Pregame Open Thread: New Jersey Nets vs. Detroit Pistons

The New Jersey Nets head to beautiful Detroit tonight for a matchup laden with playoff implications with the Detroit Pistons. Here are a few keys to the game:

It’s on the road, which probably means a loss: The Nets have 15 wins this season, and only three of those have come on the road. Needless to say, the game tonight is probably going to be a bit of a struggle. Whether the decline in production comes on offense, defense, or rebounding, the Nets just can’t seem to get anything going when they play away from the Prudential Center.

On the other hand, it’s the Pistons: As poorly as the Nets do play on the road, the Pistons aren’t exactly in 2004 form anymore. In fact, the Nets have won both of their games against the ghosts of Chauncey Billups & Co. this season. That said, this will be the first time they play at the “Palace” of “Auburn Hills.”

Stephen Graham, still? Stephen Graham is still in the lineup per Avery’s discretion. The shooting guard, with the NBA’s lowest PER (at 4.13), is following in the footsteps of Quinton Ross and Trenton Hassell as a defender in reputation only, and it’s time for him to be removed from the starting five. Anthony Morrow has been back for some time, now, and he has been great. Give him some more quality minutes with the first unit, will you, please?

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