Stan Van Gundy displeased with Detroit’s defense
Photos by Tony Capobianco
The Detroit Pistons lost 104-88 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday and head coach/president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy was most displeased with how his team performed defensively after dropping their eighth road game of the season.
“Our defense was pathetic,” Van Gundy said, “pathetic. We didn’t compete. It’s mind-boggling how different we are home and on the road.”
The Pistons have lost five of their past seven and drop to 8-10. However, they are 1-8 on the road, with their only win coming at Denver. They are a formidable 7-2 at home which includes wins over the Thunder and the Western Conference leading Los Angeles Clippers.
Both teams were coming off a back-to-back and the Thunder were playing in their fourth game in six nights in four different cities. That was the perfect situation for the seldom used guard Anthony Marrow to have his biggest game of the season for the Thunder by scoring a team leading 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting in a season high 26:24 minutes.
“He had a smaller guy on him,” Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook said. “We play one on one in practice a lot and (Morrow) can score with the best of them on the block. Basically every night when the point guard is guarding the two man, he will obviously be able to exploit that mismatch.”
“Look,” Van Gundy said, “against our defense it’s really surprising the way we defended tonight that they didn’t have 150.”
Pistons small forward Tobias Harris scored a team high 21 points. Averaging at 16.4 points per game, Harris is playing to his averages but it is a valid question whether or not a team like the Pistons, who are built around Andre Drummond, can go gar with Harris as their leading scorer.
The road trip continues to Charlotte against the Hornets on Tuesday. The Thunder travel to New York on Monday to take on the Knicks.