Pistons finding way minus so-called stars

Ish Smith and the Pistons are on a West Coast roll.

With back-to-back road wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit Pistons are embracing a “no-stars” philosophy, wrote Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

For instance, in the win over the Warriors, the Pistons overcame a 14-point deficit with defense and balance — and everyone got in on the act. Five players reached double figures in scoring.

Leading the way was Avery Bradley with 23 points. Reggie Jackson added 22, Tobias Harris and Ish Smith each scored 16, and Stanley Johnson had 15.

Meanwhile, Andre Drummond scored eight, and pulled down 18 rebounds.

That was a far cry from the Warriors. They received 29 points from Klay Thompson, 28 from Kevin Durant and 27 from Steph Curry. But no one else scored more than six.

“With the Warriors, they got Steph (Curry), Klay (Thompson), Kevin Durant, you expect to get 20-plus out of them every night,” Drummond told reporters. “It’s so much different because anybody on any given night (can deliver). One night it could be Avery (Bradley), one night it could be Tobias. Tobias had 30-plus (two of the first five games), but after that Reggie’s coming back now.

“With us, it’s such a good core of guys that are able to put the ball in the basket. You know who’s going to get off that night.”

So far, so good for the Pistons, who improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 on the road.

Of course, more than 70 games still remain, and coach Stan Van Gundy is well aware of that fact.

“I’m not downplaying it; these two wins are great,” Van Gundy said. “I’m really proud of them, but it truly is two (games) of 82.”