- Teams: Detroit Pistons (22-37) at Washington Wizards (18-37)
- Date: February 27, 2013
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
The Washington Wizards have won seven of their last 10 games and have played much better basketball since John Wall returned to the lineup. In fact, Wall’s return prompted Randy Wittman to glue Jordan Crawford to the bench and eventually trade him to the Boston Celtics where his gunning talents will more than likely be appreciated.
The Wizards have played some good basketball as of late, but it’s worth noting that one their losses in this recent stretch of success came at the hands of the Detroit Pistons.
On February 13th, Detroit hosted Washington and won by double digits thanks to a Pistons 31-point scoring outburst in the fourth quarter.
Lawrence Frank’s group destroyed Wall and company on the boards, winning the rebounding battle 48 to 32, with Greg Monroe pulling down 18 boards on his own.
Also, the Pistons converted 9-of-18 shots from 3-point range, with Jose Calderon connecting on six-of-nine treys.
The long-range shooting may or may not be reproduced, but the effort on the boards certainly has to be replicated if Detroit plans on stealing one on the road tonight.
The Wizards surrender 99.8 points per 100 possessions (tied for eighth in the NBA) because they collectively rotate to the paint to close off driving angles and display a great amount of discipline as far as helping and recovering.
In addition, they are quick to jump into passing lanes and swipe at the ball whenever ballhandlers try getting to the rim against them. They are quite similar to the Memphis Grizzlies in this respect and it consequently forces teams launch from the outside to loosen up the defense.
The last time these teams met, Detroit was able to take advantage of Washington’s defense by hitting from downtown to open things up a little, but the Wizards still forced 17 turnovers.
If the Pistons protect the ball and get on the boards, it should go a long way towards helping them take this contest from the home team.