Previewing the Pistons with Keith Langlois

Before the Lakers go up against each opponent, we like to spend a few minutes picking the brain of someone who follows that respective opponent personally. In this case, we got ahold of Pistons.com editor Keith Langlois, who spoke to us prior to Detroit’s 107-102 win in Golden State on Thursday night. That win was the second straight for the Pistons after two losses after the acquisition of Allen Iverson.

You can listen to the entire interview on our Gameday page under the “Lakers.com Preview” tab.

A few subjects we tackled:

A) How A.I. fits in with his new teammates
B) Why the trade (AI to Detroit for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb) was made in the first place
C) How much Rodney Stuckey’s presence in Motown factored in
D) Rasheed Wallace, on and off the court
E) Shooting struggles for Richard Hamilton
F) Boston vs. Cleveland
G) The rise of the Eastern Conference
H) Facing a 7-0 Lakers team

A few other things to keep in mind:

1) Detroit’s veterans played big minutes last night, including 46 from Tayshaun Prince, 43 from AI, 40 from Hamilton and 39 from Wallace.
2) Rodney Stuckey didn’t play against the Warriors due to “dizziness” and is day-to-day.
3) The Pistons probably won’t be able to use the small lineup they utilized for most of the Warriors game (AI, Arron Afflalo, Hamilton, Prince and Wallace) against a big Lakers’ lineup.
4) The Lakers play 7-of-8 games at STAPLES Center before a trip through Indianapolis,

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