The Wizards got abused inside in their last meeting with Detroit, where the Pistons won 113-102, and don’t want a repeat in the rematch.
Former Georgetown star Greg Monroe had 24 points and 16 rebounds on Oct. 30 and the Pistons doubled the Wizards with points in the paint, at 56-28. The Pistons have won seven straight over Washington.
“I just think their inside play has been a big difference, rebounding. That’s kind of what the last couple of years, I’ve seen,” Coach Randy Wittman said.
The Wizards (12-14) are looking to bounce back after Kevin Love and Nikola Peckovic dominated them on the glass on Friday in Minnesota. Wittman was disappointed with the Wizards’ defensive effort in a 120-98 loss to the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves had a 12-0 edge in second-chance points in the first half the problems went beyond a failure to box out.
“I was not very pleased with where our focus was from a defensive standpoint. We got to get that mindset changed tonight,” Wittman said. “When we play at our best is when we’re the more physical team. And that doesn’t just mean big guys. That means guarding my guy on the perimeter. We’ve got more guys blow by us last night to the rim, from the perimeter than we’ve had in a long time. that’s being physical. Obviously there strength is offensive rebounding, second-chance points, points in the paint, we have understand that. If they are going to beat us, they have to do something they don’t want to do.”
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