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Pistons host the champs

Essentials

  • Teams: Miami Heat (15-5) at Detroit Pistons (10-10)
  • Date: December 8, 2013
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

The Detroit Pistons have won four consecutive games and now sit at .500. That might not sound impressive, but only four teams in the Eastern Conference have won half of their games or more.

Also, the Pistons’ blowout victory over against the Chicago Bulls gave them a positive scoring differential, which is typically synonymous with winning teams. Detroit’s win streak includes three straight road victories, with the first one occurring against the Miami Heat.

Tonight, the teams reverse roles. Miami will be at the Palace of Auburn Hills looking for some redemption. In their first meeting, Detroit won by double digits because of their rebounding advantage and solid frontcourt passing.

Despite merely playing 22 minutes, Andre Drummond had an astounding eight offensive rebounds. Meanwhile, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith combined for nine assists. The tandem took advantage of the Heat’s aggressive defense by anticipating rotations and passing the ball to the open man for clean looks.

Kyle Singler was the primary benefactor with four made treys. With that said, tonight’s contest might be a more difficult proposition for Detroit even though the game will be played at home.

ESPN.com’s Michael Wallace spoke to Chris Bosh about the Heat’s rebounding woes and this is what the big man had to offer:

“Every time we step out there, we’re going to take pride in that,” Bosh said. “We’re in a new space now, where the microscope is there as far as rebounding is concerned. And we’re going to have to do a better job. This was really good for us. But we have our work cut out for us [Sunday] and after that [Tuesday] against Indiana. It’s not going to stop.”

Bosh shared his sentiments on the heels of a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves in which they held their own on the boards. Granted, Kevin Love missed the game, but Miami’s effort was still impressive nonetheless.

The Pistons will probably still win the rebounding battle tonight, but the game will be determined by the size of their advantage. Also, one must pay attention to the Heat’s pressure defense in this one.

Given that the frontcourt picked it apart, the Heat might simply come out more aggressive and blitz every pick-and-roll and double-team every interior touch. If Smith and Monroe can adjust and again find open players, the Pistons might very well be celebrating their fifth consecutive victory.

Read about the Heat

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18 Comments

  • Dec 8, 20134:57 pm
    by gmehl

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    Any word on Stuckey’s status??

    • Dec 8, 20135:08 pm
      by Tyrell

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      Langlois said he’s out

  • Dec 8, 20135:59 pm
    by gmehl

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    Pistons – no Stuckey.
    Heat – no Wade, no Beasley.
     
    I think we got the best in the injury outs.

  • Dec 8, 20136:32 pm
    by Otis

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    “The Detroit Pistons have won four consecutive games and now sit at .500. That might not sound impressive, but only four teams in the Eastern Conference have won half of their games or more.”
     
    If you’re asserting that the pitiful state of the Eastern conference makes a .500 record more impressive by comparison, then we do not agree. If you’re simply pointing out how absurd the East is, then sure.
     
    “In their first meeting, Detroit won by double digits because of their rebounding advantage and solid frontcourt passing.”
     
    This isn’t even close to accurate. Did you watch the game? Detroit won by double digits because the Heat came out and played almost the entire game like they just ate three helpings of Thanksgiving dinner.
     
    I hope you watched the start of this game. This is what a Heat-Pistons matchup should look like, so Detroit doesn’t delude themselves into thinking they’re “almost there.” Man, this Eastern conference tankfest is the perfect storm for the Pistons standing pat, enjoying the playoffs once, and starting a brand new playoff drought after whatever grim offseason lay ahead…

    • Dec 8, 20136:39 pm
      by apa8ren9

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      I hope you watch the NBA because good teams go on runs all the time.  Its just the first quarter.  Please watch the rest of the game

      • Dec 8, 20138:31 pm
        by Otis

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        I DVR’ed it after Q1 and went to the gym for a lifting session. I’ll be sure to watch the festivities tonight. Just pointing out that when the Heat are engaged they look much different than the lethargic bunch who barely even showed up to the arena last time around.

        • Dec 8, 20138:32 pm
          by Otis

          Reply

          Chest and triceps if you were wondering.

          • Dec 8, 201310:01 pm
            by gmehl

            This is some funny sh*t

          • Dec 9, 20132:37 pm
            by Otis

            Thanks! lol

  • Dec 8, 20136:36 pm
    by haydzzz

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    Good substitute by cheeks to bring in singer and jerebko but he needs to tell those bigs to stop over committing on the pick and roll. All heats shots are either open threes or under the ring alone.

  • Dec 8, 20136:38 pm
    by apa8ren9

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    I believe Monroe was just benched for CV.  Monroe was really not ready to play in the first quarter, he let Battier out work him.  I hope he gets the message and I hope Cheeks gamble with CV works.

    • Dec 8, 20136:41 pm
      by haydzzz

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      Moose effort wasn’t there and he isn’t realising when double teams are coming over and instead of passing he was trying too much 

    • Dec 8, 20138:36 pm
      by Otis

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      Said it before, and I’ll say it until Moose proves me wrong: Battier’s defense on Moose is a textbook example of how bad a PF ol’ Moosey is. A true small forward defending him like a total stud and Moose folds. How many times exactly has Moose exploited this “fabulous” size advantage over other PFs, pushed them around and forced his will? None? Huh. That’s strange. I could swear it was supposed to be an advantage. Go figure. Oh well, let’s give him $60 million just because we’re not creative to do anything else.

  • Dec 8, 20137:31 pm
    by haydzzz

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    Aye can someone wake up greg and andre defensively?

    • Dec 8, 20138:32 pm
      by Otis

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      Nothing anyone can do about Greg to fix that except trade him. Which would be nice.

  • Dec 8, 20139:01 pm
    by Adam

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    Looks like gay is going to the kings this tanking biz is getting outta control 

  • Dec 8, 20139:09 pm
    by jinzzy

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    dam, stuckey was missed

    • Dec 9, 20132:43 pm
      by Otis

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      Oh yeah. Boy would he have been the difference.
       
      Forget about how Miami didn’t have Dwyane Wade and Mike Beasley (who absolutely torched us last time around). Let’s just focus on who the Pistons were missing like it makes a difference. That’s what a REAL fan is. The Pistons should win all 82 games if not for whatever bullshit excuse we fans can invent. GO PISTONS. Stay the course!

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