The 3-6 Pistons are back home after a 1-3 West Coast swing to face the 3-6 New York Knicks. The Knicks and Pistons share a common theme, although it was assumed the Pistons’ wouldn’t be as bad as its been, in that they have putting disjointed lineups on the floor while searching for the right combination of defense to go with their offense. While the Pistons have all their players healthy for the most part, the Knicks are hurting for big man help with Tyson Chandler being out with a broken leg and Amare Stoudemire relegated to 12th man status for Coach Woodson.
- The good:Home sweet home, finally… The Pistons have struggled in recent seasons on trips to the West Coast. They’re currently 2-2 at home, with 2 of their losses coming in competitive contests against 2 of the league’s best teams in Indiana and Oklahoma City.
- The bad:The Pistons are shooting 28% from 3 while their opponents are shooting 39%. A lot of the opponent percentages has to do with Josh Smith and Jonas Jerebko sagging off of their man to provide help D in the paint. As former PF, it’s only natural for them to sag back to their natural spot to help Monroe or Drummond. Detroit’s shooting is a problem we knew would be there, but the percentage differential is the likely cause of 1-2 losses so far in this early season.
- The unknown:Can Josh Smith stop Imam Shumpert and can Greg Monroe guard Carmelo Anthony effectively? The Knicks are a team that likes to get up and down, while the Pistons are running a more traditional lineup of big men stuck on the block. Coach Cheeks may need to get creative with his rotations tonight in order for the Pistons to not get killed in transition.
Some familiar faces will be on the floor for Pistons fans tonight. Tim Hardaway Jr., standout rookie from Michigan, will see time as the backup SG and SF position for the Knicks, and let’s not forget Metta World Peace is now a Knick as well. The matchup to watch is not necessarily 2 guys who will be guarding each other. Brandon Jennings and JR Smith have made waves on twitter in the last week, leading to a $25,000 fine for JR Smith for the language he used. The last thing we need is a confrontation, especially with a team that has Amare Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin and Metta World Peace on the bench. In other news JR’s brother, the center of the twitter controversy, has been assigned to the D League and will not suit up in street clothes for tonight’s game.
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.
Just in case you happened to be watching this one and you may have stepped away from the television set to fix yourself a snack when Detroit was ties with Denver 72 all in the third quarter, you probably thought something odd had happened once your microwave popcorn finished popping. The Pistons fell apart letting the Nuggets score 21 point to their 2 to finish the third quarter 93-74.
With the 101-131 loss to Denver that make the Pistons dead last in the NBA in field-goal percentage defense.
There truly is no D in Detroit.
- Another variation of the Pistons starting lineup Saturday night when Kuester started Stuckey at point with Rip, T-Mac, Tayshaun and Greg Monroe. That make 17 different variations of the starting lineup this season, despite major injuries and I’m not counting that nasty “flu” bug that Rip had.
- Rodney Stuckey with zero points and 4 assists in 23 minutes.
- Bynum, who finally got to see time on the floor because of the lineup shakeup scored 8 with 10 assists.
- When Chris Wilcox leads the team with 21 points usually that means doom.
- I say this every recap, you can’t win in you can’t stop anybody. Really how do you give up 131 points?
Tayshaun Prince “It is about pride, but when you go out and play like that at the end of the game that is not pride at all. JR Smith is one of my good friends, but when a guy is on fire like that and you continue to let him shoot. One is enough, but our guys out there on the floor just continue to let him shoot. It was our fault because at the end of the third we didn’t finish that quarter off and put them in a bad position for the fourth. You go out there and play like that and let them just pretty much put the quotations around embarrassing. When are you going to step up and do something about it.”
- 50 points in the paint for Detroit.
- 13 off the bench for Ben Gordon.
- Rip’s fist start since December 17th.
- Detroit shot 56% from the floor in the first half and 32% in that miserable third quarter. Do you know why? Denver played defense.
- Another solid game for Greg Monroe who really is turning out to be the only bright spot of this entire season. He may not put up a double-double but he’s doing the little things. He finished the game with 8 points, 6 boards, 3 steals and an assist.
Game recap via Pistons.com
- Not one Detroit player was a + in the +/-box score ….every player that took the court was.
What else can I say that I haven’t already this entire season. The team is a mess, the ownership issue is holding them back and they are stuck between a rock and a hard place roster wise. Don’t get too excited about the Draft this year either, this rebuilding plan looks like it’s going to take a lot longer than we hoped for.
Would a win at home against Toronto Wednesday be asking for too much? Probably.