It’s about time.
That’s what Greg Monroe and his Detroit Pistons teammates would like to say about breaking an 18-game losing streak to the Chicago Bulls. They finally did it Sunday night with a 99-85 NBA victory, after being hounded by their critics for not having beaten the Bulls for such a long time.
“We came out and it was a complete team effort,” Monroe told reporters after the game. “After the first quarter we kind of took control of the game. We used that energy and focus for the rest of the game.”
Monroe is trying to reach his peak in the final four games of the regular season for Detroit. He actually struggled against the Bulls as he adjusted to his new role at forward to accommodate for Andre Drummond in the starting lineup. Against the Bulls, Monroe was 5-of-11 from the floor in 32 minutes and had 11 points plus seven rebounds. An especially impressive stat with Monroe was his seven assists.
He’s up or even in all statistical categories from his precious two years. His shooting percentage from the floor is below 50 percent for the first time, but that’s not so bad considering he’s going to the basket more and putting up more shots.
Getting rid of the losing streak to the Bulls was a major task for the Pistons.
“It feels good to finish out a game strong against them,” said guard Brandon Knight to reporters after the game. “Tonight we were the team that didn’t make the mistakes, and we capitalized on their mistakes.”