Detroit Pistons led by first rounders beat Miami Heat

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 26: Jonas Valanciunas
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 26: Jonas Valanciunas /

The Detroit Pistons got off to another hot start, but much like their first game in the Orlando Summer League, let their opponent back into the game. Unlike their first game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, however, the Pistons were able to close out this win in a physical match up against the Heat in double overtime.

The Detroit Pistons have been sharp in the Orlando Summer League winning two of three games behind consistent performances from Henry Ellenson and Luke Kennard.

Here are some game notes via my twitter timeline.

Talking Henry Ellenson and what he brings offensively.

Check out this thunderous slam by #AirEllenson

Final Thoughts:

Eric Moreland was a beast on the glass and solid defensively. He reportedly has a standing offer from the Pistons, which would effectively end their search for the third center on the roster if he signed. He’s capable of filling that role and would be a really good edition to the team.

Henry Ellenson and Luke Kennard were terrific once again. I think these two are going to make the rotation this season, which is a big take considering we haven’t even gotten into training camp yet, much less the conclusion of free agency.

Ellenson did struggle defensively during the late third quarter, early fourth quarter against Okaro White, who was extremely physical with him on both ends of the floor. He still has work to do on that end of the floor.

Kennard also struggled with his shot a bit going 1-5 from three, his second of such games in a row. Still, it’s encouraging how easily he’s able to impact the game, as he’s proven he’s much more than just an outside shooter.

Pierre Jackson has looked good, but there will not be room on the Pistons’ roster. He has played well enough to compete for a roster spot on another team.

Michael Gbinije has not looked impressive. I would be shocked if he makes the roster, assuming Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the Pistons come to terms on a deal.

Key Contributors:

Henry Ellenson: 18 points, 6 rebounds.
Luke Kennard: 18 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, two steals.
Pierre Jackson: (GAME WINNER) 17 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal.
Eric Moreland:10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks.