It’s one step forward, one step back in exhibitions

Terry Foster
The Detroit News

In the span of three exhibitions, the Pistons have gone from horrific to terrific to horrific offensively.

They have been selfish, smooth and back to selfish.

You can expect that during an 82-game regular season — and you can also bet it will drive coach Stan Van Gundy nuts.

The selfishness was evident again Tuesday in a 101-97 loss to the Pacers, a few days after a solid performance in a 117-88 victory over the Bucks.

“We did not move the ball and we turned the ball over 20 times,” Van Gundy said. “Very disappointing. Definitely a step back.

“The ball needs to move and we need to play together and get the ball from one side of the floor to the other.”

Still, more than anything, Van Gundy wants defense.

“For this team, it starts on the defensive end, to get stops,” rookie forward Stanley Johnson said. “When we do that we’re tough to beat.”

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Van Gundy shuffled his lineup, starting Johnson. He responded with 16 points and six rebounds. Forward Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench for 17 points and six rebounds.

... Forward Adonis Thomas played for the first time and finished with two points in nine minutes.

... Van Gundy, on what he expects from his team in the remainder of the exhibition season: “What we want to keep is the ball movement and playing well together. And the things I’d like to see improved ... beating ourselves with turnovers and fouls.”