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Pistons west coast trip concludes with L.A. Lakers

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (3-5) at Los Angeles Lakers (4-7)
  • Date: November 17, 2013
  • Time: 9:30 p.m.
  • Television: FS Detroit

What to look for

The Detroit Pistons will end their four-game west coast road trip tonight when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mike D’Antoni’s team will be playing the second game of a four-game home stand that started with a defeat at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. The loss exhibited Los Angeles’ troubles with scoring the ball this season.

Indeed, the Lakers have struggled with developing an identity so far in 2013-14 and that has been mostly evident on offense. The only thing this team can hang its hat on so far in this young season is its long-range shooting.

Everything else is a work in progress. Consequently, the coaching staff has mixed and matched lineups with the intent of finding groups that create high-percentage scoring opportunities.

That presents an interesting chess match between Los Angles and Detroit. The Lakers will probably use a few small-ball lineups to spread the floor and maximize their pick-and-roll plays. Given that the Pistons’ defensive rotations have consistently been slow, the home team will get some decent looks with this tactic.

It’s a dicey proposition for the Lakers however because of the Pistons’ offensive rebounding prowess. Detroit has a knack for crashing the boards and snatching up balls for second-chance points. Typically, this occurs against the big people of their opponents.

Mind you, in this one, Maurice Cheeks’ group will send its starting frontline to the glass against a Los Angeles diminutive five-man unit. If L.A. can hold its own on the boards with a bunch of perimeter players, they will win this one going away. However, if such is not the case, expect the Pistons to steal a game on the road.

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8 Comments

  • Nov 17, 201311:11 pm
    by Jopl

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    I feel like the Pistons should be leading by double digits.  Entertaining game but if the Pistons could play defense, this would be a completely different game.

  • Nov 17, 201311:38 pm
    by gmehl

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    Quick can someone please poke my eyes out :-(

  • Nov 18, 201312:18 am
    by Otis

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    So, um, everybody still getting excited about that meaningless win over the Kings? Eh? Eh?This is not a very good basketball team.

    • Nov 18, 201312:28 am
      by gmehl

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      Did you watch the game man?? Being on the other side of the world and all (Australia) I am tossing up whether to put myself through the 2 hours of pain to dissect it. I was listening to a radio feed of it while at work until i had to break for lunch and the last thing i heard was Monroe was at the free throw line with us up by about 8. He missed both and when i came back from lunch they were in a 12 point hole which they never recovered from. I just feel like we should’ve been up by more than 6 at the half if not for so many missed free throws mostly of which came from Moose when we had ALL the momentum. This loss has me bummed big time and i would’ve been happy splitting this 4 game trip 2-2.

  • Nov 18, 201312:37 am
    by Lorenzo

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    That was an extremely frustrating loss. I’ll wait till the 15-20 game mark before I start drawing any pertinent conclusions but initial returns of this squad are proving to be vexing.

  • Nov 18, 201312:47 am
    by frankie d

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    ugly loss.
    most ridiculous aspect is that lots of fans will look at jennings final numbers – 20+ points and 14 assists and think he had a good game.
    he was horrible.
    but he has a little trick that i’ve seen for several blowout games now.
    once the game is out of reach, he starts going for his numbers and he always ends up with 6-10 more points in the last few minutes to push his averages up.
    kinda simple…when all of  your bigs are in double figures, a point guard should not be leading the team with almost 20 shots…and certainly not when he was shooting something like 4-18 through almost 3 quarters.
    he is supposed to be the point guard, but the pistons offense, with him on the floor, is him dribbling around randomly until he finds someone open of he puts himself in a position to get a shot off.
    was hard to imagine that this season would be worse than last year, but the aggravation factor with this team is much, much higher.  no reason the team should be so bad offensively.
    defensively, they suck also, and that is obviously coaching.  their interior defense – and everyone, from drummond to the guards are at fault – is horrendous, and it almost looks like they try to encourage teams to shoot 3′s.
    like i’ve said before, this is going to be a long season.

  • Nov 18, 20135:26 am
    by James

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    Frankie D, unfortunately Dumars has fell for Jennings tricks too! And telling him to shoot more? Now we know the future, Dumars won’t be here next year unless he flips Monroe for two good pieces and a draft pick.

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