Detroit Pistons (4-14) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10-8)
When: 3:30 p.m. Friday.
True: Staples Center in Los Angeles.
TV: Bally Sports Detroit.
Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1), Pistons radio affiliates.
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Game Notes: As the Pistons approach the quarter-marker of the 2021-22 season — they will play 20 games against the Lakers on Sunday, also at the Staples Center — they appear to be heading for another high lottery pick and are at No. 4 in the No. 1 odds. choice, two games behind the 2-16 Houston Rockets.
Still, there’s plenty to be thankful for, starting with 2021’s No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham. You may have heard of him? After a slow start, the Oklahoma State product looks set to find its NBA blow; on Sunday, he triple-doubled with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Los Angeles Lakers. He came close on Wednesday in the Pistons’ knockout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Cunningham still needs to work on his shot though, as he has been 11-for-41 (26.8%) off the field in the last three games. Another thing to be thankful for: sophomore forward Isaiah Stewart, returning today from a two-game suspension after trying to fight… well, just about everyone, but especially LeBron James last Sunday at Little Caesars Arena.
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If you’re nostalgic for the Pistons’ last playoff appearance, the Clippers are the team to watch: They feature ex-Pistons Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard and Marcus Morris getting solid minutes as the supporting cast of Paul George. Jackson averages 18.3 points per game with 40.3% shots, while Morris has 9.7 points per game and Kennard 9.9. (In total, the Clippers have seven players averaging at least seven points, but less than 11, matching Jackson and George’s 26.4.)
We’ll soon be nostalgic about one thing: the name of the home of the Clippers and Lakers, which will change to “Crypto.com Arena” on December 25th. The Pistons get another game in the arena: this Sunday, when they take on the Lakers at 9:30 p.m. Do we get “LeBron vs. Beef Stew II?”
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