The most important thing was Siakam gave no ground.
“That was our major concern with Siakam, just the physicality of the game,” Casey said. “I thought he met that. I thought his speed and activity helped us and if he can do that (then Valanciunas) can be physical and be smart without fouling which he did.”
“I thought Jakob was active and moving,” Casey said. “ He had some tough calls, rookie calls there as the game went on.”
NO HARDAWAY: The Pistons were more short-handed than just missing starting point guard Reggie Jackson for the game. Assistant coach Tim Hardaway was serving the first of a three-game suspension imposed by the league after he pleaded no contest to a drunk driving charge in Michigan this summer.
WRIGHT ON TRACK: Delon Wright remains on track with his rehabilitation from off-season shoulder surgery after being examined by doctors in New York on Monday. The backup point guard suffered the injury in the final game of Toronto’s summer league season and had the operation to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in August. There is no official timetable for his return but most estimates are late November or early December.