Detroit Pistons: The starting lineup we’d love to see against Philadelphia

Isaiah Stewart #28 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Isaiah Stewart #28 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Pistons‘ loss to the Houston Rockets came down to the wire and their veterans played big minutes.

They won’t have much time to think about it, as they take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight with both teams on the tail end of a back-to-back.

All of the Pistons’ starters except Mason Plumlee played big minutes and it wouldn’t be surprising if some of them, particularly Blake Griffin, were held out in the Philly game or at least restricted.

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The Detroit Pistons are not likely to beat the 76ers under any circumstances, so this would be a good chance for Dwane Casey to get his young guys some minutes against a good team.

The Pistons do not currently have anyone other than Killian Hayes on the injury report but it wouldn’t be surprising if Blake Griffin sat against Philadelphia.

I really hope that he does. For one, he’s been playing huge minutes and needs the break. Also, some of the rookies are playing well and it would be nice to see them rewarded with a start.

Here’s the starting lineup I’d like to see against the 76ers.

Detroit Pistons: What is the starting lineup vs. the Philadelphia 76ers?

The Detroit Pistons should sit Blake Griffin tonight and roll with a modified starting lineup.

  • PG-Delon Wright
  • SG- Wayne Ellington
  • SF-Saddiq Bey
  • PF- Jerami Grant
  • C- Isaiah Stewart

If the Detroit Pistons do sit Blake Griffin tonight, it would be nice to see them go fast and long with a lineup that can switch on defense and run the floor.

Both Wright and Ellington have played well lately but Wright would be even more effective with another shooter like Bey on the floor.

Isaiah “Beef Stew” Stewart had one of his best games of the season against Houston. He was active with 10 rebounds and two blocks and has definitely earned himself a start.

It’s possible that Joel Embiid won’t play much or at all on a back-to-back against a bad team, but if he does, I’d love to see Stewart punch him in the mouth, er, ummm, I mean, defend him well.

Dwane Casey should use back-to-backs as a way to the young guys more playing time and to integrate them more with the starters.

I won’t hold my breath, but this would be a great game for Blake Griffin to watch from the bench.

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