Some teams have winning on the road down to a competitive science, riding out various storms with calm and poise.
The Detroit Pistons aren't there yet. And Friday night, as Greg Monroe quietly and angrily walked off the court in his return home to New Orleans, that fact was painfully drilled in his head in a 100-95 loss to the Hornets.
With the Pistons trailing by three, there appeared to be some miscommunication on their inbounds play, resulting in a wild 3-point attempt from Rodney Stuckey, who was by far the worst option of the four perimeter players on the floor with 12.2 seconds left.
The players on the floor admitted there was some confusion coming out of the huddle, considering the play was supposed to go to Monroe for a quick-hitter.
"It was a mix-up, we just have to keep focus at that point of the game," said Monroe, who had his 12th 20-10 game of the season (27 points, 10 rebounds). "It's unacceptable at that point. Guys weren't on the same page, that's all that was."
Stuckey said the Pistons have to be better coming out of timeouts, and Pistons coach Lawrence Frank fell on the sword.
"We didn't execute it the way we wanted to. That's something we can control," Frank said. "At the end of the day, if something doesn't work, the head coach has to take responsibility."
The Hornets corralled the rebound and iced the game with two free throws, preventing the Pistons from avenging their embarrassing loss to the Hornets at The Palace right before the All-Star break and continuing their terrible trend against Western Conference teams (4-18).
But there were plenty of plays down the stretch the Pistons left out there, a sharp contrast to several excellent stretches in taking a 93-91 lead with 1:58 left, powered by Brandon Knight's energy and activity.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130301/SPORTS0102/303010466#ixzz2MOOFNdOq
Pistons fall short on road against Hornets
Detroit News | Mar 2