Pistons cleared for progressive exercise program against Jazz
The Pistons (22-41, 15-17 home) will be hosting the Utah Jazz (41-22). Tip off is 7:30 pm est from the Palace. The game will be televised locally on FS Detroit, and nationally on NBA TV. Listen live on 97.1 fm.
Road record: 16-14
Vs. East: 16-6
Last game: 3/9 (Tues) W 132-108 @ Bulls
Last 10: 7-3
Streak: Won 3
Vs. Pistons: Nov. 21st Det (97) @ Uta (100)
Rodney Stuckey has been cleared by doctors for “progressive exercise program” after a battery of cardiac evaluations. While I’m not entirely sure what that means it sounds a lot like what the Pistons will be doing tonight against the steamrolling Utah Jazz. Maybe more like depressive exorcise program?
There’s a lot of talk out west about the Lakers, Nuggets, and Mavericks but the Jazz are quietly ballin’ up a storm. Currently sitting in 4th in the western playoff picture the Jazz are winners in 23 of their last 29 contests.
Maybe because a Jerry Sloan coached team is never flashy I sometimes forget how good the Jazz are. They’re always so methodical and consistent in their approach. They connect on a league best 49% of their field goals. They’ve got two guys Carlos Boozer (.552) and his backup Paul Millsap (.557) both in the top 10. What other team has two horses like those two bangin’ down low?
Imposing some D-Will:
With the Jazz so often overlooked who better than Deron Williams as their point guard? Williams for a few years now has been getting lost in the west’s point guard shuffle, but this guy is definitely making his case for league’s best. Williams is 3rd in assists (10.2) behind Steve Nash and Chris Paul and is the Jazz’s second leading scorer (18.6) behind Boozer’s 19.5 ppg. When he’s not dumping it down low to Booz and Millsap he’s got the defense stretching Mehmet Okur (12.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Andrei Kirilenko (12.2) at his disposal.