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Matchup of the Year: Pistons battle Clippers for the #6 pick

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Game Tips at 10:30 pm ET

Detroit Pistons: 21-35 (7-19 road)
Los Angeles Clippers: 23-33 (16-12 home)

Oppo Research

My friend Jimmy sent an e-mail today with the subject: "Clippers Plane Crash?" It didn't happen, but it was a pivot to a discussion about the best possible team comprised of bench players. His team?

PG: Jose Calderon
SG: Jamal Crawford
SF: Al Harrington
PF: Lamar Odom
C: Paul Millsap

Bench: Darren Collison
Bench: Nate Robinson
Bench: James Harden
Bench: J.R. Smith
Bench: Thaddeus Young
Bench: Anthony Randoflph
Bench: Anderson Varejao

Bench: The Birdman

Not sure how he omits Ben Gordon, Manu or Jason Terry, but everyone's different.

Oh, the Clippers. Yeah, they are actually relatively good at home. They don't have Marcus Camby anymore. There are some nominal lottery implications. You staying awake for this one?


Keys for Detroit

Crash the boards -- This wasn't a great rebounding team with Camby. Feast, young Jonas, feast!

Get it to the vets -- Now that Rip and Tay are healthier, the Pistons are getting great production from the ensemble of Rip, Tay, Gordon and Stuckey, and the team has been playing much better as a result.

Play Daye - I have the feeling I can cut and paste this for the remainder of the season. Seriously, how does a lottery bound team not find minutes for its first round pick?

Question of the Game

Can the Pistons make a last ditch run at the playoffs? A 19-7 finish would put them in the hunt. Remember when we'd be disappointed if the Pistons couldn't win 19 out of 26 games? Sigh...

Valuable Links

Bill Simmons' article on the state of the NBA is a good enough reason to get drunk and surly.