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Flexibility vs. Stability

Often times your greatest strengths are also your greatest weaknesses. Handed a roster with 3 starter-level big men in Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, Stan Van Gundy has been tasked with how to maximize the efficacy of a 28-year old with great defensive potential, a 24-year old with great offensive potential, and a 21-year old with great overall potential. And that doesn’t even include Jonas Jerebko, whose three point shooting and defensive flexibility fit the mold of Van Gundy’s ideal stretch-four. Over the last three games, all losses, Van Gundy has been tinkering with his 4th-quarter lineups. And while each game tells its own story, a look at Van Gundy’s substitutions down the stretch last week shows a coach still searching for the best way to deploy his bigs. Read more...

Pistons In Atlanta Tonight

The Pistons have hit the road. Detroit, now 3-and-9, will play in Atlanta tonight. The Hawks are 5-and-5 on the year. The Pistons lost 88-86 to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night at The Palace. Detroit shot just 37.9 percent from the floor. The Hawks are coming off back-to-back losses against the Cavs and Lakers. The Pistons beat the Hawks 102-95 in Atlanta on April 8. Read more...

Red Wings Skate Past The Jets

The Red Wings topped the Jets 4-3 last night in Winnipeg. Tomas Tatar scored two goals, including the game-winner with 4:50 left in the third. Tatar has seven goals in his past 10 games. Johan Franzen and Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit. Petr Mrazek made 28 saves and got the win. The Red Wings three-game road trip will continue on Saturday in Toronto. The Red Wings, who have wins in three of their past four games, are six points behind Montreal in the division. Read more...

Bills And Jets At Ford Field

The Bills and Jets will meet on Monday night at Ford Field. The AFC battle, which will be played at 7 p.m., was scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, but heavy snow forced the NFL to make a change. The Lions' practice facility will be available to the Bills today. The team has been unable to practice this week in Buffalo. This is the second time in the past four years that Ford Field will be used by the league because of a weather-related issue. In Dec., 2010, after the Metrodome's roof collapsed under the weight of snow, the Vikings played the Giants here in Motown. Ticket information for Monday’s game will be released at a later time. The Lions play in New England on Sunday. Read more...

Suns Squeak Past The Pistons

The Suns beat the Pistons 88-86 last night in Auburn Hills. The Pistons have lost three in a row, their third three-game losing streak of the season. Brandon Jennings had 19 points and seven assists, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 15. Jennings and Caldwell-Pope both had shots in the final seconds of the game, but could not get the ball to fall. Caron Butler, with five points, reached 12,000 for his career. The Pistons will play in Atlanta on Friday night. Read more...

Red Wings In Winnipeg Tonight

The Red Wings three game road trip will continue tonight in Winnipeg. Detroit will also play host to the Jets Feb. 14 at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings are coming off a 5-0 win in Columbus on Tuesday night. The Jets picked up a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils earlier this week. Goaltender Petr Mrazek will get the start tonight for Detroit. Pavel Datsyuk made the trip but is questionable because of a sore groin. The Red Wings are six points behind Montreal for first place in the Atlantic Division. Read more...

Duke Too Much For MSU

Duke beat Michigan State 81-71 on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic. Branden Dawson led the Spartans with 18 points, while Travis Trice added 15. MSU turned the ball over 13 times and gave up 24 points off turnovers. Michigan State guard Alvin Ellis did not play because of a sprained ankle. The Spartans, now 1-and-1, will face Loyola (Chicago) on Friday at the Breslin. Read more...

Red Wings Blank Blue Jackets

Jimmy Howard made 28 saves and the Red Wings blanked the Blue Jackets 5-0 on Tuesday night in Columbus. It was Howard's 19th shutout of his career. Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan and Darren Helm scored for Detroit. The Red Wings are six points behind Montreal for first place in the Atlantic Division. Detroit will skate in Winnipeg on Thursday night. The Jets are coming off a 3-1 win against the Devils. Read more...

Calvin Johnson Expected To Play VS Pats

Calvin Johnson is banged up once again. The Lions receiver, who has missed time this season because of a sprained ankle, suffered an elbow injury in the Lions loss to the Cardinals. Johnson received treatment after the game and said it wouldn't prevent him from playing. Coach Jim Caldwell said he would not suspect there will be long-term ramifications. Johnson had five catches for 59 yards against Arizona. He has 520 yards receiving and three touchdowns this season. The Lions play in New England on Sunday. Read more...

Magic Shoot Past The Pistons

The Magic hit 13 3-pointers and beat the Pistons 107-93 on Monday night in Auburn Hills. It is the fifth loss in the last six games for Detroit. Caron Butler had 20 points and Brandon Jennings added 18 for the Pistons. Butler scored 13 of his 20 points in the third quarter. Cartier Martin was active for the first time this season because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Martin did not play. Detroit, now 3-and-8, will play host to the Suns on Wednesday night. Phoenix won last night in Boston, 118-114. Read more...