In memoriam of Grand Rapids native, Sekou Smith
The Detroit Pistons have beaten the defending NBA champions, the Finals runners-up, and (currently) the best team in the East. So beating those Warriors, fighting to be back in postseason, won’t bring them any more glory. But how Detroit plays could contribute to the gloriousness of their future.
Thus, I won’t be as much interested in the final score of the game as in if Blake Griffin will continue to show things indicating that the doors to 2018 Blake still aren’t closed yet. I’ll be interested in seeing Jerami Grant and Delon Wright responding with a good game to their underwhelming performances the other night. I’ll be also keen to see Josh Jackson adding an unequivocal good offensive performance to his striking defensive efforts; Sekou Doumbouya showing that his last game was an anomaly on otherwise ascending curve; Saddiq Bey proving that he still hasn’t hit the rookie wall; Derrick Rose and Wayne Ellington confirming their trade value without undermining the playing time and development of youngsters playing their positions. (There’s nothing more I’d expect from Mason Plumlee as he’s quietly having the best season of his career - just showing Lakers the hard way how much better they could be with him in the middle and probably having the same lesson for Warriors in his sleeve tonight).
But most of all, I’d be interested to see Isaiah Stewart coming out on top in his inevitable clash with Draymond Green.
When: January 30, 2021, 10 p.m. EST
Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
Watch: Fox Sports Detroit Plus
Odds: Det +5.0
Detroit Pistons (5-14):
Delon Wright, Wayne Ellington, Jerami Grant, Blake Griffin, Mason Plumlee
Golden State Warriors (10-9):
Stephen Curry, Kelly Oubre Jr., Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, James Wiseman
If you haven’t already, you should join the conversation about dankaufman’s Faustian idea of trading Jerami already (sorry, I’m not there so far, but it’s too early for me to think about such things without the perspective of a Faustian return, which starts for me at Jrue Holiday haul).
Let’s stay on the trades front: Marc Berman from New York Post reports that new Knicks’ Head Coach, Tom Thibodeau is really serious in his interest in having DRose on his team again (as Scott and some others I’ll say, give me one of your firsts and our second and we have a deal).
Recently we informed you how important it is for fans to have their team being on a proper deal with local media. It turns out that it’s no less important for the teams, as we hear that Warriors financial pandemic hit could be almost two times bigger than for other franchises with one of the main reason being the lack of “large local media contract”.
And if you plan in advance for Pistons games, as you should, you better check these NBA Schedule updates.
Have a good one fellow DBBers!!!