Opponent Scouting: Brooklyn Nets. (19-36)
I'm back from vacation. A wild one with the trade and whatnot.
Tonight at 7:00pm EST the Pistons will be hosting the Nets at the LCA in Detroit. The Pistons are on one day of rest after defeating the Blazers on Monday and the Nets are on the second night of a back to back and the 3rd game in 4 nights after losing to the Rockets last night.
The Nets currently sport the 24th best offense in the NBA at 103.1 points per 100 possessions and the 24th defense at 107.5 per 100 possessions. Spencer Dinwiddie is still leading the way, taking care of the ball and scoring in a variety of ways. DeMarre Carroll can shoot a bit and do some defense stuff, Allen Crabbe can shoot, Caris LeVert is a swiss army knife, Joe Harris can shoot. D'Angelo Russell is still getting eased back into playing time after his injury,Rondae Hollis-Jefferson may not play. Jahlil Okafor can score pretty well but that's about it, Nik Stauskas can still theoretically shoot threes but has never really made good on that. Jarrett Allen is bouncy.
The Nets are bad, but they play hard and fast with a pretty good coach. If the Pistons let them stick around then they could pull out a win at the last moment like last time, but if the Pistons keep it together they should be able to handle it.
Matchups to watch:
Drummond vs. Lol: This is pretty well established at this point. The Nets don't have anyone who can really contend with Drummond. Unless Okafor plays really well and draws some fouls Drummond should have mostly free reign on both sides.
Griffin vs. Lololol: If Hollis-Jefferson doesn't play again and the Nets roll with the same starting lineup as last night then Blake Griffin will probably be guarded by some combination of Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll. This is good for the Pistons I think.
Pistons vs. Dinwiddie: Ish Smith struggles with bigger guys. He hit a game winner last time out. Watch the dude.
Pistons vs. Energy: The Nets are on a back to back and 3rd in 4 nights. The Pistons have no excuse to be out hustled. If the Pistons play with good effort this should be comfortable.
Stanley Johnson vs. Being awesome: Keep it up young fella.
So in conclusion...
Wink knowingly at your friends if:
Drummond has a double double in the first quarter.
Griffin has a double double in the first quarter.
The Nets look slow.
Run for the hills if:
Spencer Dinwiddie decides that one revenge game ain't enough.
The Nets start to hit threes.
Jahlil Okafor plays out of his mind.
Opportunities for me to look stupid:
Drummond and Griffin dominate.
The Nets look slow.
The Nets fall behind early and while it never becomes a full blowout, it is never really in doubt.
Pistons 108 – Nets 90.
What do you think? Can the Pistons control the paint? Can they contain Dinwiddie?