Detroit Pistons: 3 takeaways from late collapse vs. the Pacers

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Detroit Pistons: Turnovers are a big problem

If you want to know why the Detroit Pistons lost this game, look no further than the turnover column in the box score.

The Pistons turned the ball over a whopping 18 times to only four by the Pacers, who were able to score 22 points off of those turnovers.

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The Pistons didn’t respond well when the Pacers went to a 2-3 zone in the second half and it led to a lot of takeaways and easy buckets for the Pacers.

It’s surprising that teams don’t go to zone more often against Detroit, as their shooting has been poor all season and defenses can just pack the paint and dare them to fire away.

This leads to a lot of tough passes into the interior and more turnovers for Detroit.

The Pistons have now dropped to 23rd in the NBA in turnovers per game which is something they are going to have to clean up if they want to make a leap as a team next season.

Part of this is because they are a young team with a few guys playing out of their natural position, but another part is that Detroit’s lack of shooting causes them to make more difficult entry passes in the half court.