Pistons’ Dwane Casey plans to play ‘different coverages, different styles’ vs. Bucks
The Detroit Pistons were crushed by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first game of their NBA playoff series on Sunday evening, losing 121-86. It was obvious from the first five minutes of the game that the Pistons’ defense was completely overmatched by the high-powered Bucks’ offense, and the game was never close. Pistons head coach Dwane Casey witnessed the destruction firsthand. He plans to switch things up in Game 2 in order to give his team a fighting chance:
Dwane Casey, on if the Pistons played more zone in Game 1 than they had all season: "Yeah. We're probably going to play more of it. Different coverages, different styles."
— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) April 15, 2019
The zone strategy in Game 1 clearly did not work out. The Bucks are built to take apart a zone, boasting a starting lineup full of shooters that surround Giannis Antetokounmpo. Every single player in Milwaukee’s starting lineup ended the night in double figures and had at least one three-pointer, including the Greek Freak.
Realistically, the Pistons do not have a shot against the Bucks without superstar Blake Griffin. Unfortunately for Pistons fans, it seems Griffin will miss the entire series. It would require a miracle for Detroit to win the series if he remains inactive.
Casey is not one to quit even if his team is overmatched. He is sure to utilize some defensive tweaks after reviewing tape of Game 1, and perhaps the Pistons will prevent another one-sided loss. The Bucks should be able to overcome any defense the shorthanded Detroit squad throws at them. We will get a chance to see if they do when Game 2 takes place on Wednesday.