Little Caesars Arena wasn’t full but it was loud for the Detroit Pistons 118-105 loss against the Miami Heat.

It had something like a playoff atmosphere as the Heat are still fighting for the postseason, and the Pistons have vowed to fight till game 82.

The Pistons were led by rookie dynamic duo Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren. Ivey finished with 30 points, seven assists, and four rebounds while shooting a blistering 73% from the field. Duren again was the lone Piston to finish with a double-double scoring twenty points and fourteen rebounds.

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Despite the big game Ivey wasn’t pleased with the loss and will keep fighting for wins, despite the team being lottery bound.

“We want to win. I want to win,” Ivey said. “I want to win these last games. That’s the mentality we have.”

His demeanor was visibly down, but he perked up when asked about fellow rookie Jalen Duren.

“He’s dominant,” Ivey said in a happier tone.

The Heat were led by Jimmy Butler’s 27 points, eight assists and eight rebounds as he switched into playoff mode in the fourth quarter. The game had a similar feel that head coach Dwane Casey knows will provide valuable benefits to come as they gain more experience.


“Youth,” Casey remarked. “It’s not like they’re not trying to win. They’re trying. But it’s a different animal down the stretch as a young team trying to execute. But I applaud our effort and love the way we’ve competed.”

Ivey has proven the team has the right mentality and believes they will start to win in due time, but that hasn’t softened his desire to win right now.

“I want to win so bad, that’s all I think about is winning.” (Jaden Ivey)

With good games and great atmospheres like tonight you can only hope to wonder what Little Caesars Arena will be when the wins start.


What’s Next for the Detroit Pistons

Jaden Ivey and the Detroit Pistons play the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM.


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By Published On: April 4th, 2023Categories: Detroit Pistons, NBA, Podcasts, Uncategorized

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