Pistons need to go to Greg Monroe often against depleted Bucks

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks
  • Date: Jan. 30, 2012
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 4-17
  • Bucks: 8-11

Probable starters

Pistons:

Bucks:

  • Brandon Jennings
  • Shaun Livingston
  • Carlos Delfino
  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
  • Drew Gooden

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +7

Over/under: 181

Score: Bucks win, 94-87

Three things to watch

1. Injuries in Milwaukee

The first time Detroit played Milwaukee, Greg Monroe had a great game against a good defensive center in Andrew Bogut. Monroe should have an easier go of it with Bogut injured and out of the lineup. Milwaukee’s frontcourt is small, with Drew Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova getting minutes at the center spot.

2. You think the Pistons jerk around their young players?

Jon Leuer of the Milwaukee Bucks is one of the most surprising rookies in the league this season. Still, for some inexplicable reason, he’s yet to crack Scott Skiles’ regular rotation. Check out Leuer’s last four games: DNP-CD; 0-for-1 in 2 minutes; 19 points in 19 minutes (9-for-11 shooting); 0 points in 6 minutes.

Here was Ian Segovia of Bucksketball after Leuer’s 19-point performance:

It took a Bogut injury and Ilyasova foul trouble, but Leuer finally got back on the floor after he was benched for no discernibly good reason at all. The dude just knows how to ball: has a wonderful understanding of floor spacing and how to cut. Plus he has a swell jumper.

People were getting on Lawrence Frank for not playing Austin Daye, and Daye wasn’t even playing well in the bit minutes he was getting. I can’t imagine the reaction Skiles must be getting for keeping Leuer, who is performing at a high level in his spot minutes, must be getting for keeping him out of the lineup.

3. Watch out for those assistant coaches

From Zack Lowe of Sports Illustrated:

4. Coaches screaming/clapping at opposing shooters

It’s unbecoming of a retired player in a suit. It happens across the league, and I caught a Bucks assistant jumping off his seat and screaming just a foot or so away from Josh Smith last Monday, as Smith attempted a key fourth-quarter three. It’s one thing for players to do this; they are generally very young, competitive and enjoy goofing around. But the coaches should cut it out.

But who was it?! I assume, since Lowe mentions “retired player” that would narrow the choices down on the Bucks staff to Joe Wolf, Anthony Goldwire or Sidney Moncrief. Anyway, watch out for those guys if you shoot near them.

Tags: Austin Daye Greg Monroe Lawrence Frank

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