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The Other Side: Detroit Pistons

Hey, Chucky. Which one of us is going to tell that kid that you're not Chauncey Billups. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

By Michael Lee  |  December 6, 2009; 2:44 PM ET
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Fresh off of watching the Skins throw up all over themselves, will the Zards follow suit?

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 6, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

You guys blame the bigs for their lack of production in the paint, but so few opportunities are created by guards getting them the ball where they can be effective.

Really? That's really how you feel? Haywood is ineffective outside of 16 inches from the basket and even then he's liable to get a dunk or weak layup attempt blocked. He basically needs to be spoon fed the ball with noone around him to score or get putbacks.

Blatche - Jump shooter
Jamison is the best low post option but he's a jump shooter too. McGee doesn't have much of an offensive arsenal...and Oberto.


Posted by: SDMDTSU | December 6, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

And I'm still waiting on someone to backup with evidence against other GMs on how Ernie is a terrible GM.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | December 6, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't suggest holding your breath waiting for someone to back that one up.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 6, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't suggest holding your breath waiting for someone to back that one up.

I know it's not coming...but I wanted to give everyone the opportunity since it seems to be the popular opinion.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | December 7, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

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