Austin Daye could begin his rotation push against Heat

Update:

Due to Fox Sports Detroit feeling the need to do a special postgame show for the Detroit Tigers clinching a World Series appearance, the Pistons game will be shown on a delay on FSD. AS if that’s more important than a NBA preseason game.

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (2-2) at Miami Heat (1-2)
  • Date: October 18, 2012
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

What to look for

Austin Daye is shooting 3-of-14 this preseason, including 0-for-5 on 3-pointers. Not to be overly dramatic, but time is running out for Daye to prove he belongs in the rotation to begin the regular season. Lawrence Frank has said he’ll use the final two preseason games less as a chance for players to prove themselves but more for the players who’ve already proven themselves to work out the kinks. So, Daye has only two more games to show his worth, including tonight.

That said, the Miami Heat could be elixir Daye needs. He’s had a few of his best games against Miami for reasons I can’t pinpoint. I don’t think there’s anything about how the Heat match up with Daye that favors him, but perhaps it’s a self fulfilling prophecy. If he believes he’ll play well against Miami, he’ll play well against Miami.

It’s tough to see Daye making the rotation, period. It would seem nearly impossible if Daye doesn’t have a strong showing tonight.

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