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Pistons host Grizzlies

Essentials

  • Teams: Memphis Grizzlies (14-18) at Detroit Pistons (14-19)
  • Date: January 4, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

The Detroit Pistons are reeling. They have lost three consecutive games and also, they have been blown out in two of those contests. The juggernauts (more like juggernots) responsible for giving the Pistons two beat downs were the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards.

Maurice Cheeks and company have had quite some time to contemplate these losses given that a schedule quirk allowed the Pistons to remain idle since December 30.

The players might benefit from some fresh legs, but then again Pistons players may also be somewhat rusty with the layoff. Their opponents today have been playing games at a regular rate and thus, it’s quite possible that their timing will be a tad superior.

The Memphis Grizzlies have alternated between wins and losses in their last five game, but they are a dangerous team no less. Detroit might not have found its footing as of yet, but they did take a step in the right direction by borrowing Memphis’ roster blueprint.

The Pistons are built in a manner that is practically identical to the Griz except for the talent disparity in the frontcourt. When Zach Randolph is one his game, he is the best player out of the two units.

He combines toughness with smarts and solid touch to drive opponents crazy with his below-the-rim game. It’s like that famous Kenny Smith saying: “some guys can jump over the building while some guys can simply go through the door”.

Randolph relies on mid-range jumpers, offensive rebounds and shots around the basket that stem from post-ups. Very few players can limit his production and well, it’s probably fair to say that no one on the Detroit frontline is equipped for such a task.

Keep in mind, the Pistons are average at best when it comes to defending the paint, and that’s where Z-Bo earns his paycheck. Interestingly enough, Randolph will have his hands full tonight because he will be called upon to defend players that also make their living in the painted area.

Per NBA.com, the majority of the shots taken by Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond have been within the restricted area so far this season. That’s an important factor given that the Memphis big man will occasionally commit fouls on the interior.

Hence, if he is asked to defend pick-and-rolls, wall off the paint and serve as a semblance of a rim protector today against Detroit, he will likely get himself into foul trouble.

The Grizzlies are an incredibly physical team and therefore, the Pistons will have to match that whilst playing disciplined basketball — avoid live ball turnovers — in order to secure a win.

Read about the Grizzlies

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25 Comments

  • Jan 5, 20142:43 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    We play nothing but iso offense….

    • Jan 5, 20142:48 pm
      by Otis

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      Hey, it’s Greg Monroe’s team, right? That’s his specialty!

      • Jan 5, 20143:39 pm
        by oats

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        I don’t think it’s Greg to be honest. I mean, he was in the Princeton offense in college, and that style makes a lot of sense for a passing big man like Monroe. Detroit’s been hiring isolation happy coaches. Cheeks has always been an iso guy.

      • Jan 5, 20143:39 pm
        by Brandon Knight

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        Great defense on Jon Leuer!!

  • Jan 5, 20142:44 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Take Drummond out and now we can’t rebound

  • Jan 5, 20142:50 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Horrible now we are down 12…was up 1 point when Drummond sat….i really thought this team would be better 

  • Jan 5, 20142:52 pm
    by Jopl

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    Bynum and Billups cant play together

  • Jan 5, 20142:55 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Wow! This is horrible! …..bynum, billups, the coaching the spacing…horrible…FT shooting…

  • Jan 5, 20142:55 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    I just don’t get why we are so bad

  • Jan 5, 20142:57 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Ft shooting what they hell

  • Jan 5, 20142:59 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Lol…too much talent to be this bad….we look horrible….it making mr sad to watch this…the system is horrible….

  • Jan 5, 20142:59 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    It’s embarassing

  • Jan 5, 20143:05 pm
    by ITS OFFICIAlL I HATE CHEEKS

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    I gave him a chance….its stupid at this point

  • Jan 5, 20143:08 pm
    by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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    This is such a horrible coaching job….i hope we miss the play offs now….kcp was actually playing a good game…and you bench him…every team in the league can run the pick and roll accept for us…

  • Jan 5, 20143:11 pm
    by Pistons SUCK

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    Way to go Pistons! Your the only team in this league who could lead by 10 at one point then be down by 25 points later in the game! Nice job Mo!

  • Jan 5, 20143:24 pm
    by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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    I just don’t understand….now we are running the offense back through greg…..its stupid coaching

  • Jan 5, 20143:28 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Like really what the fuc-k is this?? Are you fuc-king kidding me? Billups? Bynum? Cheeks? Dumars? Defense? Playoffs? Trade? smh

  • Jan 5, 20143:29 pm
    by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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    Fire Cheeks….all of that month Bama cap is over….he has lost this team

  • Jan 5, 20143:30 pm
    by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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    Mo Bama

  • Jan 5, 20143:32 pm
    by smitty

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    Trades please. Fire cheeks please.

  • Jan 5, 20143:32 pm
    by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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    Joe Dumas is committing suicide with Cheeks

    • Jan 5, 20143:46 pm
      by oats

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      Honestly, he’s been better than I thought he would be. That’s not exactly a big compliment though since I think he’s been pretty bad this year.

  • Jan 5, 20143:44 pm
    by ITS OFFICIAL I HATE CHEEKS

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    Let’s get this straight you….you pull Drummond and the opposing team goes on run…you are not rebounding nor even a threat to defend the paints…at what point do you put him back in during the 3rd? 
     
    Pope is actually playing a good game..and u pull him for Billups and bynum…who in the first 3-4 minutes of the 4rh gave only 2 points and 3 turnoverz….and terrible defense 
    You pull Singler only legit wing shooter…because get gets a 4th when it’s clear that the Grizz like ever other team is just packing the paint against us..
    You pull of our best shooters and most dynamic player…team loses all momentum and we lose again
    .

  • Jan 5, 20148:37 pm
    by James

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    Frustration by the choice of coach from day one. I’m guessing no other coach worth his salt wanted a stop in Detroit on his resume with a flawed and destined to fail roster. If Gores has one ounce of winning pride in his body(which I think he does due to his business success), this is Dumars’s last shot. 

  • Jan 5, 20149:35 pm
    by baines

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    Paging Tom Gores,  paging Tom Gores………….you did not make a fortune by accepting this type of performance by your GM!!  Please get involved and make a plan to begin to clean up this mess.  Do your work and find a GM who actually has a plan and can see it through.  Do NOT let Joe Dumars make any more trades!!

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