The Detroit Pistons have their 2013 regular season all set and the schedule looks to be a good one. They will start the brand new season on October 30th with a home game against the Washington Wizards and will end the year on April 16th at Oklahoma City. But after going through the schedule, here are 5 of the top match-ups/story lines to look out for throughout the year.
1. Monday November 25th Vs. Milwaukee. This will more than likely be the return of Brandon Knight to Detroit and the first game for Brandon Jennings against his former squad. I’m sure the game itself won’t be the greatest game (should be a Pistons blowout) but who knows. All I know is that there will be plenty of talk about the two point guards before the game.
2. Tuesday December 3rd @ Miami. Any game against the Heat is a big game. However, with the new additions on the team, hopefully the Pistons can dominate or I would even take a victory against the Heat. It will be interesting to see how they come together or fall apart against the defending champions.
3. Wednesday December 4th @Milwaukee. So the night after they face the defending champs, point guard Brandon Jennings is returning to Milwaukee. I am not expecting Milwaukee fans to be very happy about him gone but I’m not sure. I guess it will depend on how they are doing at this point of the season.
4. Saturday December 21st Vs. Houston. This marks Dwight Howard’s first visit to the Palace as a member of the Rockets. Other than that, this game really won’t be a big deal but I guess it will depend on whether or not Howard has destroyed the team chemistry at this point.
5. Monday January 20th Vs. Clippers. This game could be the highest scoring game of the year. It will be Lob City against an up and coming Lob City. I put the amount of defense played at none and the number of dunks at about 35. Should be a great game to watch.
And finally, the Pistons have had talks about bringing in Jason Collins to mentor Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, according to ESPN.
Not really a stud player but will draw a ton of media attention because of this: “Sources stressed to ESPN.com that, while no formal offer has been made, Detroit has opened a dialogue with Collins, who in late April became the first openly gay athlete in North America’s four traditional major sports leagues.”
We’ll see what happens with that.