Pistons News: Stan Van Gundy Says Defense First, Shots Will Fall After

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The shots aren't falling quite yet for a Detroit Pistons team that went through a jump-shooting overhaul in free agency.

However, head coach Stan Van Gundy isn't worried about drilling shooting basic during practices at this point. What he's more concerned with is finding a way to increase the amount of defensive stops the team gets, thus giving shooters more confidence when they're not constantly playing from behind.

"“I honestly believe that stuff goes hand in hand," Van Gundy said, via NBA.com. "If you’'re not stopping people and then you go down and have to make shots, that'’s not easy. But when you know your defense is holding and you’'re sort of playing free and easy, the game gets better."”

Van Gundy reasserted that his roster has too many good shooters to not get back on track as the season progresses.

"We'’ve got guys who can shoot the ball,"” he said. "“If you look at true shooting percentage last year for small forwards, Caron (Butler) and Cartier (Martin) are both in the top 10. Kyle (Singler), too, I believe, so you’'re talking about three really good shooters--none of whom have shot the ball real well.

"If we get quality shots, those guys will more than likely go back to being who they are."

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