0 and 5. Zero and Five. Winless. Awful. Outcoached. Outplayed.
Whatever the adjective, this team went from bad to worse in a stretch of 4 games. Finger pointing from the players and coaches on “who is doing what wrong and why” or “who isn’t doing what they’re supposed to do”, and whatever else that goes on when we try to deflect blame on to another when we fall short as individuals.
Plain and simple: No one is doing their jobs right now. Players play, Coaches coach. The team is getting it’s butt kicked in both aspects of the game and something needs to change. The talent is there, the coaches have experience, what’s the problem?
The team is hamstrung, and until a change happens, this is what we’re going to be stuck with. When I say a “change”, I don’t mean necessarily a trade or a new coach, etc. When I say “change”, I mean the players need to start playing up to their talent level and the coaches need to put the right systems and lineups in place to put the players in the best chance to succeed.
As I’ve said before, this team has talent. It may be the “sum of it’s parts” talent and not “superstar” talent, but as we’ve seen in the past the “sum of it’s parts” has success when all players buy in.
To review this season so far:
Game 1: Detroit loses to the New Jersey Nets after leading late into the second half, in New Jersey. You can accept a loss like this occasionally because it is a road game. What’s unacceptable is that the lane was open all night for penetration.
Game 2: Detroit loses to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their home opener on a last second layup by Jeff Green. This game was back and forth all night with one of the Western Conference’s upstart teams. This game was a very winnable game and in my opinion was the best defensive showing on Kevin Durant all season.
Game 3: Detroit loses to the Chicago Bulls in the Bulls home opener after losing a 19 point lead in the 3rd and 4th quarters. This was the start of the downward trend that has shown for the last 3 games. Coaches have put players in a situation where they can’t succeed, players aren’t hitting shots, players are hesitant, etc. This was the worst second half defensive game of the season.
Game 4: Detroit loses to the Boston Celtics in Detroit. The Celtics dominated the Pistons in all aspect of the game. At the end of the game Coach Kuester remarks the team needs leaders, Tayshaun Prince says it starts with the Coach and the fingers start to point.
Game 5: Detroit loses to the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta. Close game throughout, but this game was not without it’s own drama. Ben Gordon had a big night but Rodney Stuckey was benched after reportedly not responding to Coach Kuester’s calls to him during a stoppage in play.
In Game 6 and 7 the Pistons play the Charlotte Bobcats and Golden State Warriors before hitting the road for their first West Coast swing of the season where it looks like those 4 games (Warriors, Clippers, Kings, and Trail Blazers) are going to be tough for this team to win. I believe the first win comes against the Bobcats because the Bobcats are a team that is kind of stuck in neutral like the Pistons are. They’re in between rosters right now, and looking to make a move to improve their team.
Of course, I thought they should’ve won the Thunder, Nets, Bulls and Hawks games this season too. So Pistons fans… what’s wrong with this team? Who does the blame fall on? Coaches? Joe Dumars? Players? All of the above?