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Pistons take on the Indiana Pacers

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (11-13) at Indiana Pacers (20-3)
  • Date: December 16, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

Through the early portion of the NBA schedule, the Indiana Pacers are unquestionably the best team in basketball. They have been nearly unbeatable save for a few road games against some tough competition.

The Pacers have lost on the road to the Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder. That’s it.

To be fair, there is a faction that believes that their great record is a product of a soft schedule, and that is certainly true to some extent. Indiana has played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league so far, but in the same breath, the Miami Heat have played the easiest slate of games this year and nothing has been said about their inferior record in comparison to the Pacers.

Indiana has done it with a defense that is essentially making history. Indeed, if they maintain their current level, they will finish with the fourth-best statistical defense in NBA history.

In other words, the Detroit Pistons will have an incredibly tough task tonight in dealing with the frontline of Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert.

Still, Detroit’s frontcourt trio is impressive in its own right and will give the Pacers some fits in tonight’s head-to-head contest, especially on the boards.

Read about the Pacers

8 points, 9 seconds.

12 Comments

  • Dec 16, 20136:48 pm
    by Otis

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    What’s the over-under on how many times Blaha attributes the Pistons’ struggles to the back end of a back-to-back? 10 sound good? Who wants action?

  • Dec 16, 20138:10 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Please! Preach no letting up…and finishing games!

  • Dec 16, 20138:21 pm
    by Keith

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    Pistons are really playing their game. I am not sure if we are playing great defense or if Indiana is just missing shots, but I’ll take it either way. This all with Drummond glued to the bench in foul trouble. This is something I hope Cheeks doesn’t insist upon long term. Forcing players to sit the majority of the game to avoid foul trouble has shown to hurt teams more than help. Since Drummond isn’t a prime 4th quarter candidate given his free throw shooting, he’s not the kind of player we should be saving for later.

  • Dec 16, 20138:23 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    We been dominating them even without Drummond 

  • Dec 16, 20139:02 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Love the man to man switching defense…..hate leaving sola open

  • Dec 16, 20139:10 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Greg is hurting us in defense right now

  • Dec 16, 20139:41 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Best Win of the season

  • Dec 16, 20139:42 pm
    by apa8ren9

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    Was this Pistons win a win over a good team!?  Do the Pacers qualify? Were they sleep walking? Not interested?

    • Dec 16, 201310:02 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      Depends on who is writing the story tonight….”paul George off game…pistons barely pull out win”

  • Dec 16, 201310:11 pm
    by Talan

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    KCP is really good at defense for a rookie. Dude gives up a lot of size to George but really made him work tonight. 

    • Dec 16, 201310:17 pm
      by Jopl

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      I agree.  I was surprised with how well he was able to limit PG.  I was also impressed that Mo Cheeks went to him against PG and kept him on PG.

  • Dec 16, 201310:24 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Hibbert was held to 6 points and 4 rebounds wow!!

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