Monday, January 20, 2020
The Detroit Pistons will look to grab a third straight win today as they battle the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena. If they win today, it will mark their first three-game winning streak this season. The Wizards, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss.
Today’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on December 26 when the Pistons handed the Wizards a 132-102 blowout loss. During that game, Christian Wood scored 22 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished out three assists, and blocked one shot while Anzejs Pasencniks had 17 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Pistons and the Wizards have faced each other a grand total of 295 times as the Wizards won 133 games while the Pistons went on to grab 162 victories.
-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Thon Maker (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Rui Hachimura (groin; 13.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48.2 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
-Garrison Matthews (ankle; 6.2 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 46.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Anzejs Pasecniks (ankle; 8.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Admiral Schofield (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 40.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Moritz Wagner (ankle; 11.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 58.1 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
The game would be held close in the first half as the Wizards shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Pistons shot fifty-two percent. Derrick Rose scored 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter. Two-time All-Star Andre Drummond helped out with nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also had seven rebounds, one assist, 2 steals, and one block.
Tony Snell drained two three-pointers while Sekou Doumbouya recorded four points. Doumbouya also had two defensive rebounds while Bruce Brown was limited to just a three-pointer. Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only scored four points.
On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal dropped 16 points which included two three-pointers. Ian Mahinmi contributed 12 points as he missed only one of his six shots attempted. Isaiah Thomas and Gary Payton combined for five points while Isaac Bonga was kept scoreless. Davis Bertans played 15 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Washington Wizards went into halftime with a 60-58 lead.
The home team would start to close things out in the second half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field, keeping the Detroit ball club to thirty-three percent. Beal added to his scoring total with 13 points on forty-five percent shooting. Mahinmi dropped nine points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting, including a three-pointer. Troy Brown played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.
As for the Pistons, Tony Snell chalked up ten points which contained two three-pointers in the third period. Drummond and Rose combined for 17 points. Svi Mykhailuk played 13 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the Wizards who pulled out a 106-100 victory. Bradley Beal finished the game with 29 points, one rebound, six assists, and one steal while Derrick Rose had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
The Detroit Pistons will host Buddy Hield (20.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.8 FG%, 36.6 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (15-27) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. This will mark the first of two times that these two teams will see each other this season.
The Washington Wizards will head to South Florida to battle Jimmy Butler (20.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 26.5 3P%) and the Miami Heat (29-13) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. It will be the third of four times that these ball clubs will battle it out this season. The last time they played each other was on December 30 when the Heat fell to the Wizards, 123-105. Jordan McRae finished that game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Butler had 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.