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Greg Monroe Blasts Detroit Pistons’ Lack Of Effort

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Monroe is embarrassed with the way the Detroit Pistons have been playing.

He should be.

The Pistons were all lamenting about a poor effort Sunday night at the Los Angeles Clippers in a 129-97 loss. It definitely wasn’t one of Detroit’s finer hours.

The defense obviously didn’t show up. The Clippers were an incredible 50-of-80 in field goal shooting. That’s phenomenal offense for LA or lousy defense for Detroit. In this case, it was actually both.

“Maybe guys don’t care, I don’t know. Something has to change, this can’t continue. If you don’t want to play, just say it. This has got to stop, this is unacceptable,” Monroe said. “If you don’t want to play, you should say something. This is unacceptable. This is going on too long. If you don’t want to be on the court, if you’re not going to give 100 percent on the court, just don’t play.

“We had enough information. We knew what they were going to do. There was no effort from us. This had nothing to do with coaching.”

Perhaps Monroe’s words will be a wakeup call for his teammates. Something needs to be done. But Monroe can also point to himself for his 33 lackluster minutes. He was 2-of-8 from the floor for 10 points, five rebounds and three turnovers. For the season, he’s been average with 16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. But, he’s had too many poor outings as he did on Sunday.

It was the start of what looks to be a very long road trip for the team.