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Derrick Rose thanks Pistons’ coaching staff for ‘sticking with me’

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Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose has played the role of hero in the last two games.

Against the Indiana Pacers last Friday, Rose hit clutch shot after clutch shot and dished out the game-winning assist to Blake Griffin.

Monday versus the New Orleans Pelicans, Rose scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and hit the game-winning shot over Jrue Holiday.

Rose, who has a history of being a clutch player, failed to come through for the Pistons in their two road games against the Charlotte Hornets. The former MVP started the Pelicans game just 2-of-9 from the field before catching fire.

Pistons head coach Dwane Casey never lost his trust in Rose, and that’s something the Chicago native appreciates:

“It shows a lot with coach sticking with me,” Rose said, via Pistons.com. “You’re going to have bad shooting nights, but you’ve got to continue to play your game and that’s all I’m trying to do – just keep playing my game, staying aggressive and taking the open shots whenever I get it. I missed a lot of bunnies tonight, but it happens like that.”

The Pistons are 10-14 on the season but 6-4 in their last 10 games. While Rose’s scoring has gone down since Griffin returned to the lineup, the three-time All-Star is still providing a scoring and assist punch off Detroit’s bench.

In 19 games this season, Rose is averaging 16.1 points and 5.8 assists. He’s shooting 48.8 percent overall and 32.6 percent from beyond the arc.