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Kyle Singler Insists Detroit Pistons Haven’t Given Up Yet on Season

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Singler doesn’t simply want to play out the rest of the season without getting a few more wins and helping the Detroit Pistons show as much respectability as possible.

It hasn’t been easy.

The Pistons lost to the host Utah Jazz 103-90 on Monday and are in the middle of a tough road trip that could put them deeper into the lower part of the NBA standings. The Pistons had to play without Brandon Knight, who left the game with an injury in the early stages of the contest.

“(The Jazz) definitely play well here,” Singler  said. “I thought for the most part we played good for the full game. We could have let down our guard when they made their big lead, but we showed that we wanted to compete and wanted to play. The guys out on the court played well.”

Singler has had his chance to show his stuff for the Pistons as a rookie and has had modest success. He’s averaging  8.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. But against Utah, he had a poor night with 1-of-6 in shooting for five points.

“We have to show pride,” he said. “It will be tough to make a push for the playoffs. Every game we have to play, work hard, and try to get better. That’s pretty much all you can ask – just play to win.”

With a 23-43 record, the Pistons have no right to talk about playoffs. They need to focus on wins. Any kind of win would be sweet right now.

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