Raptors tipoff: Bring on the Pistons


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This could wind up being Jose Calderon but based on the fact he didnít dress last night weíll got with Bayless, who will have his hands full with the speedy and physically aggressive Stuckey. Stuckey has two inches and five pounds on Bayless but Bayless enjoys the physical game, too. Stuckey is averaging a Pistons team-high 16.6 points and 5.2 assists per night. Stuckey went off for 24 and 11 assists at the beginning of the week in Cleveland. The 11 assists tied a career high. Bayless, who got his first start Friday against the Nuggets, is struggling with his shot right now but continues to be aggressive going to the glass.


The Pistons have won just one in their past seven and just two in its past 10. Despite that they are 5-5 playing at home. Like the Raptors, they will be arriving in Detroit having played the night before. The Pistons were in Minneapolis Friday night to play the Timberwolves. Scoring has been a big problem in Detroit where the Pistons are averaging just 93.2 points a night, 29th in the NBA. They are also dead last in rebounding relying on the aged Ben Wallace. The one part of their game that has been decent has been their three-point effort, both defending it and using it to spark what little offence they have. The Pistons shoot 38% as a team from the three-point line, good enough for eighth in the NBA.


Former Raptor Tracy McGrady averages just under 17 minutes a game for the Pistons but has struggled to have an impact in Detroit. Heís averaging just four points a night ... As challenged as the Pistons starters have been, the teamís bench ranks fourth in scoring averaging 38.9 points a game ... Wallace ranks first among active players for games played by a player who was undrafted. Wallaceís 995 games dwarf the second name on that list which belongs to Houstonís Brad Miller, who sits at 813.