Detroit Pistons: 3 takeaways from a promising loss to the Celtics

Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics dunks in front of Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham’s foul trouble

Cade Cunningham finished the game with 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists but his night could have been a lot bigger.

He played just 27 minutes after getting into early foul trouble, and picked up his 5th foul early in the 4th quarter, forcing him to the bench, which was the turning point in the game.

Cade was really feeling it last night even though his rhythm was disrupted by having to make trips to the bench with foul trouble.

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This has been a problem for Cade at times this season, and though he is clearly a high-IQ player, he occasionally makes dumb fouls that his team cannot afford.

This was especially true of the 5th foul which sent him to the bench in the 4th, as it was a frustration foul that came on the heels of a turnover. It looked as though he might have been trying to stop the break ( there were players back already) but giving up a bucket there would have been better than picking up that 5th foul.

These are things Cade Cunningham will learn with experience, but last night was one in which he could have dropped 40 points had he played another 7-10 minutes and his absence was a big part of why the Detroit Pistons lost.