After their ugliest loss of the season, the Detroit Pistons needed to have a good performance. And after trailing 15-0 in the first quarter, that looked improbable. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Evan Mobley had their way in the first half. Darius Garland was scoring with ease, picking the Pistons defense apart. However, despite a poor 0-10 shooting performance in the first half, Cade Cunningham shined in the second half. Cade shot 6-11 from the field in the second half. In addition, Cunningham also secured a triple double. He scored 19 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. The Pistons guard also secured 3 steals and a block, affecting the game on both sides of the court.
Saddiq Bey lead the way for the Detroit Pistons as they won 115-105. Bey scored 31 points shooting 11-20 from the field. It was also because of bench players like Frank Jackson and Trey Lyles that the Pistons were in this game. Jackson scored 19 points shooting 7-10 from the field, an explosion of offense off the bench that was crucial for Detroit. Lyles added 15 points himself, as well as 2 blocks and 7 rebounds as well. Isaiah Stewart went back to his scoring ways, securing 12 points, as well as 12 rebounds. Of those 12 rebounds, Stewart secured 7 of them om the offensive glass.
Cade Cunningham bests Evan Mobley, should be rookie of the year.
Cade Cunningham had one of his worst shooting performances of his career on Friday in Orlando. Cunningham shot 3-17 from the field, and was a non factor for Detroit. And in the first half, it was looking like that drought was going to continue. Cade went 0-10 in the first half, and struggled to get himself going offensively. However, he was able to distribute for his teammates and step up defensively as well. He showed why the Pistons were excited about drafting Cunningham number one overall.
Evan Mobley lead the rookie of the year race from the beginning of the year to now. His solid offensive game paired with his elite defensive skills and IQ makes him draw Tim Duncan comparisons. However, he was outplayed in the second half by the Detroit Pistons. And it was Cade Cunningham making his case for rookie of the year that lead to the victory. His all around contribution to the game is what lead to the Pistons coming back in the second half. He lead the way for the Pistons on the defensive end and contributed offensively as well.
Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart both shined
Saddiq Bey has hit another level offensively this year. And he has notched another 30 point game for the Pistons. Bey has been able to expand his offensive game. Tonight, Saddiq only shot 3-9 from 3. He got a lot of his points attacking the rim, and inside the arc. He went right at the Cleveland bigs, and played an all around really efficient game. Bey has the ceiling of being an all star caliber player in this league. And performances like these are only going to help him reach that potential.
Isaiah Stewart got back to the production that he was putting up on the previous road trip for Detroit. Stewart’s 7 offensive rebounds was game changing for the Pistons, and he was an efficient 7-12 from the field. Stewart was attacking big men that were towering over him. But his will and determination as well as picking his spots is what allowed him to produce. Stewart has been the lone true big man on the roster, and the lack of production offensively at the big is a dire need for this roster. Even if Stewart won’t be able to do that alone, this was a performance that showed a lot of promise, and that he can be capable of more offensively.
Pistons start the home stand out strong
The Pistons are in the middle of a four game home stand, with this game against Cleveland being the first of four. Detroit will be hosting the Pelicans on Tuesday, followed by the Timberwolves on Thursday. The Pistons will then host their long time rival Boston Celtics on Friday night. Cleveland was a difficult start for Detroit, and the competition doesn’t get much easier. Cade Cunningham will be looking to bounce back offensively after a bad game Friday and a rough first half today.
After a disappointing performance in Orlando on Friday, this spirited win at home versus the Cavaliers was a much needed one. This was an important game for Cade Cunningham if he wanted to be in the race for the rookie of the year award. And after coming back and beating the odds favorite the way that he did, this is a game that could change the course of the conversation. Cunningham continues to shine, and the Pistons continue to get better.