After starting 0-8, the Pistons are 5-5 over their last 10 games. They’ve won their last four games at home and lost their last four on the road. Their home and away splits look more like a typo than the real thing. Check out the last two seasons:
2011-12 Shooting Percentages (FG/FT/3P)
Home: 44.9 / 35.1 / 74.5
Road: 42.7 / 34.1 / 75.8
2012-13 Shooting Percentages (FG/FT/3P)
Home: 48.9 / 44.8 / 71.4
Road: 41.1 / 32.8 / 73.9
To have averages with that much separation, it has to be more than just one player bringing everyone down. So if it isn’t an aberration, is it simple youth and nerves?
The real problem lies in their style of play. They aren’t a team who is built to come from behind. Too often, they get behind on the road and have to chance their play in order to get back into games.
They’ve played 11 games on the road and have trailed at halftime in eight of those games. They lost every single one of them. Being a front-runner is fine, but if you average being outscored in every quarter, when will you have opportunities to get in front?
Greg Monroe is the Pistons best player, but he’s been setting the example for this inconsistency. At home, he shoots 54.8 percent. On the road, he plummets to 41.6 percent. Could it be the coaching staff refusing to change the game plan?
According to SynergySports, Monroe is most successful when he’s put in situations where he’s moving, such as when he’s cutting and when he’s the screener in the pick-and-roll. He shoots 57.1 percent and scores 1.15 points per possession in the pick-and-roll and 64.1 percent with 1.17 points per possession as the cutter.
However, he’s only put into those positions 18.3 percent of the time (pick-and-roll) and 13.9 percent of the time (cutter). His most frequent offensive situation is the post-up, where he spends 24.2 percent of his possessions. He shoots just 37.1 percent with .63 points per possession when he posts up.
On the road, teams need to pay attention to all the little details. The Pistons coaching staff seems to ignore them, and it’s caught up to them. If they want to return to the playoffs, they need to put together more wins on the road. It certainly looks like the coaches aren’t doing their part.
Thanks for visiting HoopsHabit.com! We’d love to hear your opinion in the comments section below!
HoopsHabit’s Regular Column Schedule:
Monday – NBA Awards Watch
Wednesday – NBA Power Rankings
Friday – NBA Stat Central
Sunday – Your NBA Fix Podcast