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Pistons’ road trip continues in Golden State

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (2-4) at Golden State Warriors (4-3)
  • Date: November 12, 2013
  • Time: 10:30 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

After losing last night to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Detroit Pistons will make the second stop of their four-game western road trip tonight. The visitors will take on a Golden State Warriors team that has lost back-to-back games to the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors have only played two homes games so far in this young season and have won both by double digits. Golden State has the feel of a team that might challenge for one of the top-four spots in the Western Conference playoffs in April.

Their three defeats have come against teams that were postseason participants during the 2012-13 campaign and in addition, Golden State is a better team this season in comparison to the previous.

The front office smartly put the full-court press during the offseason on Andre Iguodala and secured his services. The former Denver Nugget gives the Dubs a great perimeter defender to help complement Andrew Bogut’s work on the interior.

Also, Klay Thompson is an emerging defender that does a good job of playing position defense. Mind you, he is prone to biting on pump fakes. Even David Lee is doing a better job this season in contesting shots at the rim despite being a notoriously bad defender.

The change in roster construction (the team also brought in other solid defenders such as Toney Douglas and Jermaine O’Neal) and philosophy has allowed Golden State to defend at a league top-five rate.

What’s scary about the Warriors is actually the way they play on the other side of the ball. They possess one of the best offenses in the league, but have struggled to demonstrate it because of ball security issues.

In an effort to diversify the offense, Mark Jackson has put the ball in the hands of his perimeter players and put them in situations to make plays. It has not been a consistent option, but one that his team has explored nonetheless and it’s resulted in a multitude of turnovers.

The biggest culprit has been Stephen Curry. He has been incredibly sloppy with the ball and the team has suffered from it. At some point Golden State will figure out how to avoid the miscues and spend more time bombing away from deep then giving away the rock.

Indeed, the Warriors put teams in tough situations by forcing them to help defend players coming off screens with big men instead of guards. For instance, Golden State loves running pick-and-rolls between their guards to create mismatches.

Some teams will defend the action by switching, while others prefer to play it straight up. Curry ran the set against Memphis and look at the result:

Zach Randolph came over to thwart Thompson’s scoring attempt and also, because Thompson is such a great shooter, Mike Conley cheated over to help out as well. The Warriors 2-guard quickly fed Curry who hit the open 3-pointer.

This is merely one of the numerous ways Golden State will create high-percentage looks from downtown for perhaps the best shooting backcourt in the league. Teams typically adjust by having their big men step out a little further out on the hardwood to provide some help.

That opens up the floor for David Lee. The former Florida Gator moves well off the ball and also does a good job of catching and driving to the hoop for scores. The Warriors offense is a complex puzzle that changes form within the same contest.

With that said, the Pistons have an advantage that most teams can only dream of: Their team has mobile big men that step out on the perimeter occasionally. That’s a terrific luxury to have as far as trapping players coming off screens and then recovering back to the initial assignment.

The Pistons’ big men will probably end up deciding how the game is played and who the victors are.

Read about the Warriors

Warriors World.

33 Comments

  • Nov 12, 201310:47 pm
    by haydzzz

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    How mo cheeks thinks billups can guard klay thompson is beyond me… free kcp lol

  • Nov 12, 201310:52 pm
    by mshansky

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    they came out with no offensive or defensive energy….they done….just like last year. there is no there there….
     

  • Nov 12, 201310:54 pm
    by domnick

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    bad coach again… WTF… this is a bad hire… our offense sucks.. come on! wake up!

  • Nov 12, 201311:00 pm
    by haydzzz

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    Perimeter defense sucking? lets insert kyle singler SMH

  • Nov 12, 201311:01 pm
    by Steve K

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    Looking eerily similar to the pistons under kue, curry, and frank. New faces, same results. 
     
    They suck. GS has scored on all but two possessions!

  • Nov 12, 201311:02 pm
    by mshansky

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    no real offensive strategy,not even going down low, terrible defense…what is better abput this team cpmpared to the last 4 seasons? potential? give me a break….after the first 3 games, they are now settling into the passivity, led by the coach…..now where should i go for dinner after this loss?

  • Nov 12, 201311:03 pm
    by Hook Shot

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    Cheeks cannot coach. It takes more than talent to make a team jell. Bill ups is embarrassing as a starter, and they need to decide which big man will start and someone will need to go the bench. They need to put Gigi on the floor and let KCP play. They are getting BLOWN OUT!

  • Nov 12, 201311:08 pm
    by Reaction

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    Is this even basketball I’m watching? The only one who looks like he knows what he is doing or has any energy is Drummond. This season start is scaring me about our playoff chances. If we don’t make the playoffs, not only did we sign massive contracts but we also sacrificed a potential future star pick in this coming loaded draft.

  • Nov 12, 201311:09 pm
    by Windy

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    What a blood bath

  • Nov 12, 201311:12 pm
    by haydzzz

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    Why the hell does cheeks play kcp for 1 minute? wow

  • Nov 12, 201311:13 pm
    by mshansky

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    once they start walking the ball up, they are cooked. they have no ability to score on a deliberate offense….no passing, no assists, a whole lot of nuthin…..throw the cards in the air again. and please, do not give me the crap about the, being better than other years. they stink…pretty soon the stands will be empty again. when i see bynum put there, my heart sinks…
     

  • Nov 12, 201311:13 pm
    by Windy

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    Mo cheeks has no idea what to do at this point…just sending out about any lineup he can think of at this point…throw enough shite at the wall something might stuck I’m mean stick…

  • Nov 12, 201311:16 pm
    by mshansky

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    the ever obsequious greg and blabla like the way the pistons are playing now…WTF….

  • Nov 12, 201311:16 pm
    by Windy

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    You know your in trouble when you make Robin Lopez, jermaine oneil and Kelly Olyenk look like monsters 

  • Nov 12, 201311:20 pm
    by haydzzz

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    What is up with the pick and roll defense? its been like this all year the big men over committing then theres an open wing for three every time

  • Nov 12, 201311:30 pm
    by Windy

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    Unreal how lost they look on both sides of the ball

  • Nov 12, 201311:35 pm
    by haydzzz

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    the offence is way too stagnant, its either stuckey bynum or jennings dribbling around the court or monroe posting up and forcing his way in. need to run more and pass way more, one positive is that we only have 4 turnovers

  • Nov 12, 201311:43 pm
    by Hook Shot

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    Cheeks’ lack of adjustments are worse than Franks. 

  • Nov 12, 201311:53 pm
    by Jopl

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    This is just frustrating. 

  • Nov 13, 201312:05 am
    by Hook Shot

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    Kenning is playing the Pistons right out of this one. His Azz needs to ride the bench. I would bring in Stuckey to run offense. 

  • Nov 13, 201312:16 am
    by Hook Shot

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    I can’t watch this anymore. If they trade Montoe it would be a big mistake. He has been theIR best player. Jennings sucks. They need a dependable small forward. The experiment is over. 

    • Nov 13, 201312:40 am
      by Jon

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      I’m with hook… Monroe has been out best player BY FAR… I’m now sure where this Jennings experiment is other than UGLY.
       

  • Nov 13, 201312:17 am
    by domnick

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    30 point lead… yey 

  • Nov 13, 201312:31 am
    by Jon

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    okay, seriously… where is Josh?

  • Nov 13, 201312:41 am
    by vic

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    I think I gotta turn against Joe Dumars this season. Brandon Jennings was playing great, then Joe Dumars told him to be selfish and score first… now Jennings is really messing up what little offensive flow and unselfishness the team almost had.
    PUre stupidity.

    • Nov 13, 201312:52 am
      by Jon

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      Jennings wasn’t playing great last year.  His turd unraveled years ago, after a solid rookie year, if I remember correctly. 
      that said, I rarely have a clue what JoeD is thinking,….
       

    • Nov 13, 20137:25 am
      by vic

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      The thing is, he has the ability to play smart. I read on MLive that Joe Dumars actually told him to start thinking shoot-first after his game with 21 points and 11 assists, which was pretty much a perfect game for him.
      That plus Joe D’s choice to go all in for Smith over Iguodala… (who is the smarter and more productive player) I can get that a little bit because Smith is younger. But still, it shows he severely undervalues intelligence.
      Plus his quick choice of Cheeks when all these other coaches were available…
      REally gets me to start questioning Joe Dumars… How can you consistently make the less intelligent choice?

  • Nov 13, 201312:47 am
    by domnick

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    pistons raised the white flag….. giving more play time to bench…. we have the chance lol

  • Nov 13, 201312:53 am
    by Jon

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    I think that’s just what kind of confidence Mo has in his starters (wherever Josh is).

  • Nov 13, 201312:55 am
    by Jon

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    Datome suddenly looks like our best shooter.  How scary is that thought?
     

    • Nov 13, 20131:25 am
      by Otis

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      Um, not as scary as the first five games when Stuckey was our best shooter?

  • Nov 13, 20131:38 am
    by James

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    And now we see further evidence of ineptitude on Dumars’s part. Wonder why Cheeks didn’t get any good interviews outside of the Pistons? Wonder why Jennings didn’t get a free agent contract offer? IF they get to 40 wins I would be amazed.

  • Nov 13, 20138:52 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    SHOOTING!!!!, SHOOTING!!!,SHOOTING!!!!! ….. NUMBERS DONT LIE!!!
    in the last 4 games
    we are 17-74 for 3′s …. 23% 
    our opponents are 39-91….42%
    Simple Math …. 17 x 3 = 51 points  vs our last 4 opponents 39 x 3 = 117 points
    117 – 51 = 66….. We are MINUS – 66 points in regards to 3 point shooting….
    So basically our opponents are scoring 17 more points from behind the arc than we are in the last 4 games…
    in the last 4 games
    we’ve lost by 
    8
    9
    6
    18 
    Basically Defend the DAMN 3 BALL!!!!
    The the decision should be committing to defending the 3 ball, and trusting your Big to Protect the rim…
     
     
     
     

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