Tayshaun Prince probably summed it up best.
When asked about the recent struggles of the Pistons' reserves, he said, "We don't expect the starters to score 98 points a game every night, but we don't expect our bench to continue to struggle, either."
Right now, it is an understatement to call what's happening off the Pistons' bench a struggle. In the last four games, the reserves have been outscored 116-34, including a 47-12 pasting in Boston and a 28-4 whipping against Seattle on Wednesday.
"We just have to give them some minutes," assistant coach Gar Heard said after practice Thursday. "We have to put them out on the floor and let them play. I've been playing the starters too many minutes. Hopefully our bench guys will be able to step it up."
http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0503/18/H03-121369.htmSpecifically, Arroyo needs to find a comfort zone with the Pistons. He is the leader of the bench unit but has scored a total of 14 points in the last six games, hitting 6 of 23 shots. He has had more turnovers (nine) than baskets (six).
"He's having a tough time right now," Heard said. "We have to keep playing him, keep him on the floor and let him get his confidence back. All he needs is one good game to get his confidence back."
Arroyo is clearly frustrated, but he has continued to work hard and maintain a positive approach.
"I am struggling a bit, but that is part of basketball," he said. "I have struggled before. The main thing is to stay motivated and understand that these things are going to happen.
"You know, I am not getting 30 minutes a game to better what I've done. But the little time I am out there, I have to show that I can keep us in the game, control the tempo and give Chauncey (Billups) some rest so he can come back and finish it off."
Arroyo is still trying to get used to the Pistons' system, which differs greatly from the one to which he was accustomed in Utah.
It seems like has our bench has come full circle since the beginning of the season, and that's not a good thing considering they were playing horrendous in the beginning of the year. But, I'm not too worried this time around. In the beginning of the season we didn't have the weapons off the bench that we do now, but we have just gotten to a point where it seems like all of our bench players have gotten into a slump at the same time. I'm confident they'll get it together soon.
I think the key to geting them to play better is to get them more PT. Arroyo needs more PT specifically and tonight you have an excuse for doing so with Chauncey's back aching him a little. McDyess will be fine, his shot is just a bit off. Dupree is still playing well. We need to get Delfino and Hunter (maybe 7 minutes a game for Hunter) into game shape and used to the flow of the game.
The bench is an obvious concern for Heard and the Pistons and he has even admitted that they need more PT, we'll see if he will act on his words.