All the skeptics who thought that the Pistons defense would suffer with the new revamped offense can sit down. The complete opposite has been true. While scoring more, their stifling defense is still present, especially when it comes down to crunch time in games.
Although they may not be first or second in points allowed, they are still only allowing 90.8 points per game while still averaging nearly 99 points per game. And all of this is true even though Flip Saunders still hasn't implemented his whole playbook yet.
Now they could rank in the top two in points allowed but please consider the fact that with the new offense the Pistons are running, the opposition is going to get more positions than last year. Many people fail to realize that. Just as they have for the past couple of years, the Piston's defense is still their bread and butter. It's still how they win games. Not by outscoring people. So don't be spoiled by the new offense and expect them to score 100 points every night.
Still realize that this is still a defensive team only with a little more offensive freedom. Combined with a good offense, the defense shows no signs of slowing down, and it is clearly a recipe for success as they have shown this whole season. Will they win 70 games? I doubt it, but that's a different story.