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Game Preview: IND (33-21) vs DET (22-34)
Scott Agness | February 20, 2013 | Updated February 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Continuing their February stretch where they play nine of 11 games at home, the Pacers host division foe Detroit to the Fieldhouse on Friday night. Then they’ll wrap up the season series, currently 2-0 in favor of the Pacers, in Detroit the following night. Just over three weeks removed from their last visit, the Pistons are missing a familiar piece from the past decade.
If you remember, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye were dealt to Memphis just hours before that game. That left Detroit's locker room a bit shaken up and it was particularly obvious in their play. Prince was the last remaining piece from the Pistons' 2004 championship team.
With that move, the Pistons acquired a very talented point guard in Jose Calderon from the Toronto Raptors. In his first seven games with the team, he’s averaging a career-high 14.6 points and 6.4 assists per game while shooting 55 percent from the floor. He’s a very good distributor, ranking second in the NBA in assists-to-turnover ratio at 4.36, only trailing Clippers guard Chris Paul. Calderon also recorded a triple-double against the Pacers on November 13 while he was still with the Raptors.
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Another change is that rookie Andre Drummond, who’s made an impact in his short time in this league, is expected to be out another month with a stress fracture (back). Where his absence will most be felt is on the glass, where he averages a couple blocks and almost eight rebounds per game.
The Pacers are a confident group, coming off their dominating 34-point win over the New York Knicks. Danny Granger’s debut won’t be tonight. Coach Frank Vogel ruled him out at morning shootaround, saying “we’re still working through rhythm and conditioning. He’s got to feel like he’s back before he gets put into a game.”
Pacers: Danny Granger (Out, left knee)
Pistons: Andre Drummond (Out, stress fracture in back)
Pistons: Brandon Knight (Out, hyperextended right knee)
"We did make one move. We acquired an All-Star level player at the small forward spot. He should be joining us any day now ... We’re looking at Danny Granger as our trade-deadline acquisition. We love this team. We love the depth at all positions." – Frank Vogel
"We’re still working through rhythm and conditioning. He’s got to feel like he’s back before he gets put into a game. He’s cleared to play but we’re not going to throw him out there if he’s not sharp, not in shape or he doesn’t have his rhythm and timing down.” – Frank Vogel on Danny Granger
"A guy that has always killed us. He always plays well against us and enhances their ball movement, their play-making skills and 3-point shooting." – Frank Vogel on Jose Calderon, who was traded to the Pistons since their last meeting
"Whoever loses game one, has the advantage in game two. Losing brings an edge that you can’t replicate just by trying to replicate. Whoever wins game one will have a bigger challenge in terms of maintaining that edge." – Frank Vogel on the challenge of facing the same team in back-to-back nights
- The Pacers have won the past three meetings.
- Within the division, the Pacers are 7-2, including 4-0 in games at home.
- Greg Monroe has recorded eight consecutive doubles-doubles.
- Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank attended Indiana University and was a manager under Coach Bob Knight from 1988-1992.
The last go-round, nine games ago, the Pacers scored 18 of the final 20 points to close the first half and rolled to a 98-79 victory. About an hour before the game, coach Lawrence Frank addressed the team and informed them that 11-year veteran Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye would not play because they were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Pistons were flat all night, shooting 36 percent from the field, including 3-of-18 from behind the arc. Every Pacers starter plus Tyler Hansbrough scored at least 10 points, led by Roy Hibbert’s 18 along with 11 rebounds. Lance Stephenson recorded his first double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) in the win. Center Greg Monroe paced the visiting Pistons with 18 points and nine boards.
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