preseason opener for Detroit Pistons gives clues on rotation

Pistons forward Saddiq Bey reacts during the first half of the Pistons' 117-96 preseason loss to the Knicks on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, in New York City.

It’s unexpected to read too deeply into a preseason performance, good or bad. The 2008 Lions, of course, won all four of their preseason games before going 0-16 during the regular season.

Exhibition games are a tune-up — an opportunity for players to work off months of offseason rust, and for coaches to experiment with lineups and get a handle on where their roster is. Sometimes they’re an accurate indicator of what the team will look like during the regular season. Sometimes, they’re not.

With that said, the Detroit Pistons’ 117-96 loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden was ugly. They trailed by as many as 32 points, committed 22 turnovers and their two primary offensive options, Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey, were a combined 4-for-20 shooting for 13 points.

The Pistons aren’t a contending team yet, but they’ll certainly be better on average than they were in their preseason opener.

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But Tuesday was our first preview of what Dwane Casey’s rotation could look like when the regular season tips off Oct. 19. His starting lineup — Bey, Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic and Isaiah Stewart — could be the starting lineup on opening night. Cunningham, Bey, Bogdanovic and Stewart appeared to be safe bets to start. Ivey was the wild card, but his team-leading 16-point performance showed that he may be ready for the limelight.

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