Teams around the NBA have begun resting players to save them for bigger games later in the year, a trend the Detroit Pistons coach won't replicate. Van Gundy discussed his views Wednesday, per Kenny Ducey of Sports Illustrated:
"I look at it more as a maintenance program," Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said, per Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal.
While it seems early to keep players off the court, Tuesday's contest was part of a stretch of four games in five days.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is also known for resting his players as the season progresses—at one point earning a $250,000 fine for the organization—for his decision and not informing the league or the Spurs' opponent in a timely fashion.
Conversely, the Pistons have not shown the same type of proclivity for benching players when healthy. Four different starters played in at least 76 games last season, with All-Star Andre Drummond playing in 81 games.
Of course, when the team is battling for one of the last spots in the playoffs—Detroit finished with the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference last season—there really aren't too many games you can afford to throw away. Van Gundy's players will clearly be asked to play and compete for a win every night.