Bench Blues: Reserves Are The Real Reason Pistons Are Struggling

March 9th, 2010 by Jay Wierenga Leave a reply »
On Sunday night the Detroit Pistons ended another long losing streak, unleashing an offense that has been stagnant at best this season.

While the win was a bit of good news for the Pistons, it highlighted what has been a season-long problem for the team.

The Pistons only go as far as their bench takes them.

Heading into this season, the bench appeared to be one of this team's biggest assets. New acquisitions Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon joined Will Bynum, Jason Maxiell and, hopefully, a productive trio of talented rookies.

As we all know, injuries have absolutely decimated this team. However, the Pistons have been relatively healthy the second half of the season, yet they are losing ground even quicker than before in the Central Division standings.

There are plenty of reasons, but the overriding culprit has been the anemic offense of the second unit. Too often, the starters are leaving close games to a second unit that just can't seem to get their act together.

For instance, take a look at the most reason losing streak:

In each of those six games, the starters accounted for at least 64% of the ...

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