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Detroit Pistons travel to Memphis

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (1-0) at Memphis Grizzlies (0-1)
  • Date: November 1, 2013
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD
  • Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket

What to look for

After winning their home opener against the Washington Wizards, the Detroit Pistons will travel to the Grind House tonight and find the Memphis Grizzlies waiting for them.

Much has been made about the fact that Detroit borrowed Memphis’ blueprint in building their team and tonight, the original prototype will host its clone. This Grizzlies team is not the one its fans have grown accustomed to in recent seasons though.

Under Lionnel Hollins last season, Memphis was a sound defensive team that bullied opponents on the boards. Also, they were extremely aggressive defensively and forced turnovers by sitting in passing lanes and swiping at driving ball-handlers.

They played a style one could term as controlled chaos. In 2013-14 under David Joerger, they appear to have altered their identity a little. In this instance, one cannot definitively state they have changed their philosophy because we are relying on one game, and that lone contest was against a San Antonio Spurs team that typically dissects opponents.

Still, there were a few things that stood out from that contest against Tim Duncan and company. The defense did not look as aggressive as it did in 2012-13 and surrendered a multitude of open shots.

Initially, the Grizzlies packed the paint and essentially conceded open looks from downtown. When that failed, they extended the defense and got beat on the interior. Put it all together and San Antonio converted 11-of-20 treys and scored 50 points in the paint.

And again, part of that stems from the fact the Spurs have a knack for executing on offense and picking apart defenses. Thus, it’s entirely possible that Detroit will not get the same defensive looks tonight, but it’s worth paying attention to.

On the other side of the ball, Memphis will use Marc Gasol in pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops in an effort to create ball movement and free up Zach Randolph on the block. It’s a great action to keep defenders guessing and open up the high-low game.

The other wrinkle is simply running post-up plays for Gasol given his touch around the basket as well as his solid passing game. The Grizzlies play at a different speed in terms of execution this season, which is quite intriguing.

Indeed, the plays are run a little quicker and there is a bit more off-ball movement. An offense that was prone to stagnation and low-percentage long-range shots now relies a bit more on sharing the wealth and hitting the open man in stride.

This explains how Grizzlies manufactured 24 assists despite only converting 41.9 percent of their field goals in their season opener. This makes tonight’s contest against the Pistons all that more compelling.

The similarity in roster construction is obviously the first thing that comes to mind, but Memphis’ game plan against Detroit will be fun to watch unfold. They will force Josh Smith and company to make multiple rotations, come and contest shots and then retreat back into the paint.

In some instances, the Pistons will get caught closing out on non-shooters and other trips they will surrender open shots to the likes of Mike Miller.

Read about the Grizzlies

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22 Comments

  • Nov 1, 20138:55 pm
    by jinzzy

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    Bynum’s defence killing us
     

  • Nov 1, 201310:44 pm
    by Max

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    The refs absolutely robbed the Pistons in regulation.   They reviewed the play for fuck’s sake and made the the wrong call.  

  • Nov 1, 201310:56 pm
    by Vince

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    The officiating is terrible. But make no mistake, Smith cost us this game.

    • Nov 1, 201310:58 pm
      by Max

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      He took a lot of bad shots but he also hit some shots and made so many good plays that I don’t think they’d have been in the game without him.  

    • Nov 1, 201311:00 pm
      by Vince

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      There is absolutely no reason for Smith to take over 25 shots including 11(!!!!!!) Threes. We lost a winnable game, and I hope Josh gets his sh*t together, because he is making us lose and making me lose my damn mind.

      • Nov 1, 201311:03 pm
        by Max

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        I don’t accept that we lost.  The Pistons gave that game to the Grizz.   Still, you’re right.  Smith’s shots that can in rythym with a pass coming from the inside were fine but he took way too many shots early in the shot clock with a defender on him when he should have passed.  

        • Nov 1, 201311:03 pm
          by Max

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          I meant the refs gave that game to the Grizz.

        • Nov 1, 201311:09 pm
          by Vince

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          Don’t get me wrong, I like what he did in rhythm but he took a bunch of ill-advised shots early in the clock that -in my mind at least- cost us the game more than the refs did. He is by no means Stephen Curry, 11 shots from downtown makes me mad that Mo kept him in the game for so long, at some point you need to put your foot down and bench him for taking shitty shots.

           

          • Nov 1, 201311:10 pm
            by Max

            The Pistons win the game if the refs don’t make that total bullshit offensive goal tending call on Drummond period.  

          • Nov 1, 201311:11 pm
            by Max

            I could accept it if they hadn’t reviewed it but there is no excuse or reason for the refs to review that play and get the call 100 percent wrong.  

    • Nov 1, 201311:10 pm
      by domnick

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      i think bynum cost us this game… he had many turnovers in the crunch time… i thought stuckey shouldve played in the overtime… bynum defense is terrible and he cant handle the ball so well

  • Nov 1, 201310:57 pm
    by Max

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    This is the kind of game that leads to people thinking the refs are crooked and the games are fixed.   They gave the Grizz an overtime they in no way deserved and then reviewed two plays in overtime that should have gone the Pistons way–although one of the plays was somewhat acceptable since the refs apparently didn’t have the freedom in that situation to fully judge the play and conclude Smith had been fouled when the ball went off him.   Still, just atrocious officiating and the Pistons were robbed.  

  • Nov 1, 201311:09 pm
    by domnick

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    bynum was terrible and yet he played more minutes than stuckey…

    • Nov 1, 201311:14 pm
      by Max

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      I agree Stuckey should have played more but Conley and Allen can make nearly anyone’s handle seem suspect.  There is no more disruptive backcourt in the league.  

      • Nov 1, 201311:34 pm
        by domnick

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        well at least stuckey is a better ball handler than bynum….
        i hate the play where bynum overpass the ball on smith.. this is just stupid

  • Nov 1, 201311:16 pm
    by James Haliburton

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    To echo the sentiments here, if Smith is truly believing he is a 3 pt shooter at 11 per game and making 3, less than 30% and the coach allows it, this will be a long fruitless season. I did not like their demeanor in overtime at all. KCP at least is showing he deserves to be in the rotation over Singler. As far as Monroe and that max-level extension, NOPE. 10-12 Mil player at best. That shot that Gasol blocked should have been a damn dunk, GO UP STRONG!

    • Nov 1, 201311:19 pm
      by Max

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      Monroe has never been a world beater in terms of conditioning and he looked to me like he ran out of gas in overtime.   Also, the Pistons probably thought they won the game in regulation and by all rights did.  

  • Nov 1, 201311:24 pm
    by James Haliburton

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    Yeah but damn, after 3+ years he has to at least know the rim is a vicious area. I’m not satisfied with this game either.

    • Nov 1, 201311:32 pm
      by Max

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      They were down and running out of time so he rushed a drive towards the basket.   He had a good game overall.  

  • Nov 1, 201311:27 pm
    by James Haliburton

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    Agreed, but after 3+ years in this league he has to know that the rim area is a vicious place. I’m not satisfied with this loss at all. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Stuckey deserved more minutes tonight.

    • Nov 1, 201311:36 pm
      by domnick

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      we lost the game to a very good team… but we fought hard… i believe if Brandon Jennings comes back… our team will be better..

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