When: Wednesday, December 7th, 7:00pm
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
How To Watch: Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Network
The Detroit Pistons beat the Charlotte Hornets hardly a week ago. It was the Hornets fourth game in five nights, a so-called, “scheduled loss” for a team that has been racking them up since starting the season hot.
And yet, Charlotte remains tied for the third best record in the East, thanks to the always-improving play of Kemba Walker and a unique cast of characters, including unlikely rebounding-machine Jeremy Lamb, who as of late has been put in huge performances for the team after ending last season in Clifford’s sturdily-built and well-maintained doghouse. While still prone to the occasional turnover or defensive lapse, Lamb’s rebounding, on-ball defense, and isolation offense have been particularly strong. This, after starting the season with a hamstring injury, was not to be expected by anyone outside of perhaps the Hornets locker room where Kemba Walker mentioned Jeremy Lamb as one of the hardest workers on the team. We’re now just beginning to see the fruits of that labor.
And so the team will see the Pistons again, this time down South. Reggie Jackson is questionable for the game, so expect to see quite a bit of Carolina native Ish Smith. As always, Detroit will be led by Steve Clifford’s ever-exasperated mentor Stan Van Gundy as well as a true rebound snatcher/free throw bricker in young big man Andre Drummond. A key for this game will be to run the Pistons off the 3 point line, something Charlotte utterly failed at the last time these two teams met where Detroit was able to make a season high’s worth of 3 point shots.
Rest up boys, this time there are no good excuses.