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Dwane Casey wants Pistons to have a sense of urgency heading into 2019-20 season

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The Detroit Pistons had a fairly decent 2018-19 season. However, head coach Dwane Casey doesn’t seem to be satisfied.

Casey, who won the 2017-18 Coach of the Year award, wants his guys to have a sense of urgency even before they open the 2019-20 season this October, per Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.

A sense of urgency. Our thing is, yeah, OK, we had a decent year last year, not great, decent. Made the playoffs but can’t be happy with the way we ended the year, so coming in this year with a sense of urgency, continue to get better, continue to grow and that starts with our coaching staff. We want to get better at decision making and how we utilize players. Players want to get better with their skill set and 3-point shooting, ballhandling, their bodies, whatever it is, but everything starts with a sense of urgency. The East is open and the time for us is now. We want to hit the ground running once the season starts and when training camp starts. That sense of urgency is now and it’s got to continue every day up until we throw it up in October.

Entering the upcoming season with the right kind of mindset and attitude could determine how their campaign will go.

The Pistons, in some way, did exceed expectations with how they played in the 2018-19 season. All-Star forward Blake Griffin, in his age-29 campaign, had a career year with Detroit. The 6-foot-10 forward fine-tuned his game and has become one of the more versatile big men in the league today.

In 75 games, Griffin averaged a career-best 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game, while also connecting on a career-high 2.5 three-pointers per contest. Unfortunately, Griffin got hurt just in time for the playoffs. With their All-Star forward ailing, the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks swept the Pistons off the floor in the first round.