Josh Smith went 5-14 from the floor two days after a 2-17 game, but had a key put back to give the Pistons a 97-93 lead with 15.1 seconds to play.
LeBron didn’t just join the Cleveland Cavaliers. He came to save the world, so to speak, to bring financial and spiritual lubricant to the Rust Belt, an area of America that has been lost to the the meat-hook realities of economics.
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.
It’s unclear if Taylor will face any punishment from the NBA.
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.
The Pistons took the 21-year-old Dinwiddie with the 38th pick of the 2014 draft.
The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from three perspectives: A player’s viewpoint, from the bench, and from the front office.
The Detroit Pistons have waived four training camp invitees — center Hasheem Thabeet, forward Brian Cook and guards Josh Bostic and Lorenzo Brown — on Monday.