The Detroit Pistons started the 2013-14 season with a 1113-102 win over the Washington Wizards. It is always good to start the season with a win but it was how the Pistons won that was most impressive.
The Pistons front court was dominant tonight. But most of the scoring came from an unexpected source. Greg Monroe had a monster game putting up 24 points and getting 16 rebounds while leading the team in both categories. Monroe also showed his versatility by playing the five when Andre Drummond got into foul trouble.
Josh Smith and Wil Bynum each scored 19 points as part of a starting line-up that scored double-digit post at every position. Chauncey Billips, who started because of injuries to Brandon Jennings and Rodney Stuckey, had a big three-point shot in the closing minutes to stifle a late push by the Wizards.
Kentavious Caldwell=Pope had a successful NBA debut by scoring 9 points in 27 minutes. Pope was the third guard in Maurice Cheeks rotation tonight but don’t expect that to be the norm when Stuckey and Jennings return from injury.
Overall an impressive start for a team that is expected to make the playoffs this year. If Monroe and Drummond can be as effective as they were tonight, The Pistons will be a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.
The Pistons travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Friday at 7:30. The Griz will be an early season test for the Pistons to see if they can compete with other playoff caliber teams.
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