Teams: New Jersey Nets at Detroit Pistons
Date: April 6, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: WWJ 950 AM
- Jordan Farmar
- Anthony Morrow
- Travis Outlaw
- Kris Humphries
- Brook Lopez
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Pistons -7
Score: Pistons win, 102.75-95.75
Three things to watch
1. Lottery implications
Detroit leads the Nets by two games. The Pistons are fairly locked into the No. 7 seed in the lottery, but no team is as close to them in the standings as the Nets are. A loss tonight would give Detroit a better chance at the No. 6 seed.
Does that mean you’re you rooting for the Nets?
If you are, I don’t have a problem with it. I just disagree.
I’m not in favor of purposefully losing under any circumstances. As long as you’re selling tickets to a game, I think the players on the court have a duty to do their best to win.
There are plenty of talented teams in the NBA. A will to win separates them. Instilling a winning environment is a continuous process and ordering players to lose – for any circumstances – disrupts that. These players need to develop a win-at-all-costs mentality, and the organization will no longer be able to convey that if it asks them lose tonight.
That said, I wouldn’t have a problem with the Pistons giving their younger players more experience, even if that lowered Detroit’s chances of winning. But those young players better give it their all.
I think we can all agree on this, though: discussions about tanking suck. The Pistons should just make the playoffs next season, so we don’t have to worry about it again.
2. Who the heck will play?
To be determined.
3. Not your television
I know it’s listed above, but I just wanted to reiterate: tonight’s game isn’t televised locally. Grab a radio or ESPN’s Gamecast.
Pregame (and without the game on television, maybe in-game) reading
- Rashad Mobley of TruthAboutIt.net talked to Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon about current Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb.
- Ryan Pravato of Stacheketball looks back on Bison Dele, who would have been 42 today.
- Sean of Life On Dumars ponders whether he should be rooting for or against the Pistons.
- Devin Kharpertian of NetsAreScorching wonders why we care about this game.