Date: Nov. 17, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Detroit +7.5
Score: Lakers win, 105-97.5
Three things to watch
1. Detroit’s mental approach
This will be the Pistons’ third game against a top team. In the previous two, against the Celtics and Trail Blazers, they showed no heart. The Pistons have followed the same formula in all their games – quit against good teams and play reasonably hard against mediocre and lesser opponents.
Just once (at least to start), I’d like to see Detroit bring it against a good team. Tonight, in the first game back after a long road trip, probably isn’t a likely time for it to happen, but I can hope.
2. Chance to score
Surprisingly, the Lakers rank only 23rd in defensive efficiency. They’ve flipped the switch off (Remember when the Pistons used to do that? Fun times), so they’re not as effective as the could be. If the Pistons actually try tonight – see No. 1 – they should score fairly effectively.
3. Stuckey’s assertiveness
Plenty of people have been down on Rodney Stuckey’s play in the fourth quarter, when he’s not nearly as assertive. That can’t happen tonight.
If Detroit has one matchup advantage tonight, it’s Derek Fisher guarding Stuckey. Not only will Stuckey have to be sharp in the fourth, he’ll have to be assertive the entire game. Stuckey will probably need to dominate the point-guard matchup for Detroit to have any chance.
- Darius Soriano previews the game for Forum Blue and Gold.
- Tayshaun Prince totally sounds confident his feud with John Kuester is behind them. Via Chris Iott of Mlive: “ ‘Thirty games in, you guys are going to ask me again,’ (Prince) said, then started to walk away from media members. ‘It’s going to be the same thing over and over.’ "
- I will select a winner for the Pistons-Magic ticket contest tomorrow at 2 p.m., so enter before it’s too late.
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