The 11-15 Pistons are finally home to host the World Champion 21-4 Lakers Sunday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons would love to take this one to avoid a four game losing streak and the first season sweep by the Lakers in eight seasons.
The Pistons have won five straight at home, but are 3-10 against West opponents.
Jonas Jerebko (The Need4Sweed) has a task tonight guarding Kobe, who is playing unbelievable basketball, putting up double-doubles like they are nothing.
- Gordon is listed as questionable for the game against the Lakers, Ben continues to battle a sprained ankle and will test it in the morning shootaround.
- Tayshaun Prince and Hamilton will not play.
- Charlie Villanueva is dealing with plantar fascitis in his right heel but will be on court against LA.
The crazy that is Ron Artest:
This will be the first time the Pistons meet the Lakers this season after “Ron Ron” opened his mouth and said he still wanted to fight Ben Wallace.
“I see Ben, I’m on my guard now. I’m always in the mood to fight him. … I’ll get suspended 10 games, 15 games (because) I’ll just fight him right there. It won’t go into the stands.” Via The Sporting News
He later backed down from that statement, I am sure after Lakers or NBA brass had a chat with him.
That same article quotes him as saying this about that infamous night at The Palace.
“It wasn’t my fault. … I don’t see anything I could have done different. The only thing I could have done was have God pause time so I could have said, ‘Oh, look, you’re about to run in some stands, so stop.'”
The Scouting Report via Pistons.com
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Tip is at 6:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune into 950 AM WWJ where our good friend Matt Dery is calling tonight’s game, or follow the action on NBA.com.