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Stan Van Gundy anticipated his offense would have some issues in the early going. The Detroit Pistons head coach has even more concerns about his defense and rebounding after an ugly performance on opening night.The Pistons need to improve in every area when they play their home opener against the Orlando Magic on Friday. The Pistons trailed by double digits throughout the second half of a 109-91 loss to Toronto on Wednesday. Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan combined for 72 points as Toronto shot 47.7 percent from the field.Detroit shot 41.7 percent and got outrebounded 51-40.We just hit these times where were just a one-option team and the ball doesnt move, said Van Gundy, whose team also dropped its preseason finale 103-92 to the Raptors. Thats going to have to change. But that to me is almost secondary right now. Until we change defensively and on the boards from what weve done these last two games, it really doesnt matter what we do offensively. We dont have a chance to win and be good if were not going to defend and rebound.All-Star center Andre Drummond played just 24 minutes after taking an elbow to the face from Valanciunas in the opening minutes and getting into early foul trouble. He finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four turnovers.The Pistons also clearly missed floor leader Reggie Jackson, who is expected to sit out approximately 20 games with knee tendinitis. Fill-in starter Ish Smith had seven assists and no turnovers in 33 minutes but shot 3-of-10 from the field.Backup point guard Beno Udrih, claimed off waivers from Miami earlier in the week, had five points on 1-of-5 shooting and two assists in 15 minutes.Weve got some offensive problems but we knew that was going to be a little bit of a struggle, Van Gundy said.Miami spoiled Frank Vogels debut as Orlando head coach on Wednesday, knocking off the Magic 108-96.Like the Pistons, Orlando had a multitude of issues in its opener. The Magic shot 38.6 percent from the field, got outscored 74-36 in the paint and lost the rebounding battle 52-44.We have to figure it out fast, because we have a tough schedule in front of us, and if we dig ourselves a hole, its going to be really hard, center Nikola Vucevic told the Orlando Sentinel.Power forward Serge Ibaka, acquired from the Thunder in a blockbuster deal in June, had 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting and seven rebounds in his Orlando debut.Center Bismack Biyombo, who was signed to a four-year, $72 million contract as an unrestricted free agent, will make his Magic debut. He served a one-game league suspension opening night for exceeding the flagrant foul limit during the Raptors postseason run.Biz is a monster, shooting guard Evan Fournier told the Orlando Sentinel. Hes our best screener, probably our best offensive rebounder. Hes just a guy with tons of energy. He plays super hard. 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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Mike Conley are playing for their third different head coach since starting the best run in Memphis Grizzlies history.Conley said theres one simple reason the aging core is eager to follow first-year coach David Fizdale.Youre going to listen because you know that he has a vision for this team to win a championship, and well do whatever it takes, Conley said.Injuries ravaged Memphis last season with neither Gasol nor Conley able to finish. The Grizzlies used an NBA-record 28 players last season, slumping to a 42-40 finish and the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies fired coach Dave Joerger on May 7 and replaced him with Fizdale.He walks in with a championship resume from working with the Miami Heat. He also has a proven track record of working with stars like Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to rookies like Josh Richardson. Fizdale inherits a roster that also includes Vince Carter, who turns 40 in January, and a handful of young players Memphis needs developed to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time since this teams lone trip in 2013.Fizdale spent the preseason trying to space out the Grizzlies on offense and speed them up, a style they will have to prove they can stick with once the regular season starts.So far, the Grizzlies leaders have seen enough to believe and keep following to extend a playoff streak of six straight seasons that ranks third in the NBA for the longest active streaks behind only San Antonio (19) and Atlanta (9).This is the year that we have to be more hungry and have more grit and grind to get to where we want to go, guard Tony Allen said.---Some other things to know about the Grizzlies who open the season Wednesday night hosting Minnesota:WATCHING MINUTES: Gasol started training camp with a surgically repaired right foot, an injury that ended his season in February. He dealt with a bone bruise in the same foot during preseason, but Fizdale already planned to limit the 7-foot-1 centers minutes to keep Gasol fresher for the postseason. That also goes for Conley, who had his season ended in early March by left Achilles tendinitis.dddddddddddd Conley played an average of 31.4 minutes in his 56 games last season before signing the NBAs richest deal to that point at five-year, $153 million deal in July to stay in Memphis. But Fizdale also is pushing Gasol to shoot more 3s and is giving Conley more opportunities and freedom on the court.Z BO COMING OFF BENCH: Fizdales biggest move has been replacing Randolph in the starting lineup with JaMychal Green. The 26-year-old Green led the Grizzlies in games played last season (78), and he averaged 10.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in the 29 games after the All-Star break when the injuries stacked up. Randolph is going into the final season of his contract at the age of 35, and Fizdale has sold him on the concept of being the leagues best sixth man to help his future marketability while giving Memphis more scoring off the bench.BACKUP POINT GUARD: The biggest need is figuring out who backs up Conley. The Grizzlies drafted Wade Baldwin IV out of Vanderbilt with the 17th pick and hes competing with Andrew Harrison, who spent his first year out of Kentucky in the D-League last season.CHANDLER PARSONS: The Grizzlies brought their biggest free agent ever to Memphis in July signing Parsons to a four-year, $94 million contract . The forward has been recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in March and very limited this preseason. Memphis needs him healthy to provide the 3-point threat the Grizzlies have never had. Parsons shot 41.4 percent outside the arc and averaged 13.7 points per game last season.HEALTHY BRANDAN WRIGHT: The big free agent signee a year ago was forward/center Brandan Wright who was limited to 12 games by injuries to his right knee. He had surgery Dec. 17th and sprained his right MCL on Feb. 27. But he is healthy finally for Memphis.---Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker ' ' '

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