The Pistons have sprung a leak defensively.
It's easy to ignore when they are winning, but the leak resulted in a 105-86 home loss to the New Orleans Hornets that caused the sparse crowd to become restless and a few to taunt Pistons coach Lawrence Frank.
"This is embarrassing and unacceptable," someone from the crowd screamed.
He was right.
The Pistons didn't just play bad defense. They were sloppy on offense and a number of balls that rattled in and out fueled the Hornets fast break along with a bunch of missed layups and New Orleans' 10 blocked shots.
This was a game the Pistons were counting on with one game remaining Wednesday at home against Washington before the All-Star break. The Pistons pride themselves on being a defense-first team, but they've now given up 104.7 points a game in their last three outings.
This easily was their worst. The Hornets shot 49.4 percent from the field and made 10 of 21 3-point attempts after falling behind 8-0.
"We kind of got lost out there," forward Kyle Singler said.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson attended the game but had no prayers for the Pistons, who were under attack for much of the game. The Hornets were aggressive, blocked the lane when the Pistons tried to penetrate and finally made a mockery of the home team.
The Pistons shot just 35.8 percent from the field and needed to hustle at the end to get it that high. A number of their misses were uncontested layups. It was as if they heard demons that were not there.
Those demons were 7-foot trees Anthony Davis and Robin Lopez, who altered shots and made things uncomfortable inside. Davis had four of the Hornets' blocked shots and they led to easy buckets. New Orleans had 48 points in the paint and led by as many as 20.
"One of the things we talked about was being the aggressors from the get-go," Lopez said. "But I'm impressed that we were able to come back, gather ourselves."
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130211/SPORTS0102/302110433#ixzz2KhD0Eaof
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