5 Things I already like about the new look Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Clippers
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The Pistons looked longer and faster

Detroit had more bounce and speed last night than they have all season. They were getting into their sets faster and Fontecchio and Troy Brown Jr. were big upgrades defensively from Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks. No offense to those guys, but Detroit looked more like the team we were expecting this season: Young, fast, getting after it on defense (especially Ausar Thompson) and pushing in transition with 28 fast break points, double what they average on the season.

Cade Cunningham played good defense

Cunningham can be a plus defender but it's all about energy and effort. The Pistons ran a less heliocentric offense and Cade didn't have to do everything, which led to more energy and effort on the defensive end. He was making life difficult for Paul George at times even though PG did end up with 33 points. It took him 24 shots to get them and Cade forced him into some tough shots. More of this, please.

Cade Cunningham stepped up in the 4th quarter

Cunningham has taken plenty of heat for his clutch-time play this season, and though his 4th quarter wasn't perfect, he was pretty much the only Piston who could make a shot. He stayed after it and kept the game close.