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Reggie Jackson, Stan Van Gundy blame each other for Pistons point guard’s passivity

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Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy, left, and guard Reggie Jackson pose for a photo after a news conference Monday, July 20, 2015, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Pistons have taken care of one priority for this offseason — bringing restricted free agent Jackson back as the team’s point guard. (David Guralnick /Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT


The Pistons lost three of four, including a home loss to the lowly 76ers and a hard-fought win over the lower Mavericks, then called a team meeting.

The result?

A 31-point loss to the Bulls.

“Team meeting, my a—,” Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Van Gundy is right. Talk is cheap.

But the specific issues at play here are also worth digging into.

The team meeting seemed to focus on a lack of ball movement since Reggie Jackson’s return from injury. Those offensive frustrations have carried over the defense, where effort has waned.

So, Jackson played the entire first quarter and didn’t shoot against Chicago – and the Pistons got outscored 35-19 in the period.



A lot of play calls were to get the ball moving, so getting it to another side and then just never got back to me.
We talked about how we needed to play defense, how the ball needed and how, I guess, ball movement promoted defense. So, I just tried to do my part by promoting ball movement. Unfortunately, we just didn’t do anything on the defensive end.

Van Gundy:

That wasn’t us. That was him. That wasn’t us. That was him.

This wasn’t Jackson taking what the defense gave him. He repeatedly dumped the ball off early in the shot clock and let someone else initiate the attack. For a team that predicated its offense around the Jackson-Andre Drummond pick-and-roll, it wasn’t a smart way to play.

This looked like Jackson rebelling against his griping teammates.

Jackson hasn’t looked fully healthy yet, and I think that’s the biggest reason for Detroit’s struggles with him. But nobody is showing much patience. Van Gundy vowed lineup changes for Wednesday’s game against the Grizzlies.

Maybe this all self-corrects once Jackson rediscovers his burst off the dribble. In the meantime, the Pistons have to withstand this slump without pointing fingers to the point of long-term destruction.