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3 minutes ago, Deleterious said:

Ivey was standing straight up.  Not sure why LeVert gets to throw his elbow into Ivey's chin without a foul.  

That was too bad.  Ivey looks like his technique and effort on defense are getting a lot better but really got screwed on that one. 

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2 hours ago, Deleterious said:

 

Spare us Monty. Killian Hayes has already been paid $24M for being possibly the least productive regular player in the NBA. No one needs to cry for him if you outright cut him not only because of that but also because he'll likely go back to Europe and make nice bit more pocket change.

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7 hours ago, Deleterious said:

 

Hayes had to have seen it coming.  He probably falls back into the rotation if they can move Morris.  Other than that, he probably should be hanging out with Harris and Wiseman at the deep end of the bench.

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12 hours ago, Deleterious said:

The bench seems to be playing well again.  At least they are not getting blown out when that unit is in.

Does it matter when it's vets that are keeping them in the game and the youth that's getting pummeled? What a waste of a season.

Also, it was funny to see Ivey finally get the chance to drive a ball in the 4th after all the Bogey and Burks chucks and Cade pounding the ball and missed layup possessions then Monty calls a timeout right when Ivey was driving the ball and sets up a play for Burks to get the ball in the corner as the shot clock was winding down only to get a shot clock violation. Also, Sasser with a whole 10 minutes of action even with Killian out and refusing to put a real defender on Mitchell when he was going off (Ausar maybe? perhaps?). I don't think I've ever disliked a Pistons coach more and there's a long line of ones to dislike over the last 15 years.

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Why doesn't Monty challenge that call against Ivey? Clearly an offensive foul and the game turned right there. I've never seen a team so terrible at using their challenges.

Glad to see Hayes was a healthy scratch, but it doesn't excuse the fact that it took Monty over 40 games to realize that. Same with Wiseman.

Why not go back to Gallo instead of Bogie to close? Gallo was having a way better game and his defense is no worse.

The drop coverage with Duren is so bad. Gave up multiple wide open 3s to Mitchell in critical minutes because Duren is standing 10 feet away in the paint. I'm guessing that's Monty's scheme, although Duren's defense does still need a lot of work regardless.

Ausar made a pretty big impact on the floor defensively and they showed a stat where the Pistons defensive rating goes from something like 122 to 114 when he's on the court. Yet Monty can find more than 18 minutes for him, even when Mitchell (who was 0-3 with Ausar guarding him) is steam-rolling us.

And finally, this guy was more calm today but the line, "How does anybody watch this and feel good about themselves" about sums it up:

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