There has been one common denominator during the recent woes of the Detroit Pistons.
The Pistons have been notorious slow starters and have normally dug themselves a hole too large and vast to overcome.
But this season, the opposite has held true. Detroit was off to a 3-0 start entering Tuesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
The differences between this year and last year’s version of the team are vast. Detroit has won games off of defense, work ethic, and intensity.
Last year, they lost games because of those key areas. Improved play in these areas has all amounted to a quick turnaround for the team.
But sustaining that turnaround will hinge on their execution going forward. Detroit is about to make a long road trip and will play six consecutive games away from home before returning to the Palace of Auburn Hills to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It will not be an easy stretch but it will put the Pistons growth on display. Will they continue building positive momentum or slip backward?
If successful, the key stretch of games could position the Pistons well going forward this season.
Pistons to honor Wallace, Billiups
Speaking of success, two players that were extremely instrumental in the organization’s success will be honored later this season.
Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups were the core leaders of Detroit’s last championship in 2004. And not only that, they were the faces of the organization that went to six consecutive Eastern Conference finals.
They are set to have their numbers retired later this season. It is a great decision from the organization and the right thing to do.
Each sacrificed greatly for the team and the entire state of Michigan was the benefactor. It’s great to see both Wallace and Billups finally get the recognition they are rightfully due.
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