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Pistons host Cavs before a brutal stretch begins


  • Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons
  • Date: Dec. 28,  2011
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit


  • Pistons: 0-1
  • Pacers: 0-1

Probable starters



  • Kyrie Irving
  • Anthony Parker
  • Omri Casspi
  • Antawn Jamison
  • Anderson Varejao

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons -6

Over/under: 193

Score: Pistons win, 99.5-93.5

Three things to watch

1. The schedule

Cleveland is a winnable game for the Pistons. After facing the Cavs, though, things get much tougher — Boston, Indiana, Orlando, Chicago (twice), Philadelphia, New York and Dallas follow before the Pistons get somewhat of a reprieve with games against the Bucks and Bobcats. In any event, not beating the Cavs in tonight’s home opener could be the difference between a bad start to the season and a historically bad start.

2. New era, part two

Things didn’t go so well in the first game of the Lawrence Frank era. The team didn’t rebound well, the defensive effort was questionable and there was little for fans to get excited about watching the opener against the Pacers. Cleveland is much worse than Indiana and the Pistons are at home, so they get a new chance to make a more positive impression the the direction the team is headed in.

3. Can someone rebound?

In limited minutes against the Pacers, Ben Wallace, Greg Monroe and Austin Daye led the team with seven rebounds each. Cleveland’s frontcourt has a pair of solid veteran rebounders in Varejao and Jamison as well as an active rookie in Tristan Thompson. The Pistons will need a much better effort on the glass from Jonas Jerebko (five rebounds vs. Indiana), Monroe and Jason Maxiell (0 rebounds in 16 minutes). In two preseason games against the Cavs, both teams shot poorly, so there should be plenty of boards to go around.


  • Dec 28, 20117:48 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    Player intros were excellent and Monroe active early. Love that tone early.

  • Dec 28, 20117:55 pm
    by Josh


    40% from the field tonight. Over or Under?

    • Dec 28, 20118:02 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      Under the way things look so far. But that might still be enough to win if they keep attacking the offensive glass like they are early.

  • Dec 28, 20118:14 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    The Austin Daye problem creeping up again: he passed up a great look at a three and drove, forced a pass and turned it over. He’s the team’s best shooter. No idea why he doesn’t shoot the ball when he’s open. He did it both preseason games.

  • Dec 28, 20118:17 pm
    by Josh


    Yeah, I saw that play. Could have been Knight’s first assist of his career.

  • Dec 28, 20118:32 pm
    by gmehl1977


    Dare i say it but jump shot looks a lot better this season.

    • Dec 28, 20118:34 pm
      by gmehl1977


      I meant to say Stuckey’s  jump shot looks a lot better

      • Dec 28, 20118:36 pm
        by Patrick Hayes


        It does. Now he seems to have lost the ability to finish anything around the basket though.

  • Dec 28, 20118:33 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    ‘Austin Daye’ is trending on Twitter right now. He might not want to log in to his account tonight to see why though.

    • Dec 28, 20118:37 pm
      by gmehl1977


      He is looking twice as much as a rookie as Knight

  • Dec 28, 20118:43 pm
    by Mikko


    its looking horrible again. Even Varejao is going crazy vs Pistons. :/

  • Dec 28, 20118:48 pm
    by Bernardo


    Now this is quite embarrasing :/

  • Dec 28, 20119:22 pm
    by gmehl1977


    Gee we look good when we get out and run. Having said that where is Bynum?

    • Dec 28, 201110:03 pm
      by bg8


      me personally, i rather go with this 3 guard rotation than with a 4 guard rotation with bynum. i think the 3 guards are doing well, its just they don’t have any big to grab defensive rebounds

  • Dec 28, 20119:59 pm
    by gerdz


    i was planning to get a league pass but after watching the game.. nahhh i’ll pass. I don’t blame the team tho. its all dumar’s fault. it seems he doesn’t have any plan for the team. He is now free to sign and do trades now that we have a new owner but what is he doing right now? nothing. on a side note knight looks promising.

  • Dec 28, 201110:20 pm
    by Shane


    Looks like it’s going to be a very long season.. Brandon Knight looked phenomenal though.. If only he had someone to pass to other than Monroe and Jerebko since they get guarded pretty heavily. Stuckey played pretty well for when he was out there

  • Dec 28, 201110:28 pm
    by Josh


    Daye laid another egg tonight with a whopping zero points. Only difference is now he doesn’t have the 7 rebounds to back him up this time.

  • Dec 28, 201110:40 pm
    by Bernardo


    Knight was awesome…
    Well, I guess we should check next year’s mock draft xD

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