There’s a time and place to work the kinks out before the games count for real and the Pistons used their exhibition game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night to do just that.
And although they used the “in case of emergency break open Chauncey” glass they’re sure glad to know he can deliver — no matter how meager the stakes are.
A 24-point lead evaporated in the second half before Billups hit a couple of crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help stave off the Wizards 99-96 at The Palace.
After helping facilitate the offense early on Billups looked at home down the stretch where his mere presence probably will help Pistons win a handful of games.
“Well yeah. I suspect my experience will come in handy all year” Billups said. “I’m here to teach these guys but I can still play too. That’s what I’m here for.”
Billups and Kyle Singler who started in place of Josh Smith hit back-to-back 3s midway through the fourth after the Wizards tied the game at 83.
Billups hit an