After missing nearly two weeks of training camp while rehabilitating a calf muscle injury, former Louisville point guard and current Detroit Piston, Peyton Siva, is now getting an opportunity to prove himself at the pro-level.
With the Pistons have a short-handed backcourt last night against the Orlando Magic, Siva saw an increased role, earning 47-minutes of action.
Siva played very well in the first quarter, drawing two charges and committing just one turnover against Orlando’s full-court pressure. He finished with12 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
Unfortunately, he also committed nine turnovers, however Pistons head coach Mo Cheeks didn’t seem too concerned.
“He’s tough and that was tough for him to play against that kind of defense,” Cheeks said after the game. “With those guys swarming him like that and he’s not that big, so it’s going to be a little tougher for him. I knew he could play that way. I thought he was great.”
Siva also drained a three-pointer late in the game to bring the Pistons within one, before losing 87-86 to the Magic. He has a total of 23-assists in the four preseason games that he’s played in. The 5.7 average is a team best.
“There were a couple of mistakes I made out there, just taking care of the ball, but they gave me a lot of good compliments in front of the team, playing all those minutes and just pushing through it,” Siva tells Keith Langos of Pistons.com.
“Like Mo said, he never looks at a stat sheet after a game. He felt like the guys played hard. He felt like we all contributed something and he’s seen what we can do and that’s what we’re trying to build on. When guys get healthy, our rotation will get better, our rhythm will get better. But right now, we’re just trying to push through.”