Dec 21, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) and Houston Rockets power forward Dwight Howard (12) collide during the first quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Defending Opposing Big Men Is An Ongoing Problem For The Pistons


Defending opposing big men shouldn’t be a problem for the Pistons. When you have a front line of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond, nobody should be having huge games against you.

If that were the case, then why did Dwight Howard, Al Jefferson, and Jared Sullinger, all have great games against the Pistons? Keep in mind that the Pistons have played all three big men in the past three games.

Maybe the hype about the Pistons front court being great on the defensive end was just a misconception.

If the definition of ‘defense’ was just based off of blocking shots, then the Pistons would be the best defensive team in the league.

Out of the three, Smith is probably the most polished on defense. Yes, he can block shots with the rest, but he can also defend down low and play solid man-to-man defense.  As for Monroe, he is still a work in progress on defense. And Drummond can time a block shot like no other, but that’s just about all he can do on defense.

The Pistons will go up against a plethora of big men, on Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. So they better have watched film on what wrong in the past three games, and learn what the problem was with defending the opposing team’s big men.

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