Johnson scored 15 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to close out the Pistons, who shot just 1-for-17 from the 3-point line in their first game at The Palace of Auburn Hills this season.
Butler scored 24 points in that game, but Van Gundy called the team’s third quarter “inexcusable” and said he was worried about the mental state of his team.
Improved Wi-Fi, an enhanced mobile app for the Pistons and a new high-definition scoreboard are among $40 million in enhancements made to The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Andre Drummond had 11 points and 12 rebounds, but he was limited in the second half by foul trouble and the Timberwolves held off a late charge from Butler and the Pistons.
If this continues it could be a rough season for the Pistons.
As an avid autograph collector I can appreciate a nice signature.
Did you know that the Pistons tipoff their season tonight in Denver against the Nuggets?
The Celtics waived Will Bynum, Tim Frazier and Rodney McGruder on Monday.
At 38 and struggling to stay healthy after 17 NBA seasons, Billups decided to step away from basketball this summer.
Gray was ruled out indefinitely after it was revealed that he suffers from a cardiac condition. The Pistons recently traded point guard Will Bynum to the Boston Celtics in exchange for veteran center Joel Anthony.