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    Pistons’ Trey Lyles responds to playing bigger role on road trip

    Trey Lyles is draining treys from beyond the arc. The Detroit Pistons’ 6-foot-10 power forward has been playing some center, too, and grabbing big rebounds.

    He’s been a valuable player coming off the bench since the start of the season, but his role has intensified on the team’s current five-game road trip that takes Detroit to Portland on Tuesday night.

    Lyles has averaged 15 points, 6.3 rebounds and 18 minutes over the first three games in Milwaukee and Los Angeles against the Clippers and Lakers. He’s shooting .567 (17-30) from the field and .467 (7-15) behind the 3-point line in those games.

    Opponents are forced to defend his inside-outside game, and that opens things up for Detroit in the half court.

    “He’s been great for us,” said Pistons forward Jerami Grant, the team’s leading scorer at 19.7 per game. “Being able to spread the floor, they have to guard him out there. He’s a great shooter, but also a really smart player. You know, which baskets to make, which cuts to make. And on the defensive end he’s great.”

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