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Dwane Casey happy with Detroit Pistons’ effort, despite record

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The slog through the season has hit the final stretch, and the Pistons’ last 10 games aren’t just about turning around and giving up. There is more to be gained from these games and coach Dwane Casey is aiming for a strong finish – win or lose.

Casey has mixed up the line-up and played some young players alongside seasoned players but was pleased with the performance they put in, even though the results didn’t always go their way. That will happen in a recovery season, but the incidence was much lower than that of most losing teams.

This is a testament to the culture they built and the types of players General Manager Troy Weaver sought as a foundation for rebuilding it.

“Chances are that on the one hand you can count the games that we just didn’t have the energy to play, whether it was energy or travel, and we just couldn’t get it going,” said Casey. “You’ll have that on a 72- or 82-game schedule in the NBA. For the most part – maybe 95% of the season – every player on the pitch came out and gave it their all, with toughness, vigilance and defensiveness. “

The Pistons (19-43) have had some surprising wins and some entertaining losses this season that will pave the way to victory for the young players who stay close. The basics are important, and not just in the Xs and O’s – it’s about learning the right things to do in practice and translate into games.

Some things may be the same with different players, but the lessons will be permanent for young players in their development and understanding of the league. If they come back next season, they’ll be better off for it.

“We may not have taken all the shots we can do every night, but the guys got it on the line and Troy did an excellent job of finding young men to play 50-50 balls, prosecute, and his.” Bodies tighten the line, ”Casey said. “This is something you want to start your business with with men like that, and he achieved it. I think we achieved that with our piece.

“Now we have to add the offensive part with that tenacity, but your foundation is solid and that’s exactly what you want to do. When you restore or rebuild your team. I would rate this an A in terms of our toughness, tough game, being in most games and putting us in positions to win most games and grow at the same time. “

Learning experience

To the Jerami GrantIt was also a learning curve as he went from being an RPG player with the Denver Nuggets last season to becoming a critical piece of the Pistons’ puzzle. He is betting on himself and it pays off with the role he was expecting.

He admitted it isn’t easy, but he does get a better understanding of what to do to be prepared for the grind of the new role.

“Through the whole experience, I’ve learned how defense will play me. I’ve learned a lot about what to do to keep my body healthy throughout the season, ”said Grant. “Most of the minutes and most of the load that I played was what I do at both ends of the court. So there are a lot of things I want to work on to get into the summer.” I can come back and get better next year. “

Grant had the best season of his career and is under discussion for the most improved player, but it also helped to get used to Casey’s system and develop a relationship with Weaver.

“It was pretty much what I expected to come here. I know it would be a lot of work to do – for me personally and as a team, ”said Grant. “There is a lot of trust between me and Troy. I am happy with my decision and would not change it. If I could go back, I would do the same thing all over again. “

Form teams

The Pistons are working with the City of Detroit to create a unique community that encourages people to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

The event takes place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pistons practice facility in Midtown Detroit and includes free food, freebies, and performances by ex-Pistons Rick Mahorn and Earl Cureton.

Appointments for the vaccine are required and can be obtained by calling (313) 230-0505. Anyone 16 years or older can get the Pfizer vaccine.

Parking for the event is available in the structure on Amsterdam Street near the Pistons Performance Center at 6201 Second Ave.

Pistons against outsiders

► Tip: Thursday, 7 p.m., Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

► TV / Radio: BSD / 104.3 FM

Outlook: The Mavericks (34-27) have taken four wins in the last five games since defeating the Pistons last week. The pistons (19-43) will be without three starters: Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee and Cory Joseph.

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