Detroit fell on Saturday to the
The Lakers have dropped four straight, but have improved defensively and have competed -- they just haven't been able to close out games.
The Pistons will play without
The Pistons have been an early force in the Eastern Conference, led by center
Drummond's biggest weakness is free-throw shooting, where he's hitting just 40% from the line, making him a target for intentional fouls.
The Lakers will match up against Drummond with defensive center
Hibbert puts in 26.2 minutes a night. Does he have the stamina to battle Drummond for his averaged of 36.8 minutes a game? Unlikely, which means the Lakers will either need Tarik Black or Brandon Bass to be productive alternates.
Perhaps Robert Sacre, who has been inactive for much of the season, will get a chance to play against Drummond as the Lakers' only other seven-footer besides Hibbert.
That's a difficult cover for Lakers' rookie
Offensively, the Lakers also need consistency across the board from guards Russell, Clarkson and Williams as well as
Until the Lakers can break through with a win this season, outside of their lone victory over the 1-9