Shorthanded Pistons will start Austin Daye against Juwan Howard’s Heat

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat

Date: Jan. 28, 2011

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 17-29

Heat: 31-14

Probable starters

Pistons:

Heat:

  • Mario Chalmers
  • Dwyane Wade
  • James Jones
  • LeBron James
  • Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +10.5

Over/under: 191

Score: Heat win, 100.75-90.25

Three things to watch

1. Depleted Pistons

Rodney Stuckey (shoulder), Ben Wallace (family matter) and Richard Hamilton (flu) will miss the game tonight, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. Probably not the best night to play shorthanded.

2. Austin Daye starting

With Chris Bosh out for Miami, LeBron James will start at power forward, according Bill Reiter of FOXSports.com. The Pistons will counter by throwing Tayshaun Prince on LeBron and starting Austin Daye against James Jones, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.

Tonight could preview a future of Daye playing power forward on offense and small forward on defense with Jonas Jerebko taking the other spot, depending on matchups.

3. Juwan Howard!!!!!

I don’t care about the Big 3. Juwan Howard really keys the Heat’s success. They’re 4-0 when he plays at least 17:43, and that’s totally the cause and effect. The 17-year pro obviously will decide whether Miami wins a championship. He’s still one of the NBA’s most dominant big men, and the Pistons will have their hands full with him.

Plus, I heard he went to a great college.

(I promise I’ll stop rubbing that in soon.)

Pregame Reading

Tags: Austin Daye Ben Wallace Chris Wilcox Richard Hamilton Rodney Stuckey

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