I mean, I don't want to totally overreact, but they got pounded today by a Memphis Grizzlies team that was missing two of their best players, after a full week off. This was supposed to be a strong defensive squad, but they are one of the worst in the league. Offensively, they lack cohesion, flow, chemistry, and efficiency. Defensively they don't communicate, are late to help, don't play hard, and can't stay in front of their man. It all starts at the top. Joe gets full marks for putting together a championship squad, but the last major roster move he made in that direction was almost ten years ago (Sheed). Since Larry Brown won the championship, we've seen Flip Saunders, Michael Curry, John Keuster, Lawrence Frank, and now Maurice Cheeks. Literally, the coaches this team has had have gotten worse every hire. I shudder to think what complete imbecile Dumars is going to find once Cheeks is gone. Speaking of Cheeks, this ship is rudderless. There's talent on the floor - no denying that. Drummond is a monster, Monroe is a very good post player, Smith is a good post player and passer (and allegedly a good defender), KCP is a good defender and has a good shot, and Jennings is quick and clearly has point guard quality skills. But the starting squad, which has all this talent, does absolutely nothing with it when it counts. And then, off the bench the coach brings in guys that have no idea what to do with the ball when they get it. Fourth quarters are getting worse and worse as opposing teams realize that the players have absolutely no direction. They're playing a throwback game, lobbing it into the post and clearing out, but without having any actual threats on the perimeter to keep opposing defenses honest. The worst part about it? The team is 14-20, but they're still in the playoffs because there are about 8 other teams in the East officially mailing in the season, and if the Pistons don't get a top-8, they get no pick in one of the deepest drafts in years because Dumars felt it was better to give away a draft pick to get rid of Ben Gordon (his outside shooting would look pretty nice right about now, tho). They have the talent to actually make some noise in the first round, since they kind of match up well against the Pacers and Heat, but they are dead in the water otherwise. I just have this feeling that, given his recent history, Dumars is going to re-up Stuckey's contract and blow the rest of their cap space by overpaying Monroe, a guy that is a defensively limited 15-8 player whose skills are not considered as valuable to most teams as they once were, a guy who would be a very good sixth man on a championship team. I do not want to see this happen. I do not want to see the Pistons mired in mediocrity for the rest of the decade because they failed to adapt to the new way of things. Organizations are too smart now, the numbers guys are finally starting to quantify what's important, and the Pistons are a dinosaur. They have overrated talent based on old-school thinking that still puts priority in all the wrong areas (points, rebounds, steals, and blocks). They have a coach that does not break down game film. They have a GM that has publicly said that the concept of positions is obsolete, that teams are built by getting the best talent and fitting it together however you can. This regime is done. The Hydra experiment didn't work, and it's getting worse. I don't know what Gores is thinking, but I hope he acts sooner rather than later. I feel like the team stands at a crossroads right now, and I don't like the dark paths that lay ahead.