AUBURN HILLS, MI On the heels of a 88-77 loss against Indiana on Saturday, the Detroit Pistons (7-19) host the L.A. Clippers (17-6) tonight at the Palace. The Clippers have won nine straight games, and are looking to complete their first four game road trip sweep in franchise history.
“We’re just taking it one game at a time,” said Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, who led Detroit to the 2004 NBA title. “It doesn’t matter as much who we’re playing as how we play.”
Billups was an instrumental component in Detroit’s run to six straight Eastern Conference Finals from 2002-2008. Since his departure, the Pistons have largely struggled through the development of recent draft picks Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight, and Andre Drummond.
As Lawrence Frank’s team looks to snap a four game losing streak, they’ll have to focus on defensing Clippers’ big men Blake Griffin (18.2ppg/9.0rpg) and DeAndre Jordan (9.7ppg/7.1rpg).
“Obviously you have to work to contain those two guys,” said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. “We understand that we’re going to have to play physical tonight.”
Pistons leading scorer Greg Monroe echoed his coach’s words.
“We’re going to just going to try and match their intensity,” he said.
Frank suggested the Pistons starting lineup may be rearranged in the near future, although he wouldn’t comment specifically what changes he planned on making.
Former Michigan guard Jamal Crawford returns as a member of the Clippers. Crawford averages 16.6 points and 2.3 assists per game and said he’s been in touch with current Wolverines Trey Burke and Glen Robinson.
“It’s exciting to see them playing so well,” said Crawford. “I still got love (for Michigan).”
(7-19) Detroit Pistons vs. (17-6) L.A. Clippers – 7:30pm EST Follow us on Twitter at @MReviewSports for live updates from the Palace.