1. We couldn't contain Melo and in fact had a hard time keeping any 3 point shooter from scoring
2. We don't have a scorer to turbo charge our attack from off the bench
Is this too simplistic? Stuckey scored 2 points. Villanueva came in to improve our attack from outside, and he hit a few 3s, but it didn't seem he did anything to curtail the Knicks' assault from the arc.
Could we have tried something different? Before the game the question was asked whether this might be the time to reveal Piston small ball - perhaps playing Maggette, Prince, Stuckey and Knight, along with perhaps Maxiell. I didn't see that lineup used, but I also didn't see a great deal of creativity used to counter the Knicks' attack in any fashion.
I'm attacking Lawrence Franks again. I think something should have been tried. Playing Villanueva wasn't the right response to my way of thinking. I think we should have tried the Monroe and Drummond combo. I wondered why Jerebko didn't play at all. I wondered why Stuckey seemed to disappear. Isn't there something the Pistons can do to counter a barrage of threes?
PG Knight, SG Singler, SF Maggette or Jerebko PF Monroe C Drummond might have been fun to see. And, I'm still left wondering about Kravtsov and Middleton. There have got to be some other ways to fight back than simply watching back-to-back 10 point deficit quarters occurring.