Wizards (7-11) vs. Pistons (7-12)
Palace of Auburn Hills
TV: CSN, NBATV
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Notable Pistons numbers this season
18th in expected winning percentage (.422)
29th in pace (87.6 possessions per game)
22nd in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (105.3)
20th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (107.7)
Motown String Music, SB Nation's Detroit Pistons blog
Piston Powered, Detroit Pistons blog
Detroit Bad Boys
Full Court Press with Patrick Hayes
Pistons Insider game preview
Michael Lee: The other side: Pistons
|Tonight's Projected Starters|
|Wizards||vs.|| Pistons |
| Gilbert Arenas ||PG|| Rodney Stuckey |
| Nick Young ||SG|| Chucky Atkins |
| Caron Butler ||SF||Jonas Jerekbo |
| Antawn Jamison ||PF|| Jason Maxiell |
| Brendan Haywood ||C|| Ben Wallace |
Sidenote: I have a dinner event I need to be at, and while the game might be playing there, it's also possible that I'll miss this one. Just a heads-up.
I showed that clip of the Pistons introductions to show just how far this franchise has fallen. Maybe not in the win-loss record -- Detroit has a solid point differential -- but the stands are empty and the team is really uninteresting. They're now bringing both their marquee free agents -- Ben Gordon and Charlie Villaneuva -- off the bench for Chucky Atkins (yes, that Chucky Atkins) and Jason Maxiell. Gordon is playing hurt, but that's pretty unbelievable. They're still missing Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, both of who do not look nearly as attractive as players right now.
Detroit is coming off a nice home win over Milwaukee, where they slowed Brandon Jennings. They, of course, still pose problems with their backcourt speed, and their game is to beat you off the dribble. Last time these two teams played, the Wizards went to a zone because they couldn't guard the Pistons' guards. Maybe having Nick Young in instead of Mike Miller helps there.
I imagine we'll see the Pistons go really small, and when that happens, Caron Butler needs post touches. Desperately.