Dec 15, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) reacts during the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons (7-20) vs Raptors (7-19) Preview “Is our friend Mo Mentum with us?”

November 23, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey (3) is defended by Toronto Raptors shooting guard Terrence Ross (31) at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Since the start of December, the Pistons have demonstrated an ability to beat Cleveland – but no one else. They have a brace of victories over the Cavs, & 8 losses against all other opponents, thus ruining a respectable start to their season. Detroit & Toronto share more than almost the same record to date. Their coaches are trying to work into their rotations highly regarded rookies without dropping completely out of the playoff picture. The Pistons selected Andre Drummond after the Raps chose Terrence Ross, & I think both teams are happy with the results to date.

A glance through the Pistons’ stats offers a stark picture of why this team is going nowhere. Their scoring leaders are Greg Monroe & Brandon Knight, each with 15 PPG, followed by Tayshaun Prince at 12.7. Those are dreadful numbers; it’s hardly surprising that the Pistons scored 77, then 76 points, in their last 2 losses (both at home – how not to rebuild a fan base). Knight is their best Guard, the rest of the backcourt features (?) luminaries like Jason Maxiell, Rodney Stuckey & Will Bynum. Monroe is an excellent young big man whom I’d love to see in our colours, though I doubt embattled Detroit GM Joe Dumars is quite that soft-headed. Kyle Singler, something of a whirling dervish at Small Forward, has provided a spark they badly need, but I don’t think he’s a star in the making. Their bench, populated by the likes of Charlie Villenueva & Austin Daye, wouldn’t frighten a D-League squad.

The Pistons are respectable defensively, ranking 12th in the NBA. Monroe & Drummond will clear the glass, so the Raps better be hitting from outside. Fortunately they have been recently (12/24 from beyond the arc last night in Cleveland). Can Alan Anderson keep up his act? Can Jose Calderon continue to score & deliver dimes? Yes to both, & enough of this reverse psychology – Raptors 99 – Pistons 89.

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  • sacksofa

    Nice to see some positive commentary, I quit coming here last year when all one read were negative remarks based on a bias mainly against non NCAA big school players or players from Europe. I personally have found Jose good for years now but all one could read here was how we needed someone like John Wall to lead us out of the wilderness. I think several players got tired of always beeing torn apart by the so called knowledgeable fans who I think were spouting off to hide their own weaknesses

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Oh dear – I’m sorry you left, & I’m glad you’ve returned. I wonder if the “negative remarks” you refer to were made by someone prior to me. I happen to love the Euros. I remember the astonishing improvement in skills (particularly his jumper) Jose displayed between his rookie season & his sophomore one. Right then I knew we had a guy with a work ethic second to none. As to smaller NCAA schools: I’m old enough to remember Joe Dumars, Scottie Pippen, & Karl Malone – all fantastic players out of “where’s that?” colleges. Anyway, please keep coming back, & adding your comments.