Detroit Pistons Concerned With Austin Daye's Shooting Woes

By John Raffel
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Austin Daye wasn’t discouraged that he shot very poorly Friday night for the Detroit Pistons against the Toronto Raptors in a 85-72 NBA preseason loss.

Daye didn’t help his cause in nearly 27 minutes of action, tops, on the team. He was 2-of-9 from the floor but he did get nine rebounds including seven defensive boards.

Considering the fact that Daye had a terrible season last year, he did little to solidify himself a roster position.

“If I am not knocking down shots I have to do something out there,” Daye said. “I was just trying to get on the offensive boards and just make sure I am making all my box outs and just trying to rebound.

“It’s tough when you miss some of the easy ones, but I had a lot of easy ones tonight. I was just trying to do everything I could to get as many boards as I could because that is important too.”

It was suggested to Daye that fatigue has been catching up to him with his shooting woes.

“I don’t know, I was kind of tired,” Daye said. “We were playing long stretches but you have to fight through fatigue and make shots. I was missing some easy ones, one of the bank shots I thought went all the way through the basket and the heavens brought it back out. I don’t know what happened. I was happy with my effort on rebounding.”

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank wouldn’t mind seeing Daye and many of his teammates shooting the basketball much better.

“From the naked eye, there were many shots that were good open shots that we missed,” Frank said. “This is a good lesson for a team, there’s the essence of when you shoot you are open, yet feeling the game, reading the game may take one more pass, one more penetration.”


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