In another matchup of two winless teams, the Detroit Pistons continue their West Coast roadtrip with a stop in the Mile High State to face the Nuggets.
Denver is coming off their best offensive game of the young season, a 119-116 defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat. In that contest, every Nugget besides center Kosta Koufos (two points) scored at least 10 points, with major offseason acquisition Andre Iguodala leading the way with 22 points, five rebounds and three assists. The team as a whole shot 51.6%, as well, but just 5-of-21 from three-point range.
The Pistons, however, are coming off a loss in which they gave up 34 points in the first quarter, 108 points total and 51.9% shooting to the Lakers. Los Angeles center Dwight Howard had no trouble going off for 28 points, missing just two shots all night and dominating the paint. Greg Monroe was the lone Pistons starter to make a substantial contribution with eight points, seven rebounds, four steals and one block. Outside of the rest of the Detroit starting five, Jonas Jerebko led the team with 18 points in 29 minutes.
Here are the Pistons’ keys to winning their first game tonight:
- Limit fast break opportunities – Ty Lawson, Iguodala, Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee are best suited to running up and down the court on fast breaks, utilizing their speed and athleticism to run opposing teams out of the arena. To slow them down, Detroit will need to be deliberate on offense, making precision passes and controlling the ball.
- Strong post presence – Greg Monroe will need to figure out his low post offense and get early position against whoever is defending him. He’s settled for jumpers too much thus far, so getting his offense going will help the Pistons pick up their first win of the season.
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