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CBS Sports: Pistons in need of more spirit

The Detroit News

Do the Detroit Pistons need an attitude adjustment?

CBS Sports seems to think so, naming the Pistons on Monday as one of 10 NBA teams in need of a “course correction” in the offseason. According to James Herbert of CBS Sports, that can mean something “intangible.”

For the Pistons, Herbert writes, that means more spirit.

The Pistons are coming off a 37-45 season, one season after making a brief appearance in the playoffs.

“Entering 2016-17 it seemed like the Pistons were on the upswing, with enough talent and versatility to potentially challenge for home-court advantage in the playoffs,” Herbert writes. “Instead they missed the postseason entirely, with embarrassing, avoidable losses in March sealing their fate.”

After winning eight of 12 games in February, the Pistons slogged to a 6-11 record in March, including losses to non-playoff teams New Orleans, Brooklyn, Orlando, New York and Miami.

“Where was their fight? Where was their camaraderie?,” Herbert asks. “Detroit obviously underachieved, but a lot of that can be explained by Reggie Jackson’s injury and (the) rocky road back from it. The bigger problem was, when it had a chance to salvage the season, it wilted.

“Jackson and franchise center Andre Drummond are close friends, but it’s not about that. Off-court chemistry only matters if it translates on the floor. Despite the fact that the pieces fit on paper, the Pistons often looked like they didn’t love playing together. Unless you have overwhelming talent, it’s hard to win when your players aren’t on the same page.”