AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Jacque Vaughn rested most of his veterans Tuesday night partly to give an opportunity to players in danger of being cut before the start of the regular season.
He felt they didn't take enough advantage of their chance.
“If there’s one thing I can pick out for the night it’s just we need to play harder on a consistent basis,” Vaughn said after the Detroit Pistons throttled the Magic 112-86. “It doesn’t matter who’s playing in the game of basketball. You can win games, you can stay in games, you can compete if you play hard. That's really a simple step to a lot of solutions.
“We definitely wanted to see more of that," he added later. "It doesn't matter who suits up for us. Injuries are a part of basketball. Guys have an opportunity, and they should take advantage of it. I am completely honest when I say I have not filled out my top 10, top nine, top 12 guys on the team yet. And guys should take advantage of that, and tonight was a night that guys should’ve taken advantage of that opportunity.”
Here's video of Vaughn's postgame Q-and-A:
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