The Brooklyn Nets scare the hell out of me, I’m not going to lie. They just seem like the perfect foils for the Detroit Pistons. Where they might lack in talent they more than make up in execution and energy on a nightly basis. Also, this is an opportunity for Spencer Dinwiddie to put the smack down on his former team, and I’m sure he can do it with swagger, substance and an exclamation point.
Dinwiddie is knocking down shots and has an insane assist to turnover ratio. He is getting more and more comfortable as he becomes a go-to player for an injury-riddled Nets squad and now finds himself on one of the best value contracts in the NBA.
Add to that the terrifying premise that it just seems ripe for a night where “career game” and “Rondae Hollis-Jefferson” or “Jahlil Okafor” are used in the same sentence.
If you’re wondering specific ways this game could go cockeyed for Detroit here are a few key areas to keep an eye on:
- The Nets take and make an insane amount of 3s, but are among the least efficient from distance. They are going to chuck them up regardless so if the Pistons’ defense is a step slow or it’s just a hot night then look out.
- Brooklyn is a quality rebounding team and Detroit has been pathetic on the offensive glass save for one Andre Drummond. Combine shooting struggles with no second-chance opportunities and it creates long nights for the Pistons.
- The Nets get to the free-throw line. Brooklyn is top 10 in the NBA in getting to the line and Detroit, in a shock to nobody, is fourth worst at going to the charity stripe.
Now, if we’re thinking about ways Detroit could actually impose their will on the Nets, I would look no further than the recently beleaguered Avery Bradley. His on-ball defense and ability to generate steals could cause fits against one of hte more turnover-prone squads in the NBA.
Ish Smith, Avery Bradley, Reggie Bullock, Tobias Harris, Andre Drummond
Spencer Dinwiddie, TBA, Joe Harris, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tyler Zeller
Trading a first-round pick for reinforcements — good idea, bad idea or absolutely off the table?