The last time the Brooklyn Nets looked past the lowly Detroit Pistons they ended up on the wrong side of the score. A tough loss - maybe the worst loss of the season for these Nets.
Since then, though, they’ve gone and won 11 of 12 and were able to pick off Blake Griffin from the Pistons roster. Nice.
No revenge game tonight for Griffin, as he’ll continue to not make his Nets debut.
In other-non-related-to-this-game news, Caris LeVert will make his Pacers debut tonight in Indy. Pretty awesome. Go, Caris.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (25-13) vs. Detroit Pistons (10-27)
WHEN: 7:00 PM EST
WHERE: NBA TV (national), YES (local), WFAN (radio)
Although the Nets haven’t forced many turnovers this year, the Pistons have been one of the sloppier teams taking care of the ball this year. The Pistons are 24th in turnover rate this year and now that they’re facing a Nets team fully in rhythm, they’re going to have to be incredibly diligent in taking care of the ball if they hope to pull off the upset tonight.
An old friend of ours will be playing center for the Pistons. It doesn’t feel like it, but Mason Plumlee has been in the NBA eight seasons now. Feels like two lifetimes ago when he was Kevin Garnett’s rook as a Net. Now that he’s in Detroit, he’s taken on his new role well. He’s started every game he’s appeared in this season and is averaging close to a double-double a night. He’s also been doing his fair share of playmaking as he’s been able to unlock that aspect of his game. Brooklyn will have to figure out what their big man rotation will look like once everyone is back healthy, but for now, the trio of DeAndre Jordan, Jeff Green, and Nicolas Claxton will man the middle for Steve Nash and friends. Each big brings something different to the table.
For more on the Pistons, check out Detroit Bad Boys.