though it was on the road. If the team is on the verge of turning the corner as coach Lawrence Frank would suggest, they should be playing good enough defense to prevail.
But the Pistons continue to be a team that can’t get the stops at critical times.
“They made shots, that’s pretty much it. We’ve got to do a better job defensively getting stops,” Rodney Stuckey said.
Especially down the stretch of certain games is when the Pistons just can’t seem to make a defensive play.
“We couldn’t contain their penetration, so that’s one thing we have to do better,” said center Greg Monroe. “We gave up some second shots and they got a few more loose balls. It was a tough game, and both teams played really hard. A couple more plays could have won the game for us. They had more plays.”
The Pistons have to play better clutch defense on the road. It’s that simple. New Orleans exposed the fact that they can penetrate the paint and break the Detroit defense off the dribble to get sound shots. All they need is one play at times, but they’re not getting it done defensively. Stuckey needs to play much better defense and so do his teammates.