Pistons coach Flip Saunders tends to stress a bit when circumstances in games prevent him from using his bench as much as he would like.
"The toughest thing for me is these guys all practice hard and give me everything I ask of them, and you want to reward them," he said. "And the way you reward them is by giving them an opportunity to play."
Either because of matchup issues, or game situations, or because a starter or two or three had an extremely hot hand, reserves Carlos Arroyo, Carlos Delfino, Maurice Evans and Darko Milicic didn't get off the bench much in the last two games.
"Sometimes you get into situations," Saunders said. "When you have games on TNT or ESPN (three of the first six) where you get four-minute timeouts. It's like playoff games. That's why you see teams playing only seven or eight guys in the playoffs. You have so much more rest built into the games."
Link...Secondly, Delfino continues to impress in his short stints, and is gaining on Evans for that eighth spot in the rotation.
"Carlos is a guy we can put on bigger (shooting guards or small forwards)," Saunders said.
..."I just want to help this team," Delfino said. "I want to show the guys I can be there for them. Whatever the team needs, that's what I will do. I just want to show the guys I am ready to help."