Detroit Pistons (4-14) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10-8)
When: 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles.
TV: Bally Sports Detroit.
Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1), Pistons Radio Partner.
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Game hints: As the Pistons approach the quarter mark of the 2021-22 season – they will play 20 games against the Lakers on Sunday, also in the Staples Center – they seem to be heading for another high lottery tip and sit in fourth place of the odds for the No. 1. Pick, two games behind the 2-16 Houston Rockets.
Still, there is a lot to be thanked for, starting with number 1 of the 2021 overall pick, Cade Cunningham. You may have heard of him? After a slow start, the Oklahoma state product appears to be finding its NBA hit; On Sunday he played a triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Los Angeles Lakers. He was close to the Pistons’ blowout defeat against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists. However, Cunningham has yet to work on his shot as he’s been 11-to-41 (26.8%) off the field in his last three games. Another thing to be thankful for: Isaiah Stewart, sophomore striker who returns today from a two-game suspension after trying to fight … well, almost everyone, but mostly LeBron James last Sunday at Little Caesars Arena.
LEARNING ABILITY:Pistons lucky to have Cunningham. He showed again why in the Stewart-LeBron chaos
However, if you’re feeling nostalgic after the Pistons’ last playoff appearance, the Clippers are the team to watch out for: They feature ex-Pistons Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard and Marcus Morris who did solid minutes as supporting cast to Paul George receive. Jackson averages 18.3 points per game at 40.3% shooting, while Morris scores 9.7 points per game and Kennard 9.9 points. (Overall, the Clippers have seven players averaging at least seven points but less than 11 to go with Jackson and Georges 26.4.)
We’ll soon be nostalgic about one thing: the name of the Clippers and Lakers house, which will change to “Crypto.com Arena” on December 25th. The Pistons get another game in the arena: This Sunday when they play the Lakers at 9:30 p.m. Will we get LeBron vs. Beef Stew II?
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