Game Preview: Jimmy Butler’s Status Uncertain as Pistons Host Wolves

The Detroit Pistons(2-2) face the Minnesota Timberwolves(2-2) tonight at Little Ceasers Arena. The game begins at 7 p.m.

Monday night was not a fun night for the Pistons. The Philadelphia 76ers dismantled Detroit, as the Sixers won 97-86. No Piston scored more than 16 points, as Reggie Jackson finished with 16 points and seven assists in the loss. Andre Drummond had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Tobias Harris, who came into the game averaging over 24 points per contest, was limited to just 11 points.

Monday’s loss was frustrating to Stan Van Gundy, who pondered whether a lineup change was necessary, but has since decided he will roll with the same starting five tonight.

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The good thing for Detroit is yesterday was just as bad for Minnesota, as Monday was for the Pistons.

The Indiana Pacers throttled the Timberwolves, 130-107. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the loss. Jamal Crawford and Nemanja Bjelica each added 18 points off the bench. Minnesota was outrebounded 42-27, an area where Detroit should look to capitalize on tonight.


The Detroit Pistons are at full health besides Dwight Buycks who has been dealing with a hip injury since the season began. Reggie Bullock will serve the final game of his five-game suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy tonight.

Jimmy Butler, the Wolves huge offseason acquisition, missed yesterday’s game with a respitory illness. Head Coach of the Wolves, Tom Thibodeau said last night that Butler’s status is uncertain. Justin Patton, who has missed the entire season so far, is still out.

Probable Starting Lineups:

Detroit Pistons

PG: Reggie Jackson

SG: Avery Bradley

SF: Stanley Johnson

PF: Tobias Harris

C: Andre Drummond

Minnesota Timberwolves

PG: Jeff Teague

SG: Andrew Wiggins

SF: Jimmy Butler

PF: Taj Gibson

C: Karl-Anthony Towns

Featured Image: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sport

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