Pistons forward Stanley Johnson (hip flexor) works out after practice in Auburn Hills, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.
Chris Nelsen, Special to the Detroit Free Press
Detroit Pistons rookie shooting guard Luke Kennard made his bid to become a fan-favorite on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena.
Waiting for his chance to shine, going in and out of coach Stan Van Gundy’s rotation, Kennard played a pivotal role in the Pistons’ 112-103 victory over the visiting Miami Heat.
Kennard hit numerous clutch baskets in the fourth quarter, helping the Pistons (10-3) finally pull away from the Heat (6-7). The Pistons swept their five-game home stand and remain second in the Eastern Conference behind Boston (12-2).
“It’s a league where you have to be ready at any time,” Kennard said. “That’s been my mentality going into everything, always being ready and whenever my…