Preview: Pacers at Pistons
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[January 03, 2017]
The Detroit Pistons ended 2016
with seven losses in eight games but are 1-0 in 2017 after earning a
107-98 win in Miami on Sunday. The Pistons will try to make it two
straight when they return home and host the Indiana Pacers on
Detroit was in danger of suffering another loss on Sunday before
coming out of the locker room and controlling the game on the
defensive end in the second half. "That’s all we talked about coming
out of the locker room and especially coming out of the huddle right
before the second half started," point guard Reggie Jackson told
reporters. "We’ve been the team calling timeouts early in the third.
We wanted to put that same pressure on somebody else and force them
to have to call timeout. I think the game’s simple. You’re either
attacking or you’re being attacked. We wanted to be the one on the
attack and make them feel us all night." The Pacers were the ones
doing the attacking in the last two games and earned back-to-back
home wins to pull out of a four-game skid. "It's something for us to
build off of," Pacers coach Nate McMillan told reporters after a
117-104 triumph over Orlando on Sunday. "We're coming out thinking
defense first and with the ball movement, it seems like we're
connected at both ends of the floor. We want to start 2017 with a
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ABOUT THE PACERS (17-18): Indiana dropped six of its last seven road
games, with the lone exception a 105-90 drubbing of the Pistons in
Detroit on Dec. 17. The Pacers had six players score in double
figures in that win and are stressing ball movement of late, which
led to an average of 27 assists in the last two wins. "We've been
showing film all season long that when we move the ball and get
quick action, everybody will get involved," McMillan told reporters.
"The ball movement has been really good the last two games. When you
play that way, everybody will get an opportunity."
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THE PISTONS (16-20): Star center Andre Drummond was a key to the win
on Sunday with 25 points and 18 rebounds, and his teammates credited
his defensive effort with leading to points on the other end.
“That’s the engine that makes us go," Jackson told reporters of
Drummond. "Any time he can eat and makes him feel good, then he does
everything he can on the other side of the court – altering shots
and blocking shots. You definitely want to feed him. He makes the
game easier for all of us." Drummond managed nine points on 4-of-11
shooting in the Dec. 17 loss to the Pacers.
1. Pistons SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope knocked down four 3-pointers
in three of the last five contests.
2. Pacers C Myles Turner collected 23 points and 12 rebounds on
Sunday after failing to record a double-double in December.
3. Indiana took the last three in the series.
PREDICTION: Pistons 102, Pacers 96
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