Detroit Pistons: 3 things to watch in crucial tank-off vs. Timberwolves

Killian Hayes #7 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons: Can Killian Hayes build on his big game?

Killian Hayes had the best game of his career in the recent loss to the Bulls, scoring 21 points and adding eight assists and seven rebounds.

The biggest difference was that Hayes was aggressive looking for his shot and wasn’t being as indecisive with the ball once he got some space.

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Hayes’s aggression is the key to unlocking the Pistons’ offense, as right now the Pistons are very easy to defend.

Without Josh Jackson and Jerami Grant in the lineup, the Pistons really don’t have anyone who can penetrate to get their own shot, so defenses can just stay at home, which leaves very little space to operate.

If Hayes is being aggressive, teams will have to collapse on his dribble penetration, which should leave some more space for shooters, especially once the Pistons get a few more.

Hayes is already a good defender and passer, so the next step is to get more comfortable as a scorer, as it will not only make things easier on him by opening up passing lanes, but will create more space and opportunity for his teammates.