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Nov 20, 2023, 09:45 AM ET
"We've got to beryllium realistic astir the situation," Cunningham said Sunday aft Detroit's 142-113 nonaccomplishment to the Toronto Raptors. "It's hard to conscionable beryllium like, 'Oh we're good, we're good,' due to the fact that we're bad. We've got to code that."
The Pistons participate Monday with the NBA's worst grounds astatine 2-12 and are struggling done their 3rd losing streak of astatine slightest 11 games since the commencement of past season. Detroit's past triumph was against the Chicago Bulls connected Oct. 28.
"I deliberation a fewer of our guys are dealing with however hard the league is," Pistons first-year manager Monty Williams said. "When you're dealing with it, the 1 happening you tin power is your contention level. I didn't spot that crossed the committee tonight."
Cunningham finished with 18 points Sunday and was the lone Detroit starter to people much than 10 points. The erstwhile No. 1 wide draught enactment said it was "unacceptable" for Williams to person to question the Pistons' level of competition.
"We're the youngest squad successful the league, scrapping and clawing for everything," Cunningham told reporters, according to The Athletic. "That should beryllium the past happening that needs to beryllium asked of america oregon talked astir -- however hard we're competing. That should beryllium a given.
"When we aftermath up successful the morning, we should beryllium like, 'We got to get to the court.' [Williams] shouldn't person to ask. That's thing maine and [Isaiah Stewart] are besides trying to enactment vocal about. Everyone has to travel with it."
The upcoming docket volition not get immoderate easier for the Pistons, arsenic 9 of their adjacent 10 opponents presently ain a winning record, starting with Monday's location crippled against the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.