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what will haunt the Pistons in the offseason?Jersey

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With the Pistons all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention this season, the last four games will take on a different tenor as the team looks to finish on a high and to get a look at some alternative lineups.
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“We will still play our main guys, but Henry and Boban will be in there every night now,” coach Stan Van Gundy said after Thursday’s practice. “I probably should have done it earlier but we were still in it. Now we’ve lost 10 of out 12, so it’s not like we’re rolling with the other guys and we’re going to step back.
That includes getting some significant playing time for rookie Henry Ellenson and 7-foot-4 center Boban Marjanovic, who have played sparingly in the regular season.
“We probably should have been searching for alternatives before.”
Van Gundy also conceded that point guard Reggie Jackson is done for the season, barring something unforeseen. Jackson, who was healthy but has missed the last five games, never got to 100 percent after treatments for tendinitis in training camp.
“He won’t play these last four games (but) you never know — if you get injury stuff,” Van Gundy said. “I’m not planning on (him playing). The plan is to let him step away and clear his mind and go into the offseason without a bad taste in his mouth.”
Jackson struggled in the latter part of the http://www.officialpistonstore.com/Terry_Mills_Jersey season, playing 52 games after he sat the first 21, but never looked like his production from last season. Van Gundy said they’ll gauge how Jackson does in the offseason and try to be ready for next season.
“We’ll try to encourage him to take a different approach to the offseason. He puts in a lot of time and work and we appreciate that, but we’ll try to get him to change the way he does it a little bit,” he said.
Whatever swagger they had was gone — and for the most part, whatever playoff chances they had went down with it. The Pistons (35-43) had a string of seven straight games against teams with losing records — favorable path to the playoffs — and won just two (home against Phoenix and Brooklyn), as they tumbled out of playoff position.
Van Gundy left open a small possibility that Jackson could return. A small possibility.
Jackson, who missed the opening 21 games with left knee tendinitis, never returned to last year's form. Ish Smith replaced him in the starting lineup against Chicago on March 22, and Jackson was inactive two games later at New York. He hasn't played since.
"Reggie was struggling, and for good reason; a lot of stuff out of his control," Van Gundy said. "It was weighing on him and we thought, at that time, being fresh-minded would not only be good for him, but us being fresh-minded would help."
Smith, who sparked the Pistons to an 11-10 record without Jackson to begin the season, drew praise from his coach.
The Pistons (35-43), who sit No. 11 Reggie Jackson Authentic Jersey in the Eastern Conference, can be eliminated from playoff contention with Chicago and Indiana wins Thursday night.
"You think of everything you could have done," Van Gundy said. "We've got to really look at ourselves as a team. We just didn't show up (the past few weeks) and be competitive."
New biggest fan: Van Gundy wore a Georgetown sweatshirt to Thursday's practice, saying he's now the program's biggest fan. Former Hoyas and NBA great Patrick Ewing was named Georgetown's new head coach this week.
Van Gundy hired Ewing as an assistant when he coached the Orlando Magic.
"For five years, he had my back in Orlando and I had his back," Van Gundy said. "He's a team guy. He wasn't worried about anyone else. He didn't care if the media liked him. I think it's one of the reasons it's taken him so long to get a head job. He didn't care if opposing coaches or players liked him. He cared about him, how he played and people in his organization."
Van Gundy said Ewing's opportunity was long overdue.
"There's guys that come along that you really appreciate; there are very few like Patrick," Van Gundy said. "There's not five people walking the planet that I have more respect for than Patrick Ewing. He's got the whole package. I'm all in on Patrick Ewing. I didn't give a crap about Georgetown, one way or another, until two days ago. Now, it's a team I'll follow every single game."
"I want to see those guys operate http://www.authenticramsofficialshop.com/Nike-Cody-Wichmann-Jersey.html with our (regular) guys," Van Gundy said. "I don't want to just throw those guys out there as a group 36 minutes a night. We will try to work our rotation so they're out there with those other guys and see how they fit into the picture."
The Pistons have been in a tailspin, since getting to .500 after victories over the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks in mid-March. Things took a turn for the worse after that, with a 32-point loss at Cleveland, a 14-point loss at home to the Utah Jazz and six more losses in the next seven games.
The big loss at Cleveland seemed to be the start — but not the cause — for the downturn.
“You never know but it’s like we took that hit and it seems like it took it out of us. I don’t know if it was confidence-wise,” Van Gundy said. “(Media members) were asking if we turned a corner and if we were playing better. You get one bad game in Cleveland and we didn’t play well, but it had more to do with Cleveland playing great.
“It took us three weeks to recover a competitive spirit. That’s something we’ve got to look at and it’s very disappointing. The three (recent) close losses have been disappointing too, but what sealed our season was that stretch of eight games.”
Even after those disappointing losses, a buzzer-beating loss to the Miami Heat seemed to be the death knell, followed by an overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks and Wednesday’s squandered 20-point lead to the Toronto Raptors.
“I want to see those guys operate with our (main rotation) guys. Some of the guys who have been playing a lot might have to take fewer minutes to get those guys minutes,” he said. “I don’t want to just throw those guys out there as a group 36 minutes a night. I don’t know if they would learn what we would like them to learn over the four games and if we would learn anything from that.
“We will try to work our rotations so they’re out there with those other guys and see how they fit in the picture.”
All told, it’s a lot of wondering what could have been during a http://www.authenticramsofficialshop.com/Nike-Greg-Robinson-Jersey.html favorable stretch of the schedule. It’s what will haunt the Pistons in the offseason and what Van Gundy will focus on in his assessment.
But now, it’s about getting a better look at some of the younger players and how they react in true game situations with more minutes and bigger roles.
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