What: Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, MI
The Detroit Pistons close out the preseason tonight by hosting the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pistons are 4-2 so far in the preseason and will look to tighten up the screws before heading to the Rocky Mountains to take on the Denver Nuggets on opening night. For one last time in the preseason, let’s take a look at three things the Pistons should work on tonight.
1.) Closing out games
The young Sixers are a rebuilding group and haven’t been very competitive this preseason. The Pistons should use their size advantage early with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe to grind Philadelphia into submission early. Last season, the Pistons had success against Philadelphia in the 3-point shooting category. That should hold true again tonight as the Sixers are allowing opponents to shoot a high percentage from deep in this preseason. Look for guys like Kyle Singler, Jonas Jerebko, and Cartier Martin to get plenty of open looks in this game. Detroit shouldn’t have a problem with this team in terms of closing out the game.
2.) Brandon Jennings’ play
Jennings through six preseason games is shooting 16/57, good for 28% shooting. He had a nice game in the Pistons’ win over Atlanta Hawks on October 18th, scoring 16 points on 5/13 shooting and was instrumental in Detroit’s 4th quarter comeback. Hopefully Jennings is getting all of his misses out of the way early and he will find his groove again in the regular season, other than the shooting he has had a nice preseason in terms of distributing the ball and not turning it over. Let’s see how he closes out the preseason tonight.
3.) The jumbo frontline
This is the last game for Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy to figure out what he’s going to do with the frontline. Will he bring Josh Smith or Monroe off the bench? Will he start all three of them? From what I have been seeing, I think Monroe and Drummond will start with free agent signee Caron Butler up front on opening night. Van Gundy loves the Monroe-Drummond combination and they have shown nice chemistry in order to move forward. Butler will be on the floor to provide space for the big men.
Also tonight, rookie Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to play. Dinwiddie was the 38th pick in this season’s draft, Detroit’s lone draft pick, and he was expected to be out longer due to a torn ACL. Instead, he’s ahead of schedule and he’s ready to go tonight. I’m excited and interested to see how he will play. Dinwiddie was projected as a lottery pick before the injury.