Detroit Pistons Continue To Struggle As A Road Team

By John Raffel
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Pistons realize that they need to be a better road team if they’re going to contend for the playoffs this season in a 82-75 loss at Toronto in NBA preseason action, despite an impressive performance for rookie center Viacheslav Kravtsov.

Two nights earlier, Detroit nipped the Raptors 101-99 at The Palace. But in their first test on the road, the Pistons were flat.

Detroit shot nearly 50 percent on Wednesday. This time they were 26-of-75 for 34.7 percent. The good news is that after going 9-for-13 in the opener in 3-point shots, they were 4-of-8 this time. They also committed 23 turnovers.

Kravtsov was the main bright spot in 17 minutes of action. He was 3-of-3 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line and had three turnovers.

Coach Lawrence Frank mixed up his lineup and didn’t use players like Jonas Jerebko, Corey Maggette and Charlie Villanueva. Those players that did see action didn’t shoot very well. Rodney Stuckey led with 14 points but was 4-of-11 from the floor. On an upbeat note, he continues to hit well in free throws and was 5-of-5.

First-round draft pick Andre Drummond only played less than six minutes but netted the only shot he took.

Austin Daye, who may be battling for a roster spot after a terrible 2011-12 season, didn’t help his cause in nearly 27 minutes of action, tops on the team. Daye was 2-of-9 from the floor but he did get nine rebounds including seven defensive boards.

Tayshaun Prince also had a flat night, hitting 2-of-9 in 24 minutes of action. But veterans like Prince usually don’t over exert themselves during the preseason in order to save themselves for the 82-game grind of the regular season.

Kyle Singler showed some spark in 24 minutes of floor time by hitting 4-of-12 shots from the floor, including 1-of-3 in 3-pointers, for nine points.

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