When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Detroit Pistonsare looking to bounce back from the throttling they received from the Milwaukee Bucks in a late-November matchup in Wisconsin. The Pistons offense is actually clicking, shooting over 50 percent in the previous two games, the first time it’s happened all season. The Bucks, meanwhile, are coming off of a 25-point shelling courtesy of the San Antonio Spurs. Of course, when they blitzed Detroit, they were coming off of a 37-point drubbing from the Indiana Pacers.
In the last game against the Pistons, the Bucks showed an incredibly well balanced performance on both ends of the floor. Seven players scored in double figures and Michael Carter-Williams had what I felt was his most impressive performance in a Bucks uniform. He really looked to lead by facilitating and playing strong defense.
After that game Khris Middleton made an interesting comment, “We just tried to be physical. We know he doesn’t like contact. Once he misses a couple, he is going to get down on himself and start forcing tough shots.” Andre has since responded. It’s difficult for me to imagine any other scenario then Andre Drummond playing bully ball and trying to show the Bucks how much he loves contact.
The Pistons are coming off of an exciting overtime victory over the Suns onWednesday night. In that game, Reggie Jackson was huge posting 34 points and 16 assists. They had nice production from all of their starters, but as has been the case all season they didn’t get much production from their bench.
The Bucks can win this game, but it’s going to require a team effort. It’s easy to say and certainly easy for me to point this out from behind my laptop, but this Bucks team has very rarely put it together this season. When the offense seems to be moving well, then the defense is lacking. When the defense shows better focus, the offense is non-existent.