Richard Hamilton begins new life as bench player tonight against Raptors

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors

Date: Dec. 22, 2010

Time: 7 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 9-19

Raptors: 10-18

Probable starters

Pistons:

Raptors:

  • Jerryd Bayless
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Sonny Weems
  • Amir Johnson
  • Andrea Bargnani

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +5.5

Over/under: 207.5

Score: Raptors win, 106.5-101

Three things to watch

1. Richard Hamilton coming off the bench

Richard Hamilton is entering a new stage of his career – being a bench player. All eyes will be on him tonight to see how he handles it.

2. New starting lineup

Starting Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva worked against the Hornets after some early kinks. Will the new starters gel better than the previous ones? We’ll get a better, although I’m sure still incomplete, look tonight.

3. Tracy McGrady’s return to Toronto

It seems like half these game previews mention Tracy McGrady returning to a city, but no city hates him more than Toronto.

He hasn’t fared well there, either. In 12 games at Toronto as a member of the visiting team, McGrady hasn’t shot .500 once.

Pregame Reading

Tags: Ben Gordon Charlie Villanueva Richard Hamilton Tracy McGrady

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