AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit had just upset the Miami Heat and LeBron James was reviewing the game with reporters when he saved some of his most effusive praise for an unlikely recipient.
It was Pistons guard Will Bynum, who at one point this season went three weeks without scoring.
If Detroit finishes with a respectable record — and at 13-23 the Pistons have a long way to go — these last couple weeks may end up being the turning point. Detroit has won six of eight, including a four-game winning streak that ended Sunday.
What’s changed? The performance of the backups — players such as Bynum, Austin Daye, Charlie Villanueva and rookie Andre Drummond.
Detroit is 10th in the league in bench scoring at 36.9 points per game, according to STATS. But over the last eight games, the reserves are averaging 51.1.