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Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks playfully waved a boxscore at Jennings in the tunnel between the locker rooms after the game. Jennings, smiling, grabbed the paper and crumpled it. Jennings also had eight turnovers, and while Cheeks said you have to live with the miscues when accompanied by that level of production, that figure must improve. "We had some careless turnovers that he and the team both can learn from," Cheeks said. "But he was very good at pushing the ball, making shots, getting his teammates involved. Still, we have to be very careful with the ball. We were too careless with the ball." Booth Newspapers

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After being an offensive focal point, he has to share more with a team that’s more talented — although it hasn’t shown in the record. “That’s probably been the main thing,” Monroe said. “I kind of need the ball to get a rhythm. That’s how it’s always been, so it’s been a little tough — especially when guys have it going. You don’t want to interrupt that, so it’s kind of a rough area for me, really.” Coach Maurice Cheeks suggested Monroe might want to ask point guard Brandon Jennings for more touches. Monroe said that’s not his style: “Nah, I’ve never done that. ... It’s tough to go there and say that.” Detroit Free Press

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Maurice Cheeks said he and Josh Smith "are fine," and that the Detroit Pistons' internal dust-up during Saturday's loss to the Washington Wizards is settled. "We came to our agreement," Cheeks said today. "Y'all (media) are the only ones who got a problem with it because me and Josh are fine." Booth Newspapers

That doesn't mean the coach agreed with Smith, the Pistons' highest-paid player, who said his second-half benching in a 106-82 blowout was "unfair" and that he took "real offense" to what he perceived as Cheeks challenging him for not playing hard. "That's his opinion," Cheeks said. "You know, I watch a lot of judge shows and they always talk about people's opinions, and that's his opinion. That's OK. I can't be in his brain and he's certainly entitled to his opinion. I'm entitled to mine." Asked if he understood Smith's opinion, Cheeks assessed curtly. "No -- that's my opinion," he said. Booth Newspapers

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Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks benched starting forward Josh Smith for the start of the third quarter for the second time this season and Smith made it clear afterward that he was bothered by it. "I live to play this basketball game," Smith said in the Verizon Center visitor's locker room. "It's an honor for me to play it. When anybody challenges or anything about the fact about me not wanting to play I take real offense to it. "Whatever decision that somebody makes beyond my control I can't control it. It's a question you have to ask somebody that has that power." USA Today Sports

"We can talk about the game," Cheeks said. "The game wasn't about Josh Smith. The game was we got beat. "We got beat, we got beat pretty good. It wasn't because of Josh Smith, it was the overall game. It wasn't just because of Josh Smith." But Smith admitted it's hard not to feel singled out. "I mean it's unfair because as I told you before I play this game hard each and every day," Smith said. "When I younger I would play this game for free year round. This is what I love to do so why wouldn't I want to come out here and try to put my best foot forward every time I step out on the court." USA Today Sports

Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith said his second-half benching Saturday night in a blowout loss at the Washington Wizards was “unfair.” Coach Maurice Cheeks said today that Smith is “entitled to his opinion.” But it appears the two men will agree to disagree and move on. “Y’all the only one who got a problem with it,” Cheeks said. “Me and Josh are fine. Josh and I are fine.” Detroit Free Press

Whatever happened in that locker room Saturday night, the Detroit Pistons left here with their first tangible turmoil of the season. Josh Smith didn't play the second half of a 106-82 blowout against the Washington Wizards, the second time head coach Maurice Cheeks has made that decision this season. This time, Smith suggested Cheeks called him out for not playing hard, and that he took "real offense" to the accusation. Smith also was benched the second half of a Nov. 12 game at Golden State. Booth Newspapers

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