Detroit Pistons – Hayes, career record for nothing

Last of the Eastern Conference, the Pistons, unlike the Thunder, Wolves and Rockets on the West side, have not yet been officially eliminated from the play-in race, this barrage of access to the play-offs which concern the classified teams of the 7e at the 10e place. But it would take more than a miracle for the Detroit franchise (19 wins-44 losses) to catch up with the current 10e, les Wizards (28-34).

The Pistons, who should inherit a high choice in the next draft, are mainly preparing for the future. Thursday evening, for the clash against Mavericks deprived of Luka Doncic (elbow), three rookies started the meeting, while Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Cory Joseph and Wayne Ellington were them at rest. And Saddiq Bey (18 points and 8 rebounds), Isaiah Stewart (20 points and 10 rebounds) and Killian Hayes (2 points, 11 assists) signed encouraging performances.

Casey: “He’s doing a really good job”

The highest drafted Frenchman in history, Hayes, retained in seventh place last summer, returned to business in early April, he who had not played for four months due to a hip injury. And the 19-year-old leader has been much less shy since his return. He signed his NBA assists record on Thursday (11), and has averaged 6.5 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in 24 minutes since the start of the month.

Only downside, his address. Like three days before against the Hawks, he scored only 2 points, 1/6 shooting. “His shoot hasn’t come back yet, his trainer Dwayne Casey told the Detroit Free Press a few days ago. But it will come. When you’ve been away for so long, that’s surely what comes last. But he’s doing a really good job. He does these little things every game, especially defensively, but also at the leadership level, an area where the rookies are generally more in the background. An area in which he should have the opportunity to show another face at the end of the season.

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