The Other Side: Detroit Pistons
The Washington Wizards will play the Detroit Pistons for the second time this season, but it will be the first trip back to Auburn Hills, Mich., for Coach Flip Saunders. Saunders isn't expecting to hear many cheers since he was unable to lead the franchise to a championship in his three seasons. He is now trying to lead the Wizards to their first road win against the Pistons since Jan. 26, 2007 -- when he was Detroit's coach.
The Pistons won the last meeting, 106-103, on Nov. 14, when Ben Gordon scored 29 points, including eight points in the final two minutes, to lead his team to victory. After handing the Wizards their sixth straight loss on that night, the Pistons lost their next seven games. Detroit (7-12) has won two of its past three games, including an upset win over the Atlanta Hawks last Sunday. The Pistons are 2-2 on Sundays this season.
Here's what else you need to know about the Pistons:
1. The Pistons are still playing without Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, which is why Ben Gordon said he is playing despite an injured left ankle. Pistons Coach John Kuester said he appreciates Gordon for playing through pain. Gordon recently played his first game in Chicago since bolting in free agency. Bulls fans weren't so appreciative. They booed.
2. Ben Wallace came close to retiring after he was traded to Phoenix this summer. But Prince, Hamilton and Pistons President Joe Dumars convinced him to come back to Detroit and he continues to turn back the clock since re-joining the franchise for which he was once the 'fro.
3. Rodney Stuckey has struggled with his shot this season, so Kuester has inserted former Wizard Chucky Atkins into the starting lineup to initiate the offense. Stuckey led the Pistons with 19 points in their win over Milwaukee last Friday.
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