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Detroit Pistons need more ‘defensive pride … as an organization’

The Detroit Pistons, on paper, did everything necessary offensively to win Monday night.

They scored 130 points, their fourth-highest total of the season, on 49.4% shooting and 40.6% from 3-point range.

Bojan Bogdanovic had one of his best games of the season, scoring 33 points on just 15 shots, and rookies Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren tallied double-doubles.

Instead, they were smeared with another ugly 150-130 blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, largely because of the first five minutes. Milwaukee opened the game with a 28-8 run at Little Caesars Arena. The Pistons looked lethargic, as though they didn’t expect the 2021 champions, still led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, to come out of the locker room swinging.

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The Bucks (30-17, third in Eastern Conference) hit 12 of their first 13 shots and essentially put the game away with a 49-24 lead after the opening period. They led by as many as 33, and the Pistons only managed to get within 20 points the rest of the way. All of the Pistons’ issues this season — their poor defense, inconsistent quarter-to-quarter execution and lack of depth due to injury — were on display.

After getting blown out by 18 points by the Chicago Bulls in Paris last Thursday, the Pistons (12-37, second worst in the NBA) needed a pick-me-up. Instead, they got put down.

“The challenge is there’s no 31-point play,” Saddiq Bey, who scored 21 points, said after the Bucks game. “Just trying to cut it down possession-by-possession, it’s tough.

“We had a great scout plan, everybody had a lot of energy coming in. They were making a lot of shots. It’s hard to run, it’s hard to be in transition, it’s hard to rebound and those things that propel it, it’s hard to do that if we’re taking it out of the net every time. We’re trying to just learn to make it tough for them. Sometimes they’re going to make tough shots, but we can’t afford for them to shoot it the way they did to start off the game.”

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Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo drives on Pistons center Jalen Duren in the first half on Monday,…


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Publish date : 2023-01-24 15:41:34

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