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Trade rumors aside, the Detroit Pistons have a game tonight

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls

Date: Jan. 10, 2011

Time: 8 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit Plus

Records

Pistons: 12-24

Bulls: 24-12

Probable starters

Pistons:

Bulls:

  • Derrick Rose
  • Keith Bogans
  • Luol Deng
  • Carlos Boozer
  • Kurt Thomas

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +9.5

Over/under: 189

Score: Bulls win, 99.25-89.75

Three things to watch

1. Some sort of trade rumors?

Teams always say they aren’t bothered by trade rumors. But it’s also rare that trade rumors get as real as the ones involving the Pistons, particularly Rip Hamilton, have over the past two days. If the trade isn’t finalized and Hamilton is still on the bench for the Pistons, that might make things awkward. Does the team play him? Sit him? Let him awkwardly pretend that they haven’t done everything they could to peddle him for whatever’s left of Troy Murphy?

2. Not close enough

The Pistons have played the Bulls tough twice this season, first blowing a 20-point lead in the second half and then losing in overtime. The first time around, the Pistons had nothing for Derrick Rose, who finished with 39 points and 7 assists. In the second game, Carlos Boozer scored 31 and had 11 rebounds. The Pistons have to keep one of those two relatively in check if they’re going to pick up a road win over Chicago tonight.

3. Can Austin Daye keep it up?

It’s no secret Pistons fans love Daye’s potential. He’s coming off his best game as a pro vs. Philly on Saturday. Can he continue to demand through his play to be in the rotation? The biggest knock on Daye to this point in his career is consistency, and if he’s truly a building block player, Saturday’s game needs to start a nice stretch of competent play for him.

Pregame reading

10 Comments

  • Jan 10, 20117:12 pm
    by Laser

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    sigh. so close, yet so far away.
     
    makes perfect sense for the nuggs to wait until just before the deadline…

  • Jan 10, 20119:14 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    @Laser
    Yeah i agree. It sucks but you can’t fault there front office when you look at it from there end. Too bad for them though if Melo says if this doesn’t happen right now then i will refuse to sign anywhere until next season so the Nuggets get absolutely no compensation for him whatsoever. I mean if he wants to just bide his time this year he can do that just to force there hand. By refusing to do a sign and trade he can make things very uncomfortable for them. I don’t mind wait till the deadline for this deal to go down as long as it includes us. It’s not like we haven’t waited long for a Hamilton trade before.

  • Jan 10, 20119:17 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    Owch…listening to a radio feed of this game and the commentators just compared Austin Daye to Brad Sellers (WTF). Ok yeah they are both 7 footers that can shoot but come on.

  • Jan 10, 20119:17 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    Austin Daye putting on a first half show. What was that comment about consistency? How about all the kid needed was minutes and Q was stupid to take him out of the rotation when he did.

    @laser

    if i was NJ and Denver backed out of this i would move on.

  • Jan 10, 20119:23 pm
    by Fennis

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    The Pistons need to play McGrady with Stuckey. It can’t happen since they have BG and Rip at the two, but Stuckey could take advantage of McGrady’s playmaking so much more than the other two. If Rip does in fact get traded a Stuckey/TMac backcourt will be very productive. They can switch between the one and the two, push the ball, slow it down. That would be intriguing.

  • Jan 10, 20119:30 pm
    by Fennis

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    WHY does Kuester insist on squandering the lead in third quarters!!!!!!!!! Substitute, call a timeout to stop a run. He waits until a 12 point lead falls to three and then the light bulb goes off. Maddening.

  • Jan 10, 201110:13 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    @detroitpcb
    You spoke too soon about Daye. You need to ease of him a little and let him come along slowly. He is still a kid…no rush!

  • Jan 10, 201110:24 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    Daye played ok in the second half – he missed 3 shots but rebounded, played good defense, had a couple of assists and a block.

    What a show by Derrick Rose though in that second half. Why the Pistons didn’t go to a trap earlier, i don’t know. but when you are turning the ball over no adjustment can help.

    @Fennis

    Exactly. Q is the worst game coach in the league.

  • Jan 10, 201110:42 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    @Fennis
    I read a funny comment about Kuester the other day. It went something like: ‘watching Kuester coach is like masturbating with a cheese grater…slightly amusing but mostly painful’ :-)
    I couldn’t stop laughing when i read it, even if there isn’t anything amusing with the way Q coaches. I sent it to one of my friends that said it was movie quote. Pretty funny stuff.

  • Jan 10, 201111:07 pm
    by Laser

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    wait has kuester been coaching this whole time?? i could swear he just had killer seats!

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