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Detroit's identity crisis

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07:33 AM ET 01.28 | Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks has again floated the possibility of lineup changes, even if he won't say what they are or when they might be introduced. What hasn't been established through 44 games is a true pecking order. Not in the traditional form of "who's the No. 1 guy," but the Pistons don't know who they are, or who they're supposed to be. Aside from rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who's doing the grunt work? Who's accepted their role of being a grinder, a defender, a role player? Has that been determined internally? A certain amount of sacrifice has to be made, particularly on a team that is more talented than cohesive. Confusion, illustrated by the team's failure to call a timeout with 1.9 seconds left after New Orleans scored to break a tie, seems to reign supreme.

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Andre Drummond, Icon Sports Andre Drummond, Icon Sports
January 28, 2014  08:40 AM ET

On paper the team is good but Cheeks hasn't done a good job putting this team together and making them play to its potential.

January 28, 2014  08:53 AM ET

The parts on this team just don't fit. They have to make some moves. Signing Josh Smith, while he was the best FA available at the time, wasn't a great move. He's not a good fit on this team or a number one kind of guy.

January 28, 2014  09:19 AM ET

Time For An Overhaul, Bros?

January 28, 2014  09:40 AM ET

Too many bigs to know what to do with... This franchise is one big jumbled mess right now.

January 28, 2014  10:53 AM ET

Joe Dumars just can't get it right.
It's time for a new GM in Motown.

January 28, 2014  10:54 AM ET

I liked KCP coming out of hte draft-
not sure though on this team if he'll get a real chance

bottom line is they took on 2 'knuckleheads' this off-season
not sure exactly what they expected

 
January 28, 2014  03:27 PM ET

Quit it. Singler is doing all the dirty work for an archaic coach that is long past his time....

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