Detroit Pistons Need Stronger Showing From Josh Smith On West Coast Swing

By John Raffel
Steve Dykes – USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons badly want to get off to a good start this season and avoid the fiasco from a year ago. At 2-4, at least they have more wins in their first six games than last season.

The Pistons are on the West Coast now exactly like they were early last season. They were defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers 109-103 on the road Monday night and they will stay on the West Coast for three more games. It would be strongly advisable that they try to come back with at least a 2-2 mark on the road. Of course, anything except 0-4 might be okay.

It’s obviously way too early to tell if this is a team that can live up to its high preseason billing. This is a better team than last season and will win far more than 29 games. How many more games they’ll win remains to be seen.

The Pistons definitely need to get more contributions on the West Coast from their expensive free agent Josh Smith. He’s been okay on the road, but they’re not paying him tons of money to be okay. He played almost 36 minutes against the Blazers and was 4-of-9 from the floor and had three rebounds along with two assists and 11 points.

He entered the game at 18.8 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game. Those aren’t bad statistics, but the Pistons are still 2-4. Smith needs to perform better on the road for the Pistons so Detroit can become a better away team. They’re looking for that first road win, and need Smith and others on the team to step up big-time on someone else’s home court.

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @JohnCarlRaffel, Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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