The Pistons try and end their west-coast swing on a high note, facing the Golden State Warriors. As for the Warriors, it seems out went Nellie Ball and in came a commitment to defense as new coach Keith Smart has he run and gunners in the Bay area playing some surprisingly effective defense. Detroit has already bested the Warriors once this season, winning 102-97 behind the strength of their starting backcourt, Rodney Stuckey and Richard Hamilton, who put up 21 and 27 points, respectively. Stuckey also posted a season-high nine assists in the previous meeting. After facing the fourth-ranked (Blazers) and fifth-ranked offensive rebounding squads, the Pistons will now face the sixth-ranked Warriors. Detroit has been plagued by rebounding woes all season and will have another tough test on their hands.
I’m wondering whether Jason Maxiell will again start for Detroit, as coach John Kuester said the switch for the Sacremento game was more about personnel. With wiry Brandan Wright expected to start in place of the injured David Lee, it would seem an ideal matchup for Daye, who has been shooting lights out recently. Keys for the Pistons going home with a .500 record will be shutting down the dynamic duo of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, and they keeping Andris Biedrins off the offensive glass. Curry and Ellis struggled in the first game in Detroit, and Stuckey has had a great defensive road trip so the Pistons have a good chance of winning tonight.
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