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Game Preview: Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Clippers

Essentials

Date: Feb. 23, 2010

Time: 10:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 21-35

Los Angeles: 23-33

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C
Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Jonas
Jerebko
Ben
Wallace

Los Angeles:

PG SG SF PF C
Baron
Davis
Eric
Gordon
Rasual
Butler
Craig
Smith
Chris
Kaman

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +4

Over/under: 189.5

Score: Los Angeles wins, 97-93

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 103.9 (24th)

Detroit defensive rating: 108.7 (21st)

Detroit pace: 88.4 (29th)

Los Angeles offensive rating: 103.3 (26th)

Los Angeles defensive rating: 108.2 (19th)

Los Angeles pace: 92.2 (19th)

Score: Tuie, 96-96

Outlook

  • The Pistons have won 6-of-10. But don’t get too worked up about that. Only two of their opponents (Spurs and Magic) had winning records, and their opponents’ combined winning percentage (.359) is worse than the Wizards’.
  • If you don’t want to take my advice and want to get worked up about it: the Pistons are just 6.5 games out of the playoffs.
  • Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton have been awesome lately.
  • Hamilton has made 51 straight free throws – 11 shy of Joe Dumars’ team record. Micheal Williams, whom the Pistons drafted, holds the NBA record with 97 straight makes in 1993.
  • Russ Bengston of Slam tells an amazing story about how Chris Kaman and Juwan Howard met (hat tip: Jeff Pearlman):

The shots weren’t falling, the first half was going to hell, and the tall, weird-looking blond kid in the third row just wouldn’t shut up.

“Yo Webber, you SUCK! Hey Jalen, why are your shorts so big? Nice haircut, Juwan! And you…I don’t even know who you are! How does it feel being NOBODY!!?? Duke is kicking your ass!”

During the next time out, Webber motioned to Jalen. “Yo, what’s up with that kid?” “No idea,” Rose said, tugging on his shorts. “How old you think he is? Twelve?”

Somehow, the kid heard. “I’m NINE! And my daddy drove me all the way from Grand Rapids to watch you guys play, not listen to you talk. Aren’t you supposed to be the ‘Fab Five’? Why don’t you try and win or something?”

Try they did, forcing overtime, but in the end, the Blue Devils proved too much. And as the Wolverines trudged off, the kid—who had never shut up—drew himself to his full height and let loose one final salvo: “HEY LOSERS! MY NAME IS CHRISTOPHER ZANE KAMAN, AND YOU’D BETTER REMEMBER ME!”

Howard stopped and turned, looked him straight in the eye. For the first time all night, the kid seemed to shrink back. “Yeah, I’ll remember you,” Howard said. “You can count on that.”

  • I’m hoping to chat in Daily Dime Live during the second half of tonight’s game.

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