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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Struggles continue for Pistons' defense

The questions about Detroit’s defense look to be legitimate after a fourth straight preseason loss, this time a 122-114 loss to the Timberwolves Thursday night.

The Pistons defense allowed Minnesota to shoot 53.4 percent and score over 100 points for the second time this preseason.

“Right now we’re terrible man,” Ben Gordon said of the Pistons’ defense. “There is no ifs, ands or buts about it. We definitely have to improve in that area. I don’t think we can get any worse than we already are. Guys just got to buy into the system and got out there and try to execute every possession down, you can’t talk plays off because when we do that we have lapses. It’s just disastrous out there in the preseason.”

Detroit’s offense shot 58.6 percent from the field and had 21 assists, but also had 15 turnovers. Numbers that would normally result in a win. Charlie Villanueva said he felt the team was not on the same page defensively and have to get the kinks worked out with the season right around the corner.

“That’s just not acceptable,” Villanueva said of the defensive effort. “We just have to pick it up on defense. Offensively you can see we didn’t have a problem at all. We just have to play together as a team. It seemed like in that third quarter we made a run and it just seems like they picked it up more, and we just kind of got away from what we was doing. That’s just unacceptable.”


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