I hope you like the Pistons, because once the Olympics start, they are going to be our only form of local pro-sports entertainment. If you consider them entertaining of course…
Andre Drummond, who is quickly becoming one of the more dominating players in the game. (Photo credit; cdn.tss.uproxx.com)
We agree, fellas.
Brooklyn is coming off a win last night, at home against a Spurs team who played without their top 4 players, so what does any of it really mean? Led of course, by their superstar, Alan Anderson, yes Alan Anderson. A team full of high cap hits like Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams, a 22-25 team, led by Alan Anderson. Sure, that could have just been a one time fluke night, but it still made me laugh a little. The good news for Brooklyn, is that a 22-25 record is good for 7th place in the East and 2nd place currently in the Atlantic division (led by Toronto at 26-23). If, BIG IF, the stars on the team can start playing like they were once capable of playing, this could be a scary team. The downfall is the lack of an inside presence to open up the outside shooting that seems to be ample on this team. KG is a long cry from what he used to be, averaging just under 7pts and 7 rebounds a game on the season. Sure, the Nets have the right idea, just the wrong birthdays, too many “once-were” and not enough young talent.
The Pistons on the other hand, full of youth, and not a lot of veteran leadership. Chauncey Billups provides a little bit and seemingly has helped out some of the guys, if you believe the PC talk that comes from the locker room. Josh Smith should be the guy who’s been around, who’s experienced some success with Atlanta and who has the talent, to lead this team and get the guys going the right direction. That said, who is going to take lessons from a 2 guard who’s stuck in a power forward body? I remember 2004 when we brought in a similar player to Smith, named Rasheed, and he took a team with a little promise and a lot of misfits from other teams and made them a champion, and a contender for 3-4 years after that. Sure, this team is built a little different, but you would think that this team has a little more natural ability and talent.
All that said, the Pistons are a 19-29 team that is slumping and only getting worse as the season progresses. Brooklyn is 7-3 in their last 10 and still could be a bit of a pest in the first round to any of the top teams, not that I give them much of a shot to get out of the first round.
3 keys for the Pistons;
1. Dominate the Paint – The Pistons remain one of the best teams on the glass, and are currently tops in the league in offensive rebounding. Brooklyn ranks 29th in the league in the rebounding department and doesn’t have much in the form of paint scoring.
2. Don’t let Joe Johnson go off again – Joe is struggling right now, but he’s capable of going off at any time. For instance, putting up 34 against the Pistons in their last meeting.
The guys @BovadaLV have the Pistons as a 3 point home favorite in this one and I’m not sure I could disagree more. The coach is losing the team, the players don’t seem to care, other than a select few and the Nets are trying to make a push in the standings.
My pick; Pistons 101 – Nets 108
Unfortunately, we can’t keep the trade talks going in this preview, as there isn’t really a single player on Brooklyn that would be worth trading for.
I’m very interested to hear what other sports fans have to say and would love to get some response to my opinions/facts.
Happy Reading, Pistons fans!!!