NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, February 8th
(All times Eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (39-11) at Detroit Pistons (18-32), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The start of a lengthy rodeo road trip went well for the
San Antonio Spurs, who will resume the nine-game excursion Friday night
against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Spurs kicked off the trek with a 104-94 victory over the Minnesota
Timberwolves on Wednesday and received solid performances from both Tony
Parker and Danny Green. Parker had a season-high 31 points and Green buried
eight 3-pointers en route to a career-best 28 points.
"It's really tough to win on the road and tonight Danny Green stepped up big
and a lot of guys contributed tonight," said Parker, who recorded 15 points in
the first half.
Kawhi Leonard finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who ran
their winning streak to 11 games in a row and are 17-9 away from the Alamo
City. The Spurs own the highest winning percentage in the NBA at .780 and
their .654 road winning percentage ranks first in the NBA.
Spurs forward Tim Duncan missed the Minnesota game because of knee and ankle
issues and guard Manu Ginobili has been out the last two games due to a left
hamstring issue. Both are doubtful for Friday's game.
San Antonio will try to extend its road winning streak to five games.
Detroit hopes that won't happen and is mired in a three-game slide, which
continued with Wednesday's 93-90 setback to the Brooklyn Nets.
Joe Johnson buried a pair of free throws with 8.8 seconds remaining to lift
the visiting Nets, while Greg Monroe netted a game-high 23 points and grabbed
10 boards for the Pistons, who have dropped five of six, seven of nine and are
13-14 as the host.
Detroit had an early 19-9 lead and also led by a 46-33 score later on.
However, the Nets clawed their way back and took a three-point lead (88-91)
with 17.8 seconds left on a Brook Lopez layup.
"You have to give Brooklyn credit, but there were many opportunities in
controllable situations that we just didn't do a very good job," Pistons coach
Lawrence Frank said.
Monroe is posting averages of 18.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in his last four
games. On the injury front for Detroit, rookie Andre Drummond (back/tailbone)
is doubtful for Friday's game. He has been an instrumental player on defense
with at least one block in 18 straight contests and played just 4:41 in the
loss to the Nets, posting two blocks and an assist.
Detroit is allowing 101.2 ppg in the 32 losses this season and 88.8 ppg in 18
wins. The Pistons could use some defense Friday against the Spurs, who have
won three in a row and 15 of the last 23 matchups in this series.
02/08 10:32:44 ET