Game Preview: Pistons Continue Homestand with Contest Versus Knicks
The Detroit Pistons (2-1) look to continue their winning streak tonight as they take on the New York Knicks (1-1) at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The game begins at 7:30pm EST.
After losing their first game of the season to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks quickly got back to .500 by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 111-104 on Saturday. Carmelo Anthony had 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists in the win. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 21 points and five rebounds. The Knicks once held an 18-point lead in the game, but Memphis battled back to make it close, although they never had a lead in the game.
Detroit is now on a two game win streak. After beating the Orlando Magic, they swiftly took care of business against the Bucks on Sunday. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a breakout game after scoring a combined nine points in the first two games. He scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds, and had two steals. It only took Andre Drummond three games to get his next 20-20 performance. He had 20 points and 23 rebounds to go along with three blocks.Tobias Harris continued his hot start scoring 16 points and grabbing five rebounds. The Pistons committed an astoundingly bad 15 turnovers, with nine of them coming from either Ish Smith or Beno Udrih.
Probable Starting Lineups:
PG: Ish Smith
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF: Marcus Morris
PF: Tobias Harris
C: Andre Drummond
New York Knicks
PG: Derrick Rose
SG: Courtney Lee
SF: Carmelo Anthony
PF: Kristaps Porzingis
C: Joakim Noah
When the offense got sticky for the Pistons against Milwaukee they forced a turnover and got into transition. Look for them to get into transition today against a team in the Knicks that is still trying learn the offense.
This is the first game of a back-to-back for the Pistons, as they will play the Brooklyn Nets tomorrow. It is important for Detroit to win the first game, as it is expected they will come out a little slow against Brooklyn.
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