Stan Van Gundy is not wasting any time in confusing Pistons fans (and Pistons players) with his unpredictable rotations that are most likely a result of a self-made artificial intelligence which attempts to analyse Twitter posts. Luke Kennard did not play in the first game of the season; instead, Stanley Johnson (who was in the doghouse for much of the previous season) played forty minutes while going 0-13 from the field. Now, in this game, Johnson’s minutes were much reduced, and Kennard saw eighteen minutes of action off the bench.
In other news, Henry Ellenson was a DNP in the second game, replaced by Eric Moreland. Also, Boban Marjanovic did not play in either game. Yes, I’m mad.
Kennard did all his damage in the second quarter, scoring eleven points in a manner that recalls Pistons greats, um, Ben Gordon and uh, Carlos Delfino. And Jerry Stackhouse. He resembled all those players and more with the unassailable confidence of his shooting stroke, his willingness to shoot crappy floaters, and the fact that he was wearing a Pistons jersey while he converted on field goal attempts.