The 4-7 #Pistons are back at The Palace to play the back end of their home-and-home against 7-5 Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Both teams came out of the gate slow in their first meeting Wednesday night, and you could see that their schedules had something to do with it. Atlanta had a tough loss in Miami Tuesday and Detroit, who ho just came back from a long West coast road, trip played the Knicks Tuesday night got on a plane to take on the Hawks 24 hours later.
Detroit will try to redeem themselves at home for a game that could have easily been a win. It was clear that the Pistons ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. Some may consider this a scheduling loss, but the Pistons aren’t making any excuses.
- The good: Surprising to most, Rodney Stuckey has been the most consistent Piston. Stuckey who’s providing a spark off the bench for the Pistons, is knocking down his shots and keeping Detroit in games. Stuckey is averaging 17.8 points in the Pistons last four games. Even after the collapse in Atlanta, Basketball Odds at SportsBettingOnline.ag are on the Detroits’ favor.
- The bad: Former Hawk Josh Smith didn’t set Atlanta on fire in the Pistons Wednesday night loss, in fact Smith matched his second lowest point total for the season with just 11 against his former team. Could it have been his not so warm reception by the organization and its fans? Smith received a slightly warm response during the introductions, but only real applause he got on the night was after the first timeout of the game when a “Thanks Josh Smith” message was up on the big screen. The applause he got every time he missed a shot doesn’t count right?
Hometown boy Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also didn’t fare well going just 1 of 9 for four points.
- The unknown: Chauncey Billups and Will Bynum are still listed as day-to-day.
Stat: Rodney Stuckey leads the Eastern Conference in bench scoring, ave raging 14.6 off the bench.
Andre Drummond is till leading the NBA in field goal percentage with 65.0%.
Fact: Charlie Villanueva needs four points to reach 6000 career points. Questions is, will he ever get any playing time to do it.
Head out to the Palace of Auburn Hills to see if Josh Smith can make some three’s against his former team. Tickets as low as $10 – Offer Code : gopistons
Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.