Gametime: 7:00 p.m. EST
So, yeah, not much has changed since yesterday. These are the same teams, now separated by another game in the standings and with the Bobcats holding a tiebreaker.
As we saw last night, the Pistons have a roster that seems like it should be much better defensively than it is. With talent like Josh Smith and Andre Drummond, Detroit has a couple dynamite shot-blockers. But despite these two building blocks, the team has an undisciplined perimeter defense that gives up an unholy amount of good jump shots.
Offensively, Greg Monroe is like Al Jefferson's younger brother and Drummond crashes the hoop to rip down boards. Josh Smith fires jump shots with nary a care in the world, pelting iron and glass with dingers. Oh, and Brandon Jennings is there too.
As I said yesterday, the Pistons do have a good bit of talent. But they seem unable to form a cohesive unit to take complete advantage of it. This especially becomes a problem when you're going up against the Bobcats, one of the top defensive teams in the league.
Charlotte's interior defense might have trouble with Detroit's big fella duo, but they make it a heck of a lot harder than most teams to get the ball to them due to defensive schemes that focus on clogging the paint and interior passing lanes. Then this puts the pressure on Detroit's perimeter players. Brandon Jennings is a fairly capable player, though adjusting to a different role, but Josh Smith is playing out of position, regardless of how much he wants to be Kevin Durant on offense. And then there's their problem with depth.
Joe Dumars just needs some more time to figure this one out, I suppose.