Now, after three consecutive Detroit Pistons victories, all by double-digit margins, the last two by 23 points apiece on the road, there is a distinctly different sense that this team’s happiness may not be so fleeting after all.
The Pistons will end 2014 at 15 games under .500, yet they appear a much different team after their first three-game win streak under head coach Stan Van Gundy, the latest a 109-86 win Tuesday over the Orlando Magic.
“We don’t feel like an 8-23 team, that’s for sure,” said Jodie Meeks, whose nine 3-pointers fell one shy of Joe Dumars’ franchise record en route to a team-season-high 34 points.
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN