ORLANDO – If one of Summer League’s purposes is to indoctrinate young players to the NBA’s rigors, one of them is learning how to battle through injuries and win. Kyle Singler and Brandon Knight weren’t injured, but Joe Dumars and Lawrence Frank had seen enough of them through four games, so the finale was turned over to their teammates.
Khris Middleton again started for Singler and undrafted free agent Casper Ware for Knight and they scored the last two critical baskets as the Pistons beat Philadelphia 71-67 on Friday.
Kyle Singler had been arguably the Pistons’ best all-around player through three Orlando Pro Summer League games, so when the decision was made to give Singler a day off it took an all-around team contribution to cover for his loss.
That’s exactly what they got in a 93-79 win over a Boston Celtics team that entered the day 3-0, too – a little something from everybody and reasons to feel encouraged about all of the players taking part in Summer League who will wear a Pistons uniform in 2012-13.
Let’s run down the lineup: