It is only one preseason game. It is only one preseason game. It is only one preseason game. You can keep saying it, but it still does not make Stanley Johnson's performance in last night's Pistons vs. Pacers preseason game any less inspiring.
Leading the team in minutes with 34, Stanimal put up a pretty good stat line. He rang up 26 points on 8-for-17 shooting, connected on 3-of-6 three-point attempts, and got to the line nine times, making seven of them. He also grabbed three rebounds, dished out four assists and grabbed two steals. Yes, there is that big six in the turnover column, but let him have it. Dude played a lot of point guard only because Spencer Dinwiddie was the only healthy player who had experience running point -- and Dinwiddie didn't do that great of a job at it.
There were a couple of times where it seemed like Stanley might be pushing it a bit much on offense, but other than that, he was full of highlights last night. A fast break dunk. A fast break layup and one. Three-pointers. He played pretty good defense also, limiting Paul George to 2-for-6 shooting, accounting for more than half of George's misses.
If this is a sign of things to come, Marcus Morris (and maybe his brother) will have to get used to the bench.
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