Teams: Indiana Pacers at Detroit Pistons
Date: March 26, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit Plus
- Darren Collison
- Paul George
- Danny Granger
- Tyler Hansbrough
- Roy Hibbert
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Pistons -2
Score: Pistons win, 102.5-100.5
Three things to watch
1. Charlie Villanueva’s role
When John Kuester removed Charlie Villanueva from the Heat game, Villanueva publicly showed his dismay by pointing at Kuester. Kuester publicly reprimanded Villanueva by not playing him against the Cavaliers.
Is the feud over?
Probably. Kuester has done a remarkable job of showing restraint and not holding grudges this season. So, Villanueva can likely go back to seeing his typical 10 minutes of meaningful action per game.
In essence, I’m predicting the Pistons will resolve a problem tonight without actually making any progress toward a solution to anything.
2. Greg Monroe hitting the wall
John Kuester didn’t play Monroe in the fourth quarter, perhaps saving him for tonight. If Monroe doesn’t look better against Indiana, it’s worth considering the possibility that he’s run out of gas. Of course, it would still be too early to say anything definitively. Just something to watch.
Tracy McGrady will miss tonight’s game with back and leg troubles (oy!), according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. Rodney Stuckey will start in his place, and Will Bynum will re-enter the rotation.
I’m not even going to pretend to come up with a reason this matters at this point.
- Shaky Ankles profiles a sweet move Ben Gordon put on Leandro Barbosa.
- The Pacers are coming off an ugly loss to the Kings.
- John Salley still considers himself a Piston. (I bet he tells every team that he cares just about them.)
- Henry Abbott explains why a league-wide hard cap is nothing new.