What: Detroit Pistons vs. Brooklyn Nets
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, MI
The Detroit Pistons come home for their home opener after dropping two road games in Denver and Minnesota to take on the Brooklyn Nets. The Pistons will have Greg Monroe back in the lineup after serving a two game suspension due to driving while impaired over the summer. The fact that Monroe is back, the Nets are missing Brook Lopez, and that their back at home should give the team a boost. Let’s look at the three keys to winning this game.
1.) Last season the Pistons took 3 out of 4 from the Nets last season mainly because their frontline had success against Kevin Garnett and Mason Plumlee. The Pistons will have to pound the ball to Andre Drummond and Monroe and use that advantage. Drummond and Monroe played very well together in the preseason and now that Monroe is back, it should give the team an added boost. It also will give coach Stan Van Gundy the option to pull Josh Smith whenever he puts up a horrible jumper and insert Monroe into the game.
2.) Brandon Jennings had two double-doubles against the Nets last season, but he’s played very sparingly in the first two games of the season. He played 20 minutes against Denver in the season opener with D.J. Augustin playing 28 minutes and Augustin outplaying Jennings. Against Minnesota, Jennings played only 16 minutes and Augustin played 33 minutes with Augustin getting every 4th quarter minute in both games. In this game, Jennings needs to play well against Deron Williams, just like last season, earn his minutes back, and help the Pistons get a win.
3.) Staying mentally tough is key. The Pistons came out with zero to little energy in the second half in their loss to Minnesota on Thursday. So much so that Van Gundy called them out on it after the game. If Detroit wants to win games, they have to stay mentally strong. Some teams are going to make shots when you aren’t making any. The key is to stay mentally rough and compete and fight through those rough stages. Let’s see in front of the home crowd if the Pistons can get it done tonight.