Teams need wins to build confidence and get back on track.
Such was the case for the Detroit Pistons in their 132-102 demolition of the visiting Washington Wizards on Boxing Day.
Detroit’s day-after Christmas triumph ended a five-game slide.
For the Pistons, second-year bench boss Dwane Casey recognized the need for a victory at this time.
“It was good for the spirit of the team,” Casey told reporters after the game in Motown. “I thought we did some good things during the first part of the game defensively,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “We wanted to take away the transition defense and we did that. I thought the ball movement was good playing through Blake (Griffin) in the post.
“So, again, a lot of good things. Now we got to carry on the road and a tough road trip.”