Why Joe Dumars Has To Blow Up the Detroit Pistons

December 29th, 2010 by Brett Dalton Leave a reply »
The other night in Charlotte, NC I got my first live look at this year's Detroit Pistons.  After following them closely in broadcast, box score and written article up to that point, I felt this would give me some perspective as to why the team was struggling so much this year. 

By the end of the second quarter, I had seen all I needed to see to have that understanding.  Granted, they made a nice comeback in the fourth quarter and had two chances to tie the game up in the final minute, but that comeback was overshadowed by the problems that have plagued this team throughout the season and were readily apparent in the first half of Monday's game.

Establishing an Identity

The great thing about the Bad Boys era team and the recent title winner was that they had an identity.  It helped them overcome a mismatch in talent against their Finals opponents to win and become champions. 

In 1990 and 1991, it was a brand of aggressive defense that did the trick.  They could shut down the opponent's best wing player and they made life very rough for anyone coming into the lane.  Plus they were deep—they h ...

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