The Detroit Pistons were selected by many as a team that could make some noise in the Eastern Conference if all things clicked.
So far, their record doesn’t indicate that, however, as they have only four wins in 12 games, but they were able to come out on top on a duel that featured two struggling teams, topping the Brooklyn Nets 109-97 on the road.
The Pistons had several solid performances, like Brandon Jennings, who ended up with 10 assists, and Greg Monroe, who added 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds. But undoubtedly, the biggest effort was made by their bench. The role players came out big right when the team needed it the most, and the play of guys like Kyle Singler and Rodney Stuckey turned out to be key to get the win.
The veteran Stuckey led the Pistons’ offense with 27 points, and Singler added 11 more on a bench unit that tallied 50 total points. The lackluster play of rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope meant a bigger role for Stuckey, and the combo guard didn’t disappoint, as he was the spark the Pistons needed to win a game where they were considered underdogs.
It’s clear that the Nets are nowhere near where they expected to be, and that there are also several things they need to improve soon, like their shooting from the charity stripe and from beyond the arc. A win is a win, however, and maybe a victory on the road was all this team needed to start turning things around.
Based on the parity of the Eastern Conference this year, they are still on time to turn some heads if they continue improving. Today was definitively a step in the right direction.