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- From the Detroit Pistons’ perspective, their world would be amazing if they could only play the Washington Wizards. The Pistons are 3-0 this season, have won five straight and 13 of 15 overall versus the Wizards. However, entering the series finale, Detroit has dropped three straight – by an average of 20.3 points.
- In the previous meeting against Washington on February 13, Jose Calderon scored 24 points with six 3-pointers in a 96-85. Calderon could be headed for heavy minutes with fellow point guard Brandon Knight (ankle) a game-time decision, per Pistons coach Lawrence Frank.
- Pistons center Greg Monroe is averaging 14.7 points and 11.7 rebounds against Washington this season. The former Georgetown star matched his season-high 18 rebounds in the Feb. 13 win over the Wizards. On the season Monroe leads the Pistons in scoring (15.7) and rebounding (9.5)
- The Wizards have had the opposite problem of the Pistons. Rather than feast on fellow non-playoff trending clubs, they thrive against the league’s best. Since Jan. 7, Washington is 14-9 overall and 11-4 against teams with winning records. However Washington is just 3-5 against teams with sub. 500 records.
- Nene (right shoulder) will not play against the Pistons after suffering an injury in Monday’s 90-84 win over the Raptors. Despite playing virtually one-handed against the Raptors, Nene scored nine straight in the fourth quarter.
- Wizards center Kevin Seraphin has disappeared from the Wizards rotation, not playing in the last two games after seeing time in 52 straight. The third-year center with the quality mid-range shot averaged 24 minutes and at least 10 points per game in November, December and January. In nine games this month, Seraphin is averaging 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 14 minutes per outing. Wizards coach Randy Wittman may have little choice but to use Seraphin with Nene.
– Benjamin Standig