The hell with it, this AP article covers it well.  Detroit is favored by 2.  All I can say is I want to see Valanciunas and Monroe/Drummond go at it:

The Detroit Pistons hoped they were turning things around after a surprisingly convincing win last weekend, but they weren’t nearly as good their last time out.

Facing another struggling team may help them get back on track.

Detroit seeks its sixth victory in the last seven meetings with the visiting Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

The Pistons (2-10) lost nine of their first 10 games before routing Boston 103-83 on Sunday behind a solid performance from Greg Monroe. They couldn’t carry over that momentum, though, shooting a season-low 32.9 percent in a 90-74 loss to Orlando on Wednesday.

Detroit held a three-point edge at halftime, but allowed Orlando to open the third on a 21-0 run and ended up scoring eight points and shooting 2 of 21 in the quarter.

“I wish I could explain it to you,” coach Lawrence Frank said. “I didn’t like the way we played there and then to open the third quarter was embarrassing.”

Monroe scored a game-high 19 points and is averaging 20.3 on 58.0 percent shooting with 11.5 rebounds over his last four games. Rodney Stuckey added 13 points off the bench for the Pistons, who joined winless Washington as the only teams with 10 defeats.

“I think we lost our focus and what we need to do to win games,” Monroe said. “The things that have happened these last couple of games is on us.”

Frank couldn’t come close to finding a suitable lineup in the second half and may consider some changes going forward.

“You’re constantly trying to find different answers, putting guys in there to see if they can bring something different to the game,” Frank told the team’s official website. “There were a ton of changes (Wednesday). Don’t get caught up in the semantics of who’s starting. You’re looking to see anyone who could bring what you thought the game needed.”

Toronto (3-9) hasn’t been much better, though the league did admit to a missed call in the closing seconds of Wednesday’s 98-97 loss at Charlotte that could’ve changed the outcome.

Replays showed Andrea Bargnani was fouled attempting a jumper with 2.4 seconds left and should have been awarded two free throws, but the referees did not make a call and time expired.

Bargnani scored a game-high 25 points in the team’s second straight defeat.

“These guys played their heart out and they are hurt right now,” coach Dwane Casey said. “We have to create some breaks for ourselves. I thought we shot ourselves in the foot with some mental mistakes that we made as far as turnovers are concerned.”

Kyle Lowry, who added 21 points and eight assists in his second game back – and first start – since missing six games with a sprained ankle, said Toronto is capable of playing much better.

“It’s very frustrating. We’re working so hard,” Lowry said. “But we’ve got to get better. Our 3-9 record doesn’t show how good of a team we are. We’re better than 3-9.”

The Raptors haven’t been very good recently against the Pistons, dropping five of the last six matchups after 17 rebounds from Monroe helped Detroit win 76-73 in the most recent meeting April 22.

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14 Responses to “Raptors @ Pistons “Preview””

  1. BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

    I just hope that both Val & Drummond get alot of playing time I want to see them match up in a real NBA game other than that this game could go either way depending on which team is hitting their shots, playing solid D and not turning the ball over.

    Detroit’s home court advantage in this D League All Star Game gets them a W 101-97.

  2. knowledgep

    i’ll take Toronto with the W based on a strong comeback performance from Derozan and team after the Charlotte game.

  3. JHP

    It takes real skill to lose by 1 point every night.  The tank is now officially on!

    Washington is really going to hard to beat 🙂

  4. Dan

    The coaching sucks this year. To the poster Daniel, you are looking more right now about Lowry and the hero ball. Both on offense and defense. He is a huge part of why they came back tonight. He gambles to much on D tried taking the final 4 shots when Andrea was playing great. If only everyones hereo Demar had shown up to play.

  5. KJ-B

    DeRozan better have brought his Air Miles card tonight–because he cashed them all in and was a 1st class passenger–with very little but the name on his jersey to let you know it was ol’ Deebo…

  6. KJ-B

    #7 has about 5-8 games a year when he just can’t be stopped–and Lowry, thought he was Isiah Thomas…what a knob sometimes Mike James 2.0 can be…It was ‘Drea’s game to lose and no rock to pound!!!! 

    Lowry is losing that locker room with every 4th quarter meltdown, no wonder why Jose is still here–is Kyle “Mike James” Lowry gon get traded…again????

    • KJ-B

      sometimes I wonder if Bargs has a physical condition like type 2 Diabetes, because his energy levels are so low sometimes and at other times he’s like a man on fire–seriously, I wonder if his energy might be medical–because any player who can dominate like that should do it EVERY game…that’s what competition is about beating up on the less skilled and talented…hmmm???

  7. Bronasvalanciunas

    That one was heartbreaking, defense falling apart in the clutch and wasting Bargnani’s best game all year. It’s a real shame, #7’s earned his postgame Primo pasta tonight.

  8. The Truth

    Wow, that was so demoralizing. Both the poor shot selection by Lowry down the stretch and the ridiculously bad boxing out/rebounding that led to us being in that position in the first place.


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