‣ The Detroit Pistons lost their 24th-consecutive match against the Hawks, despite a career-high performance from Cade Cunningham, the first overall pick of the 2021 NBA Draft.
‣ Despite the team’s losing streak, Cunningham’s leadership and performance have been praised by his coach, Monty Williams.
‣ The Pistons are nearing the record for most-consecutive defeats, currently held by the Cavaliers and Sixers who each lost 26 contests in a row.
Career-high for @CadeCunningham_ tonight
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It’s starting to feel like a given at this point. The Pistons have chalked up their 24th consecutive loss, this time to the Hawks. This happened despite a career-best performance from Cade Cunningham.
The first overall pick of the 2021 NBA Draft, Cunningham, scored an impressive 43 points in the game. But even that couldn’t save his team from yet another defeat.
The Pistons’ campaign is not looking good. With a 2-25 record, they’re at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Cunningham had expressed frustration after a four-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers over the weekend. He tried his best to rally the team against Atlanta.
Cunningham, a former Oklahoma State athlete, played 44 minutes in the game. Despite the 130 to 124 loss, he impressed his coach. “He’s just growing,” Monty Williams said after the game. “Despite having the ball so much tonight, he had just three turnovers. That’s impressive for a young guard.”
The Pistons have now lost six straight games to the Hawks. Bojan Bogdanovic returned from injury and contributed 25 points. Cunningham added 7 rebounds and 5 assists to his impressive stats.
The Detroit coach praised Cunningham’s leadership. “During what will probably be the toughest time in his career, his leadership has been tremendous. He’s been the glue for us,” he said.
The Michigan franchise is closing in on the record for most consecutive defeats. This dubious record is held by the Cavaliers and Sixers, who each lost 26 games in a row. Cunningham says they’re doing everything they can to avoid this becoming a colossal failure.
“We all hate where it’s gotten,” he admitted. “We can’t believe that it’s gotten to this point. But it is what it is. We gotta fight through it. That’s one of the main things that I’ve been trying to challenge myself with, is fight through it every day, through bumps, bruises.”
Despite his impressive form, Cunningham knows he shares the responsibility for the team’s losses. “For everybody, we just need all hands on board,” he said. “I’ve been trying to personally take that on and just weather the storm. It’s hard, but I don’t want to hide from it. There’s nowhere to hide.”
Cunningham appreciates being able to play in the NBA. He recalled how miserable it felt to watch the games from the sidelines last season, after playing just 12 games before a shin surgery.
“Missing those games, I was in a way more dark spot than I am right now, playing and being able to do this,” he shared. “I’m having a lot of fun. Losing the games is the worst thing ever, I hate it more than anything. But every day, in warmups, I’m like, ‘I’m blessed to do this. I have another opportunity to play and try to win.’ That’s where it comes from, is just being healthy and being able to play.”