Opponent Scouting: Abridged version. Charlotte Hornets. 41-30.
This is an abridged version because I'm in Florida so I'm not finna spend to long here.
Tonight at 7:30 the Pistons will be playing the Hornets at the Palace and the game will be on NBA TV and I'm guessing it will still be on FSD. (Although I don't know for sure)
The Them: OffRtg. of 104.4 and a DefRtg. of 101.7. (Those are both rock solid) They space the floor well on offense and Kemba Walker is the main creator/facilitator. Nic Batum is the secondary creator, Courtney Lee is a good 3 and D type. Cody Zeller is a rock solid all around big. Marvin Williams is still hurt (I think) and Frank Kaminsky is starting for him. He can score in a variety of ways but is not very good at other things. Jeremy Lin could end up winning 6th man of the year. Jeremy Lamb is a solid 3 and D type off the bench, and Big Al is coming off the bench giving the same old low post offense. This team is very good, and they are a tough matchup for the Pistons in a few different ways.
Matchups to watch:
KCP vs. Walker: I'm guessing KCP gets Kemba. Kemba is their best player on offense so it will be important for him to contain him.
Andre vs. Everybody: Obvious. The Pistons need him to show up in order to win games, he has been playing real good ball lately (although he has never really fallen off in a significant way this season) and he needs to keep doing it for the playoff run.
Morris vs. Hot shooting: If he can keep hitting damn near every shot he sees it is a huge boon for the Pistons.
So in conclusion...
Cackle with knowing glee if:
Marcus Morris hits 10 3s in the first half.
Andre Drummond is doing Andre Drummond things.
Whichever of the Harris/Morris combo is being guarded by Kaminsky is having a field day.
Run for the hills if:
Kemba Walker is killing KCP. (He did pretty well last time they matched up.)
Jeremy Lin is probably going to get to go at Steve Blake quite a bit.
Big Al vs. Aron Baynes should go in the Hornets favor big time.
Opportunities for me to look stupid:
One of Morris/Harris has a really big game.
KCP locks down Kemba.
Andre and Reggie both have stupendous games leading the Pistons to victory.
The Hornets are a really fun team this season, and the Pistons are not too shabby themselves. It is a game that means something for both teams as well so everyone should be playing pretty hard. Should be a good one.
What do you think? Think KCP can handle Kemba? Let me know! We all get smarter!