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Pistons coach Dwane Casey likes Luke Kennard’s ‘screw-you’ attitude on the court

Dwane Casey, Luke Kennard

Detroit Pistons shooting guard Luke Kennard has been on quite a roll lately, scoring in double digits in five of the team’s last six contests. This was highlighted by another huge performance on Monday, with the 22-year-old dropping 19 points (on 7-of-10 shooting), five three-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block in Detroit’s 113-109 win against the Indiana Pacers.

Following the victory, Pistons head coach Dwane Casey expressed his delight in Kennard’s recent surge, saying that the 6-foot-5 guard’s attitude has made all the difference, per Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

“That is the way he has to play, be mad and play mad,” Casey said. “When he does play with toughness, (he plays better). So play with that edge, play with that toughness, that screw-you attitude and that helps him. Whoever he has to get upset with, go ahead, we line people up to do that. But he is playing with that edge and that has helped him a lot, I think.”

Kennard has been playing like a man possessed of late, and this has translated into what is arguably one of the best stretches he has been on since being drafted by the Pistons 12th overall in 2017.

When asked if Casey was doing anything to try and bring out the angry side of his sophomore stud, the 61-year-old refused to reveal his secret.

“Never, I wouldn’t do that,” Casey said with a mischievous grin.

Whatever Casey is doing to motivate his guy appears to be working, so we should expect more of the same from Kennard as the regular season winds down.