3 takeaways from Pistons’ frustrating loss to Wizards

Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunnningham Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunnningham Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) dunks Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Pistons were trying to end two streaks this week.

After nearly five years, they finally beat the Hornets in an overtime thriller that was capped off by a game winning fallaway from Kelly Olynyk.

Next up was the Washington Wizards, who had beaten the Pistons 14 times in a row on their home floor.

For awhile it looked as if this steak was going to end too, as the Pistons carried a lead late into the 3rd quarter.

But a big run put the game away for the Wizards and Detroit was unable to win their 4th game in five attempts, which would have been the first time of the season.

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Here are three takeaways from what was ultimately a competitive but frustrating loss for the Detroit Pistons.

The Detroit Pistons are finding a groove

Even though the Pistons shot just 8-for-27 from beyond the arc, they are starting to find an offensive groove.

I’ve given up on Detroit being even a league-average 3-point shooting team, but they are scoring points anyway, notching 115 per game over their last four.

When you consider that they were averaging fewer than 100 points per game for much of the season, this feels like an offensive explosion.

The Pistons are still the second-lowest scoring team in the NBA, but they are up to 103.2 points per game, highest of the season and there are signs that this offense is starting to click.

They need to add 3-point shooting in the offseason, but Detroit is clearly building some chemistry on the offensive end, especially their “Big 3.”