The addition of Avery Bradley, having a healthy Reggie Jackson, a much improved Andre Drummond, and budding superstar Tobias Harris have all taken major steps to bring this Detroit to the ceiling of the Eastern Conference.
Kennard competed hard and showed grit.
"As a rookie, his composure and the way he plays the game, it's awesome to see", Harris said. He played a career-high 28 minutes and was a plus-21. "Ultimately that's what you want". I said on draft night, he didn't guard a lot last year.
"I'm honored", Harris said of the award, "but this is truly a testament to how well we've been playing as a team". "We're getting better. We're moving in the right direction". Miami outscored the hosts 47-25 in the second half. I was really, really happy. "I have to be consistent with it first before I talk about some other secrets, but there's a couple other things that have gone into to help improve it".
When Langston Galloway was signed to a contract this summer, it wasn't met with the same brouhaha that other free agents received. "Everybody made an impact". Thinking about home, thinking about the end of the trip, that just makes you human.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have won seven of their last eight games and they will be aiming for a fifth straight after Friday's 111-104 win over the Hawks.
It gives them a rare breather from the constant grind of the NBA season.
Hassan Whiteside had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Goran Dragic scored 18 points, Dion Waiters had 16 points and Josh Richardson added 15 points to lead Miami, which went 13 of 37 from 3-point range. "He was in the battle tonight".
Of the key contributors for the Pistons, the performance by Kennard was most noteworthy. Primarily for Justise Winslow, who started for the Heat at the power forward slot for the third consecutive game, and James Johnson. "He played big for us". That's made him the eighth-most valuable player this year per Basketball Reference's wins above replacement.
The Miami Heat pay a visit to Little Caesars Palace to take on the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. He finished with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers.
He consulted with an ophthalmologist and decided it was time to finally rid himself of his previous visual aides. Guys were making inspiring plays because of what they saw him doing.
Both players may not be from teams projected by many to be on the top half of their conferences, but with their production so far, it could be possible that the Nuggets and Pistons will finish the regular season as a top seed. Among the 10 guards handling the ball on at least 100 possessions, only Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets has been a more efficient scorer. "He stepped up and made some big shots and made some huge defensive plays". Tipoff for this home-and-home matchup will be just after 7:30 p.m., with the return matchup coming two nights later when the Heat travels to Washington for a game beginning just after 7 p.m.