- Teams: Detroit Pistons (23-47) at Charlotte Bobcats (16-52)
- Date: March 23, 2013
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
Something has to give tonight.
The Detroit Pistons have won 8-of-34 road games this season while the Charlotte Bobcats have been victorious in 10-of-34 contests at home.
One trend will have to take a brief pause tonight when these teams square off.
The Pistons have lost 10 games in a row entering the matchup this evening and will desperately be attempting to remedy the situation.
Unfortunately for the Pistons’ faithful, Detroit was part of history Friday night on the road in Miami. After opening the contest with a great offensive showing, Lawrence Frank’s unit faltered in the second half and gave Miami their 25th straight win.
Greg Monroe was dominant against the Heat’s diminutive frontline and his play coupled with Jose Calderon’s allowed the Pistons to drop 54 points in the first half.
Erik Spoelstra had his team turn up the pressure in the second half and Miami seemingly snuffed out every Piston play.
In the game’s preview, we had pointed out that outrebounding the Heat wouldn’t be sufficient and it wasn’t. Detroit was dominant on this front, grabbing 47 rebounds to Miami’s 33 but it hardly mattered.
Charlotte on the other hand is coming off a victory Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors. The win gave the Bobcats their first back-to-back set of victories since November.
Their great offensive showing against Toronto came as a product of their interior assault combined with their outside shooting. The Bobs scored 46 points in the paint and converted 8-of-16 shots from 3-point range.
The Pistons should allocate a fair amount of defensive attention to Byron Mullens when the teams meet tonight. For whatever reason, teams tend to lose track of him be it on the perimeter or on the boards, which gives him multiple easy scoring opportunities.
Mullens was a terror against the Raptors, pouring in 25 points on an efficient 7-of-11 field goal shooting.