In Lawrence Frank’s quest to play faster, the Pistons might get a shot in the arm from their bench.

In a game in which they scored just 85 points in Saturday’s win over Charlotte, the Pistons scored 22 of those points in transition. The second unit – at least if the outline of a rotation Frank’s substitution patterns have suggested holds – holds the potential to enable the Pistons to get out and run more than they have in recent seasons.

For nearly three weeks, the Pistons experienced almost remarkably good fortune with regard to injuries. Across the NBA, where stars from Derrick Rose to Dirk Nowitzki are set to still miss weeks or months, the Pistons won’t generate much sympathy for the left calf muscle Corey Maggette strained in Thursday’s loss at Miami.

MIAMI – Back in the golden NBA era of the ’80s, before the Bad Boys were fully formed, the Lakers and Celtics countered each other’s personnel moves every season with an eye toward better matching up with their arch-nemesis in the NBA Finals.

As the Pistons inched closer to contention, Jack McCloskey adopted the same tack. To beat the Celtics and emerge from the East, the Pistons needed a power forward to neutralize Kevin McHale, or at least to contain his damage.