No longer rebuilding, Pistons hope to improve in offseason
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have finally moved beyond the rebuilding stage. After their first playoff appearance since 2009, Stan Van Gundy's Pistons can look ahead to the offseason knowing that if they simply keep their current starting lineup intact, the future could be fairly bright. That's not to say that Detroit will stand pat, but the team's key players are young enough that the Pistons can envision more success if this group stays together. ''We're now not at the time of wholesale change anymore. We wen
Cavaliers making most of long break between playoff rounds
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kyrie Irving's freakish knee injury in the NBA Finals last year taught him a valuable lesson about what it takes to get through a postseason. ''A lot of luck,'' he said. One year after medical misfortune sabotaged their title hopes, the Cavaliers, unlike the Golden State Warriors, are relatively healthy as they wait to find out if they'll play Boston or Atlanta in the second round. Cleveland came out of its first-round sweep of Detroit in good shape, and the Cavs should be close to 100 percent when they
Analysis: Morris got into foul trouble with five personals, but still managed to post the team high in points. Besides Tobias Harris and Anthony Tolliver, who combined to shoot nine-for-15 from the field, no other Piston made 50 percent or more of their shot attempts. As a result, Morris and Detroit were swept out of the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who simply had much more postseason experience on the roster. Through his first four career playoff games, Morris averaged 17.8 points (46.8 FG, 38.9 3Pt, 87.0 FT), 3.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 36 minutes per contest.
Analysis: Considered doubtful entering Sunday's contest, Bullock will miss a second straight game due to nerve inflammation in his left leg. He logged 10 and 12 minutes in the first two games of the series, but his absence didn't lead to more playing time for Stanley Johnson in Game 3, as four of the Pistons' five starters played 39+ minutes.