USA TODAY Sports
|Number of days||20||23|
|Number of Time Zones Played||2||2|
|Number of Home Games||5||7|
|Assist Per Game||17.25||20.75|
|Possessions Per Game||89.679||90.825|
Honestly, I think two of those reds could potentially should be green, or at least not colored (neutral). Opponents PPG is off by only .500. But where I really think it should be green is Offensive rebounding. When your TS% is up over 5 points and you 3P% is up over 8 points, you're going to have fewer offensive rebounds.
|Blocks Per Game||5.000||7.250|
|Steals Per Game||6.250||7.250|
|Opponent Offensive Rebounds||10.500||11.750|
Defensively, we look much more improved over last year. However, I do fear that we're letting teams get too many offensive rebounds like we were in the beginning of the year. Mind you, we're currently 9th in the league in rebounding...go figure.
At this juncture last year, the Pistons were 14-26. This year, 15-25. So the big question is, does the Pistons record reflect the talent of the Pistons? I've heard some suggest that as well as the Pistons have been playing, their record could be better if Frank (whom I'm now calling HHIC - Head Hobbit In Charge) worked the rotations better. What do you think? I definitely think this team is playing much better than last year's team overall. With Rondo going down, Boston already struggling, and us only 4.5 games out of the 8th seed (and Philly's been very inconsistent), the Pistons have a shot at the playoffs, as I've already tried to explain. Still think even if they got in they'd likely get swept by the Heat, but it is encouraging that the Pistons are playing basketball that is more fun to watch and follow.
In our next 8 games, we have:
- 4 home games, 4 road games
- 1 Western Conference, 7 Eastern Conference
- 6 teams from last year's playoffs
- 4 games against .500+ teams
- 2 games against Orlando, 1 game against Cleveland