From Vincent Goodwill's Twitter timeline on Saturday:
Brandon Jennings said he has "no confidence" in his shot and hasn't had it all season...talk about cause for alarm— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) November 23, 2013
Jennings: "Just trying to run the team, that's why my shot is where it is, I have no confidence. I shoot when people tell me to shoot"— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) November 23, 2013
Jennings: "I had that, I didn't care attitude, I was going to get my shots up. Now I'm about the team. There's no confidence there."— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) November 23, 2013
BJ: "I'm a realist. My confidence isn't high. I'm thinking too much, to prove to everybody I can be this pass-first PG instead of playing"— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) November 23, 2013
BJ on his hot streaks in Port/LA: "We were down, so you might as well chuck up some shots. That's different than the flow of the game."— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) November 23, 2013
BJ on last 6 mins: "You have nights like that. It's definitely happened before but you have to make sure it doesn't happen again"— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) November 23, 2013
There's a bit more from Anthony Fenech at the Detroit Free Press, but those are the money quotes.
I'm not surprised at all that Jennings is still figuring out his place in Detroit's offense, especially considering he missed virtually the entire preseason with a dental nightmare. The foundation of this team is the Josh Smith / Greg Monroe / Andre Drummond frontcourt, yet Jennings is the player with the ball in his hands the most. He's never been a pass-first point guard, and expecting him to completely transform his game in 10 games was always a stretch.
Jennings is shooting just 37.4 percent on the season. He's had just four games where he's connected on just 40 percent of his shots, and even though he racked up 14 assists on Friday, he also scored just eight points on 16 shots (25 percent). He's never been a high percentage shooter for his career -- in part because of the volume of 3-pointers he attempts -- but he needs to get into a groove if the Pistons are ever going to climb their way back to .500.