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Pistons’ Dwane Casey challenges players to start games with ‘sense of urgency’

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The Detroit Pistons are not in a great place right now with trade rumors swirling around All-Star center Andrew Drummond, power forward Blake Griffin sidelined with likely season-ending surgery, and the overall unimpressive performance of the team. Pistons head coach Dwane Casey would like a change.

Per Lauren Williams in mlive.com:

“We talked about the sense of urgency of starting the game; it was similar to what it was vs. Chicago and that was the difference in the game,” Casey said. “If we play the entire game like we played the second half, it would have been a different outcome.

“We all have to decide what’s important, if it’s important to compete. Not only Andre, it’s everybody in the locker room. The young group in the second half did that. Those guys are what you want to build your team around.”

Dwane Casey, 62, a former Coach of the Year winner with the Toronto Raptors, is in his second season with the Motown franchise. Despite winning 41 games in 2018-19 (and getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs), the Pistons are miserably 13 games under .500, with no signs of slowing down in 2020.

The Pistons are currently on a three-game skid and play the mighty Boston Celtics on the road on Wednesday. The Celtics have potentially three All-Stars in Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum, and the Pistons are figuring out how to match youth in players like rookie Sekou Doumbouya and sophomore Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk with Drummond pending potential free agent (but likely trade-deadline move).