Are You Buying Into The Pistons After Their Great Start?
The Detroit Pistons off to their best start in a long time and we're cautiously buying in.
Detroit is one of three undefeated teams left in the NBA sitting at 4-0. Their games have been close, including a Blake Griffin overtime win. They have a lot of good things going on right now with room to get better, but we can't ignore a few glaring facts.
The superstitious side of me remembers the last time the Pistons started 4-0 was when Allen Iverson was here. We all know how that ended.
The analytical side of me is skeptical, but I love seeing Blake Griffin play like the superstar that everyone hoped he would be. He's even putting up some record numbers.
Detroit is playing inspired basketball right now, and it feels like all of the players know their roles. Even more importantly that knowing the role is that Coach Casey has them believing that their role is key to winning. Even Casey has commented on the attitude inside the team this year.
Before I get ahead of myself here though, we need to talk about the facts of the NBA.
It's a long season and Griffin is historically injury prone. The team is not very good from the free throw line. The top draft pick last year, Luke Kennard hasn't been a huge contributor, and now has a sprained shoulder.
The Pistons will learn a lot about their team this Saturday when they play The Celtics.
Detroit came into the season hoping to make the playoffs, while the Celtics have been picked as the best team in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics are definitely not playing their best right now, but this will be a good test to see if the Pistons plan on contending in the East this year instead of just hoping for a playoff spot.