The Pistons were unceremoniously blown out by Greg Monroe and the Milwaukee Bucks Monday night, with all but Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope not showing up to play. Reggie Jackson and Stan Van Gundy ripped the team's effort and were vocal about the need for Detroit to become more consistent if they want to win more games. The Bucks were understandably happy with the win after a three-game slide that left the team at 5-7 entering their matchup against Motown. Former Piston Khris Middleton, who scored an efficient 16 points opened up on the team's gameplan against Andre Drummond, who has had been exploiting opposing team's post games, per the Associated Press & NBC Sports:
"We just tried to be physical," Middleton said of the Bucks' plan for Drummond. "We know he doesn't like contact. Once he misses a couple, he is going to get down on himself and start forcing tough shots. Greg did a great job of just making him shot (sic) tough shots and not letting him get to his right hand."
Drummond finished the night with 15 points and 15 rebounds and was one of the team's only bright spot, while the Bucks didn't shut down the 22-year-old, their game plan does fall in line with what Piston fans have noticed about the center's offensive abilities. Andre has often seemed to become frustrated himself when his shot isn't falling, and has on more than one occasion forced a shot in order to kick start his offense.
Consistency has been identified as one of the things needed for Andre to keep unlocking his potential, but it seems that he also needs to work on the mental aspect of the game to keep his emotions in check and stop him from forcing ill-advised shots. The young pivot still has a lot of room for improvement and as he matures, so should all aspects of his game, hopefully he'll learn to stay out of his own head and keep his focus on the team's overall performance and not just his own.