Opponent Scouting: Golden State Warriors. (33-6)
Tonight the Pistons will be at Oracle arena to visit the Golden State Warriors at 10:30pm EST. The game is on TNT as well so we get to hear ill informed people talk crap about the Pistons a whole bunch which is always fun. The Warriors are on one day of rest after beating the Heat on Tuesday, and the Pistons are also on one day of rest after losing to the Kings on Tuesday.
The Warriors are really good. They have a stellar offensive efficiency of 113.2, and a very good defensive efficiency of 101.7. Stephen Curry's back to back MVP's are starting to look a little bit silly at this point as Kevin Durant is pretty unquestionably the teams best player, but that doesn't make Steph any worse because he is still absurdly good and not that far behind Durant. Klay Thompson has come out of his early shooting slump and is in full form at this point. Those 3 average (in order) 26, 24.7, and 21.3 points per game and they are all efficient with Kevin Durant putting up an un-godly TS% of 64.8%(!!!!!!!!!???????) beyond them Draymond Green still leads the team in assists with 7.5 per game and also holds down the defensive end as a possible defensive player of the year guy. Andre Iguodala has struggled a bit this year as he has not shot particularly well and also appears to have slowed a bit on defense, but he is still very good and has shown at a few points that he can still dig in and defend like hell. Zaza “all star” Pachulia is like a better version of Aron Baynes in that he isn't much good at anything but he does everything pretty decently, with the difference being that Pachulia is at least a solid rebounder. Shaun Livingston is still posting up smaller point guards from the bench, Ian Clark can shoot, Patrick McCaw can also shoot. David West might not be any good anymore but he is still strong, JaVale McGee might be sort of reviving his career. Maybe.
The Warriors are really good, they are better than the Pistons at every single spot other than starting center. On paper the Pistons stand pretty much no chance, HOWEVA the Pistons have the goods to at least play with them.
Matchups to watch:
Andre vs. Everyone: Andre Drummond is really the key. He is really the only guy with a real chance to cause serious problems for the Warriors, as if he gets going they might legitimately not have any answer for him. But he needs to play his tail off and make good plays.
Wings vs. Kevin Durant: Some combination of Morris, Tobias, and Stanley will be trying to stop Kevin Durant. Stanley is the only one who really has the goods to stand much of a chance but we know that Morris will at least battle. If the Pistons can at least keep him from doing too much they can survive.
KCP vs. Steph: Assuming they do give Steph to KCP defensively, this will be another chance for him to shut me up about his on ball defense falling off. Obviously on the other hand, he could play really good defense and get destroyed anyways because Steph is just that good.
SVG vs. Dictating, not being dictating: SVG can't let the Warriors dictate how the Pistons play. If the Warriors go small he doesn't have to go small. Andre is a good enough athlete to keep up with Draymond and will have a sizable advantage on the other end. Stick to the guns you have.
Livingston vs. Ish: Shaun Livingston lives to post up little dudes like Ish, he doesn't play enough to make too huge an impact, but Livingston is certainly good enough that he could swing momentum with a few buckets in a row.
Pistons vs. Playing awesome: The Pistons have no chance if they don't play their best basketball. It is just that simple. Play awesome, win the game. Play anything less and get blown out.
So in conclusion...
Wink knowingly at your friends if:
KCP is the Curry stopper.
Andre Drummond is laughing maniacally while murdering the fishing village known as the Warriors centers.
Multiple people on the Warriors get technical fouls.
Run for the hills if:
Klay starts hitting shots.
Steph starts hitting shots.
Durant starts hitting shots.
Opportunities for me to look stupid:
The Pistons get blown out.
Lol jk. Andre Drummond dominates, KCP holds Steph firmly in check and Stanley Johnson has the best game of his career and the Pistons stun the Warriors by 15 points.
What do you think? Can the Pistons play awesome?