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Defense again a problem as Pistons fall to Timberwolves

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Defense has become a concerning factor in many of the Pistons’ recent games. Stan Van Gundy has repeatedly shown and expressed his discomfort with this team’s defensive efforts. Tonight was unfortunately no different, as the Pistons dropped a 112-101 decision to the Minnesota Timberwolves, a squad that has the second-worst record in the NBA. Detroit has now lost 10 in a row to the Wolves, including both of their matchups this season.

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Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine finished with 10 points, including this impressive first half alley-oop flush.

Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic was a monster tonight scoring 29 points on 9/16 shooting. Six Wolves finished in double figures: Pekovic, Mo Williams (11), Andrew Wiggins (18), Zach LaVine (10), Thaddeus Young (16), and Kevin Martin (24). Detroit couldn’t stop the hot-shooting T-Wolves either. Minnesota shot approximately 60% from the floor in the first half and finished with a field-goal percentage of 51.3%. Free throws also helped the Wolves; hitting an impressive 85.3% on 29-34 from the charity stripe.

Detroit struggled to close the gap against Minnesota while also going dry from three point land as well. The Pistons shot just 10-31 from beyond the arc while having a decent field-goal percentage at 46.8%. D. J. Augustine continues to show his worth as Brandon Jennings’ replacement, scoring 20 points and dishing 8 assists for the home team. Andre Drummond had a double double (17 & 14 on perfect 8-8 shooting) and Greg Monroe contributed with 15 points and 9 boards as well.

This is another debilitating loss for the Pistons, dropping them back 2.5 games out of eighth place in the East. A tough stretch now awaits as they face off against the Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers in their next five games. Detroit currently sits at 20-32 on the year while Minnesota moves up to an NBA second-worst record of 11-40.

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