As Joe Johnson’s game winning jumper sailed just over the outstretched hands of Tayshaun Prince, the Detroit Pistons found themselves falling just short of pulling off one of the NBA’s biggest upsets this season. After a heartbreaking 107-105 double overtime loss in Brooklyn last night, the Detroit Pistons fell just short of shocking the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.
Instead the Pistons return home with a 7-18 record, playing host to the 12-11 Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers, following a strong 2011-2012 campaign, have sputtered offensively without the utility of leading scorer Danny Granger, who suffered a knee injury during the preseason. Forward David West has stepped up in Granger’s absence, leading the Pacers in scoring at 17.1 points per game. Indiana boasts the NBA’s best defense, allowing only 91 points per game, and also lead the NBA in rebounds per game (46.5). Lance Stephenson will likely sit for the second consecutive game after spraining his ankle in the Pacers’ 96-81 win against Cleveland on Wednesday. Instead look for Sam Young and Tyler Hansborough to see increased minutes. Follow all the action on the official Twitter of Michigan Review Sports, @Mreviewsports.