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Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (3-10) at New York Knicks (8-3)
  • Date: November 25, 2012
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

After winning two of their past three games, the Detroit Pistons will travel to New York today to take on a Knicks team that just lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

It’s worth noting: these aren’t last year’s Knicks though.

They are currently the second overall seed in the Eastern Conference and are playing brilliant basketball thanks in large part to the transformation of Carmelo Anthony. Indeed, with him playing at power forward, it’s opened up the court for his teammates, where they get to be part of the offense because not only is he willingly going to the block, but he is also sharing the ball in an attempt to get everyone involved.

Furthermore, because Mike Woodson has rightfully guessed that opponents would try to double team his star player in the low post, he has surrounded him with a multitude of shooters and essentially given them the green light to fire away as they please. Thus, the Knicks are attempting 28.7 field goals from 3-point range per game, which is tops in the league; and converting 40.8 percent of the tries (fourth in the NBA).

Mind you, because the Knicks predicate a lot of their offense based off of action revolving around Melo, it means that they are for all intents and purposes a jump shooting team for the most part. Indeed, they are just under the league average of shot attempts at the rim, and are fourth from the bottom in points in the paint.

This gets interesting against the Pistons, because Lawrence Frank has an important decision to make: does he assign Prince or Maxiell to defend Anthony?

Most teams have opted to have their power forward defend Ronnie Brewer, to protect them from foul trouble, but Maxiell is a physical player that could potentially give Carmelo some fits, especially on the block.

Granted, considering that Detroit has struggled to defend the interior, it is also possible that Frank might simply opt to play small today and roll the dice with it.

Decisions, decisions.

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