Give Lawrence Frank credit. At least the Detroit Pistons coach is trying to put in a lineup that will help his win-starved team get out of its losing ways.
That includes giving rookie Kyle Singler more playing time.
He saw 29 minutes of action and Singler shot 5-of-10 from the floor and scored 14 points.
“Late in the game we started trading baskets with them,” Singler said. “We didn’t play with the confidence that we needed to. You have to give Orlando credit. They made shots at the end of the game to win.”
Singler acknowledged that the Pistons are struggling big-time on defense.
“It’s just a let up of concentration and focus,” he said. “It’s something that we have to correct. We’ve shown that we can be a good defensive team. We just need to put forth the right amount of effort.”
Being on a 1-9 team isn’t exactly what Singler had in mind when he was drafted.
“Every loss is tough. It’s going to stick with us,” he said. “It’s disappointing having a game like that, that we felt like we had in control, slip away. We just have to take advantage of those games where we have the opportunity to win.”