Tonight at 8:30pm EST the Pistons will be at Oracle arena to play against the Golden State Warriors. The Pistons are on the second night of a back to back after beating the Clippers last night, while the Warriors are on one day of rest following a victory against the Wizards on Friday.
The Warriors are pretty good at basketball, they may even win the championship this year. Steph Curry is the greatest shooter to ever step on the floor although he has actually been a bit off so far this season, Kevin Durant one of the greatest shooters and pure scorers ever and he has not been off so far, Klay Thompson is probably the second greatest shooter ever to live and he has been tearing it up out of the gate, Draymond Green is one of the best defenders in basketball and an excellent passer who scores just enough to be a threat. Zaza Pachulia is an honorary starter at center and does basic center things but not all that well, Andre Igoudala is still a very good defender and a super versatile offensive player. Shaun Livingston is also a really good defender and will abuse smaller point guards in the post with fadeaway jumpers till the end of time. Nick Young can shoot and is getting tons of open looks, David West is still tough as nails and can still get the occasional tough bucket. Patrick McCaw is young but probably a decent player, as is Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell.
This team has great defenders coming out of its ears, and 2 of the greatest scorers to ever live, and the two greatest shooters to ever live. Unless they get hit with some injuries or some other shenanigans they should be the best team in basketball by a fair margin and roll to another championship however they have not been quite as comically dominant so far in the young season as the last couple.
Matchups to watch:
Draymond Green vs Playing: There was a bit of a scuffle in the game on Friday night and Draymond was at the center of it. No suspensions have been given out yet as far as I know but there is still a decent chance he gets one. Obviously if he is out it changes the dynamic of the Warriors on both ends quite a bit.
Stanley Johnson vs. Kevin Durant: Johnson has had a few tough assignments so far this year, but tonight is the toughest. I would guess he gets Durant for most of the night, and Tobias will get some as well. Durant has enough size advantage to shoot over Stanley, but if Stanley can keep him out of the paint without fouling it would go a long ways.
Pistons vs Energy: Back to back after a physical and close game the previous night on the road against a rested team that is already better? If the Pistons come out slow in any way this could get out of hand quickly.
Pistons vs Staying level-headed: There is a decent chance they get obliterated tonight. They can't let it affect them if it happens to make sure they don't have a letdown against the Lakers.
Andre vs Being the Destroyer Of Worlds: Andre is perhaps the best anti-Warriors guy in the NBA (in theory) as he is huge enough to hurt them on the glass on one end, and athletic enough to still hang on defense with all the mean things the Warriors do to teams. If the Pistons want to have any chance in this game it likely comes from Andre playing at a very high level.
Avery Bradley vs. Steph Curry: Curry is exactly the sort of guy Avery Bradley is around for. Like Stanley we are not looking for him to shut him down, but keeping him from going off will go a long ways.
So in conclusion...
Wink knowingly at your friends if:
Andre is obliterating the Warriors on the glass and switching onto guards with no problem.
Draymond Green doesn't play and the Warriors look soft defensively as a result.
Durant and Curry struggle against tough defense from the Pistons.
Run for the hills if:
The Pistons come out slow and are down by 30 at the end of the first quarter.
Durant or Curry get hot.
Andre gets into foul trouble.
Opportunities for me to look stupid:
Avery Bradley is out for blood and keeps Steph in check.
Durant isn't overly troubled by Stanley by just shooting over him and the Pistons have no good answer.
Andre is basically Godzilla.
The Warriors are still gearing up and laze around a bit while the Pistons are firing on all cylinders and win a thriller.
Pistons 108 – Warriors 107.
What do you think? Will the Pistons have energy? Will they be able to contain Curry and Durant?