|Last 5 Games||1-4||-2||3-2||2-3||91.8||47.6||44.3%||49.4||99.0||50.4||49.6%||44.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||94.0||47.8||36-81||44.4%||6-18||35.4%||16-23||69.7%||51||12||21||20||7||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.8||49.2||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.2%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||93.0||47.1||35-82||43.3%||6-18||35.6%||16-23||69.9%||51||13||21||20||6||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||98.8||49.7||37-81||45.9%||7-21||36.4%||17-22||76.2%||50||11||22||20||8||13||6|
|vs opponents averaging||97.8||49.2||37-82||45.1%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||101.1||52.1||38-82||46.3%||8-21||37.4%||18-23||76.5%||52||11||23||20||8||12||6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+2||3-2||2-3||99.4||52.6||46.9%||49.0||97.0||48.6||47.6%||46.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||95.6||49.2||36-81||44.0%||5-18||30.1%||19-25||73.5%||51||12||22||19||8||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.5||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.4%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||95.9||48.6||36-81||43.8%||5-17||30.0%||20-27||73.2%||52||12||22||18||9||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||97.8||48.2||38-82||46.5%||7-19||36.3%||15-20||74.6%||50||11||22||23||8||15||6|
|vs opponents averaging||98.8||49.6||37-82||45.5%||7-20||36.1%||17-22||75.7%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||95.1||47.2||36-82||44.3%||6-19||33.8%||16-21||75.2%||52||12||20||23||8||16||6|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 95.6, MINNESOTA 96.3|
|3/1/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||95-100||L||3.5||L||194.5||O||39-78||50.0%||43||14||35-81||43.2%||56||11|
|3/3/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||75-114||L||13||L||199||U||28-86||32.6%||54||19||45-89||50.6%||58||11|
|3/10/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||97-129||L||13||L||198.5||O||30-64||46.9%||40||14||50-80||62.5%||50||9|
|3/13/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||97-105||L||11||W||199||O||40-89||44.9%||44||9||41-72||56.9%||48||13|
|4/6/2013||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/7/2013||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/10/2013||@ CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ BROOKLYN|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|2/28/2013||@ LA LAKERS||94-116||L||10||L||206||O||37-81||45.7%||39||12||44-83||53.0%||55||14|
|4/6/2013||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/9/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/10/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||@ UTAH|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/13/2013||PHOENIX|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||UTAH|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DETROIT: GUARDS: RODNEY STUCKEY was hampered by nagging injuries a year ago. If he's healthy, he's the best offensive weapon they have . . . BRANDON KNIGHT is more of a combo guard running the point. He can shoot, but doesn't bring much else to the table . . . With Ben Gordon gone, WILL BYNUM has a chance to regain a significant role . . . The Pistons' two second-round picks have a chance to carve out big roles. KIM ENGLISH has a skill set similar to Gordon's, capable of heating up and scoring in bunches . . . KHRIS MIDDLETON is more of a spot-up, catch-and-shoot threat only . . . Former No. 6 overall pick JONNY FLYNN agreed to a non-guaranteed contract in October, as he is no guarantee to even make this sorry roster. FORWARDS: TAYSHAUN PRINCE is still hanging on as the Pistons' best all-around player . . . JASON MAXIELL should be able to reclaim his starting spot early. He rebounds and takes up space . . . JONAS JEREBKO showed flashes but looked rusty in his first year back from an Achilles injury . . . 2011 2nd-rounder KYLE SINGLER has a good chance to step into the rotation after a solid year in Spain . . . COREY MAGGETTE was acquired in a Ben Gordon salary dump. He'll see limited minutes . . . AUSTIN DAYE regressed big-time last year. Unless he gets off to a hot start, he'll be on the outside looking in at the rotation . . . TERRENCE WILLIAMS is seeking a new lease on life, but could be too much of a head case to realize he's wasting his talent . . . The Pistons are counting down the days left on CHARLIE VILLANUEVA's contract (two years). CENTERS: GREG MONROE is a solid fit in Frank's system. He's not a great athlete, but he can score and move the ball on offense, as well as rebound . . . ANDRE DRUMMOND could one day be a perfect fit alongside Monroe. But for now, he'll watch and learn as a raw, boom-or-bust prospect . . . VIACHESLAV KRAVTSOV is an athletic big who will bring energy, but little offense in limited minutes.|
|MINNESOTA: GUARDS: RICKY RUBIO could be back by late December, but even he's not confident his knee will be 100 percent. His minutes might have to be scaled back . . . LUKE RIDNOUR will handle the offense with Rubio hampered. The vet is a steady hand in coach Rick Adelman's Euro-style offense . . . They're counting on BRANDON ROY to reclaim his old form after a radical knee procedure. He may never be 100 percent, but he should at least give them sixth-man minutes . . . CHASE BUDINGER is a three-point marksman who moves well off the ball, a perfect fit in Adelman's system . . . J.J. BAREA will take some of the point guard burden as well. He's a top sixth man . . . ALEXEY SHVED can help as a combo guard, though he might have trouble breaking into this rotation . . . MALCOLM LEE is a defensive stopper who won't be asked to shoot very often. FORWARDS: Despite being limited athletically, KEVIN LOVE is an elite rebounder and shooter for a big. He'll continue to be the focal point of this offense once he returns from a broken hand in early December . . . ANDREI KIRILENKO returns to the States after a dominating Euroleague stint. He's a big upgrade at the three and should be comfortable in Adelman's system . . . DERRICK WILLIAMS will continue his attempted transition to the three. As last year proved, he's a long, long ways away. He might have to play himself into a rotation spot . . . DANTE CUNNINGHAM is a nice, efficient big to bring off the bench . . . Since they need shooting on the wings, rookie ROBBIE HUMMEL has a chance to crack the rotation. CENTERS: NIKOLA PEKOVIC is a beast, the best offensive rebounder in the NBA. His total rebounding numbers get hurt playing alongside Kevin Love, but Pekovic will continue to bully his way to put-backs . . . GREG STIEMSMA is going to come in and do some pushing and shoving (and occasional shot-blocking) for 12-to-15 MPG.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (DETROIT-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pistons-Timberwolves Preview* ==============================
Detroit (25-51) at Minnesota (28-46), 8:00 p.m. EDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Sitting on 999 career victories, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman is on the brink of joining an exclusive club that is sure to bring some long overdue attention his way.
After failing in their first bid to help Adelman become the eighth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 career games, the Timberwolves host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.
"I've said it many times, I think he's the most underrated coach in the league. ... Even the guys that he's coached in the past that are on other teams now, they still do the things that he taught them offensively," San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He's very creative in that sense. ... He's one of those guys, he doesn't try to get the camera. He couldn't care less. He just wants to do his job and go home. And he does it well."
One more win would put Adelman on a list with Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Larry Brown and George Karl as men who had the staying power, resilience and coaching chops to climb to this summit.
He came close to reaching the milestone Friday night, but the Timberwolves lost 95-93 at home to Toronto. Minnesota led by as many as 11 in the second half but missed 10 free throws, including one from Ricky Rubio with 1.7 seconds to go that would have tied the game.
Rubio, who finished with 13 points and 12 assists, held his head in his hands after missing the last free throw, clearly disappointed he couldn't help his coach get his 1,000th victory.
"It's hard to lose like that, especially how the game went," Rubio said. "It's something that we wanted to win so bad."
Adelman took the Blazers to two NBA finals in 5 1/2 seasons, followed that up with two tough years with Golden State, then turned Sacramento into one of the most exciting teams in the league at the turn of the century. He weathered injuries to stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming in Houston to bring the Rockets to the playoffs twice in four seasons - winning 22 straight games in 2008 - before coming to Minnesota in 2011.
"I don't know how to say it, but I'm so happy to be with that coach," Rubio said. "It seems like he knows everything. I feel comfortable with him. It's something that he has and you can't explain it. Once you are on his team, he's giving you advice, it's like a clinic every single day.
"He lets us play and that's pretty cool for me. I like when I'm out there and playing like it's a playground and it's the NBA. It's fun."
In a week that has been dominated by video of former Rutgers coach Mike Rice's abusive behavior toward his players, Adelman's low-key approach stands out even more. He rarely raises his voice, prefers to stay in the background and lets his players receive all the attention.
"I don't know what a player's coach is, but I know it's a players' league and you better understand that," Adelman said. "It's your job to get the players to respond in a positive way, to put them in a position to succeed and put the team in position to succeed. They're going to respond to that."
There have been a few rough seasons along the way. When you're around for 22 years, how can there not be? But none have been as trying as this one. A team that started with playoff aspirations has languished under the weight of a litany of injuries and Adelman missed 11 games to be with his wife, who was treated for seizures.
Her condition, while improved lately, has caused Adelman to consider calling it a career when the season is over. He said now is not the time to discuss his future. There won't be any playoffs this year for him and a second straight losing season is already assured. But he said he'd be lying if he didn't think about getting No. 1,000, and his players want that even more than he does.
"He deserves it, especially this year," Rubio said. "He stayed with the team and he has all my respect for that. We just want to make a run here and give him good news."
Rubio and Nikola Pekovic have helped the Timberwolves (28-47) play better of late, winning five of nine following a 3-12 stretch. Pekovic had 24 points and eight rebounds Friday and is averaging 26.7 points in three games after missing one with a sprained left ankle.
He had 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 105-82 rout of Detroit (25-51) on March 26, the Timberwolves' fifth straight win in the series.
The Pistons lost for the 14th time in 16 games Wednesday, 98-93 in Boston. Greg Monroe had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Rodney Stuckey scored 22 as Detroit shot 36.6 percent, including 4 for 24 from 3-point range.
Reserve Charlie Villanueva was the biggest culprit, missing 15 of 17 shots overall and going 0 for 8 from beyond the arc.
"Just a rough night for me offensively. Couldn't buy a basket," Villanueva said. "Seems like there was a lid on the rim for me."
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 1:03:31 PM EST|