Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 10:30PM EST
Exceptionally Detailed Analysis
D'Angelo Russell anyone?
The Pistons are now officially the saddest team in the league again. Not because of their losing streak, but because all the moves they made went for mind-boggling, soul-crushing failure. The Pistons started 5-23 and were the laughing stock of the league, because, not only were they bad, they were consistently losing to other bad teams. Then came the majestic PSE and the Pistons had recovered up to the trade deadline and sat at a respectable, given the start, 21-33. Now? Well, the playoffs are disappearing faster than a hot pocket in a college dorm room, as the Pistons have gone 1-7 with Reggie Jackson and now sit at a decrepit 23-40. Next opponent, oh just the 50-12 Golden State Warriors and their All-Star backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Interestingly enough, Klay was available when Detroit picked in 2011, but we all know where that pick went, so I won't cause anymore sadness and bring up Brandon Knight...oops.
In the name of all things holy I will not even refer to last night's absolute humiliation at the hands of the Lakers...oops again.
Instead, I will focus on the positive reasons to watch this game:
DETROIT RELATED REASONS
-- Spencer Dinwiddie, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond (if he decides to play angry again)
-- Golden State Warriors are pretty fun
-- They have quite possibly the best offense in the league, ranking first in points per game, FG%, 3P%, and assists per game
-- Their defense is also amazing, ranking first in blocks per game and opponent FG%, as well as 3rd in opponent 3P% and 4th in steals, despite only actually ranking 14th in points allowed per game
-- Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry average a combined 45.5 points per game
-- For jump shooters, the Splash Brothers are crazy efficient. Curry shoots 48.5% from the field and 42% from deep, while Thompson shoots 46% from the field and 43% from three
-- Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut are all on my fantasy team
-- Draymond Green is from Michigan, so if at any point the game becomes too depressing feel free to become a bandwagon asscat
TRIVIA TIME!!! I know it's the only part of the games you look forward to now. David Lee has missed 24 games for the Warriors this season. What is their record without him? Answer as always after the community question.
Last Time We Met
Nov. 30, 2014, Warriors won by a lot of points to not as many points (GS leads season series 1-0)
In this late fall matchup, the Warriors defeated the Pistons by 11. Um, KCP scored 23, $WAG added 22, and Voldemort had a double double with 14 and 12 assists. Prom King Draymond Green had 20 for the Warriors.
Players To Watch
Pistons: Quincy Miller
He appears to enjoy celebrating on the bench, so if you need some uplifting, glance at him once in a while.
Warriors: Stephen Curry/Draymond Green
Garrett thought Gigi could shoot during warmups. Well, the Human Torch does it IN GAMES!!!
Did you know Green is from Michigan?
- Pistons guard Brandon Jennings and Warriors center Andrew Bogut played together in Milwaukee from 2009-2012.
-- Jennings also played with Warriors guard Shaun Livingston during the 2011-12 season in Milwaukee.
-- Bogut also played with Pistons guard Jodie Meeks in Milwaukee during the 2009-10 season.
-- Livingston also played with Pistons forward Caron Butler for the Washington Wizards for part of the 2009-10 season.
-- Butler also played with Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton for the L.A. Lakers during the 2004-05 season.
-- Meeks also played with Warriors forwards Andre Iguodola and Mareese Speights from 2010-12 for the Philadelphia 76ers.
-- Iguodala also played with Pistons forward Quincy Miller for the Denver Nuggets during the 2012-13 season.
-- Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver played for the Warriors during part of the 2009-10 season.
-- Pistons guard John Lucas III played with Warriors guard Brandon Rush for the Utah Jazz during the 2013-14 season.
-- Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway was drafted by the Warriors 14th overall in the 1989 NBA Draft. He played for Golden State from 1989-96.
-- Pistons assistant coach Bob Beyer was an assistant coach for the Warriors during the 2012-13 season.
-- Warriors forward Draymond Green was born in Saginaw, MI, attended Saginaw High School and played collegiately at Michigan State University from 2008-2012.
-- Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry served as an assistant coach (1994-98) and head coach (1998-00) with the Pistons.
Pistons < Warriors
Pistons: Jackson, Caldwell-Pope, Prince, Monroe, Drummond
Warriors: All-Star, All-Star, Barnes, DPOY candidate, DPOY candidate
Pistons: Jennings (Achilles), DBB (pissedoffitis)
Warriors: Too perfect for injuries
How was your day?
TRIVIA ANSWER: The Warriors are 21-3 without David Lee.
For an enemy perspective please visit Golden State Of Mind.