Los Angeles starts off a season long nine game road trip tonight at The Palace. The 28-15 Lakers are currently on a eight game losing streak on the road and the Pistons would like to extend it to nine with a win tonight at home.
The Lakers Superstar Kobe Bryant has struggled against Detroit averaging 21.4 points in 20 regular-season games. That’s his lowest average versus any opponent. The Pistons have held him below 20 points in three straight games, and have limited him to an average of 20.3 points in 12 career games, including playoffs, at The Palace. Now for a Piston those are pretty impressive numbers, but for a guy who can put up as many as Kobe can (especially since he takes the majority of his teams shots) it’s just average.
If you didn’t already know about Phil Jackson (notorious Piston hater since his days with the Bulls) announced that he thought Detroit was the best team in the NBA right now on ESPN’s PTI when asked (last part of the interview).
I don’t know if I can believe the man, he’s never had a nice thing to say about Detroit in all of his years. Nobody can blame him for the past, I’m sure Detroit was a thorn in his side until Michael and the rest of the Bulls finally got past Detroit to start winning Championships, and “the walk off” in 1991 didn’t help the situation. He couldn’t even give the Pistons a speck of credit after The Pistons dominated the Lakers to win the Championship in 2004. Do you think he’s sincere?
Maybe he’s just playing some mind games with The Pistons, either way Detroit can’t sleep on any team with Kobe on it.
The Pistons would like to even the season series out with a win after the Lakers took the first game this season. Tip off is at 7:30 tonight and is being locally broadcast on myTV20 Detroit as well. If you can’t catch it on TV you can always tune in to 1130 AM WDFN The Ticket or stream it live through your computer from their website.
As always, I’m leaving it up to you.