It was downright embarrassing the first time the Pistons played the Bucks this year. It was the first game of the season, and it was a shocking reminder of how much the Pistons still missed Ben Wallace as Milwaukee scored 70 points in the paint. A lot of other things went wrong -- 22 turnovers! -- and the Bucks dominated this game from the opening tip.
Since that game, though, the Bucks have fallen on hard times: they're the only team in the Central Division with a losing record, sitting in fifth place at 18-28. Injuries to Charlie Villanueva and Michael Redd have destroyed their season, and they were just 2-13 for the month of January.
Beyond that, there's not much to say about tonight's matchup, except noting that the Bucks are one of the few teams considered to enter the Chauncey Billups sweepstakes this summer when Billups opts out of his contract. Personally, I don't think he'll leave, but that's another post for another time.
Update: Interesting item from A. Sherrod Blakely's blog:
The Pistons are expected to put Dale Davis on the inactive list for tonight's game, and activate Amir Johnson. Davis missed the team's shoot-around this morning, which was one of the factors head coach Flip Saunders said was part of the team's decision.
Davis hasn't been too happy with his limited role lately, something he talked about briefly just a few minutes ago.
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Ball tips at 8 pm -- leave your game thoughts in the comments.