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    Game 2: Detroit Pistons @ Phoenix Suns, Friday, 11/2/2012 10:00 PM EST

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    Projected Starting Lineups









    Brandon Knight - Rodney Stuckey - Tayshaun Prince - Jason Maxiell - Greg Monroe








    Goran Dragic - Jared Dudley - Michael Beasley - Luis Scola - Marcin Gortat


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    It might take some time for the new-look Phoenix Suns to start jelling.

    The young Detroit Pistons are hoping it doesn't take long for them to learn how to win.

    Phoenix will try to avoid a second consecutive home loss Friday night when the Pistons also go for win No. 1 as they open a six-game western swing.

    With Steve Nash and Grant Hill gone and nine new players on this year's roster, the Suns are obviously still getting used to each other's tendencies and learning how they fit in coach Alvin Gentry's system. Their new starting forwards had very different debuts Wednesday, with Luis Scola going for 15 points and 11 rebounds while Michael Beasley had eight points on 2-of-9 shooting with four boards in an 87-85 loss to Golden State.

    Phoenix's two returning starters -- Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley -- combined for 21 points and 15 rebounds. Gortat matched a career high with five blocks.

    "We looked like a team that had nine new players tonight," said Gentry, whose club opens a three-game trip Sunday versus Orlando. "I really feel that we're going to become a good team. I really feel that we're going to have to play together and we're going to have to learn each other and know each other and as a coach, I have to learn the guys."

    That's not the case with point guard Goran Dragic, who had team highs of 17 points and eight assists Wednesday to begin his second stint with the Suns. Dragic, who spent last season with Houston after being acquired from Phoenix during the 2010-11 campaign, shot 4 for 12 and had three of the team's 18 turnovers.

    "We're on the right path. We just have to practice hard and try to limit those mistakes and try to be better next game," he said.

    The Pistons are taking the same approach after blowing an 11-point, fourth-quarter lead in Wednesday's 105-96 loss to Houston.

    Detroit, which opened 4-20 last season would miss the playoffs for a third straight year, is going with a roster which includes six players in their first or second seasons.

    "It's something I talked about before -- a young team, you have to play consistent basketball and if you don't, then this can happen," veteran forward Tayshaun Prince told the Pistons' official website. "We've got a lot of work to do. We wish we could have gotten this game before we went on this road trip. It's just going to make it tougher for us."

    Going on the road has been a challenge for the Pistons, who were 7-26 outside Auburn Hills last season. Their .226 winning percentage away from home since the start of 2009-10 is fifth-worst in the NBA.

    They have lost four straight at Phoenix, including a 109-101 defeat March 16 in the teams' only matchup last season.

    While Detroit has plenty of room for improvement on the defensive end following Wednesday's fourth-quarter meltdown, the club needs more efficient performances from starting guards Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight. Stuckey had nine points on 1-of-10 shooting while Knight scored 15 but shot 5 of 15.

    Stuckey and Knight combined for 40 points and 14 assists in last season's matchup with the Suns, but Detroit lost for the sixth time in seven meetings.


    Source: ESPN

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    no work tonight!! will be able to watch the game!

    paid $180 (NBA league pass) to see the Suns lose 8-)

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    Assuming Prince is gonna be on Beasley obviously, i expect him to get more than 22 minutes. 15+ points. Lets get the bigs involved early.

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    ^^I think he gets 25pts 7rbs 3ast 1blk. What you guys think over or under??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692:24165372
    ^^I think he gets 25pts 7rbs 3ast 1blk. What you guys think over or under??
    Over breakout game. Prince is old..

    Machine Gun Kelly!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    ^^I think he gets 25pts 7rbs 3ast 1blk. What you guys think over or under??
    Ask Phrazbit.

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    Great. Download speed of 116 Mbps yet League Pass won't load. WTF.

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    Dragic is so fun to watch, anyone think gortat might be up there in shotblocking this year? Hes got 2 already.

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    Very disappointing 1st QTR. Our guys are missing wide open shots. Beasley needs to play in the paint more and avoid jumpers cause he can't hit that right now.

    Gortat needs help and we don't have it.

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    Rocky, is League Pass screwed for you too?

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    Our bench sucks

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    Why does Shannon Brown get playing time? Guy is horrible.

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    Scolas sexy in the post

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsfan88:24167420
    Why does Shannon Brown get playing time? Guy is horrible.
    Didnt he just score like 4 points? Lol

    Im sorry guys, but JO is ****ing terrible. He needs to ****ing go.

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    Can't even get it working on my iPad without "Game Ended" coming up every 10 seconds.

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