Pelicans could test bad-shot limits of Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (10-12) at New Orleans Pelicans (9-10)
  • Date: December 11, 2013
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

What to look for

Ryan Schwan of Bourbon Street Shots wrote a fantastic post about the Pelicans’ defense. The gist: They’re good to average at defense when it comes to forcing turnovers, securing rebounds and keeping the opponent off the free-throw line.

But they’re really bad at forcing bad shots and then contesting them.

So this game should be a test for Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith, two Pistons who have a proclivity for taking bad shots.

Sometimes, bad shots are a necessity. When the shot-clock gets low, it’s not always possible to generate a good look. In those situations, Jennings – and to a lesser degree, Smith – are fine candidates to create a better bad shot. There’s value in that.

But those two take plenty of bad shots when they’re not necessary.

If the season trends Schwan outlined hold true tonight – and Maurice Cheeks implements an offensive plan that does even a reasonably good job of creating good shots – the Pistons should be stuck with few bad shots. That puts the onus on Jennings and Smith to choose their shots wisely.

Tonight presents an interesting mental challenge for them, and whether they meet it could go a long in whether Detroit wins.

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