The 7-17 #Pistons are in Brooklyn to take on the 12-9 Nets Friday night.
- The good: The Nets have dropped four of five against the Pistons and are struggling. The Nets were on a five game skid before beating Toronto Wednesday night.
- The bad: This is a road game, and we all know how the Pistons play away from home. It’s also the first time the Pistons will be visiting the Nets in their new home The Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
- The unknown: Can Brook Lopez return to form and give his team a boost after recovering from a sprained foot? Can Brandon Knight hold his own against Deron Williams?
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.
If you’re thinking of going to the Pistons vs. Pacers Saturday night at the Palace you can get in the door for as little as $7!
The Pistons dropped their second straight in New Jersey losing to the Nets 74-89. Any loss is disappointing, but to the team and its fans is the fact that they went down to the wire on Wednesday night against the Celtics and then put up a dud against the struggling Nets is just another sign of the issues the Pistons have.
- Really…what are they going to do with Rip Hamilton? Another game goes by that he’s glued to the bench even when the trade deal is off the table. Are there other reasons why Rip isn’t playing? I’m tempted to put up a poll on the site on how many more games it’s going to take until Rip explodes to the media. It’s an bad situation that’s only getting worse as the days go on.
- Are they blaming energy on this one?
Ben Gordon: “We were definitely flat. I don’t know why but for whatever reason we were definitely flat. Whether you’re tired for one game or just can’t get into it you just have to dig down and try to find whatever we can. Guys came in the 4th quarter and we really didn’t have a rhythm. That’s pretty much the game right there, they just came in they had the momentum and we didn’t and that’s the difference.”
- The most exciting thing about this game was the Will Bynum lob pass that when it.
Video courtesy of NBA.com
- Greg Monroe struggled to score going 2-for-6 and 1-4 from the line for 5 points. Shooting issues aside he still grabbed 10 boards and playing solid defense on Lopez and Favors.
- T-Mac with 10 points, 6 boards and 6 assists.
- Shooting woes – Detroit struggled in the first half on the offensive, shooting under 30 percent and finishing at 33 percent for the game.
- Tayshuan Prince led the Pistons with 16 points on 6-for-17 shooting with 3 assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 33 minutes.
- Charlie Villanueva went down awkwardly late in the first quarter. He left the game and returned to start the second quarter, but only played nine minutes leaving with a sprained ankle and didn’t return. It looks like he’s going to be sidelined for a game or two…or more.
- Stuckey struggled with his shot going 3-for-12 but thankfully was perfect from the line. Stuckey, who in the first six minutes shot 0 for 5 with two shots blocked, another layup missed and two turnovers. He finished the game with 14 points and an assist in 28 minutes.
- The Pistons waived the red flag in the fourth quarter. Rare sighting of DaJuan Summers.
- The Nets shot 50% from the floor.
- Highlights of the game via NBA.com
Video courtesy of NBA.com
- When is Ben Gordon going to shake this shooting slump?
- Not much more to add, this one was just hard to watch considering they really could have pulled this one out. With no Charlie and no Ben it’s going to be tough for the Pistons. Will Saturday’s game with Phoenix add to the mess or get them back on track?
- You do remember what happened the last time these two teams met?
The 15-27 Pistons are in New Jersey to take on the 11-31 Nets Friday night. While it may be awkward for Rip Hamilton, who’s been sitting since the possible deal was on the table to send him to the Nets with ‘Melo and Chauncey, to be in New Jersey. He may find it even more troublesome if he sits on the bench any longer than he already has knowing the deal is dead.
Meanwhile, hours after New Jersey owner Mikhail Prokhorov announced the club halted its attempt to trade for the Denver Nuggets’ star, the Nets snapped a six game skid with a 103-95 home win over Utah on Wednesday.
Ben Wallace is still listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Nets.
Keep a close eye out for Greg Monroe, and Chris Wilcoxs’ ability to contain Brook Lopez, who’s pretty much had the Pistons number since he donned a NBA uniform.
The Scouting Report via Pistons.com
If you’re looking to catch a game, the Pistons will be back home Saturday the 22nd. Get tickets for as low as $6 to see Detroit take on Phoenix.
Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.
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