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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CTNaN:� , December 30, 2017
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,671

Spurs-Pistons matchup features teams making adjustments

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According to STATS

San Antonio Spurs at Detroit Pistons

  1. The Spurs defeated the Pistons 96-93 in San Antonio on December 4 as they had three players (LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol & Rudy Gay) record double-doubles in the victory. It was San Antonio's sixth straight win over the Pistons; that is one shy of tying its longest win streak in the history of this series.
  2. The Spurs are 8-9 on the road this season. The last time San Antonio had a losing record in its first 17 road contests of any season was in 2099-10 (8-9). The Spurs' 15-2 mark through their first 17 road contests last season set a franchise record.
  3. The Pistons are shooting 44.9 percent from three-point range in their five home games versus Western Conference opponents this season, but have gone just 3-2 in those contests.
  4. LaMarcus Aldridge has recorded a double-double in each of his last five overall games against the Pistons, as well as in each of his last five road contests versus them.
  5. Pau Gasol has had 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in each of his last four games. This is the longest such streak of his career.
  6. Tobias Harris is shooting 51.4 (54/105) percent from three-point range in his home games this season. He shot 37.8 percent from behind the arc in home games in 2016-17.

The San Antonio Spurs will have to adjust their rotation once again after losing a steady contributor in their previous game. The Detroit Pistons are going through an adjustment period after losing their starting point guard for an extended stretch.

Those two teams will meet at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.

Spurs forward Rudy Gay suffered a heel injury in the team's 119-107 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday. Gay underwent an MRI exam on Friday and was diagnosed with retrocalcaneal bursitis, which will sideline him for at least two weeks. Gay is averaging 11.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game.

San Antonio (25-11) has been dealing with injuries to key players throughout the season but that hasn't held it back from moving within one game of slumping Houston in the Southwest Division. The Spurs have won six of their last seven games.

Against the Knicks, the inside duo of LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol combined for 42 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Gasol is in his second season with the club.

"I think he and L.A. play with each other a lot better," coach Gregg Popovich said. "Pau was new last year, so he's understanding the offense and what we're trying to do. He and L.A. have learned a lot about each other. It's what every team, if you get new guys, they're going to take some time to get that synergy and I think they're starting to do it pretty well."

Sours forward Kyle Anderson took only four shots but made them all, as well as eight free throws, while supplying 16 points and eight rebounds.

"He's not Mr. Athlete but he really understands the game, got a high basketball IQ, and he's got a real herky-jerky game," Popovich said. "It's kind of hard to guard at times and so he's done these things before. So it's not a surprise."

Star forward Kawhi Leonard was rested on Thursday but will return for Saturday's contest. He has played five games since returning from a quad injury and has averaged 12.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 19.0 minutes.

The Pistons (19-15) lost to Orlando 102-89 on Thursday, and that was their first game since Reggie Jackson suffered a severe ankle sprain that will sideline him until after the All-Star break. Ish Smith moved into the starting lineup with Langston Galloway backing him up. Without their usual floor leader, the Pistons shot 39.8 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers and lost for the second time in their last seven games.

Galloway had played most of his minutes at shooting guard prior to Jackson's injury.

"Ish was fine. I don't think it's much of an adjustment for him at all," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Langston didn't play very well (Thursday), but it is an adjustment period. I'd like to see him bring a better defensive disposition."

Detroit's reserves contributed just 12 points and shot 3 of 22 from the field.

"I definitely have to take responsibility for that one," Galloway said. "Not being able to get us some good looks. I think we were getting shots but I think they were kind of rushed. We had a few turnovers to start the fourth. We just have to do a better job, continue to get better with it."

Updated December 29, 2017

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