- Teams: Detroit Pistons (14-16) at Orlando Magic (8-20)
- Date: December 27, 2013
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
The Detroit Pistons finally bounced back. Well, they kind of did.
The Pistons had lost consecutive games to the Charlotte Bobcats and Houston Rockets entering their last game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bobcats and Rockets victimized Detroit on the interior thanks to sensational efforts by Al Jefferson and Dwight Howard.
Cleveland had the potential to give them the same type of scare because of Andrew Bynum, but instead, Detroit put the pressure on the big man and blew out the Cavs. The contest against Cleveland was the first leg in what is a three-game eastern road trip.
The second game occurs tonight against the Orlando Magic. Jacque Vaughn’s squad has lost three straight games and might finish the season with the worst record in the league.
The team still has some bright spots though. One of them is Arron Afflalo. He is currently having the second-best shooting season of his career despite the fact he’s increased his field-goal attempts on average in every single season.
Afflalo is a solid 2-guard and one can only wonder how many suitors are currently lined up for his services. Detroit will be wise to send some attention his way to ensure he does not get opportunities to put points on the board.
One way to slow him down is by attacking both he and his teammates on the perimeter. Indeed, Orlando has given up some fairly big scoring nights to perimeter players this season and as a result, the Pistons might be able to complement their interior scoring with efficient point production from the wings.
Between their size and athleticism, Detroit should be able to exit Orlando with a victory tonight. Just remember that there is a reason we actually play the games.