Pistons rookie guard Peyton Siva played 47 minutes in the team's 87-86 exhibition loss to the Orlando Magic Sunday. (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)
Auburn Hills — Peyton Siva was a little sore after playing 47 minutes in an 87-86 exhibition loss to the Magic last weekend.
But after watching film with veteran Chauncey Billups he feels better about his game and future.
“I think for the most part I thought we played pretty well,” said Siva, a rookie from Louisville who finished with 12 points, seven assists and nine turnovers. “I was happy with the way I performed and carried myself out there.
“I made a few mistakes but they are mistakes I can learn from.”
Siva played 47 minutes out of necessity — the Pistons were down to two guards, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Siva. Brandon Jennings (jaw), Rodney Stuckey (thumb) and Will Bynum (food poisoning) were out, and Billups was not in the lineup.
“That’s a lot to put on a rookie,” coach Maurice Cheeks said. “I thought he did well. I enjoyed watching and coaching him through out that game. I thought he did as well as he could. But you can’t turn the ball over nine times.”
Siva missed two weeks of training camp with a calf muscle injury. The key is he was able to push things on the calf against the Magic press.
“There are some adjustments I can make,” he said. “I can make quicker reads. ... Some things worked and some things didn’t work. You learn from that and continue to play.”