By Perry A. Farrell
Detroit Free Press Sports Writer
Apparently, some Pistons need to look in the mirror and question their effort.
Greg Monroe mentioned it during a recent trip, and coach Lawrence Frank brought up the subject before and after Monday's 119-82 home loss to Brooklyn.
"Look, we're paid to play," Frank said. "On the road trip, (for us to) give up 112 points per game and for teams to shoot 55%, for us to take only two charges and not be able to do anything in the paint -- those are the type of things that are disappointing to you. I said it to these guys that from a big-picture standpoint, the thing that I think we have to restore is pride in being a Piston.
"As we struggle post-All-Star break, that's one of the things that stands out. When you have time to reflect, we have to every single day figure out a way to restore the pride and being a part of this team. We're a whole lot more capable than the way we're playing."
The Pistons are on a nine-game losing streak. At 23-46, they are assured a fifth straight year under .500. But reserve point guard Will Bynum said effort is never a problem with him.
"That's what he said, but I go out there and play with pride and effort every night," Bynum said. "I think from an overall team standpoint is how he's trying to say it."
Bynum pointed to defense as an issue.
"I think teams averaged 112 on the road trip, so of course it's defense first, but we were playing against some heavy hitters," Bynum said. "We have to score as well, but you just can't have teams score four or five out of 10 times, and we're scoring one out of 10 times. It could be whatever you want to blame it on. It could be offensive execution, it could be defensively, but overall it's a little of both."