Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pre-Game Report - Pistons at Grizzlies

What we are saying:

New era or error for the Grizzlies?

Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Detroit Pistons

Geoff Calkins: Grizzlies' fans view new season as half full

What the Pistons are saying:

Pistons ready for opener

Kuester still undecided about who'll start for Pistons

Meet the Pistons

John Kuester makes his debut as Pistons' head coach after working as an assistant for Cleveland last season. Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons in preseason scoring with 15.8 points per game. The Pistons are 10-3 all-time at Memphis and 20-6 overall against the Grizzlies. The Pistons lost to the Grizzlies in preseason play 115-94 on October 7th. Only six Pistons remain from last year’s team.

Probable Starters:
#22 Tayshaun Prince
6-9 215
LAST GAME: Did not play at Milwaukee (10/23). NOTES: Was the only
Pistons player to start all 82 regular-season games and played in all 82 games for
the sixth consecutive season… Recorded his fifth consecutive season with 1,000-
plus points (1,163).
AVERAGES: 12.3 Pts 7.0 Rebs 1.0 Asts

#31 Charlie Villanueva
6-11 232
LAST GAME: Eight points and six rebounds in 26 minutes at Milwaukee
(10/23). NOTES: Signed as a free agent on 7/8/09…In 78 games (47 starts) with
the Bucks last season, averaged career-highs in points (16.2), rebounds (6.7),
assists (1.8), three-point field goal percentage (.345) and free-throw percentage
AVERAGES: 7.7 Pts 6.5 Rebs 0.5 Asts

#38 Kwame Brown
6-11 270
Glynn Academy HS
LAST GAME: Did not play at Milwaukee (10/23). NOTES: Shot 63% (17-27)
from the field in six preseason games…Averaged 4.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in
58 games (30 starts) last season…Ranked third on the Pistons in field goal
percentage (.533) and scored in double figures seven times.
AVERAGES: 11.0 Pts 2.1 Rebs 2.6 Asts

#32 Richard Hamilton
6-7 197
LAST GAME: 12 points, one rebound, one assist and five steals in 34 minutes
at Milwaukee (10/23). NOTES: Led Pistons in scoring for seventh consecutive
year last season…In 51 games as a starter, averaged 18.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and
4.5 assists in 35.4 minutes per game.
AVERAGES: 15.8 Pts 3.0 Rebs 2.5 Asts

#3 Rodney Stuckey
6-5 205
Eastern Washington
LAST GAME: 16 points, six assists, two rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes
at Milwaukee (10/23). NOTES: Appeared in 79 games (65 starts), averaging
career-high numbers in points (13.4) rebounds (3.5), assists (4.9), steals (0.98) and
minutes (31.8)…Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (12/29-1/4).

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