Jerebko bringing energy

CHARGING THE PAINT: Piston’s Jonas Jerebko heads to the basket against the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the season. (Detroit Free Press photo)

CHARGING THE PAINT: Piston’s Jonas Jerebko heads to the basket against the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the season. (Detroit Free Press photo)

DETROIT — Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he told Jonas Jerebko in the summer that he needed to get back to bringing the energy to the Pistons that he did as a rookie.

Jerebko has brought that energy night after night this season and has been rewarded with more of a role than he has had in recent seasons.

I think what he brings us more than anything is consistent energy,” Van Gundy after Tuesday’s practice.

He had key buckets in the Pistons’ 114-111 win in Toronto on Monday night. Jerebko knocked down a jumper for a 107-106 lead and another to extend the lead to 109-106 with 1:29 remaining.

Jerebko has averaged 7.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in his last four games. For the season he’s averaging 6.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.3 minutes over 35 games.

(Jerebko) does a good job of facilitating our ball movement,” Van Gundy said. “He’s a guy who catches it and makes a quick decision. He shoots it, he drives it, he moves it. He’s not a ball stopper. And he helps other people.”

Van Gundy said Jerebko and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are the two guys who bring the same energy level on a consistent basis to the Pistons.

It’s mentally tough when you don’t get told anything and you feel you should be out there,” Jerebko said of not getting as much playing time the last couple of seasons.”

Now I’m just trying to be ready when my name is called. I feel like everybody has an important piece in all this winning and I’m one of them.”

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