By phillipnaessens on August 20, 2014
The Detroit Pistons hired Stan Van Gundy to replace former GM Joe Dumars and head coach Maurice Cheeks. He inherits a team that went 29-53, Can he turn things around, or will this be another disappointing season for Motor City fans everywhere? Here are five games that stand out for the Detroit Pistons as they seek to make the playoffs.
The Pistons travel to the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls in an early NBA Central Division matchup. It will be interesting to see how the frontcourt of Josh Smith, Jonas Jerebko and Andre Drummond fare against Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah and Mike Dunleavy. There’s also a fun battle between Brandon Jennings and Derrick Rose to look forward to as well. What a great way to begin the week!
The Pistons are at home to host the Indiana Pacers in another Central Division matchup. The Pacers had the Pistons' number last season, going 3-1, but without All-Star Paul George injured and Lance Stephenson now wearing a Charlotte Hornets jersey, the Pacers are an entirely different team. This should be a nice Boxing Day victory for Pistons fans to enjoy.
The Pistons travel to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the LeBron James led Cleveland Cavaliers in another Central Division contest. This will be a good test to see just where both teams are at. The Pistons' frontcourt should be able to make hay against Cleveland, so the key will be limiting the 3-pointers and pound it inside. It should be a great matchup.
The defending Champion San Antonio Spurs come to town, giving Pistons fans an opportunity to watch Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili play what most likely will be their last time in Detroit. The Pistons will have their hands full, but if they can take care of the ball, they have the talent to keep this thing competitive. It will be a good night of basketball at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Miami Heat head to the Palace to take on the Pistons in a game that could have seeding implications. The Pistons will be tired after their Friday night contest in Chicago, but this is one ballgame they will absolutely want to win. This is also a contest that the Pistons' frontcourt should dominate, and if they do, they should win this contest.
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