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Richard Hamilton begins new life as bench player tonight against Raptors

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors

Date: Dec. 22, 2010

Time: 7 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 9-19

Raptors: 10-18

Probable starters

Pistons:

Raptors:

  • Jerryd Bayless
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Sonny Weems
  • Amir Johnson
  • Andrea Bargnani

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +5.5

Over/under: 207.5

Score: Raptors win, 106.5-101

Three things to watch

1. Richard Hamilton coming off the bench

Richard Hamilton is entering a new stage of his career – being a bench player. All eyes will be on him tonight to see how he handles it.

2. New starting lineup

Starting Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva worked against the Hornets after some early kinks. Will the new starters gel better than the previous ones? We’ll get a better, although I’m sure still incomplete, look tonight.

3. Tracy McGrady’s return to Toronto

It seems like half these game previews mention Tracy McGrady returning to a city, but no city hates him more than Toronto.

He hasn’t fared well there, either. In 12 games at Toronto as a member of the visiting team, McGrady hasn’t shot .500 once.

Pregame Reading

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  • Dec 22, 20108:05 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    Interesting fact of the day: Of the 62 games Hamilton and Gordon have played together both have scored 15 or more points in the same game on only 7 occasions. Maybe i should of written it as obvious fact!

  • Dec 22, 20108:34 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    Hope Toronto enjoyed that first half from T-Mac.

  • Dec 22, 20108:44 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    well, now we know what Ben Gordon will do in the starting lineup. But i really like Rip & T-Mac paired together and i’m sure Gordon will improve – but when he is missing wide open shots and then takes those one on one high degree of difficulty shots he is not a pretty sight

  • Dec 22, 201010:39 pm
    by ds

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    I loved Rip and T-Mac as well – but I’d rather BG and CV weren’t both moved to starters at the same time. To me they are both guys who usually catch on the perimeter and can make something happen, and you don’t need two guys that can do that. I think both would be more effective being THAT guy on different squads – at least most of the time.
     
    But wow did T-Mac and Rip look good together, and Will feeds Rip better than stuckey as well.
     
    Stuckey didn’t have many assists, but he tried in the first quarter and everyone else shot like crap. So it was hit the rim for a layout or let someone else miss.
     
    That was a FUN game to watch. :-)

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