March 14, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight (7) controls the ball against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
|2011/12 NBA Regular Season|
|March 26, 2012
|John Wall||PG||Brandon Knight|
|Kevin Seraphin||PF||Jason Maxiell|
|Nene Hilario||C||Greg Monroe|
Pregame notes are coming, but the most important thing is that Trevor Booker will not play and Nene will be in the lineup. Randy Wittman said both were game-time decisions in his pregame press conference. Kevin Seraphin will start for Booker, which presents us an opportunity to see Seraphin and Nene sharing the frontcourt again.
UPDATE: Pregame notes:
- Randy Wittman admitted before the game that John Wall is still adjusting to having a post player like Nene in the lineup. However, he said he thinks Wall's adjustment progress is "fine" and that Nene will help the team going forward.
- Wittman was also asked about how the lockout has affected the Wizards, and he was pretty candid about it. "These guys had no idea what to expect on December 9, when we broke camp. Playbook, the plays, terminology, all that stuff is prepared in the summertime. That's a big disadvantage. It was the same for everybody, though obviously, it wasn't the same for every team. Boston, they're very experienced and they've been with the same coach for a number of years, so they know the system inside and out."
- Expect the Pistons to try to slow the pace down and grind this game out. Coach Lawrence Frank said that's the key to combatting the Wizards' athleticism. "You have to know when you can be opportunistic in terms of running the floor and getting layups, and also making sure it's not a quick-shot contest, where their athleticism, their ability to get out in the open floor and the open court, is magnified."
Greg Monroe wouldn't bite when I tried to ask him, jokingly, about the incident between him and John Wall in the Rookie-Sophomore Game. "No, I don't care about that. That's a long time ago. It wasn't anything that serious. I know I'm not going in there worried about facing John Wall after that. It's the Pistons vs. the Wizards and I'm trying to win a game." He said all this with a straight face.