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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Detroit Pistons Preview: Avoid the letdown in Bluff City

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After an emotional comeback win over the Kings, the Grizzlies look to continue their winning ways against a struggling Detroit team.

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2014/15 NBA Season
8-1 (4-0 home)
3-6 (1-4 road)
November 15, 2014
FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
7:00 PM CDT
Fox SportSouth / 92.9 FM ESPN
Possible Starters
Mike Conley PG Brandon Jennings
Courtney Lee SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Tony Allen SF Josh Smith
Zach Randolph PF Greg Monroe
Marc Gasol C Andre Drummond
2014/15 Advanced Stats
93.8 (T-24th) Pace 93.8 (T-24th)
103.3 (T-16th) OEff 98.3 (26th)
97.3 (4th) DEff 102.6 (14th)
47.5 (T-26th) RebR 51.1 (9th)

Pistons vs Grizzlies coverage

Opponent's Blog: Detroit Bad Boys


Pistons: Jodie Meeks (Out, back), Cartier Martin (Doubtful, foot), Luigi Datome (Possible, hamstring)

Grizzlies: (none)

Know Your Opponent

The Pistons struggled in 2013-14, and while they revamped their front office and coaching staff in the offseason, the roster remained largely the same.  They brought in shooters, most notably Jodie Meeks.  Meeks has gone down with injury early, and the early results for the Motor City roundballers have not been an improvement over last year's.

The Pistons feature several athletic players capable of highlight-reel plays on a regular basis, but struggle to execute and operate efficiently on a consistent basis.  New head coach (and President of Basketball Operations) Stan Van Gundy is struggling to change the team's identity, but it has not come to fruition thus far.

Points of Grizzly Emphasis

Avoid the letdown

After coming back from a huge 26-point deficit Thursday night against the Kings, there could be a tendency to overlook the Pistons, a lottery team for the past few seasons who has struggled out of the gate.  This team, like the Bucks, has enough weapons and athleticism to be dangerous, and should the Grizzlies overlook them like they seemingly did Milwaukee, this could be a very uncomfortable game.

Bench boon

After a very cold start in which the Grizzlies bench averaged 18.3 points per game - worst in the league through 6 games - the Grizzlies bench has averaged 38.3 points in the last 3 games.  While that's inflated a bit by Courtney Lee coming off the bench vs. the Kings, the bench production has been much better overall.  Jon Leuer and Vince Carter in particular seem to be rounding into form, with VC making several big 3s in the Grizzlies comeback vs. the Kings, as well as that magnificent final inbounds to Courtney Lee.   Continued bench production will be important for the Grizzlies to maintain their torrid start.

Why you should watch this game

The Grizzlies are 8-1!!!  One of the keys to life is enjoying the good times and this is one of them.  It's Saturday night, and it's the Grizzlies in Memphis.  Not only should you watch it, if you're in Memphis, you should come downtown, walk down Beale, and cheer on the best team in the NBA!