Preview: Game 2. Bucks lead 1-0
Tonight at 8:00pm EST the Pistons will once again be on the road to face the Bucks. Both teams have been off since Sunday.
Matchups to watch:
Pistons vs. Keeping Giannis out of transition: Easier said than done, but this is the most basic thing that needs to happen to give them any chance. Whether by Andre causing enough havoc on the offensive glass, or everyone being hyper-disciplined in getting back. They need to keep him out of transition.
Andre vs. No dumb fouls: He shouldn’t have been ejected for it, that pushing and shoving happens constantly under the hoop, but he gave that extra extension as Giannis left the ground so he opened himself up to it even if it was a weak call. Andre is likely going to spend a lot more time on Giannis from the start, Giannis will draw plenty of fouls on his own, don’t commit dumb ones.
Luke Kennard vs. God mode: The main silver lining from game 1 is that Kennard balled out and looked awesome. It will be interesting to see if the Bucks bother to change their coverage for him at all because he did torch them but they still won by a billion points. Anyways, Luke gotta keep up the aggression, and if this series teaches him that he’s able to get his shot and needs to pull more, making the playoffs will be well worth it.
Reggie Jackson vs. Hitting his floaters: So the Bucks drop their bigs WAY back when covering pick and rolls. Brook Lopez is not very mobile but he’s huge. Jackson has space to take floaters just about every time he comes down the lane on a pick and roll, he has to hit some. He’s excellent at those shots so this could work well, but it’s just a reality. If you can’t force Lopez away from the hoop at all then he’s a very tough rim protector.
Bruce Brown vs. Doing things: If he’s going to be out there he needs to be aggressive on offense. The Bucks generally ignored him to a comical degree, but even if he can’t punish them with shooting he can still use that. Attack the hoop, try and create something. Because if he can’t manage that he can’t really be on the floor.
Casey vs. Making adjustments: The Pistons are outclassed in talent, especially with Blake out, but their game-plan played right into the Bucks in every way and that’s how you lose by nearly 40. A team with a lot more talent, who’s gameplan is also much better. Maybe Casey has learned from past mistakes and will change some things up.
So in conclusion…
Wink knowingly at your friends if:
Andre is guarding Giannis from the start and its working.
Jackson is hitting floaters.
Luke Kennard has 20 at halftime.
Run for the hills if:
The Pistons have made no adjustments and are not getting up any threes.
They try Thon on Giannis again with similar results.
Andre gets into foul trouble.
Opportunities for me to look stupid:
Luke scores 30.
Andre guards Giannis from almost the opening tip. It goes mostly well.
Khris Middleton scores 30+
Pistons 108 - Bucks 107.