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Pistons host the Nets

Essentials

  • Teams: Brooklyn Nets (22-25) at Detroit Pistons (19-29)
  • Date: February 7, 2014
  •  Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

The Detroit Pistons have a fairly difficult month ahead of them, and well, they have not started things out well. Detroit has a series of tough games this month, which makes it incredibly important for Maurice Cheeks’ guys to remain competitive against teams that are in their tier.

Their most recent defeat at the hands of the Orlando Magic might signal that the Pistons are not ready to tackle February. The Magic blew them out and now the Pistons will have to try to rebound this evening against a Brooklyn Nets team that defeated the San Antonio Spurs last night.

The Nets are perhaps the best bad team in the Eastern Conference.  They have had a few five-game winning streaks as well as some smaller ones. Brooklyn has beaten some decent teams and also managed to beat the subpar squads on their schedule.

The Nets have collected back-to-back victories heading into the contest with the Pistons thanks in large part to their guards. One might be tempted to think the big contributor here is Deron Williams, but that would be inaccurate.

The guy leading the Brooklyn charge is Shaun Livingston. His all-around play has helped the Nets look relatively competent. Livingston has the length to play both guard spots and can even manage at the small forward position. Thus, he fits well alongside Williams and Joe Johnson despite his lack of shooting range.

He is a solid ball-handler and finds ways to incorporate himself next to his teammates. He remains in movement, which gives his comrades room to operate. It will be interesting to see whether Detroit matches up well in the backcourt against Brooklyn.

With respect to the frontcourt, that will be the Pistons’ advantage, and the Nets might struggle with it. Detroit’s interior players will likely attempt to bully the opposition on the boards for second-chance opportunities.

Pay close attention to the Nets’ reserves tonight specifically because of this. If Reggie Evans gets into the game, his size and hustle might prove to be the equalizer against a bruising Detroit frontline.

Read about the Nets

Brooklyn’s Finest.

16 Comments

  • Feb 7, 20148:14 pm
    by I HATE LOSING (Predicting A Strong Finish)

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    So we compete against good teams with lines ups that make sense..but play like crap against garbage teams….this team is confusing

  • Feb 7, 20149:19 pm
    by duke

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    Will Bynum is done, he’s my man but Cheeks will probably bench him for the season. 

  • Feb 7, 20149:38 pm
    by JYD for Life

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    Nice to see Jennings go hard for a rebound.  Oh wait…that’s because he knows he had 8 and wants a triple double.  What a piece of dung.  

  • Feb 7, 20149:52 pm
    by I HATE LOSING (Predicting A Strong Finish)

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    Lol….Jenningxs catches he’ll been when he has a good game

  • Feb 7, 20149:56 pm
    by I HATE LOSING (Predicting A Strong Finish)

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    Without Drummond we’d have 5 wins…. Damn shame he isn’t going to be an all-star this year

  • Feb 7, 201411:10 pm
    by gmehl

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    Ahhh the Detroit Pistons… when getting a win feels like a loss. Up almost 30 and just manage to squeeze it out.

  • Feb 7, 201411:19 pm
    by I HATE LOSING (Predicting A Strong Finish)

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    They didn’t squeeze it out…..the were up 14 with like 3 mins left…lead never went under 14…but hence we have a history of losing it feels like we squeezed it out

    • Feb 7, 201411:32 pm
      by TDP

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      Wrong.  The Nets cut it to 12 with about two and a half minutes left and Terry made it 104-95 after hitting a three with 1:19 to go.
      They scored only four points in the first six minutes of the fourth and had to play their starters just not to blow it.
      To say they eked it out is appropriate. 

      • Feb 8, 201412:03 am
        by gmehl

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        And instead of bring able to ENJOY the win they had to keep their starters in there and Smith ended up rolling his ankle.

        • Feb 8, 20143:02 pm
          by trav

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          Also it just goes to show that if it had been a close game, there is no way they would have won in the 4th.  3rd and 4th is where most of their losses come from.

  • Feb 7, 201411:25 pm
    by grizz3741

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    KCP did not start .. disappointed .. even though we won ..

  • Feb 8, 201412:53 am
    by I HATE LOSING (Predicting A Strong Finish)

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    11 point lead with 1 minute less left is NOT eking out win! …once again because if our history of 4th qrts….it just seems that way

  • Feb 8, 20141:40 am
    by Brandon Knight

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    WTF?? A win is a win! You don’t have to enjoy the win to call it a win!

  • Feb 8, 20143:30 am
    by swamp

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    This line up should have been the started five since day one.  Finally

  • Feb 8, 20143:46 am
    by gmehl

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    If anyone thinks anything has changed then they’re crazy. We got Brooklyn on the end of a back-to-back and they we’re missing Garnett and Lopez. Williams is not 100% and Pierce looks as bad as Billups. A lot has to be said that there bench got them back into this game.

  • Feb 8, 20147:31 am
    by I HATE LOSING (Predicting A Strong Finish)

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    @…Gmehl…..Lopez has been out for months done for the season….Williams has been in and out the line up for months…KG has been used sparing for Months…but they still had one of the best record during the month of January…. its simple when we defend the three ball or the other team is missing we win

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