In that game, the Nets were dominated on the interior with Brook Lopez out of the lineup with an ankle injury, as the Pistons outscored them 56-22 in the paint, including a 20-0 advantage in the paint in the third quarter. Now, as the Nets get set to face the Pistons again, Lopez's status is up in the air after he re-injured his ankle last night.
The last time the Pistons hosted the Nets was last March. Deron Williams led the way with 31 points as Brooklyn won 119-82.
Williams has been outstanding since returning to the Nets lineup on Tuesday, scoring 40 points on 56% shooting over the last two games, giving the Nets a major spark offensively and defensively.
The Nets are 4-8 on the road this season, but they have won their last two road games.
Key Matchup: Pistons center Andre Drummond is a beast on the interior, leading the team with 12.7 rebounds per game, fourth in the NBA. The Nets would love to have Lopez in the lineup tonight to match up with him on the interior. If Lopez can't go, Reggie Evans would get the start at center, with Kevin Garnett, Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee doing their part on the interior as well.
Player to Watch: Paul Pierce will come off the bench for the third straight game. He's done a really nice job anchoring Brooklyn's second unit as a facilitator, with a combined eight assists and 14 rebounds over the past two games. Pierce has been playing with a protective glove as he plays through a broken right shooting hand.