Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons (34-32) will travel to the American Airlines Arena to face off against Hassan Whiteside and the Miami Heat (31-35) on Saturday February 23 at 7:30 pm. This will be the final matchups between Detroit and Miami this season, and the last of Dwyane Wade’s career. The Pistons played their best game of the season last time vs the Heat where they defeated the Heat 119-96. The Pistons’ bench was preforming at a level that hasn’t been there in years. Ish Smith led the Pistons with twenty-two points, Langston Galloway scored seventeen as did Luke Kennard. The Pistons bench shot 10-14 from three and was absolutely great to watch. Josh Richardson led the Heat with twenty-two points as well. Dion Waiters and Dwyane Wade supported the Miami attack with the shooting guards scoring seventeen and fifteen points respectively.
The Heat played their last game on Sunday against the Raptors in a 125-104 Heat loss. The Raptor had eight players in double figures, due to the absence of Kawhi. Kyle Lowry scored twenty-four points to lead the Raptors, and Pascal Siakam scored twenty. Danny Green and Norman Powell each scored fifteen, Jeremy Lin and OG Anunoby each scored eleven, and Patrick McCaw and Serge Ibaka each scored ten. For the Heat side of things, Bam Adebayo scored nineteen points to lead the team. Similar to the Raptors there were five other players in double figures. Dion Waiters and Dwyane Wade with fifteen, Justice Winslow with ten, Rodney McGruder scored thirteen, and Goran Dragic scored eleven.
The Pistons were absolutely embarrassed Monday in Brooklyn as they lost 103-75 in a sickening defeat. The Pistons shot 28% from the field in one of the worst offensive performances of the season. The leading scorer for the Pistons was Andre Drummond only with thirteen points. Blake Griffin scored ten points but shot 1-10 from the field. Compounding the bad night, Langston Galloway air balled his first three-pointer that would have made him tie the NBA all-time record for the most consecutive three pointers made. Spencer Dinwiddie scored nineteen off the bench, and as their offense has been all year, they had six other players in double figures, Harris, Kurucs, Allen, Russell, Crabbe, and LeVert.
The Pistons are coming off their worst game of the season and will either start a slump or they will take their frustrations out on the Heat. I would predict Detroit’s starting five as Jackson, Brown, Ellington, Griffin, Drummond and Miami’s as Waiters, Richardson, Winslow, Olynyk, and Whiteside. Goran Dragic is coming off an injury so he will be out of the starting rotation. I will predict a 110-104 Heat victory tomorrow night.