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Rematch in Toronto

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (24-50) at Toronto Raptors (27-46)
  • Date: April 1, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: FS Detroit Plus

What to look for

The Detroit Pistons have lost 13 of their last 14 games entering tonight. The lone victory they secured in this recent stretch was against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Lawrence Frank and company will be in Toronto this evening with an opportunity at extracting vengeance against the Raptors. The last time these two squads met on March 29, the Raps were victorious at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

In that contest, the Pistons gave up 54 points in the paint and 53.7 percent field goal shooting. Amir Johnson, Rudy Gay, Jonas Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozan all had great nights.

These very same Raptors are coming off a tough defeat in D.C. at the hands of the Washington Wizards last night.

After trailing by 20 points, Dwane Casey’s unit trimmed down the deficit and the scoreboard read 96-88 with six minutes left in the game. With a few stops and scores, Gay and company could have made the game interesting.

Instead, Washington’s defense forced the Raptors into tough shots and turnovers, closing the game with a 13-4 run.

Detroit on the other hand is coming off a nail biting loss from yesterday at the United Center. The Chicago Bulls made a few more plays than the Pistons in their 95-94 win.

Luol Deng had a monster game with 28 points and nine rebounds, while Nate Robinson came off the bench to score 16. Both players combined for two late 3-pointers in the final minutes of the game that helped Chicago secure the victory.

Andre Drummond played big against the Bulls’ frontline, snatching 14 rebounds in 23 minutes of playing time.

If the Pistons’ frontline can reproduce the effort from last night’s loss in Chicago, it should go a long towards given them an opportunity at beating the Raptors. Valanciunas and Johnson outperformed their counterparts the last time around and led the Raps to victory.

Consequently, rebounding and interior scoring will be areas of focus in this head-to-head matchup.

Read about the Raptors

Raptors Republic.

19 Comments

  • Apr 1, 20137:19 pm
    by smellman

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    Jason maxiell out for the season??

  • Apr 1, 20138:07 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Here we go we got Andre Drummond back, we still suck. Any reason why???? I still think it’s Calderon. I may sound stupid because you know he is an efficient scorer and getting his teammates involved! But you know what we were much better without him. I go with the guy that makes the team better which is Knight at the PG!

    • Apr 1, 20138:31 pm
      by oats

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      But Knight doesn’t make the team better. The team is tanking and they’ve given up on the season. There isn’t a whole to figure out here.

      • Apr 1, 20138:42 pm
        by Brandon Knight

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        All I know is that the team is much better without Calderon. That was a bad move by the Pistons. They should have kept Knight at the PG position! Calderon didn’t benefit us at all. SMH

        • Apr 1, 20138:53 pm
          by oats

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          The team started getting some injuries and the schedule picked up, so they started losing. The players gave up on the season, and Calderon even talked about how the goal right now is not really winning so much as preparing for the future. The coaches have been shuffling lineups and getting the Middleton, English, Kravstov group more minutes. The team seems to be clearly interested in giving the young guys a chance to prove themselves, and they even seem interested in giving CV and Stuckey play time in the hopes they get some trade value. With both of those two they are also evaluating whether to keep them or buy Stuckey out/amnesty CV. This team is not really trying to win any more. That isn’t because Knight is no longer the point guard.
           
          If, and I mean if there is a legitimate argument here, it’s that the team misses Prince. I’ve actually argued with G on this a few times because I’m not buying it, but it is a much more credible stance than Knight needs to be the point guard. There is no good reason to think Knight at point guard would turn the roster as it stands in to a more respectable unit. Trying to argue that ignores all the evidence that Calderon is just simply a way better point guard than Knight. The two aren’t close. If Calderon can’t get this unit playing well, Knight sure can’t. This stance you are taking is so  insanely stupid I don’t know why I’m wasting my time. Apparently you are unfamiliar with the phrase “Correlation is not causation.”

          • Apr 1, 20139:05 pm
            by Brandon Knight

            Yeah excuse after excuse smh. Blah blah blah Calderon is better than Knight, Blah Blah Blah Calderon is better than Knight. That’s all I hear. I don’t see you talk about why Knight is struggling. 

             

          • Apr 1, 20139:19 pm
            by oats

            Knight is currently struggling because he is playing hurt. Also, he isn’t that good of a basketball player. Knight’s a streaky player, part of that is that sometimes he sucks. This is perfectly in keeping with how he played at point guard too.
             
            As for you excuses claim, any explanation can sound like an excuse. These things happened. The schedule started tough and the team looked awful. It got easier, they looked better. It seemed obvious to me they weren’t actually good, just enjoying an easy stretch in the season. It got tougher, and they got hurt, so they lost. That was to be expected. Now they aren’t really trying to win anymore. Again, if you want to pin this on Prince leaving, at least that isn’t just stupid. If you blame it on Knight not being the point guard you have no leg to stand on.

        • Apr 1, 20138:57 pm
          by gmehl

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          “That was a bad move by the Pistons”

          You do realize that by bring in Calderon it will in the long term make Knight a better player?? Knight is not the answer at PG yet and the chances of him ever succeeding as one are looking very slim. When he stops turning it over so much then maybe he might start to turn the corner but there is NO evidence this is going to happen. He has more turnovers per game at starting SG then Calderon has a the starting PG and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the PG handles the ball more than the SG. Finally if you want to blame anyone for us bringing Calderon to Detroit then blame Knight himself because if he was any good at the position then we wouldn’t of had to bring in another one in Calderon. Seriously man you’d go a long way to earning peoples respect around here at pistonpowered if you put Brandon Knights dick…its getting very annoying!

          • Apr 1, 20139:10 pm
            by Brandon Knight

            Ok forget about Knight. The Pistons started sucking after we traded for Calderon. 

          • Apr 1, 20139:18 pm
            by gmehl

            Have a read of what oats said above and really try and take it all in. The team is not trying to win anymore and i guarantee you that even though we win tonights game management won’t let us end up with anything worse than the 5th worst lottery odds. The day we traded Prince/Daye this team was looking to the future much like when we trade Billups for AI. You need to focus your energy more towards Joe not stuffing up what he does with the cap room like he did last time and be prepared for him not to spend any or all of it if the right players don’t become available.

    • Apr 1, 20138:47 pm
      by gmehl

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      I disagree with you. Since Drummond has been back Monroe has instantly looked better. When Monroe has had Drummond on the court with him he hasn’t had to exert himself as much on defence which has allowed him to be more effective on offense. Its also no coincidence that CV has played better with Drummond back either. Having the big fella on court has allowed more offense orientated players like Monroe and CV to do what they do best while masking the defensive flaws. Are we still losing? Yes but geez they look good in flashes with Drummond back. IMO i just think we are missing a big time scorer to take the load off Monroe. This void could be filled by drafting Ben McLemore if we get extremely lucky with the lottery or in a worse case scenario Shabazz. The problem we have is we need a big time scorer but we also need that guy to be a 2 way player which Shabazz is not so you’d think we’d take a punt on Oladipo. The other option could be make an offer to OJ Mayo to be our starting SG and if he opts out Iguodala to be our starting SF and then draft Trey Burke.

      • Apr 1, 20138:53 pm
        by Brandon Knight

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        Drummond is not looking good with Calderon.

        • Apr 1, 20139:11 pm
          by oats

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          How do you figure? He barely played with him before his injury. Since getting back he had that 8 and 14 against Chicago, and a 17 and 4 against Toronto. I guess he’s having an off game tonight, but how is that on Calderon? Players sometimes have bad games, get over it. 3 games is not enough of a sample size to make any kind of declaration on this issue.

        • Apr 2, 20131:52 am
          by OKJ

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          I think you did not watch game at all…

  • Apr 1, 20138:51 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Can anybody freaking tell me how in the hell Calderon benefited us??? Knight, Singler, and Bynum all got worse. Knight is lost now, lol all I see now from Knight is this: run run run catch the ball, dribble dribble, pass and runs again. All you say that he makes his teammates better? Who got better????

    • Apr 1, 20139:07 pm
      by oats

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      Knight looks like a guy who came back from an injury too soon. Before his latest injury he looked at least as good at shooting guard, and I’d say he looked quite a bit better. Singler is better. His offense is pretty even, but he is more competent defensively at the 3. Bynum’s role hasn’t changed, and he was the same guy before the trade as after. Unless of course you are blaming Bynum’s and Kngiht’s injuries on Calderon. That’s true, they have been hurt more often.

  • Apr 1, 20138:51 pm
    by haydzzz

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    Jose was just for the expiring, but he has been good for us so if he stays with us he helps and if he doesnt we get more cap so win win

  • Apr 1, 20139:09 pm
    by gmehl

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    Bye bye lottery odds for 3rd or 4th :-(

  • Apr 1, 201311:41 pm
    by frankie d

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    almost didn’t mind them winning the game.  glad to see JJ have a good game.  it makes frank look idiotic, for basically sending JJ to siberia for a couple of months.
    hard to understand why any coach would want to bench a guy like JJ and send a message that he wasn’t a n important part of the team.  all he does is bust his @ss and try to help the team.
    yep, putting up with the win was okay, considering JJ’s role in it.  hopefully, this will help to tamp down any feeling that JJ should not be a part of the team’s future. 

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