Pistons seek form reversal versus Hawks

From FOX Sports - February 13, 2018

The shine has worn off the Blake Griffin trade.

The Detroit Pistons seemed revitalized after acquiring the five-time All-Star power forward from the Los Angeles Clippers. They reeled off five straight victories and got back in the playoff race.

In a stretch of three games in four days, the Pistons reverted to their previous form. They lost to the Clippers, Atlanta and New Orleans and had their defense shredded in the process. Theyve given up 118 points in their last two outings, much to the dismay of coach Stan Van Gundy.

Theyll try to end the slide against Atlanta on Wednesday.

We havent deserved to win the last couple of games, Van Gundy said. When you dont bring the defense and the fight, guys will own up now after the game. There were four, five, six loose balls when nobody goes on the floor. There are three or four times we dont get back and people are behind us defensively. Times when were not pulling in on the roll man. Those things are inexcusable when youre trying to win.

The offense also hasnt been crisp. Griffin is shooting 38.6 percent during the skid and has misfired on 18 of 23 3-point attempts. He committed five turnovers against the Pelicans.

The inability to find a free-flowing offense has contributed to the defensive malaise, according to Griffins frontcourt partner, Andre Drummond.

I think we just really need to get back to focusing on defense, he said. I think we allowed, including myself, we allowed our offensive play, our frustration of missing shots and just different things going on throughout the game to really get away from our defense. Thats kind of what we anchor ourselves on.


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