Detroit Pistons (4-14), vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10-8)
When: 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Los Angeles Staples Center
TV: Bally Sports Detroit.
Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1), Pistons radio affiliates.
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Notes for the game: As the Pistons approach the quarter mark of the 2021-22 season — they’ll hit 20 games on Sunday against the Lakers, also at the Staples Center — they appear headed for another high lottery pick, sitting at No. 4 in the odds to win the No. 2 games behind the 2-16 Houston Rockets.
There’s still plenty to be thankful for, starting with 2021 No. Cade Cunningham was the overall pick. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. After a slow start, the Oklahoma State graduate appears to be finding his NBA stroke. On Sunday, he posted a triple-double of 13 points, 12 boards, and 10 assists against Los Angeles Lakers. On Wednesday, Cunningham was close to scoring in the Pistons’ loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He scored nine points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Cunningham needs to improve his shot. He’s currently 11-for-41 (26.8%), from the field in his last three games. Another thing to be grateful for: Second-year forward Isaiah Stewart who returns from Today, a two-game suspensionAfter trying to fight… well, almost everyone, but mainly LeBron James last Sunday in Little Caesars Arena.
If you’re feeling nostalgic for the Pistons’ last playoff appearance, however, the Clippers are the team to watch: They feature ex-Pistons Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard and Marcus Morris getting solid minutes as Paul George’s supporting cast. Jackson is scoring an impressive 18.3 points per match on 40.3% shooting while Morris averages 9.7 points per match and Kennard 9.9. (In all, the Clippers have seven players averaging at least seven points but less than 11, to go with Jackson and George’s 26.4.)
One thing we’ll soon be nostalgic about: The new name of the Clippers’ or Lakers’ home. “Crypto.com Arena”25 December. The Pistons will play one more game in the arena. They take on the Lakers at 9:15 p.m. “LeBron vs. Beef Stew II?”
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