When: Thursday, December 17, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EST
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington DC
Watch: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds: Det +4.0
Detroit Pistons (1-1):
Killian Hayes, Delon Wright, Jerami Grant, Blake Griffin, Mason Plumlee
Washington Wizards (0-1):
Raul Neto, Bradley Beal, Rui Hachimura, Deni Avdija, Thomas Bryant
You read that correctly - no Russell Westbrook for the Wizards tonight:
Russell Westbrook will not play against the Pistons tonight for rest, the Wizards announce. He’ll have one more opportunity to get an exhibition game in after this: Saturday, also against Detroit.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 17, 2020
I, for one, am fine with Killian not having to go from defending Elfrid Payton to guarding Russell Westbrook. That’s a huge leap.
James Edwards III of The Athletic had a great piece about Svi Mykhailiuk finding his way to Year 3:
As of late, Svi Mykhailiuk has learned to communicate with the inner voice that taunted him after bad games. He's learned that his coach's belief is in more than just shooting.— James Edwards III (@JLEdwardsIII) December 16, 2020
On the #Pistons guard who might breakout and winning the mental game: https://t.co/aUp4fWcDzK
The Detroit Free Press’ Omari Sankofa wrote about how Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose will prevent the Pistons from being the Process Sixers, on and off the court.
The Detroit News’ Rod Beard wrote about Sekou Doumbouya’s 23-point explosion on Sunday.
Enbiejowiec has your preview of tonight’s game from Detroit Bad Boys, as well.
Enjoy the game tonight, y’all.