The 17-23 #Pistons are hosting the 28-14 Los Angeles Clippers Monday afternoon at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit, who doesn’t seem to play well on their home court, has lost four straight against the Clippers. The Pistons 129-97 loss last season was the largest losing margin in franchise history to the Clippers.
The good: This game should be fun to watch. The NBA is billing it as a high flying affair with the three of the top dunkers going at it. The Clippers DeAndre Jordan has an NBA-high 109 dunks, while Detroit’s own Andre Drummond is second with 99 and Blake Griffin fourth with 85. Good for Detroit is that they don’t have to deal with Chris Paul who’s is out with a seperated right shoulder.
The bad: Detroit is the league’s worst when it comes to three point shooting. The Pistons are shooting 31.0 percent on 3-pointers and 27.2 percent while losing seven of its last 10.
The unknown: Will Detroit surprise the home crowd and start winning at home? Can Detroit’s Bigs dominate a solid Clipper front line? Will Josh Smith continue to play the game he’s suited for instead of trying to shoot from behind the line?
Injuries: Pistons – None
Clippers: Chris Paul – Out
Stat: DeAndre Jordan leads the NBA with 13.5 rebounds per game and is second in field goal percentage at 63.5, with Drummond third at 60.1.
Stat: Blake Griffin averaged 18.5 points against the Pistons last season.
Stat: Brandon Jennings tied franchise records previously held by Isiah Thomas for most assists in a quarter (11) and most assists in a half (16) vs. Phoenix (1/11)
Tip off is at 1:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.