Is Pressure Mounting for Pistons’ Frank?
The Pistons have given away multiple games in the fourth quarter, where the outcome has less to do with preparation and more with adjustments and execution — matters that fall on the players and, perhaps more pointedly, the coaching staff.
Home losses to Houston, Orlando and Oklahoma City, where the offense stalled in the fourth to the tune of 1-of-16 shooting in the first six minutes, as an 11-point lead evaporated against a tired Thunder team. The adjustments were so minimal and ineffective (coach Lawrence) Frank apologized to his team after the game for not putting them in a better position.
After a second straight loss to a Magic team that doesn’t feature two players as talented as either Greg Monroe or Rodney Stuckey, you have to wonder if the players are beginning to lose faith in Frank’s abilities to make the proper adjustments during crucial moments.
The pressure could begin to mount, especially when one considers Frank’s history of slow starts dating back to his days in New Jersey. Gores has said he’s patient about the process of pro sports but also that he’s impatient, as billionaires are wont to be. The question is, how long will he give Frank to turn it around?