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Game 16: Los Angeles Clippers @ Detroit Pistons [Game Thread]

NBA Regular Season
Game 16


6-10 (2-5 away)

5-10 (3-3 home)

Palace of Auburn Hills

Clippers Blog: Clips Nation

November 27, 2009 8:00 PM ET
TV: Fox Sports Detroit Radio: 97.1 The Fan
Probable starters:
Baron Davis
PG Rodney Stuckey
Eric Gordon
SG Austin Daye
Al Thornton
SF Jonas Jerebko
Marcus Camby
PF Charlie Villanueva
Chris Kaman
C Ben Wallace
Do I need to say much else other than "the Pistons desperately need a win"?

They are currently on a six game losing streak and this is their best chance to put an end to it with the Hawks in town on Sunday before traveling to Chicago for a game next Wednesday. If they don't win tonight a nine game losing streak is a very realistic, and sad, outlook.

Although the Clippers are a much improved team this season, Detroit has had their number in the past. They are currently on a 13 game winning streak against the Clippers and have won 22 of the previous 26 meetings. The Clippers are also on an eight game losing streak at the Palace.

The Pistons will have to make do without their best scorer, Ben Gordon. He will miss tonight's game with an ankle injury he suffered on Wednesday night when he stepped on Lebron James' foot driving the lane. We should know more about the extent of his injury by tomorrow.

And maybe Gordon could have gone tonight, but resting him is by design. As Clips Nation points out, the Clippers are not so great at beating depleted teams. Last year the Pistons were without Rip, 'Sheed, Iverson, and Stuckey one game; and the Pistons still beat the Clippers by 18. This year already the Clippers have lost to the Hornets and Pacers without their best players (Chris Paul and Danny Granger). Here's to carrying on that awesome tradition.

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Tip off is at 8 PM EST. Eat some leftover turkey and join the game thread. We've had a poor showing from you so far this season. I've learned that fandom and a team's performance goes hand-in-hand. I'd love to hear your thoughts throughout the course of the game.