Galloway will shift back to the bench for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers, James Edwards of The Athletic Detroit reports.
Galloway started the last two games at point guard, a stretch where he averaged 5.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists across 16.5 minutes. He wasn't all too effective and coach Stan Van Gundy wants to experiment with some different lineups, which sends Galloway back to the bench. Ish Smith will move into the starting lineup in the corresponding move and both players should actually see an uptick in playing time, as Avery Bradley (groin) will be unable to play.
The Pistons are surprisingly set to bring Ish Smith off the bench, while promoting Galloway to the top unit in his place. Smith doesn't appear to be dealing with any sort of injuries, so it's unclear if this is matchup based or performance based. Galloway has averaged just 18.7 minutes over the last three games, but should be in line for added playing time with the move to the top unit. It wouldn't be surprising if this was just a one-game experiment as well, so Galloway could head back to the bench as soon as Saturday's game against the Thunder.
Galloway (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Wednesday's 111-104 loss to the Heat.
Galloway's ability to slide between both backcourt spots has kept him head coach Stan Van Gundy's rotation for much of the season, but it appears the 26-year-old's poor shooting since the beginning of December has prompted the Pistons bench boss to look in other directions for help at guard. With Avery Bradley (hip/groin) returning from a seven-game absence to start at shooting guard and playing 38 minutes in the contest, Luke Kennard acted as the top backup at the position, while two-way player Dwight Buycks served as the top understudy to starting point guard Ish Smith. Though it won't impact Galloway directly, the potential return of center Andre Drummond (rib) for Friday's game in Philadelphia will only leave fewer minutes to go around, so it's difficult to see Galloway reclaiming a role in the rotation unless Buycks or Kennard falter with the second unit.
Galloway provided 18 points (5-9 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and two rebounds across 22 minutes during a 103-84 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Galloway's 18 points marked a season high as he received extra minutes and scoring opportunities as a result of the blowout nature of the game. The five three-pointers made also marked a season high for him. Galloway had scored a combined total of 14 points over his last five games, but maybe this performance will earn him some more minutes.
Galloway totaled eight points (3-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt), two assists, and one rebound in 21 minutes during Monday's 116-88 loss to the Cavaliers.
Galloway hit more than one trey for the fifth time in 16 games this season, and his three-point shooting is the only relatively reliable contribution he is making. Furthermore, this was just the third time he has earned at least 20 minutes, as there's simply not many minutes left over by starting shooting guard Avery Bradley.
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