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Last game versus Milwaukee this season…

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (19-32) at Milwaukee Bucks (25-23)
  • Date: February 9, 2013
  • Time: 8:30 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

After defeating the San Antonio Spurs last night at home, the Detroit Pistons will try to win back-to-back games tonight when they take on a Milwaukee Bucks team that has lost four of its last five games.

The Pistons presently own the season series by virtue of defeating the Bucks two out of three times, but the last contest saw Milwaukee put a choke hold on Detroit in a 117-90 rout on January 29th at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

In the last meeting between both teams, Detroit was simply annihilated defensively.

The Bucks scored 60 points in the paint (!) and also converted 11-of-23 shots from 3-point range.

Jim Boylan’s group is incredibly streaky.

They are an average long-range shooting team, but once the shots start going in, their opponents typically find themselves in trouble given that game plans usually revolve around forcing their players to take long 2-point shots.

The main offenders are Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, both of which take a substantial amount of long 2-pointers and 3-point shots.

Jennings hoists up 3.7 shots from 16-to-23 feet (converting 35 percent of them) per Hoopdata and 5.6 shots from downtown (converting 37.2 percent of his 3s) while Ellis attempts 5.3 shots from 16-to-23 feet (converting 33 percent) and 3.5 shots from behind the arc (converting 24.1 percent).

Where things get tricky is when one of them gets going and starts to make shots. It usually forces the defense to run a defender at them, thus resulting in opening up driving lanes for either player who attack the rim or find teammates cutting to the basket or stationed for an open 3-point shot.

This has happened twice against the Pistons.

On December 30th, Monta Ellis went on a tear in Detroit and scored 30 points and gave the Bucks a shot to win a game they ultimately lost. However, in the most recent matchup, Jennings’ 30 points helped open up the court for his teammates that connected on the majority of their shots, which resulted in a rout of the Pistons.

It may seem like an oversimplification, but if the Pistons can find a way to contain the Milwaukee backcourt, it should certainly give them fairly great odds of defeating the Bucks on the road tonight.

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19 Comments

  • Feb 9, 20138:13 pm
    by Blocks By Dre

    Reply

    No Drummond…sigh…

    (T_T)
         

  • Feb 9, 20139:09 pm
    by tarsier

    Reply

    Monroe and Calderon are balling.

  • Feb 9, 20139:27 pm
    by Vic

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    Calderon is the real deal. No wonder he always beats out the flashy young hot shots. Just a baller

  • Feb 9, 20139:28 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    nice is missing but he is missing lay ups…i can live with that

    • Feb 9, 20139:41 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

      Reply

      meant to say Knight is missing…but those are lay-ups….but i can live with that

  • Feb 9, 201310:32 pm
    by Lorenzo

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    Don’t want to take anything away from either squad’s offense but the transition D’ from both teams is as poor as they come.

  • Feb 9, 201310:42 pm
    by RationalSportsFan

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    Bynum is just getting destroyed defensively down the stretch.  His defense is painful to watch.

  • Feb 9, 201310:42 pm
    by jinzzy

    Reply

    Put knight in the Game Frank come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Feb 9, 201310:46 pm
      by RationalSportsFan

      Reply

      Nah, Frank thinks we needs to give these developmental crunch-time minutes to Bynum, a defenseless, offensive black hole who will be on a different team next year.

  • Feb 9, 201310:48 pm
    by smellman

    Reply

    CV31 feeling it up!

  • Feb 9, 201310:49 pm
    by Lorenzo

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    Knight has played terribly, he hasn’t earned the right to play the closing minutes. 

    • Feb 9, 201310:56 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      he missed lay ups….but his defense was very good all game….

       

      • Feb 9, 201311:35 pm
        by Lorenzo

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        I thought his defense was O.K., felt it was more the case of Bucks guards starting off with very cold shooting rather than Knight doing anything spectacular. Regardless it was a very open game and Knight was having an off night, conversely Bynum was playing with confidence; retrospect provides undeniable clarity but that particular mix (at least in my humble opinion) rightfully lead to Bynum closing out the game.

  • Feb 9, 201310:54 pm
    by jinzzy

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    IM still shocked LOL 

  • Feb 9, 201310:54 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    WOW@ CHARLIE!!!

    He has been official in the last two games 

  • Feb 9, 201310:59 pm
    by gmehl

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    Charlie ‘HAM’ Villanueva… he only owes us about 150 more performances like that and i’d say he has fulfilled what he was signed to do. Seriously though big Charlie was solid tonight. I bet it makes Joe’s dick itch when he sees him play like that.

  • Feb 9, 201311:00 pm
    by Mel

    Reply

    Give the keys to Calderon. He’s the reason we won. Pay him.

  • Feb 9, 201311:28 pm
    by Lake Side Live

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    Calderon makes everyone better, now we just need a black and white commercial of Knight doing shooting drills and maybe his offense will match his defense, for future games.

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    by garcinia

    Reply

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