Unlikely trio makes history for the Detroit Pistons in win over Spurs

Luka Garza #55 and Hamidou Diallo #6 of the Detroit Pistons pour water on Saddiq Bey (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Luka Garza #55 and Hamidou Diallo #6 of the Detroit Pistons pour water on Saddiq Bey (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

If you had told me a few weeks ago that Luka Garza, Hamidou Diallo and Saddiq Bey were going to make history for the Detroit Pistons, I would have assumed it was for being part of a losing streak, or missing the most shots or something negative.

That is the way the season has mostly gone for the Detroit Pistons, as they have battled injuries to Cade Cunningham and Jerami Grant before battling the illness that has brought down most of the NBA.

With most of the team still out, Saddiq Bey, Hamidou Diallo and Luka Garza have been forced into Iron Man minutes and they are making the most of them.

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Bey and Diallo have been especially impressive, as they are getting it done with effort and hustle, scoring in ways that are sustainable and should carry over.

Garza still has a lot of work to do, but man, this guy plays hard and embodies everything Detroit basketball is supposed to be about.

Last night, the three of them did something that no trio in the NBA has done in over 40 years!

Detroit Pistons: Saddiq Bey, Hamidou Diallo and Luka Garza make history

In last night’s win, the Pistons’ trio became the first to have at least 20 points and 14 rebounds apiece since Betty White was a spry 60-year-old.

*On a side note: Cool tribute to Betty last night by the Pistons. In such an awful year, losing her was the last kick in the teeth of 2021, but the way people have rallied around her memory shows maybe there’s hope for humanity after all.*

The way Bey and Diallo have put this team on their backs shows that they are keepers and guys that have the kind of heart, hustle and work ethic that the Detroit Pistons are trying to build around.

Culture matters, and they have stepped up, played hard and it’s been fun to watch.

What Garza has shown in this stretch is that he can make up for his lack of athleticism with skill, hard work and smarts.

He’s really been working on defending without fouling and has managed to do so over the last few games even though he’s been playing monster minutes.

When you think of all of the great trios that have played together in the NBA, these three would have been beyond a long shot to have this kind of night and make history, but sometimes long shots pay off.

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