Detroit Pistons fall to 1-3 overall after poor effort vs. wizards

WASHINGTON — After poor efforts against the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers last week, the Detroit Pistons entered their third and final road game this trip in need of life.

They didn’t find any against the Washington Wizards.

Behind a 25-point night from Flint native Kyle Kuzma, the Wizards blew out the Pistons at Capital One Arena, 120-99. Detroit (1-3) struggled to move the ball, tallying just 12 assists against 13 turnovers, and shot 40.9% overall. Washington pummeled them inside, shooting 65.4% inside of the arc.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 25 points on 8-for-13 overall shooting and 4-for-7 shooting from 3, and Cade Cunningham added 19 points on 7-for-19 overall shooting. Isaiah Stewart tallied a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Jaden Ivey finished with 11 points and four assists.

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Cunningham struggles to find rhythm

It hasn’t been easy going for Cunningham. Outside of a strong fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers, it hasn’t been a strong offensive start to the season for him. He entered the game shooting 39.2% (20-for-51 overall) and 7-for-20 (35%) from 3.

Dwane Casey and the Pistons haven’t expressed any worry about their franchise player — after all, it’s only four games into the season. But the Pistons have needed more from him as a scorer. He has moved the ball and taken care of it well, and his natural approach to the game has generally been to get his teammates going before he finds his own shot.

Thus far, the approach hasn’t worked.

Cunningham finished the first half with just five shot attempts. He adjusted in the second half, taking nine shots in the third quarter and five in the fourth. But he shot just 5-for-14 overall in the final two periods.

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