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Pistons vs. Clippers: Chauncey Billups returns to the Palace (in street clothes)

Billups might be out of the lineup but Clippers still have Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe looking to dominate the Pistons backcourt.

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Game tips at 7:30 p.m. EST
Los Angeles Clippers: 17-6 (7-3 road)
Detroit Pistons: 7-19 (5-7 home)
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The Situation

Chauncey Billups is back and that means I am both elated and depressed. Elated that my favorite former Piston is returning to the Palace, even if it is just in street clothes as he is dealing with another injury. Hopefully he is recognized in some way as I am sure he will get a warm reception from the dozens in attendance. Depressed because every sighting of Billups is just a painful reminder that the Pistons haven't really had a point guard since he left.

Of course, Billups isn't even really a point guard for the Clippers -- they have Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe for that. And that duo is undoubtedly the top point guard tandem in the NBA. The Clippers have won nine in a row and it would be just short of a Christmas miracle if the Pistons to pull this one out.

Keys to the Game

CAPS LOCK: I'd love for Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond to have a huge game against Blake Griffin and company.

Unsung heroes need to sing: We've touched on the strong play of Tayshaun Prince, Jason Maxiell, Kyle Singler and even Charlie Villanueva at various points this season. Well, their play has tailed off some recently and unsurprisingly the Pistons have lost a lot of games in that span. One or two of those guys is going to need to step up.

Brandon Knight: Do point guard things, damn it!

Question of the game

What would it take to pry Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers?