Pistons News: Josh Smith's "Intangibles" Standing In For His Missing Shot

Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith's recent shooting slump has undoubtedly hurt the team, but he continues to find other ways to make an impact when the shots aren't falling

"I'm struggling to put the ball in the basket, but winning isn't only about making shots," Smith said after Detroit's 98-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, via ESPN.com. "I know that I've still got intangibles that I can bring to the floor."

With the Pistons clinging to a 95-93 lead late, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope clanked a five-footer, but Smith found the rebound in traffic and put it home to give Detroit a four-point advantage.

Smith then stripped the ball away from Milwaukee's Brandon Knight, allowing Detroit to finish off its win at the free throw line.

"I give Josh a ton of credit for playing well despite the way he's struggling with his shot," Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. "He's had a really rough time, but he gets the game-winning shot and the steal. Those were the two biggest plays of the game."

If his "intangibles" keep bringing wins home to Detroit, the fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills will forgive Smith for his cold touch from the field.

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