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Change is coming for Detroit Pistons after blowout loss to Chicago Bulls

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Stan Van Gundy (Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)

The Detroit Pistons had players-only meeting to address their recent struggles this season. After another blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said that there is going to be a major change in Detroit’s starting line-up.

This will confirm the NBA rumors that the head coach is pissed with the performance of his starting five and will now do something about it.

“SVG” was seething after the Bulls dominated the Pistons, 113-82. The veteran coach announced after the game that their starting five would be different in their next game versus the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

SVG pissed off at Pistons

Van Gundy told Nick Friedell, the Bulls beat writer for ESPN, that it’s a “guarantee” that they are “not trotting that five out there. “SVG” is referring to the Pistons current starting five of Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Tobias Harris and Andre Drummond.

“We got crushed. It was a disgusting performance by all of us, me included. I mean, it was unprofessional, embarrassing, humiliating. Whatever you want to say, it was terrible,” Van Gundy said post-game via ESPN.

“It looks to me like a lack of effort and a lack of heart. And if you don’t play hard, you’re not going to have any confidence. We looked like we were hoping the game would be easy tonight, and it wasn’t. And we just caved.”

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The Pistons are currently on a three-game losing streak and one loss away from matching their longest skid this season. Detroit is just 3-6 in the last nine games and dropped to 14-16 overall. The Pistons are outside of the playoff picture and 10th overall in the East.

Detroit Pistons offense need a boost

Van Gundy did not specify on which starters would be moved to the bench in their next game.

The Pistons’ offense has been lethargic most of the season. They are just averaging 98.9 points per game or the sixth-worst scoring in the league.

There are NBA rumors that the change in the Pistons starting line-up involves the forward positions. This means that Morris and Harris’ jobs could be at risk and one of them will be moved to the bench.

Back-up forward Jon Leuer has also played well this season so it’s likely he’s replacing one of the previous starting forwards.

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Jackson from the Detroit Pistons’ starting PG spot has also struggled since his return from injury. However, only Ish Smith and Beno Udrih are playing behind him. It’s unlikely that Van Gundy gives up on his star point guard.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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