Detroit Pistons freeze up in 96-91 loss to Los Angeles Clippers: Game thread replay

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When: 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles.

TV: Bally Sports Detroit Extra.

Radio: WWJ-AM 950 (Pistons radio affiliates).

Betting line: Clippers by 8½.

• Box score

Game notes: The Pistons, owners of the Eastern Conference’s worst record and losers of four straight, begin a treacherous six-game road trip over nine days out west, with a back-to-back in Los Angeles, starting with the Clippers on Thursday night. They then face the Lakers (Friday), Sacramento Kings (Sunday), Denver Nuggets (Tuesday), Utah Jazz (Wednesday) and Phoenix Suns (Friday) − the Pistons will hit up Golden State and Portland during a five-game road trip that wraps around New Year’s Day.

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The Pistons hope to have Cade Cunningham back at some point during the excursion, perhaps Sunday in Sacramento. The team’s best player has missed three straight games with left shin soreness. Isaiah Stewart however will miss the entire road trip after injuring a toe in Monday’s loss to Toronto.

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The Clippers upgraded Kawhi Leonard (right knee) to questionable pregame; he has only played in two games this season and last played Oct. 23. Paul George leads LA in scoring (24.4 points per game) and it still employs three former Pistons: Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris and Luke Kennard.

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Jackson, 32, has seen his production drop to 10.3 points and 4.1 assists in 15 starts, shooting 29% on 4.1 3-point attempts per game. … Morris, 33, is averaging 15 points and 5.7 rebounds over his 13 starts, shooting 40.3% on 5.5 3s per game. … Kennard, 26, is collecting 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds over 14 games (seven starts), making 47.9% of his 3.4 3s per game. He led the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage last season (44.9% on six attempts per game).

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Pistons lose to LA Clippers, 96-91: Game thread replay



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