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Pistons 'can work through the adversity'

Pistons 'can work through the adversity'
Published On: Thu, Jan 10
Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Henry Ellenson (Marquette) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number eighteen overall pick to the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Pistons are in their worst stretch of the season and Pistons owner Tom Gores got to see the team up close as they took on the Lakers on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

It wasna€™t pretty, as the Pistons (17-22) lost for the sixth time in the last seventh games and fell to a season-worst five games below .500. Gores remained optimistic about the team turning things around and still salvaging the season behind Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. A 

a€œI like this team. I think they can work through the adversity,a€ Gores said during a halftime interview. a€œWhether we want to say it or not, this team expects to be in the playoffs. This team does expect excellence. You have Andre and Blake a€” and these are major, major players.a€

It was Griffina€™s first game back in the Los Angeles area since Gores and the Pistons acquired him from the Clippers last January. Gores is happy with how Griffin has fit with the team, posting All-Star numbers and what hea€™s done both on and off the court.

After a 13-7 start, theya€™ve had their ups and downs, but the current skid shows therea€™s plenty of work to do toward the goal of getting back to the postseason. A 

a€œWe couldna€™t expect more from Blake than what hea€™s done. He has done incredible work and everybody didna€™t know what he could do a€” but we couldna€™t expect more,a€ Gores said. a€œBeyond his stats, he really has been a great leader. Do we want to build around him? Absolutely.a€

Building around Griffin has proven difficult, given the Pistonsa€™ financial inflexibility in relation to the salary cap. Theya€™re less than $1 million from the luxury-tax threshold, which hinders their ability to make trades or sign other free agents without making dealing a rotation player.

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