What: Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, NC
Time: 11:00 AM
Good morning die hard Pistons fans! Rise and shine! It’s more Detroit Pistons preseason action! Yes, the NBA decided to schedule this preseason game for 11:00 AM as the Pistons are in Charlotte to take on the Hornets. The Pistons will be missing 2nd year shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and free agent signee shooting guard Jodie Meeks. Caldwell-Pope will be out indefinitely due to a left knee sprain and Meeks will miss two months due to a back injury. So the three things to look for today have been switched up a little bit.
1.) Closing out games
The Pistons have had trouble closing out games in two out of three games this preseason. On October 7th against the Bulls, the Pistons blew a 101-97 lead in the final 20 seconds before recovering to win the game in overtime. Then on Sunday against the Wizards, the Pistons gave up a dunk to Kevin Seraphin with five seconds left and ended up losing 91-89. If they want to be successful, they have to close out games the right way and learn how to win. They have to execute in the 4th quarter and tighten up defensively down the stretch. They won’t win many games with the way they’ve closed out games so far this preseason. That mostly falls on the point guard, speaking of the point guard.
2.) Brandon Jennings and his shot selection
Jennings has been terrific in distributing the ball and not turning the ball over. He has 21 assists compared to just four turnovers through the first three preseason games. However, he’s shooting a combined 9/31 through the three games, that’s good for 29% shooting. From what I have seen, he’s still the same old Jennings. He’s going to take a bunch of step back 20-foot jumpers and that isn’t going to help this team moving forward. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he was disappointed with his shot selection and hopefully it will change starting with today.
3.) The power forward spot
The first game of the preseason, it was a Josh Smith–Andre Drummond combination down low. In the 2nd game, it was Smith-Greg Monroe and on the 3rd, it was Monroe-Drummond. Through the first three games, the Monroe-Drummond combination has been the most successful. They have such nice chemistry and it really shows every time they’re on the court together. Recently, Van Gundy said he wanted to try all three of them on the court together so look out for the Smith-Monroe-Drummond frontline today.