The Pistons and Washington Wizards will meet for the third time this season tonight. Just ten days ago, the Pistons defeated them at their place thanks to a Rodney Stuckey game-winning shot. The game was very, very ugly, but what else did you expect? They have split their season series so far and both teams are certainly headed for the lottery, but the Wizards have a much better chance of actually winning it.
Game Tips at 7:30 P.M.
The Pistons have won eight out of their last 10 home games and five out their last six overall, and with the lowly Wizards in town, it’s a safe bet that they will improve on that mark.
What do you want to know about Washington? Well, they do have John Wall and he’s pretty good. Despite a slow start (probably because of the lockout?), Wall has been fantastic. He is averaging 16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 7.8 apg. He's shooting 43% from the field and 80% from the line, both improvements over last season. He is one of six players EVER to average over 16.5/4.5/7.5 in either of his first two seasons. The others are Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Walt Frazier, Mark Jackson and Jason Kidd. You may have heard of them. He's one of three players ever to average over 16.5/4.5/8.0 over his first two seasons combined. The others are Oscar Robertson and Chris Paul. You also may have heard of them.
Another guy who has suddenly stepped up is Jordan Crawford. The Detroit native has scored at least 17 points in each of his last 10 games.
The Wizards played their third straight game last night without both Nene and Trevor Booker, both suffering from plantar fasciitis in the left foot. Kevin Seraphin helped fill the void down low with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Indiana Pacers.
As for the Pistons, Stuckey is back. During last week’s broadcast vs. the Bobcats, Ryan Fields reported that Stuckey eyed a return for tonight, so it looks like that’s true. Hopefully he has no setbacks though. I wouldn’t want him rushing back and risking further injury.
Keys to the game:
Continue feeding the Moose: Greg Monroe had a very good game against the Magic on Monday, posting 22 points and 11 rebounds. Can’t go wrong with running the offense through him.
Contain Wall: Wall had his way with the Pistons in a game back in February. He was the straw that stirred the drink that night (or as Charles Barkley once said about Rondo—the engine that stirs the drink). That was hilarious.
Stuckey vs. Crawford: Crawford has been on a tear recently. Stuckey was on a tear before getting injured. Looks like a good matchup tonight.
Key to more lottery balls:
Play Charlie Villanueva. Ok, I'm kidding. Maybe.
Question of the game:
Has anyone been occupied watching baseball's opening day today? As I'm typing this, the Tigers blew a save against the Boston Red Sox but just won it in the bottom of the ninth.