|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|
|Mike Conley||PG||Brandon Jennings|
|Courtney Lee||SG||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope|
|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)
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.
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!