Opponent Scouting: Memphis Grizzlies (21-58)
Where were you?
So I got credentialed to go to Drive games so that took a lot of time, then the whole Zeke Upshaw thing happened and I decided to step back for a bit. I was planning on returning full time last week but I went and house-sat for someone and their internet was wonky and wouldn't let me connect so here we are. Only three games left but better late than never.
Today at 3:30pm EST the Pistons will be on the road to play against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are terrible and in full tank mode. Their starting lineup last time out was: MarShon Brooks, Dillon Brooks, Ivan Rabb, Ben McLemore, and Kobi Simmons. I am a basketball junkie and I know things about like 3 or 4 of the guys in their rotation right now. They are terrible. Their year-long stat placements don't even matter given how far they have gone into the tank.
Matchups to watch:
Luke Kennard vs. Being aggressive: After the last game SVG said that Kennard didn't seem to really want to get into the game and it is hard to disagree with that much. Kennard has never lacked confidence but he has occasionally been a bit unsure of when to attack and when not to. He is starting the last 3 games and it would be great to see him have some really good games.
Pistons vs. Not playing down: Look, I get it. The Pistons are out of the playoffs, they are playing 2 teams trying to lose and one who will likely be resting everyone in their last three games. But there has to be some pride here, and there would be value to finishing strong and at .500 this season.
Henry Ellenson vs. Keeping it up: Getting some playing time down the stretch and Ellenson has looked, well, fine. He has played so little in real NBA minutes that it is hard to judge him, and there is a chance he will have a real role next season. If he can play well in the last three games it would go a long ways towards building confidence for himself and the team in his ability to potentially fill a real role next year.
Reggie Jackson vs. Building: Keep filling it up. Pretty much that simple to be honest. Get confidence, keep getting the rust off and prepping for a full and proper offseason to come back even better next year.
So in conclusion...
Wink knowingly at your friends if:
Henry Ellenson is scoring many points.
Luke Kennard is scoring many points.
The Pistons actually look engaged and stomp on the Grizzlies from the outset.
Run for the hills if:
The Pistons look disinterested.
The Grizzlies are even close in the second half.
Kennard looks out of place again.
Opportunities for me to look stupid:
Andre Drummond has a big game.
Luke Kennard bounces back.
The Pistons win easily.
Pistons 122 – Grizzlies 90.
What do you think? Can Kennard bounce back? Can Ellenson keep looking like a viable NBA player?