Pistons news: Ivey's slump buster, Cade's shooting and what Monty Williams needs

Mar 7, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) shoots over Brooklyn
Mar 7, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) shoots over Brooklyn / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons needed that.

Detroit got their 10th win of the season over the Brooklyn Nets, their first win at home since January.

I hate to temper any positivity, but Brooklyn was missing several of their top players, including Cam Johnson and Cam Thomas. The Pistons also played a sloppy game, with 22 turnovers, which they offset by nearly doubling Brooklyn on the boards and hitting 40 percent from 3-point shooting.

But there was also plenty to be happy about, as Jaden Ivey broke out of his recent slump with 34 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 6-of-9 from behind the arc. He can Cade Cunningham combined for 66 points, but you'd like to see them cut down on the nine combined turnovers.

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The two sealed the game with a run in the 4th quarter that was capped off by an emphatic Cunningham dunk and then Cade setting up Ivey for a wide-open 3-pointer. When those two are rolling, the Pistons are a fun team to watch.

But Ivey wasn't the only one heating up from long range.

Cade Cunningham's 3-point shooting

One of the most positive developments this season has been the 3-point shooting of Cade Cunningham. After going 4-of-8 last night, he's hitting 48.2 percent since the All-Star break, which leads the NBA among players who have at least 40 attempts.

He's now up to 36.4 percent from long range for the season, the type of leap from behind the arc we hoped he would make. He looks confident and has been on a tear.

The Detroit Pistons' bench and Monty Williams

Monty Williams has taken plenty of criticism for how he has used his bench this season, particularly his all-bench lineups which have mostly gotten torched.

Lately, he's been keeping a starter on the floor at all times and did again last night, when he staggered Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey briefly in the first quarter before swapping out Ivey for Ausar Thompson.

Unfortunately, it didn't matter, as the Nets went on a 21-6 run with most of the starters out and got right back in a game that the Pistons were winning handily.

We can blame Monty all we want, but he has painfully little to work with off the bench, with the biggest problem being the lack of a point guard. Marcus Sasser and Malachi Flynn played just 10 combined minutes last night and were a combined -13.

The Pistons don't have a table setter if Cade and Ivey are on the bench, a problem they need to address in the offseason with the addition of a veteran point guard who can run the second unit. The bench is in disarray offensively, and Sasser is not the answer, as he's more of a scorer than a true point guard.

This is a need that must be addressed in the offseason, as Monty Williams' bench is only going to be as good as the talent that comes off it regardless of the combinations.