Pistons, Raptors battle at The Palace
(Sports Network) – A pair of teams headed to the postseason meet tonight when
the Detroit Pistons host the red-hot Toronto Raptors at The Palace of Auburn
Detroit, which won the Central Division, is the top seed in the Eastern
Conference, while the Atlantic Division-champion Raptors are No. 3.
The Pistons enter tonight’s contest on a two-game losing streak. On Sunday,
Willie Green scored 26 points and dished out seven assists as the Philadelphia
76ers beat Detroit, 102-91, at The Palace.
Tayshaun Prince had a team-high 15 points for the Pistons, who rested their
starters through most of the game and pulled all of them by the time the third
period had ended. Amir Johnson had career-highs with 12 points and 10
rebounds, while Lindsey Hunter netted 12 points in defeat.
Detroit is 25-15 at The Palace this season. The Pistons wrap up their regular
season on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.
The surprising Raptors have won a season-best six straight games. All-Star
Chris Bosh poured in 23 points, pulled down eight rebounds and dished out
seven assists to lead Toronto to a 107-105 victory over the New York Knicks on
Sunday at the Air Canada Centre.
Joey Graham and Anthony Parker both scored 19 points for the Raptors, who have
won 11 of their last 13 games overall. Jose Calderon contributed 18 points off
the bench for Toronto.
Rookie forward Andrea Bargnani (appendectomy/flu) is questionable for
tonight’s contest. Bargnani is averaging 11.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 64
games for Toronto this season. He has not played since March 18th.
The Raptors are 17-23 on the road this season. They will conclude their
regular season on Wednesday against the Sixers at the Air Canada Centre.
The Pistons and Raptors split a pair of games this season. Toronto has lost
seven straight at Detroit.
The Raptors’ last win in the Motor City was on April 2, 2003.