Larry Ness' 10* LEGEND Play (signature release): Larry won a LEGEND Play last weekend in MLB, as the Dodgers held the Pirates to two hits in a 6-1 win on Saturday. Larry's LEGEND Plays are one of his two "signature releases" (the other being his 28-Club Play) and he caps this weekend with a LEGEND Play on the NBA hardwood. BE THERE!
Game: Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons Apr 22 2012 6:05PM
Prediction: Detroit Pistons
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: My 10* LEGEND Play is on the Det Pistons at 6:05 ET.
The Detroit Pistons (23-40) and Toronto Raptors (22-41) are both coming to the end of very disappointing seasons. Typically, I wouldn’t make a big play on a game like this but believe the Pistons are in a terrific situation in this game. All teams have played under the handicap of a condensed schedule and the Pistons are coming off a stretch of SIX games in eight days (went 2-4), before getting the last two days off. The Raptors have lost their best player for the year in Bargnani (19.5-5.5), as well as their third-leading scorer in guard Bayless (11.4). PG Calderon (10.5-8.8 APG) is effectively done for the year, having not played since he was cut near his right eye during Toronto’s game on April 11th game against the 76ers. Throw in the fact that Kleiza (9.5-4.0) has not played in the last two games as he is dealing with a sore right knee and remains questionable to play Sunday against the Pistons, and the Raptors won’t field much of a team against the Pistons on Sunday, save DeRozan (17.0). The Pistons last were in action on Thursday night, falling 91-80 to visiting Minnesota. The latest loss was their third game in three nights but coach Lawrence Frank refused to blame fatigue for the lackluster effort. "There are no excuses," Frank told the team's official website. "The schedule is what it is. The last time we had three (games) in three (days), our best game was the third game on the road. This is when you have to fight even harder through things. It's not going to be easy, nor should it be easy." Toronto won the first meeting this year with Detroit but Detroit won 105-86 on March 10 in the most recent meeting. Bargnani was available for that one, as were Bayless, Calderon and Kleiza (all four will likely miss here!). Rodney Stuckey (15.2-2.7-3.8) and rookie Brandon Knight (12.8-3.2-3.8) combined for 39 points and 15 assists in that March 10 win and along with Gordon (12.2), give the Pistons a solid trio of guards. Monroe (15.6-9.5) is WAY better than anyone Toronto can match up with him at the center position plus Prince (12.8-4.5), Jerebko (8.8-4.9) and Maxiell (6.5-5.2) fill out a group of frontcourt performers, much better than whatever the raptors will field. Actually, this number seems very ‘C-H-E-A-P.’ Lay it!a 105-86 win.