The Detroit Pistons have won three games in the Blake Griffin era and have yet to lose one. Their performance has not been without a few flaws, yet they are finding ways to win.

Griffin deserves a couple of weeks to get acclimated to the team’s system, before critiquing the Pistons play. However, a few things did stand out after this brief week.

1.Blake Griffin’s the leader now

This does not imply he is the emotional leader, that will take some time to find out. He is the offensive leader now, the ball will be going through him on most plays.

In Griffin’s first start he had the ball in his hand most of the game. The isolation plays ran for him against the Grizzles were numerous, and head coach Van Gundy kept feeding him the ball. On several occasions, Van Gundy commanded that the other players clear way, so Griffin could have his one on one match-up.

2. Superstar calls

The Pistons have not gotten the benefit of the doubt from the officials in a long time. Blake Griffin gets call the average player does not get, and a call a Pistons would not normally get. This was on full display in the Griffins first game, as the referees gave call after call. Last night, versus the Heat, the calls were not as beneficial to the Pistons. That had more to do with the crew and not with a specific player.

3. Rotation changes

Andre Drummond has been an iron man for the Pistons this season, when he stays out of foul trouble. It appears Van Gundy will keep Drummond’s minutes up, but tweak how he gets them. He was pulled six minutes into both halves and returned before the quarters ended. Van Gundy wants to give Griffin freedom for a few minutes in each half, so he can run the offense through him.

4. New Life

The Pistons prior to the trade were like a brotherhood, the players were close with one another, and believed they could win. The play on the court said something else, thus a followed and sent a message to the locker-room.

The players could just be trying to welcome Griffin to the team, but their appears to be a pep in their step. They are playing with a new found confidence and playing at a higher level. This past two close wins, were games they lost during the eight game losing streak. It is still early, only their record in April tell the story.

5. Fan have returned

The fans have not shown up to Little Caesar’s arena this year, from opening night to playing the Warriors, empty seats could be seen. Griffin’s first two games with the team had the similar empty seats but was different.

A game against the Grizzles, a team ten games under .500, LCA should have been empty. It was not, fans showed up to see Griffin, and gave Fox Sports Detroit the highest rated broadcast since 2008. Last night a game against a Heat team, with no superstar draw, pulled a near capacity crowd. The fans are loyal, and if the product on the court keeps winning, they will show up to support this squad.

This article first appeared on and was syndicated with permission.


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