There are more important things going on at this very moment than NBA basketball featuring the beloved 1-6 Detroit Pistons. But basketball shall be played anyway. I understand those who can’t stomach something so trivial, and I understand those thirsting for a simple distraction away from what is happening in Washington, D.C. The game will go on and we will cover it.
When: 8 p.m. EST
Where: Fiserv Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Watch: Fox Sports Detroit, NBA League Pass
Odds: Pistons +12
Detroit Pistons (1-6)
Delon Wright, Saddiq Bey, Jerami Grant, Blake Griffin, Mason Plumlee
Milwaukee Bucks (4-3):
Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
If ever there was a must-read to be included in the pregame reading, it would be this article by James Edwards in The Athletic about why Jerami Grant wanted to join the Detroit Pistons. Yes, it was about having a larger role, but it was also an act of black identity and empowerment — he wanted to play for a black GM and black coach in the blackest city in America.
Read. This. Story.