CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 14: Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball over Tyrus Thomas #12 of the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 14, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Pistons hope to keep offense moving in the right direction against Warriors.
On Sunday evening, the Pistons host the Golden State Warriors, a team struggling to string wins together themselves, playing the second of four games on a road swing through the Eastern Conference. The Warriors arrive at the Palace at Auburn Hills after losing at Charlotte on Saturday night, 112-100.
Under new coach Mark Jackson, Golden State is trying to emphasize a better disposition on the defensive end after years of trying to out-score opponents. That effort remains a work in progress as the Warriors still give up 100.4 points per game which ranks 27th in the NBA for points allowed.
Something will have to give in this game since the Pistons continue struggling to score, ranked 29th in the league with 84.9 points per game. There is some hope brewing for Detroit though as they put up a season-high 98 points in their win over Charlotte, thanks to a balanced offensive attack led by Jonas Jerebko's 22 points and Greg Monroe's 19.
The Warriors are minus Stephen Curry but are still led by Monta Ellis with 23.9 points per game. Forward David Lee also adds 18.6 points and 11 rebounds per game with newly acquired guard Nate Robinson adding some energy off the bench.