Greg Monroe: ‘My number is not getting called’

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

"Defenses are playing me the way they have been playing me all season," Monroe said. "My number is not getting called, and we run the offense through other players now, so I got to work to get shots other ways, but I don’t think it’s anything the defenses are doing.

"Not to disrespect anyone we’ve played, but it’s not like they are trying to deny me or something like that. I think I’m still able to touch the ball. I just think we are focusing on other players more."

There’s certainly truth to that, but Ellis provides an excellent scouting report that explains why Monroe’s struggles deal with more than just Lawrence Frank not designing plays for him:

But teams are riding Monroe’s dominant left hand and are doing a good job of sending him to help defenders. Monroe is a good passer when surveying the floor, but when he puts the ball on the floor he almost always is trying to score, and opponents know that.

Also, his teammates don’t help him at times. If he established good position inside, a poor entry pass can force him away from the basket and he winds up forcing a shot against the 24-second clock.

That’s an especially great point by Ellis that Monroe rarely looks to pass once he starts dribbling. It’s scary and exciting how much better Monroe can be.

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