Game Preview: Pistons Look to get Third Straight Win in Meeting With Heat

The Pistons look to win their third straight game tonight at home against the Miami Heat. Tip-off is at 7pm at Little Ceasars Arena in downtown Detroit.

The Heat travel to Detroit after losing there last two games against the 76ers and Cavaliers. Heat Rookie, Bam Adebayo commented on their last game saying the 76ers let them back into the game and let them close in an almost thirty point deficit but they still fell short losing 103-97. Kelly Olynyk came off the bench to lead the team with 19 points, however, Bam Adebayo lead the Heat in rebounds with 13, also off the bench. Coming off of two losses, the Heat must hope Blake Griffin struggles with his new team in order for them come out on top. The Heat come to Detroit hoping to snap the two-game losing streak.

Coming off a good introductory win for Griffin over the Grizzlies, Detroit looks to keep the ball rolling and get their third straight win. Griffin posted 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists alongside Andre Drummond who contributed 14 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 assists in the win Thursday night. Coach Stan Van Gundy looks to incorporate Griffin with some new plays tonight against the Heat. In Griffin’s first appearance he did not get a chance to practice with his new team so Van Gundy only ran some basic plays. But, now with some practice under his belt, look to see Van Gundy running some different plays with Griffin and the rest of the offense.

Probable Starting Lineups

Miami Heat 
PG-Goran Dragic
SG-Tyler Johnson
SF-Josh Richardson
PF-James Johnson
C-Hassan Whiteside

Detroit Pistons
PG-Ish Smith
SG-Reggie Bullock
SF- Stanley Johnson
PF- Blake Griffin
C- Andre Drummond

Injuries

For the Heat’s injuries, Udonis Haslem is out tonight listed as day-to-day for personal reasons. Dion Waiters is out, and will most likely be having ankle surgery. Hassan Whiteside will be a game-time decision. Okaro White is still on the injured reserve with his ailing broken foot. Rodney McGruder is still out with his leg injury but is aiming to return sometime this month.

The Pistons injuries remain the same with Jon Leuer still nursing that ankle injury. Reggie Jackson is no longer wearing a boot and is aiming to be cleared in 2-3 weeks. Brice Johnson is also listed as inactive for tonight’s contest with the Heat.

Featured Image: Leon Halip/Getty Images

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