Dec 28, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball between Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) and Pistons power forward Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice Cheeks Sends Message To Josh Smith, Detroit Pistons


Detroit Pistons play-by-play man Mark Champion described it correctly in the third period of Saturdays game against the Wizards.

“Its back-to-back stinkers for the Pistons”, he said.

And he was right.  The Pistons got run out of the gym on Saturday. The second consecutive blow-out loss on the road trip, following the embarrassing loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday.

During the course of 82 games, teams are bound to have a bad night. But back to back 20 point losses is simply not acceptable.

Maurice Cheeks doesn’t think its acceptable either and he is not afraid to bench the teams highest paid player to prove a point.

That is what happened on Saturday when Cheeks benched the free shooting Josh Smith.  The exact reason for the benching is not exactly clear but one could assume it is because Smith hasn’t seen a shot he doesn’t like.

Josh Smith sat down after the first half and didn’t see the floor the entire second half of the game in Washington.  The Pistons forward called the benching unfair but that did not phase Cheeks.

That’s his opinion,” Cheeks said. “I watch a lot of judge shows. They always talk about people’s opinions. That’s OK, that’s his opinion. I can’t be in his brain and he’s certainly entitled to his opinion and I’m entitled to mine.”

The benching was definitely designed to send a message but now the message has been sent…conversation over.

Any conversation I had, I had in a group setting,” Cheeks said. “There’s no hidden agendas, if I need to talk to someone individually I’ll talk to them, but I didn’t need to.”

We will see if the message was received when the Pistons take the floor for a rematch against the Wizards tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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