Detroit Pistons: 4 things we don’t want to see against the Houston Rockets

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Detroit Pistons: The young guys need to play in close games

No. 3: Young guys on the bench in crunch time

If the Pistons were winning, I would be ok with their young guys watching during crunch time.

But they aren’t.

Not only that, but the veterans are playing poorly, so not only are the Pistons losing practically every game anyway, but they aren’t getting their young guys any reps in close games.

Again, if they were winning then you could chalk this up to “learning how to win” but they aren’t, so it’s really just them learning how to lose.

It would be nice to see 1-2 of them allowed to close out a game.

No. 4: A Huge Game from Christian Wood

Christian Wood is probably Jerami Grant‘s primary competition for Most Improved Player this season, as he too has doubled his scoring average with more minutes and a larger role.

The Pistons didn’t make much of an effort to re-sign Wood and you can argue whether that was a good decision or not, but what you can’t argue with is that Wood has been very good.

For the sake of our collective sanity, it would be nice if Wood didn’t go off for like 35 points and 18 rebounds against the Pistons.

I would love if Grant et al. can keep him in check so that Detroit doesn’t have to keep talking about the one who got away.

There has been a lot to like about the Detroit Pistons so far this season, but they need to transition away from veteran-driven hero ball that is just teaching the young guys bad habits.

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