I said this on Friday when they played the Pacers, but this is the type of two-game stand that could really set the Nets off in the right direction. Two games they 100% should win, at home, to help get them into a rhythm. Nothing’s a given, but...the Nets can’t lose this game.
No Cade Cunningham for the Pistons. The top-overall pick in this year’s draft made his NBA debut on Saturday, and he’ll sit out against the Nets as Detroit looks to ease him in.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (3-3) vs. Detroit Pistons (1-4)
WHEN: 7:30 PM EST
WHERE: YES (tv), WFAN-FM (radio)
Player to watch: Jerami Grant
The 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist has been the Pistons’ franchise player since coming over last fall, and he’s carried that mantle of responsibility pretty well. Over at Detroit Bad Boys, Matt Way wrote about Grant and the ways in which the Pistons can make his life easier:
If the Pistons can take some pressure off him and use him in less obvious ways, it should have an impact on his defense as well. Grant certainly took a step back defensively last season and that can almost completely be attributed to the obscene offensive load he carried for much of the second half.
All of this relies on Detroit’s young guards and wings executing better than they did a year ago. But if they can, the Pistons can start transitioning Grant into a role that will better fit into by the time Detroit hopes to be winning games.
As the Pistons youngsters continue to grow and develop, it will help Grant out. The injuries he’s been dealing with have hampered his efficiency a good deal this year, but with good health comes more success.
For more on the Pistons, check out Detroit Bad Boys.