- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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NO KG: Kevin Garnett (rest) will not play. That means someone like Reggie Evans, Andray Blatche or Mason Plumlee is going to be tasked with stopping the likes of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith. In going 2-0 against the Nets (22-25) this season, the Pistons (19-29) have combined to win the points in the paint (116-60) and rebounding (87-73) battles pretty handily.
D-WILL: Deron Williams has put together back-to-back solid games: 21 points and six assists against Philadelphia Monday and 16 points and eight assists against San Antonio Wednesday. The Nets need to see that consistency from Williams, who has moved back into the starting lineup.
D-TROIT BASKETBALL: The Pistons have lost two straight and are 3-7 in their last 10. Their seems to be some disharmony going on between the players and their coach. Mo Cheeks and Will Bynum exchanged words during a second-quarter timeout, which led to Bynum being bench. The Drummond, Monroe, Smith frontcourt hasn’t worked out. This would be a great opportunity for Brooklyn, but given that they don’t have Garnett and don’t match up particularly well against Detroit, tough to say who’s going to prevail in this one.
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