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Pistons vs. Magic Preview: Let’s put this baby to bed

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Get this thing over with already

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The Detroit Pistons-Orlando Magic game marks the end of what can only be described as a disastrous season. Prior to the 2016-17 campaign, many media pundits had Detroit slated as a top-four Eastern Conference seed, looking to build on last years playoff appearance, and possibly steal a game or two from the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors in the second round of the playoffs. Instead they’ll finish 10th, with their eyes firmly focused on the upcoming NBA draft, and our eyes firmly focused on other teams who made it to the postseason.

There are plenty of questions that need to be answered throughout the upcoming off-season, and we’ll finally reach that point once Detroit puts this baby to bed against a tanking Orlando Magic squad.

Game Vitals

When: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
Watch: FSN Detroit

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Analysis

While there’s nothing to play for tonight, there are some things to get (semi) excited about. Over the course of the last few games we’ve seen both Boban Marjanovic and Henry Ellenson in an increased role.

Marjanovic is currently averaging a double-double at 16.5 points on 63 percent from the floor, while inhaling 10 rebounds per game. Boban may very well be the primary backup to Andre Drummond next season (Aron Baynes has a player option and will likely opt-out of his contract with the Pistons unlikely to re-sign).

The rookie is averaging 9 points per game on 32 percent from the floor. He’s definitely not afraid to shoot his shot, as he’s hoisting almost six 3-point attempts, converting on just about 2 per game. Both Marjanovic and Ellenson have to work on their defense during the offseason, but seeing how this game literally has no meaning in terms of draft positioning, these two might as well play 40+ minutes.

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Projected Lineups

Detroit

Ish Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Andre Drummond, Henry Ellenson, Marcus Morris

Orlando

Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Terrence Ross

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Community Question

If you could sum up this season in one sentence, what would that sentence be (keep it class for a family website)?