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Detroit Pistons fall to 1-3 after listless effort vs. Wizards in 120-99 loss

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WASHINGTON. After losing games against the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers last week Detroit Pistons entered their third and final road game on this trip needing a life.

They didn’t find anything against the Washington Wizards.

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After Flint native Kyle Kuzma scored 25 points, the Wizards thrashed the Pistons at Capital One Arena 120–99. Detroit (1-3) struggled to move the ball, scoring just 12 assists to 13 assists, and overall converted 40.9%. Washington beat them inside, shooting 65.4% inside the arc.

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Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 25 points overall 8/13 and 4/7/3, while Cade Cunningham added 19 points overall 7/19. Isaiah Stewart double-doubled 13 points and 10 rebounds while Jayden Ivey finished with 11 points and four assists.

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Pistons defenseman Cade Cunningham dribbles as Wizards defenseman Delon Wright (left) and center Daniel Gafford defend in the first half on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, in Washington.
Pistons defenseman Cade Cunningham dribbles as Wizards defenseman Delon Wright (left) and center Daniel Gafford defend in the first half on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, in Washington.

Cunningham struggles to find a rhythm

It was not easy for Cunningham. Aside from a strong fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers, he didn’t have a strong start to the season offensively. He entered the game shooting 39.2% (20 out of 51 in total) and 7 out of 20 (35%) out of 3.

Duane Casey and the Pistons have expressed no concern about their franchise player—after all, there are only four games in the season. But the Pistons needed more from him as a scorer. He moved the ball and took good care of it, and his natural approach to the game tended to be to get his teammates to move before he found his own shot.

So far this approach has not worked.

Cunningham finished the first half with just five shot attempts. He adjusted in the second half, making nine shots in the third quarter and five in the fourth. But in the last two periods, he scored only 5 of 14.

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The Pistons’ next 12 games include two games against the Atlanta Hawks (Wednesday and Friday), two games against the Milwaukee Bucks, two games against the Boston Celtics, and one game each against the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles. Angeles Clippers. Things can get rough, fast. They won’t stand a chance unless Cunningham starts to resemble the player who finished third in last season’s Rookie of the Year voting.

Wizards guard Bradley Beal reaches for the ball against Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic (right) during the first half on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, in Washington.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal reaches for the ball against Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic (right) during the first half on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, in Washington.

Bogdanovich stays hot

During the first week of the season, Bogdanovich was exactly what the Pistons needed him to be. Even by his standards, he was good at throwing the ball; 20 out of 41 overall and 11 out of 22 out of three on Tuesday. He gave the starting five much-needed stability.

He again became Detroit’s leading scorer against the Wizards. For much of the first half, it was fair to wonder if he would miss all night. Bogdanovich started the game 5 of 5 from the floor, 4 of 4 from 3 and 1 of 1 from the free throw line, scoring 15 points in the first 12 minutes of play. He eventually cooled off a bit, making three of his remaining eight shots from the field.

Bogdanovich is addressing a lot of the problems the Pistons have struggled with on offense in recent seasons. He shoots knockdowns and has a tendency to step into them in transition. He does not need space – he knocked down several defenders in the face with his hand. And while he’s not exactly a mainstream playmaker, he’s adept at reading the ball and handling it well.

It didn’t pay off with wins, but the Bogdanovich trade has been a clear win for the Pistons so far.

Contact Omari Sankofa II at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @omarisankofa.

This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Pistons down 1-3 spots after losing game against Wizards




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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