Pistons-Bobcats Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 11, 2012
A winless road trip that's included a pair of lopsided defeats has slowed the Detroit Pistons' momentum. Facing the woeful Charlotte Bobcats might help them get back in the groove. The Pistons will try to salvage the finale of their four-game trek by dealing the Bobcats a 14th consecutive defeat Thursday night. Detroit (21-36) had won three in a row and five of six before heading off to face a quartet of Southeast Division teams. The Pistons lost 101-96 to Atlanta in the opener Friday before falling by a combined 53 points to Miami and Orlando on back-to-back days. "We put that 4-20 start behind us and we have been playing good basketball since then. The past two games we have let our guard down and kind of forgotten what got us to this point," forward Charlie Villanueva said. Detroit hit a combined 38.9 percent from the field in those two defeats after shooting 52.1 percent over its previous four games. The Pistons trailed by as many as 23 points in the first half of Monday's 119-89 loss to the Magic. "It's very embarrassing," coach Lawrence Frank said. "I think it's everything. (Being) mentally (and) physically, prepared to compete in an NBA game ... But we've got to make a decision as a group, how we want to go forward. This is where character's revealed." The Pistons will try to move forward by collecting their fifth straight win over NBA-worst Charlotte (7-49). The Bobcats' current 13-game losing streak is tied for the second-longest in franchise history behind the 16-game slide they endured Jan. 16-Feb. 15. The past three defeats were by an average of 20.4 points, though they were more competitive in Cleveland on Tuesday as point guard D.J. Augustin returned after missing three games with a sore knee. The Bobcats led early in the fourth quarter before falling 103-90. Gerald Henderson scored a team-best 21 points after averaging 11.4 on 36.4 percent shooting in the first five games this month, and Augustin had 16 points and 11 assists. "It was cool to have D.J. back. We really missed him sometimes because he sets us up," Henderson said. "He had 11 assists tonight and he scored the ball well, too. It was good to have him back, especially on the offensive end." Kemba Walker added 20 points off the bench after starting the previous three games in Augustin's place. The rookie is averaging 17.0 points and 5.6 assists in his last five. Starting forward Byron Mullens was held scoreless, four days after finishing with a career-high 31 in a loss at Milwaukee. He's averaged 19.0 points in two career starts against Detroit. The Pistons easily won the first two meetings this season - by a combined 32 points - before needing to rally from a late eight-point deficit to force overtime in a 110-107 home victory over Charlotte on March 31. Rodney Stuckey scored 29 in his lone start versus the Bobcats this season, but the status of Detroit's leading scorer is uncertain after he banged knees with an Orlando player in the first half Monday and did not return.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence

Report: Chris Sale incident had to do with team executives

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with hip-hop star Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

RUMOR: Celtics sign Green, Zeller and two others to contract deals

Kevin Durant Thunder jerseys going for less than 50 cents in OKC

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

Orioles affiliate pay tribute to David Bowie on their jerseys

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker