- Teams: Detroit Pistons (5-12) at Dallas Mavericks (7-9)
- Date: Dec. 1, 2012
- Time: 9 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
Last night’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies featured plenty of struggles from Detroit’s three-guard rotation of Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey and Kyle Singler. Tonight against the Mavs, the team’s guards have a shot at redemption as the Dallas backcourt has been anything but stable lately.
In fact, Dallas is in such dire need of steady guard play that the team recently signed fresh faced guard Derek Fisher, who is just a shade younger than the combined age of Detroit’s two starters, Singler and Knight. (Side note: loved this trip down memory lane looking at some of the luminaries Fisher has played with. A handful of former Pistons on that list.)Starting point guard Darren Collison is questionable tonight with an injury, and Dominique Jones, who has been getting minutes in Collison’s stead, is shooting just 33 percent.
At the other guard spot, former lottery pick O.J. Mayo has rejuvenated his career a bit. He’s having a nice season for the Mavs, averaging 19.8 points per game, making 48 percent of his shots and 51 percent of his 3-pointers (don’t get any ideas with that free agency money you have if Mayo opts out, Joe Dumars).
The Mavs also feature native Michigander Chris Kaman, who is averaging 13 points and six rebounds per game, and Vince Carter, still toiling away launching fadeaway jumpers. The team is still without star forward Dirk Nowitzki, but they’ve somehow been competitive this season (having a fantastic coach helps) while waiting for Dirk’s return.
One player on the Mavs I’m excited to watch — former Marquette standout Jae Crowder. Crowder’s numbers aren’t outstanding, but the second round pick has been a nice, energetic rotation piece who gives the Mavs a little bit of scoring, a little bit of defense and toughness and he’s making 35 percent of his 3-pointers. Not bad value at all for the second round.