Van Gundy tears into Pistons after 'disgusting performance'

By Jordan Heck 20 December 2016 57
Van Gundy tears into Pistons after 'disgusting performance'

The Detroit Pistons were blown out by the Chicago Bulls 113-82 on Monday night, and head coach Stan Van Gundy slammed his team afterwards.

The Pistons shot 41 per cent from the field and were worse from three-point range, going three-for-23 (13 per cent). They were out-rebounded 46-32 and were losing 69-34 at the midway point.

It was a third straight defeat for Detroit - a run in which they have given up 340 points - and Van Gundy launched a scathing attack on his players in the aftermath.

"It was a disgusting performance by all of us, me included. It was unprofessional, embarrassing, humiliating, whatever you want to say. It was terrible," said Van Gundy.

"When we went into the Washington [Wizards] game on Friday night we were the number two defensive team in the league, and now we have three games where we can't stop anybody, so I don't have an explanation for that.

"It looks to me like a lack of effort and a lack of heart. If you don't play hard you aren't going to have any confidence. We looked like we were hoping the game would be easy and it wasn't and we just caved."

The loss followed a reported players-only meeting, which Van Gundy had choice words about. He also said there will be changes to his line-up ahead of Wednesday's home game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

"Team meeting my a**," Van Gundy sharply responded when asked about the players' gathering. "Like I said before, that stuff means nothing. It's what you do on the court. Talking's easy.

"I guarantee you, on Wednesday night we're not trotting that five out there again."

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