That guy on the film looked like him, mannerisms and all, but Ben Gordon didn't recognize himself when he watched his performances the last two years.

"Yeah, it looked like me, but I was out of sorts, I wasn't playing with confidence," Gordon admitted before Monday's season opening, 91-79 loss to the Pacers.

Everyone knows Gordon has had the two worst seasons of his career since signing in Detroit two years ago. But upon further review, starting a season in a strong fashion has never been an issue for him.

Last October and November, he shot 50 percent from the field, 43 percent from 3-point range and over 90 percent from the free-throw line.

But he averaged only 13.1 points in that stretch, almost astonishing for a team that struggled to score.

The season before, Gordon shot 45 percent (37 percent on 3-pointers) in October and November, averaging 19.8 points. Consistency has been the biggest issue.

"I watched film from different games," Gordon said. "Nothing I can fix about that now. I just have to get back to playing my best basketball."