MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Detroit Pistons’ first two preseason games were on opposite ends of the spectrum. Last week’s opener against the San Antonio Spurs featured strong ball movement and proficient outside shooting, and it led to a 115-105 win.
They couldn’t get anything going on Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies, however. The Pistons had more turnovers (23) than assists (17). They were crushed on the boards, 54-37. And they only knocked down seven of their 28 3-point attempts, despite several of those misses being wide-open. The Grizzlies cruised to a 127-92 blowout win.
Cade Cunningham could still be a ways away from making his preseason debut, as he’s yet to resume five-on-five action after spraining his ankle two weeks ago. His presence could certainly help some of Detroit’s woes.
But it’s no excuse, Dwane Casey said. The Pistons executed against San Antonio, and they should be able to replicate that performance with two preseason games remaining.
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“Just the attention to detail,” Casey said Tuesday. “Against good pressure defense, if you don’t have attention to detail, if you don’t run your offense with speed and crispness, you won’t be able to run it. That’s one thing these next few days, we’ve got to get to where we’re running our offense with pace. We’re sprinting back defensively. Whatever it was we lost, we lost our energy level, our whole competition level went down.”
Further complicating things for the Pistons is that Saddiq Bey turned his ankle during Monday’s loss, and didn’t practice on Tuesday. If he misses Wednesday’s road game against the New York Knicks, Casey will have to make his third starting lineup change in three games. Monday saw…
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