Jan 6, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) goes to the basket against Charlotte Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas (12) during the fourth quarter at The Palace. Bobcats won 108-101 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Detroit Pistons: Game 54 Preview


After getting a rare road win last night in Orlando, the Bobcats are back in Charlotte to host the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night.

The Bobcats had a good showing offensively against the Magic, getting more than 20 points from three of their starters. Byron Mullens has been on a hot streak since returning from his ankle injury seven games ago, and has given the Bobcats the scoring they’ve desperately needed up front.

During that span Mullens is averaging 18.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, shooting 46% from the field and 38% from three. While he’s still not getting to the line much, Mullens scoring spark has given the Bobcats a much more rounded attack.

Last night also saw Kemba Walker snap out of a funk he had been in before the all-star break. Walker, along with Gerald Henderson each scored 24 points. With most eyes on the NBA’s trade deadline, many Bobcats fans will be wondering if tonight will be the last game of Gerald Henderson’s tenure in Charlotte.

Henderson’s seen an improvement in his long-range shooting this year and has started resembling the player the Bobcats envisioned he could be when they drafted him four years ago. However, with so many guards in the backcourt and Henderson being a restricted free agent this summer, it seems likely the Bobcats will part with him at some point.

The last time the Bobcats and Pistons faced off earlier this season, the Bobcats stole a game on the road in Detroit. Six Bobcats players scored double-figures and the team won 106-101 in overtime. The Pistons team the Bobcats faced earlier in the season will have some changes tonight. Former Raptor Jose Calderon now starts at point guard for the Pistons, moving Brandon Knight to the off-guard.

Calderon was acquired in a three-team deal with the Grizzlies and Raptors that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto and Tayshaun Prince to Memphis. In seven games as a Piston, Calderon has a sky-high field goal percentage and is red-hot from three. He’s averaging 14 points, seven assists and over 50% from the field and three. Calderon’s given the Pistons a much needed veteran presence in the lineup.

With Andre Drummond out with an injury, the Pistons have given a chance to Ukraine center Viacheslav Kravtsov. Kravtsov is a big body who’s given the Pistons some solid minutes lately off the bench in place of Drummond.

The Pistons are 3-4 in their last seven games, but have been playing a lot better basketball lately with some new faces and new roles in the lineup.

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