But Frank’s complaints of suffering embarrassment with this team are becoming commonplace. He and general manager Joe Dumars need to do something about their team’s embarrassing play within the last few days of the regular season. The schedule gets tougher next week and teams that play the Pistons are seeing a big ‘W’ on the board even before the game starts. You really can’t blame them.
“It doesn’t add up when you’re competitive for a half and then it snowballs on us, and we don’t have the resolve right now to put more into it. This is embarrassing,” Frank said. “The bottom line is, we have to get tired of getting embarrassed. At the end of the day, we’re all professionals and you have to be motivated by competition. That’s the deal. And to come into our building again and be embarrassed like we were; it hurts.”
The Pistons seem to have a irritating routine of Lawrence coming out of the locker room after halftime with a ho-hum attitude. Detroit has been been outscored in the third-quarter seven consecutive games by an average of 12.3 points. The Minnesota Timberwolves outscored the Pistons in a 105-82 home setback to the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
“At the end of the year, we can assess everything,” Frank said. “ Right now, everyone associated with the Pistons can’t be very proud of what we’re doing, that’s what the bottom line is. I know this though, there are a lot of people who want to get this right, and we will get it right.”