Pistons (49-19) at Wizards (35-33)
January 2: Pistons 106, Wizards 93
Notable Pistons numbers this season:
2nd in expected winning percentage (.741)
30th in pace factor (86.6 possessions per game)
6th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating
4th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating
PG: Chauncey Billups
SG: Rip Hamiltion
SF: Tayshaun Prince
PF: Antonio McDyess
C: Rasheed Wallace
PG: Antonio Daniels
SG: DeShawn Stevenson
SF: Caron Butler
PF: Antawn Jamison
C: Brendan Haywood
Pistons at Wizards: Pistons by 3
Over/Under on Total Scoring: 196
Let's get all the jokes out now: What's up peeps? I hope you're all having an "eggs"tra special Easter today. I know most of you are going to ham (Ham?) it up with friends and family today, so I'll try and keep this brief.
Fingers crossed: Ivan sez Gilbert hasn't ruled himself out for tonight's game, but he hasn't said that he has ruled himself in either. If you read the whole article you get the feeling that it's more likely that Gilbert will make his return during the Western road trip which starts Tuesday, but you never know. He's a master of the dramatic moment and it's hard to see him not wanting to start his comeback in D.C.
Giving props, Part 1: Truth covered it well in his recap, but I think it's definitely worth a mention. Here's what a scout had to say about Eddie Jordan's coaching to Ivan Carter:
Giving props, Part 2: Last year we bashed Jarvis a lot around these parts, whether it was his dreadful shooting or his inability to set a pick, but with Detroit, Jarvis has managed to find his niche. He hasn't had a dramatic turnaround, but his numbers are up just about all across the board and he's been a key cog to one of the best benches in the NBA.
Empty the Bench has a great look at Jarvis' role on the Pistons.
Key to the Game: In going along with talking about how Jarvis' role on the bench, the key to the game is going to be bench play. You probably remember in the first meeting that Prada noted that the Pistons had a clear advantage in bench play:
This is an open thread, so see how many player you can find in this boxscore that went on to become GMs.
Update [2008-3-23 20:17:37 by Pradamaster]: Arenas is out, thanks to a last-minute decision by the Wizards' doctors to not clear him to play. Frankly, I understand his anger. Why couldn't the team doctors have been more communicative with him, so that he would know for sure when he was coming back? Why did they pull the plug on him late in the process?
Frankly, why are we still waiting for his return in the first place? Can't we let him go out there and see how he feels? What's the harm in doing that?