With their busy schedule, the Pistons are smoking the title
Losing for the third time in their last four games, the Pistons are once again deep in the Eastern Conference, sitting in last place with just 11 wins to 32 losses.
It depends on several factors. First, the big classic: injuries, including Cade Cunningham for the season, Marvin Bagley III, plus current starter Jalen Duren. Another main reason for their difficulties in the new season is their inexperience with a squad of twelve players under the age of 25.
But the calendar also plays a big role and this is the busiest game in the League in the first 43 games, 24 away and nine behind (out of thirteen games for the whole season) !
This is easily explained. With the Pistons coming to play in Paris – which will be their only game in eight days – in ten days, they have to chain the above meetings to compensate.
“Our trip was terrible” Dwane ranted Casey before Sunday’s game against Philly. “It’s no excuse to travel to San Antonio and then come back at 3:00 p.m. before the game. We did not like the computer with this calendar! »
The latest example for this weekend: The Pistons arrived in Detroit from San Antonio at 4 a.m. Saturday after practice was canceled to rest from jet lag accumulated during last Thursday’s “road trip” that took them to Minneapolis and Portland. Later, they met for a “date”. [une séance de révisions du plan de jeu et des systèmes, en « marchant »] Yesterday’s pre-game was Sunday afternoon local time.
The young Pistons are clearly on their knees, as evidenced by 22 fumbles in a game where they’ll be knocked down multiple times in their twenties.
“I don’t know if we’ll practice because we have another game on Tuesday, then back-to-back! »Dwane Casey at the Detroit Free Press notes. “We already have injuries. On defense, we will work on certain situations in the video. It’s not going to be a two-hour workout because you have to physically manage the schedule. It becomes difficult for us, we have to be smart with our energy. »
And the end of the tunnel is near for the young troop from Michigan. With the exception of a final (short) trip to Philadelphia this Wednesday for rematch and two games on two evenings on January 14th and 15th, Detroit will stay at home until the “holiday week” in Paris. wow!
|Players||GM||Minimum||Shots||3 points||LF||Turn off||Def||Early||p.d||bp||Int||CT||party||Points|
|Isaiah Stewart II||35||28.3||45.6||34.9||73.3||2.2||5.6||7.8||1.2||1.4||0.4||0.7||2.7||11.6|
|Marvin Bagley III||25||21.3||53.7||27.3||76.9||2.1||3.8||5.9||0.6||0.9||0.5||0.7||2.0||10.6|