New Pistons players step up in NBA opening night win
The 2015-16 NBA regular season began Tuesday, and the Detroit Pistons won on the road, beating the Hawks in Atlanta 106-94. New Piston Marcus Morris missed a few shots too many but still played a very good game, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and no turnovers. For more, here's the Detroit News reporting:
In the offseason, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy had to tinker with the roster, trying to get the right mix of size and skill, shooting and defense.
With two draft picks and five new pieces, The Pistons are a different team than last year, especially on the front line, with new starting forwards Marcus Morris and Ersan Ilyasova. The pair combined for 34 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists in the Pistons’ opening road win, 106-94, over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
They combined for 10 of the Pistons’ first 17 points, including seven by Morris. After the trade with the Phoenix Suns, Van Gundy said Morris was the key piece, and he showed his versatility, hitting a variety of post-up shots and fadeaway jumpers.
Morris finished with a double-double — 18 points and 10 rebounds, five of those offensive — but shot only 6-of-19 from the field. Ilyasova was tough on defense, having to guard the Hawks’ big men, but had seven rebounds and three assists.