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Detroit Pistons get up-close look at one time object of their affections DeMarcus Cousins

Essentials

Date: Nov. 14, 2010

Time: 6 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 3-6

Kings: 3-5

Probable starters

Detroit:

Kings:

  • Beno Udrih
  • Tyreke Evans
  • Omri Casspi
  • Carl Landry
  • Samuel Dalembert

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +5

Over/under: 199

Score: Kings win, 104.5-94.5

Three things to watch

1. Are the Kings tired of DeMarcus Cousins?

Depending on who you believed, the Pistons tried between extremely hard and very hard to move up in the NBA Draft to get DeMarcus Cousins, but couldn’t convince Minnesota to switch places and couldn’t convince the Kings not to draft Cousins. Even Worldwide Wes reportedly wanted to see Cousins in Detroit. It didn’t work out, of course, but this week reports emerged that things haven’t been perfect so far in Sacramento. I doubt the Kings would give up on a young talented player so soon, especially one who is averaging 11 points and 6 boards in just 20 minutes a game. But you can bet the Pistons will watch closely. I’m sure the franchise’s love of Cousins’ game hasn’t waned, and the desperate need for a big with his skills is certainly still as great as it was over the summer.

2. Expect a good start by Detroit.

Yahoo! points out that the Kings have been a really bad first half team, giving up an average of 58 points per first half this season. The Pistons have been a good first half team. Those two forces should conspire to help the Pistons play well early. Holding the lead in the second half is another matter, but the Kings have been struggling defensively this season.

3. Tayshaun Prince owned the Kings last year.

The Kings for some reason had a hard time defending Tayshaun Prince. He had two of his best all-around games of the season against Sacramento a year ago. The teams split their season series. Prince had 22 and 23 points in those games and shot a combined 22-for-32.

Fourth thing to watch

OK … had to give this its own sub-head. John Kuester, after two days ago saying he wouldn’t tinker with the lineup, has tinkered with the lineup, moving Jason Maxiell into the starting lineup for Austin Daye. I don’t dislike moving Daye out of that four spot, and I’ve written as much several times this season. But in favor of Maxiell? Presumably, the move was made because the Kings are a good rebounding team with a good frontline. The problem? Maxiell hasn’t rebounded well this year. Daye’s total rebound rate is better than Maxiell’s. Greg Monroe‘s rebound rate is also higher. So I’m not convinced that starting Maxiell is going to give them any significant boost on the boards. Plus, Chris Wilcox is active today for the first time. Presumably he’ll play some, because why would you activate him if he’s not going to play? It will be interesting to see how Daye’s minutes are affected by all of this.

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  • Nov 14, 20106:10 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    another questionalbe decision by Q. Ben Gordon should be starting. If Daye still gets 20minutes backing up Tay then its ok. Maybe Q wants to put all of his best 3 point shooters on the floor at the same time: Gordon. Daye, CV

    the Pistons are 6th in the league in shooting percentage in the first half. They are 29th in the second half. Anyone else think it has to do with the other team’s adjustments at half time and their defensive intensity? In other words, game coaching?

  • Nov 14, 20106:15 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    For Laser:

    Stuckey just had a really nice pass to Maxiell off of a pick and roll. Not sure how many other great passes he’s made this season, but we might as well start keeping track.

  • Nov 14, 20106:17 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    @PCB:

    Maxiell did defend Griffin well the other night. I get the move from that perspective. But as those stats you quoted show, the Pistons haven’t had problems starting the games, they’ve had problems finishing them. I don’t know that I would’ve tinkered with the starting lineup, especially with Daye finally shooting well.

  • Nov 14, 20107:00 pm
    by Dan Feldman

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    PCB, interesting stat. Where did you find that?

  • Nov 14, 20107:11 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    this is complete bullshit. Prince does absolutely notjhing in his time on the floor in the first quarter (except a bad turnover). T-=Mac comes in and plays very well – showing some lift on his shot for the first time – then Q brings Prince back in instead of going to Daye when T-Mac comes out and Prince rewards him with a forced shot on a backdown, a stupid turnover, and almost another ball hog move by Stuckey was sooo wide open in the lane that Tay passed it to him for an assist.

    the Pistons are being pounded on the glass. But they are doing a good job on Evans – turning him into a jump shooter.

  • Nov 14, 20107:14 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    the announcer who looks like a little boy in the home studio on the FSN network used it in the pregame show tonight. (sorry, i should know his name but usually i watch everything with the mute on – tonight i had the sound on because i wanted to see what Q said about the lineup change)

  • Nov 14, 20107:33 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    For Laser again:

    In third quarter, another nice find by Stuckey from the corner to a cutting Maxiell.

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