Do the Detroit Pistons Have a Problem?
With things falling apart on the court, the Bad Boys would be well advised to draw together as a team to figure out how best to beat the Heat. The pressure of the situation seems to have affected them, however, as various reports in today’s media suggest that the players of the Detroit Pistons are unhappy with Flip Saunders. While they’re yet to have taken a direct shot at the new coach, it’s pretty clear that something ain’t right.
Asked the difference between today’s Pistons and the Pistons of 2004 and 2005, especially on defense, Detroit’s Ben Wallace said, “Night and day . . . night and day.” He pointed out that his team has dropped defensively from No. 1 to “the middle of the pack.”
Big Ben wasn’t the only one with beef, however. Even Tayshaun Prince, a player not known for running his mouth to the media, has expressed concern over Saunders’ tactics in game three.
Wallace also made clear his disdain for the Hack-a-Shaq method. "It never worked in Portland," Wallace, a former Trail Blazer, said. "It didn’t work now. To me, personally, if I’m the coach, I don’t like that."
How are we to take this? On the one hand, these comments can be seen as simply being the product of frustration following an embarrassing game against their biggest rivals. On the other, they can be construed as the first signs of discontent within a team which has consistently failed to meet expectations throughout the playoffs. Tonight’s game will go some way to showing which of those is true.