5 Detroit Pistons trends to watch in the homestretch

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Jaden Ivey's slump and fit

Slumps happen to all players and Jaden Ivey happens to be having one late in the season which makes it more noticeable.

He's averaging 14.6 points, 3.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds over his last 15 games while shooting just 37 percent from the floor and a brutal 22 percent from long range while firing more than five per game.

He also had a stretch when he was shooting the lights out, but his season numbers of 42 percent from the field and 32 percent from long range are hardly inspiring even if you ignore this current slump.

But possibly more concerning is that we aren't any closer to knowing if he and Cade Cunningham are a long-term fit together, as Ivey still doesn't have a clear role in the offense and it seems to change from night to night.

One thing is clear: 32 and 35 percent from long range (Ivey and Cunningham's numbers, respectively) is not great from your starting backcourt, especially with other non-shooters in the starting five.

Right now, the fit is not there, and it's hard to see how it will be unless one of these guys starts consistently hitting 3-point shots for a whole season or becomes an elite defender.

It's tough to watch Ivey regress as a shooter, as he had a higher 3-point percentage last season on more attempts per game. Will the Pistons pull the plug on this experiment in the offseason? If not, something is going to have to change.