Less than a week until the regular season starts. After a long summer of waiting for regular season basketball to be back, it is almost here. The Pistons take the court against the Charlotte Hornets to try and avenge a loss to the San Antonio Spurs last Sunday.
The Pistons are coming off of a close loss to the Spurs, that actually wasn't that close. The Pistons were down by 10 or more points for most of the game, but outscored the Spurs 29-16 in the fourth quarter when they rested all of their starters. Losing to the Spurs is a pretty common thing for most teams, but the Pistons will need to play a lot better to bounce back and beat the Hornets.
This should be a fun match-up against two teams that are surprising teams with their 3-point shooting this preseason. Charlotte comes into this game shooting 38 percent as a team from 3, which is 4th in the league. They are doing this on 26 attempts per game, which is 11th in the league. The Pistons come in shooting 39 percent from 3 as a team, which is 3rd in the league. They are doing that on 24 attempts per game, which is good for 16th. Stan Van Gundy brought in more shooters in the offseason, so the Pistons were expected to shoot a lot of 3s and shoot a high percentage. However, Charlotte was 24th in 3s attempted last year, and last in percentage, so they are a bit of a surprise. They did bring in some shooters in the offseason, like Nicolas Batum and Frank Kaminsky, which appears to be paying off.
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills-Detroit, MI
When: Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 pm EST
Watch: There is once again a free stream available to people in the Fox Sports Detroit viewing area on Pistons.com
Players to Watch
Pistons: Reggie Bullock
Reggie Bullock has been impressive this preseason for the Pistons. He is one of the people fighting for the final roster spot, and he pretty well has it on lock. Now it is just a matter of whether he is going to earn a regular spot in the rotation. If he keeps up his play of the preseason so far, I see no way that Stan Van Gundy can keep him out of the rotation.
Hornets: Frank Kaminsky
There was a small crowd of DBBers who were on the Frank Kaminsky hype train in the draft this year. Now we will get to see him actually play. He is only shooting 33 percent from the field, but 39 percent from 3. He is also only averaging 18 minutes per game this preseason, but he might get more tonight because the regular season is getting closer and the Hornets might be resting their starters more.
Last Time We Met
Apr. 12, 2015 at the Palace of Auburn Hills-Pistons 116, Hornets 77
This was a dominant game for the Pistons right off the bat, as they outscored the Hornets 30-10 in the first quarter. The Pistons kept their foot on the gas after that and never looked back.
Jodie Meeks led the Pistons in scoring with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Reggie Jackson dished 13 assists and had only 2 turnovers. The Tolliverse was in full force as he had 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3. Greg Monroe had 17 points, and Andre Drummond had a double-double with 15 points and 19 rebounds.
There were not many bright spots for Charlotte this game. Noah Vonleh had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Gerald Henderson had 14 points. Backup point guard Brian Roberts had 11 points.
--Damien Wilkins played for the Pistons in 2011-12.
--Jeremy Lamb was a college teammate of Drummond
--Steve Clifford was an assistant coach under Stan Van Gundy in Orlando
--PJ Hairston played with Reggie Bullock in college at North Carolina
Pistons 101, Hornets 94
Pistons: Jackson, KCP, Morris, Illyasova, Drummond
Hornets: Walker, Lin, Batum, Williams, Jefferson
Pistons: Jennings (Achilles), Granger (knee), Thomas (calf), Blake (concussion), Martin (hand)
Hornets: Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder)
Do you think both of these teams preseason 3-point shooting will be sustainable during the regular season?