The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to avoid a 0-4 start Sunday night when they take on the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. The Lakers will be without starting point guard Steve Nash who was diagnosed with a small fracture in his left leg yesterday. Detroit (0-2) is a team without a real superstar. Their leading scorer is 10-year NBA veteran Tayshaun Prince, who is averaging 15 points a game.
Greg Monroe is in his second year out of Georgetown, averaging 12 points and 7 blocks per game. The 6-11 Monroe is young and athletic, and has a year of defending NBA caliber players under his belt. He should be able to keep up Dwight Howard defensively. Howard is playing efficient basketball in the first three games, putting up 21.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. Howard will again be the focal point of the Lakers offense tonight, and a triple-double from him won’t be a surprise. Howard, who is shooting a dreadful 53% from the free throw line, must hit his free throws as his lack of production from the line affects his aggressiveness on offense.
The matchup tonight tips off at 6:30 PM PT and is being broadcasted on TWC SportsNet and 710 ESPN Radio.
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