Pistons Vie to Close Out November Precisely, Hosting Phoenix Suns
Before going on a four game road trip, the Detroit Pistons (13-6) will be home at Little Ceasers Arena to host the Phoenix Suns (8-14). Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.
This will be the final game in the month of November where the Pistons have won 7/10 outings. The Suns enter this one sitting in 13th place overall in the Western Division, while the Pistons are 2nd in the Eastern Division.
The Suns leading scorer, shooting guard Devin Booker, returned in a major way from a toe injury that sidelined him for one game. Tuesday, Booker scored 33 points (10-23, 4-59 3PT, 8-10FT), nine rebounds, and dished out four assists to help the Suns take down the Bulls 104-99.
As for Detroit, other than Andre Drummond’s consistent dominance in the post, they have a good problem of having a number of guys that can be “that guy”. In Monday’s 118-108 win over the Boston Celtics, four starter scored in double figures, led by Tobias Harris with 31 points and eight rebounds. Drummond was a monster as he put up 26 points while grabbing 22 boards, and recording six assists. Along with those four, there were three other Piston’s who at least scored seven points.
After Monday’s win, Detroit Head Coach Stan Van Gundy spoke to the unselfishness of the team and the benefits that come from it.
“We’ve been sharing the ball all year – this is a really, really unselfish team,” Van Gundy said. “We play for each other. Literally not one time this year has anybody complained about not getting shots, not getting the ball, any of that. Part of that is because the ball does always move.”
Although the Pistons are having a lot of fun and enjoying the winning feeling, they’re not going to overlook any one. Having that mind-set is huge, and it’s apart of what separates the good from the great.
“This is a huge thing for us. Last year, we struggled on the road,” said Tobias Harris, who had 31 points. “It’s our mentality coming into these games, but on top of that, it’s important for us to understand that we have to get up for every game, not just the top teams.”
The Pistons are likely to be without Jon Leuer as he’s dealing with a severely sprained ankle.
The Suns have been without former Piston Brandon Knight all season. (knee)
Probable Starting Lineups
PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Avery Bradley
SF: Stanley Johnson
PF: Tobias Harris
C: Andre Drummond
PG: Tyler Ulis
SG: Devin Booker
SF: T.J. Warren
PF: Dragan Bender
C: Tyson Chandler
Featured Image: Matt West-Boston Herald