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.
Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.
Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a three-year, $72.3M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener
LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.
James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.
Source: USA Today Sports
Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension
Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.