After the Detroit Pistons loss against the Miami Heat Tuesday evening, Jaden Ivey was visibly sunken and down. He continued to press the issue that their plan has always been to compete and try to win every single game.
To put it plainly, Ivey is tired of the losing and can no longer hide or keep quiet about it.
“We want to win. I want to win,” Ivey said in a dower tone. “I want to win these last games. That’s the mentality we have.”
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And Jaden Ivey is doing more than talking about it as his play over the last eleven games has improved greatly. Not that it was bad before, but his performances have been star-like mixed with rookie mistakes.
His averages during that span are 20.2 points, 7.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds and shooting 39.7% from three on 6.6 attempts.
Jaden Ivey and fellow rookie Jalen Duren have proven to be large victories, despite the win/loss record. And tokens of proof that the restore is adding to the foundation with wins soon to follow. First, they must finish this season, get through the draft with a top 3 pick and nail free agency.
Because they want to win.
Winning is not only the constant refrain from the organization, but their promise. And despite a lack of wins so far, Troy Weaver believes the team has still played with the spirit.
“Overall, our players have overwhelmingly embraced the core principle of going to work and competing every night,” Weaver said in an address via NBA.com.
What’s Next for Detroit
Jaden Ivey and the Detroit Pistons play the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM.