Pistons news: 1 positive, 34 is not a good sign and a needed change

Mar 27, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Marcus Sasser (25) drives to the basket and shoots
Mar 27, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Marcus Sasser (25) drives to the basket and shoots / Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons lost their 8th in a row to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who barely had to show up to get a win at home.

There isn't much good to say about the Pistons at this point, as they failed to score 100 points for the 4th time in their current losing streak.

The one positive that came out of the game was the return of Cade Cunningham and Jalen Duren. Cunningham scored a third of the Pistons' total points himself and Duren added a double-double in the loss.

It would be nice for them to finish the season healthy and playing well individually, even if the shorthanded team continues to lose, which they almost certainly will.

The Pistons deployed their 34th different starting lineup of the season, which is not a good sign if you are wondering. Part of the tragedy of this season is that there has been no continuity and we are no closer to knowing how or if the young players fit together.

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Detroit has already set the franchise record by using 30 different players this season, the mark of a team in disarray.

With just nine games remaining, there isn't much to play for, but Monty Williams should consider some changes anyway.

Detroit Pistons: An adjustment of minutes for Marcus Sasser

Marcus Sasser has been playing big minutes, first as a replacement starter for Cade Cunningham and then last night for Jaden Ivey, the most recent Piston to land on the injured list.

Sasser had a strong start to the season when he was coming off the bench, playing 15-20 minutes and asked to do nothing but score, which is what he's good at. Anything more than that and he's been exposed and has been in an extended shooting slump.

Over the last 40 games, Sasser is shooting 40 percent from the floor overall and 35 percent from 3-point range. In his last 30 games that goes down to 35 percent and 30 percent and over his last 15 his shooting averages have dropped to 33 percent from the floor and 29 percent from long range.

Once Jaden Ivey returns, Sasser will move back to the bench, but even then, it would be smart for Monty Williams to see what other players had to offer over these last nine games.

Why not get Buddy Boeheim more minutes? (I can't believe I just wrote that). Sasser hasn't been defending well either, so at least Boeheim can offer a shooting upgrade and why not see if he can hang? What could it possibly hurt?

Same with the other two-way players, Jared Rhoden and Tosan Evbuomwan, who played admirable defense on Anthony Edwards last night. With Sasser in a slump, why not spread some more minutes around to these two?

It's only nine games, so won't make much difference, but the Pistons have yet to hit on a second-round pick or undrafted player, so why not use these last games to see if they have something?