The Houston Rockets travel to Detroit to face the Pistons in a battle of potential playoff teams. Wait it says here the Pistons are 13-15 and are the 6th seed in the East? Well isn’t that special. We put in for a transfer right? We can’t do that? DAVID STERN STRIKES AGAIN!
Well the Pistons come in off a disappointing loss to the equally mediocre Bobcats. Detroit really doesn’t look that bad on paper. They have talent, size, and athleticism and two signature wins against the Heat and the Pacers. However when you have Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings as your 1st and 2nd fiddles, the picture starts to become more clear. The masters of inconsistency.
TO THE MATCHUPS!
Point guard: Patrick Beverley vs. Brandon Jennings
Like I said above it’s hard to know exactly what your going to get from Jennings. If he gets any time without Beverley on the court then I think he will have a big night, but I imagine McHale has no intention of allowing that to happen. However, he has the talent so he keep the edge.
Shooting Guard: James Harden vs. Kentavious Caldwell Pope (?)
Well can’t say I know too much about Ol’ KCP but from what I gather he is a “3 and D” kind of guy. Drafted 8th overall in this last draft, he has shot a decent 32% from three and gives the Pistons an actual shooting guard instead of a point guard trying to play shooting guard. But then again, James Harden.
UPDATE: Harden out. Garcia still has the edge.
Small Forward: Chandler Parsons vs. Josh Smith
Smith has been playing well lately but he still is Josh Smith. He continues to jack 3-pointers at an alarming rate and continues to make way less than 30% of them. The overall size of the Pistons will be Houston’s problem tonight because although Parsons is the better player, defending Smith in the post won’t be fun.
Power Forward: Terrence Jones vs. Greg Monroe
We are really going to miss Omer Asik in games like this. Between Monroe, Andre Drummond and Smith, Houston is going to be playing smaller the whole night. We have seen that be an advantage but more often it’s a detriment.
Center: Dwight Howard vs. Andre Drummond
Dwight Howard is everything Andre Drummond wishes to one day be. Drummond is still pretty raw but he is starting to put it together. There have been talks that Drummond’s emergence could even be making Monroe a moveable piece. Dwight has been looking almost savvy in the post lately, and while he is out on the court the Rockets will be the better team, but unfortunately he can’t play all 48 minutes.
Pistons- Kyle Singler, Chauncy Billups, Josh Harrellson, Will Bynum
Rockets- Omri Casspi, Francisco Garcia, Aaron Brooks, Greg Smith
Players listed as out:
Rockets – Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin, James Harden
Pistons – Rodney Stuckey, Peyton Siva
Prediction: Rockets lose 103-92