- Teams: Detroit Pistons (4-8) at Brooklyn Nets (3-9)
- Date: November 24, 2013
- Time: 2:00 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
The Detroit Pistons are coming off back-to-back losses at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks and will try to rebound today in the state of New York. Greg Monroe and company will take on a struggling Brooklyn Nets in the “bottom of the Eastern Conference” bowl (note the early start time for this game!).
The Nets are facing a multitude of issues that have derailed the start of their season. One of the biggest problems Jason Kidd has stumbled upon is the inability to play his best guys for long stretches.
Indeed, Joe Johnson’s 32.7 minutes per game surprisingly leads the team. The remainder of the players are either right at 30 minutes on average or less, which is mind blowing to say the least.
The combination of age and injuries has forced the coaching staff to sit players for long stretches of games in an effort to conserve them during the 82-game grind. The strategy makes sense on the surface because Brooklyn is playing for May and not November.
However, the Nets actually have to make the postseason and in turn, that requires them to play better collectively starting now. The obvious answer here is to feed more minutes to top guys on the team but that is not the lone area of focus.
Brooklyn is a bottom-third offense and defense. Read that again. A team that many assumed would give the Miami Heat a run for their money in the Eastern Conference is looking up at the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics in the standings. Oh the irony.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce exited Boston because the team was going into a different direction — a losing one — for the bright lights of NY. Obviously, it’s still early in the season and Kidd can right the ship, but the decision of the former Celtics to defect certainly looks questionable now.
Brooklyn has lost four games in a row and owns the fourth worst scoring differential in the entire NBA at minus-7.3. The absence of Deron Williams certainly contributes to the team’s woes.
Their floor general will miss today’s game and consequently the Nets will probably rely on an isolation-heavy offense. Johnson and Pierce will likely see the ball in their sweet spots and take things from there. The problem of course is that they have struggled shooting the ball in 2013-14, which partly explains Brooklyn’s ineptitude on this front.
The contest will probably be played in the mid-90s and the unit that has does the best job defensively probably comes out with the win.