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Dwane Casey explains what Pistons want from Luka Garza in G League

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Detroit Pistons rookie Luka Garza neared a double-double on Saturday in his debut with the Motor City Cruise during their regular-season opener in the NBA G League.

Garza finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes of work in a 140-117 win over the Cleveland Charge. He converted on 8-of-17 shot attempts from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, during his first contest with the Cruise.

Saben Lee led the Cruise with 42 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Pistons head coach Dwane Casey on Sunday called it a great opportunity for Garza, Lee and the rest of the team assignees to play with the Cruise. Casey explained what the team wants to see from Garza, along with Lee, with Motor City.

His screening, rolling and shooting. Luka is an excellent 3-point shooter and his decision-making. Once he catches the ball in the pocket and the same with Saben — running the floor, continuing to move the ball, find the open guy. … Saben is a tough kid, same as Luka. Those things from those two young men are going to be huge for them, which, in turn, is going to help us.

With playing time limited in Detroit, Garza will have the opportunity to see extended minutes with the Cruise throughout the season and continue his development. He certainly had a strong debut on Saturday, something that he can build on moving forward.

Motor City returns to action on Thursday vs. the Wisconsin Herd.

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