- Teams: Brooklyn Nets (22-25) at Detroit Pistons (19-29)
- Date: February 7, 2014
- Time: 7:30 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
The Detroit Pistons have a fairly difficult month ahead of them, and well, they have not started things out well. Detroit has a series of tough games this month, which makes it incredibly important for Maurice Cheeks’ guys to remain competitive against teams that are in their tier.
Their most recent defeat at the hands of the Orlando Magic might signal that the Pistons are not ready to tackle February. The Magic blew them out and now the Pistons will have to try to rebound this evening against a Brooklyn Nets team that defeated the San Antonio Spurs last night.
The Nets are perhaps the best bad team in the Eastern Conference. They have had a few five-game winning streaks as well as some smaller ones. Brooklyn has beaten some decent teams and also managed to beat the subpar squads on their schedule.
The Nets have collected back-to-back victories heading into the contest with the Pistons thanks in large part to their guards. One might be tempted to think the big contributor here is Deron Williams, but that would be inaccurate.
The guy leading the Brooklyn charge is Shaun Livingston. His all-around play has helped the Nets look relatively competent. Livingston has the length to play both guard spots and can even manage at the small forward position. Thus, he fits well alongside Williams and Joe Johnson despite his lack of shooting range.
He is a solid ball-handler and finds ways to incorporate himself next to his teammates. He remains in movement, which gives his comrades room to operate. It will be interesting to see whether Detroit matches up well in the backcourt against Brooklyn.
With respect to the frontcourt, that will be the Pistons’ advantage, and the Nets might struggle with it. Detroit’s interior players will likely attempt to bully the opposition on the boards for second-chance opportunities.
Pay close attention to the Nets’ reserves tonight specifically because of this. If Reggie Evans gets into the game, his size and hustle might prove to be the equalizer against a bruising Detroit frontline.